I’ve been expecting this:
May 27 (Bloomberg) — North Korea threatened a military response to South Korean participation in a U.S.-led program to seize weapons of mass destruction, and said it will no longer abide by the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War.
“The Korean People’s Army will not be bound to the Armistice Agreement any longer,” the official Korean Central News Agency said in a statement today. Any attempt to inspect North Korean vessels will be countered with “prompt and strong military strikes.” South Korea’s military said it will “deal sternly with any provocation” from the North.
South Korean President Lee Myung Bak ordered his government to take “calm” measures on the threats, his office said in a statement today. Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary, Takeo Kawamura, echoed those remarks and called on North Korea to “refrain from taking actions that would elevate tensions in Asia.”
The threats are the strongest since North Korea tested a nuclear weapon on May 25, drawing international condemnation and the prospect of increased sanctions against the communist nation. South Korea dispatched a warship to its maritime border and is prepared to deploy aircraft, Yonhap News reported, citing military officials it didn’t identify.
“This rapid-fire provocation indicates a more aggressive shift in the Kim Jong Il regime,” said Ryoo Kihl Jae, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul. “Kim is obviously using a strategy of maximum force.”
This isn’t good news, but it’s not as bad as you may think… North Korea is in many ways like the proverbial problem child acting out to get attention. This isn’t the first time they’ve threatened to abandon the 1953 armistice they did the same thing in 2006 protest the annual military exercises conducted by U.S. and South Korean forces.
The bigger issue is what do we do with North Korean? We’ve had roughly 15 years of negotiations under three different administrations and gotten no where… It’s time we faced reality, North Korea is a nuclear power. No amount of U.N. sanctions or negotiations are going to put that genie back in the bottle… The only issue now is how do we contain them?
- North Korea Says Truce No Longer Valid – Wall Street Journal
- Defeating a Hitler with nukes: Nothing else matters – American Thinker
- The time for O’s mettle test is here: North Korea prepares for war – Michelle Malkin
- Test, or testing for the test? – Power Line
- Rumblings from the Korean Peninsula – Red State
- RE: North Korea Warns of Military Strike – Wizbang