North Korea and South Korea technically remain at war since their conflict between 1950 and 1953 ended with an armistice and not a peace treaty. On March 11, the North Korean army declared the armistice agreement invalid.
This report represented Pyongyang’s latest salvo aimed at South Korea and its ally the United States. Tensions in the area have been ratcheting up for months, with North Korea remaining defiant and, in some opinions, belligerent in the face of international efforts to halt its nuclear program.
‘Business as usual’
In a statement later Saturday, South Korea did not treat their neighbor’s latest threat as anything new. Seoul noted scores of its personnel had entered the Kaesong Industrial complex — a joint economic cooperation zone between the two Koreas situated on the North’s side of the border — on Saturday morning with hundreds more set to join them later in the day, seemingly suggesting they were going about business as usual.
A day earlier, same official North Korean news agency reported its leader Kim Jong Un had approved a plan to prepare standby rockets to hit U.S. targets. In a meeting with military leaders early Friday, Kim “said he has judged the time has come to settle accounts with the U.S. imperialists in view of the prevailing situation,” KCNA reported. The rockets are aimed at U.S. targets, including military bases in the Pacific and in South Korea, it said.
Do you think North Korea will really carry out its threat against North Korea and the U.S.? Will the tensions between the two Koreas ever be quelled?
Source: KJ Kwon. Jethro Mullen and Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN
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