Friday, May 21, 2010
North and South Korea closer to war than ever!
South Korea 'to formally blame North Korea' for ship sinking It's done now what's next?
US military cancels annual S. Korea evacuation exercise
Obama Promises to Back South Korean Response to Ship Sinking
North Korea calls rare parliament session, silent on agenda
South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan told local reporters earlier that the involvement of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the Cheonan incident was "obvious," saying that the ongoing investigation has revealed that the previously unidentified explosion was caused by "the detonation of a torpedo."
Of course the DPRK denied any involvement and warned that South Korea was “seriously mistaken if it thinks it can weather its domestic crisis by misleading the public opinion through such trite campaign as straining the situation and bedeviling the inter-Korean relations. They warned of merciless and resolute measures to US and South Korean war mongering. DPRK accuses South Korea of worsening relations over warship sinking
I refuse to believe the US and South Korea would be purposely trying to keep the two Korea's divided but feel free to set me straight.Kim Tae Woo senior North Korea Analyst at the Korea Institute says the extremes will be avoided, that is doing nothing and tit for tat retaliation. The US and South Korea will together go before the UN and request tighter sanctions.
Personally I had big hopes that Kim Jong Il was trying to pave the way for peace and for his son to take over when he died. It does not look that way for sure. That said we know Kim Jong Il was just in China looking for money and more help. China is critical in Asia's future and resolving the issues between the Korea's as we have said numerous times. I hope they step up!
As we discussed in the past, being North Korea's next door neighbor China has more at stake than anyone except North Korea. They must do more! China does not seem to have the leverage they use to or I thought they had. They do have an abstract leverage! They should want to be key players here. They are our banker and we owe them trillions. Being North Korea's immediate neighbor they would be the recipient of hundreds of thousands of refugees if not more. Regardless of the past that is gone. We have to be concerned with the future now.
China is increasingly getting more clout in the world's finance structure and in Asia. I hope they step up here and do what they can to play peace maker and resolve this issue. They have a lot at stake here and I hope they step up!