It might have been over half a decade since the Korean War took place but there hasn’t been a single year since in which South Korea has lived without the fear of North’s aggressive threats.
The most recent attempt at intimidation occurred a few hours ago when North Korea threatened to declare war against South Korea over planned military drills by the latter. The North’s military issued a statement saying that South Korea was planning to execute naval shelling drills on Monday in the waters around five front-line islands off the western coast, where North holds sovereignty. South Korea on its part has denied the allegations stating that the joint anti-submarine drill planned with the United States on Monday was scheduled to be held in waters further south.
While the occurrence of such threats from the North has become a routine that is often ignored as hollow rhetoric, however the latest warning has come at a time when the ties between the estranged twin nations are especially tense following the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in December 2011. South had forbidden its people, with the exception of two private delegations, from visiting North to pay respects to Kim inspiring the wrath of the North.
It is important to point out here that the two Koreas are still technically at war with each other because the Korean War in the early 1950s concluded with an armistice and not a peace treaty.
Article publié pour la première fois le 19/02/2012