Apparently North Korea is angry that the United States is engaging in military drills with South Korea. How do we know that? North Korea has shot some artillery just short of the site it attacked earlier this week, Yeonpyeong Island. The shells were intended to miss, but still, that is pretty aggressive — and the North means it to be.
Foster Klug and Lee Jin-Man of the Associated Press have posted an article at the Yahoo News website titled “Defiant North Korea fires artillery warning shots.”
There are a number of factors that play into this very tense scenario. North Korea has never bought into the Maritime Border that was laid out at the end of the Korean War by the United Nations. Keep in mind that the Korean War has never ended.
Another factor in this business is China. China has tried to work a little with the North, but China is also nervous about the nearness of joint U.S./South Korean. It is a classic situation of cross-purposes. Additionally, China is concerned from the monetary standpoint. They make money on all of these nations, and for once peace is good for them.
Factor three is South Korea. They don’t know what they’re doing. They are tough one day and soft the next, and, further, their people are divided. That is what often happens in an open country.
North Korea is going through a leadership transition. A young, inexperienced man is coming into power, and he doesn’t want to look weak.
North Korea is currently boasting at the damage they inflicted earlier in the week. That should let the world know that they are in a dangerous state of mind. It seems they are feeling invincible.
North Korea says the reason they are trying to build nuclear weapons is because the United States keeps 28,000 troops stationed at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). That is still a dangerous area, even after nearly 60 years.
There is no question that we are at a perilous point with North Korea. I believe in picking your battles; I don’t think this is the battle to pick.
North Korea is out of control. It seems to me the thing to do is say not that the military drills are canceled, but delayed, and give the situation a chance to cool down.
Let’s show we aren’t as socially awkward as the North Korean government.
Yahoo News Website, Foster Klug and Lee Jin-Man Associated Press, “Defiant North Korea fires artillery warning shot”