North Korea has severed all ties with South Korea. This action has come on the heels of South Korean action to punish North Korea’s sinking of one of their ships March 26. South Korea had actually taken the offensive against North Korea with respect to the recent flares between the two countries as a result of the North Korean torpedoing of a South Korean ship that killed 46 sailors. South Korea has placed broadcast speakers at the demilitarized zone as well as greatly reducing trade with North Korea. Now the North indicates they will totally break ties.
Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press Writer, has posted an article titled “NKorea severs all ties with rival SKorea.” This article rode on the heels of another reporting South Korea’s actions in the Associated Press.
To put proper perspective on the situation what has happened is that North Korea intermittently causes trouble. The South Korean government typically ignores it because they have many civilians living near the North Korean military. However this time there were South Koreans killed in the North’s attack and South Korea feels they need to do something differently. Therefore they have begun psychological warfare also with radio broadcasts in addition to the loud speakers. They have also dropped trade levels and will not let North Korean cargo ships pass through South Korean waters.
North Korea therefore has lived up to their threat that South Korea better not take any negative action. They are in the process of expelling all South Korean government officials at a joint border town Further in another “dark phrase” they said this is “a first phase” suggesting more actions will come.
The United States has backed South Korea 100% and in fact is going to participate in military exercises to display force. As I have said in the past the U.S. has 23,000 troops in Korea. Surprisingly, in addition, China is expected to support South Korea because they are concerned that this is happening so close to their border. Additionally, Russia has indicated they will get involved in an attempt to help South Korea. South Korea is making a major issue of this and they want to bring North Korea before the United Nations Security Council.
Unfortunately North Korea is accustomed to being isolated. Further they are in a corner. Before South Korea took the action they already were suffering under sanctions. Keep in mind they have been taunting the world with Nuclear weapons.
The tensions are rising on the Korean Peninsula to a level not seen in a long time.