In recent days the rhetoric coming from North Korea is getting more and more farcical. It's actually starting to look like comical Ali has taken up residence in Pyongyang.
The North Korean's have threatened to end the Armistice agreement next week.
The two Koreas remain technically at war in the wake of the 1950-53 Korean War,
which ended with an Armistice, not a formal peace treaty.
In a further racketing of tension ahead of a US Security Council resolution
the North Korean's have vowed to exercise their right to launch a pre-emptive
nuclear attack against their aggressors.
"As long as the United States is willing to spark nuclear war our
forces will exercise their right to a pre-emptive nuclear strike," said
North Korea's foreign ministry, in a statement carried by the KCNA news agency,
without giving further details.
This sort of bluster from North Korea is common enough but it has been
coming thick and fast the last couple of days. The joint US and South Korea
military drills seem to have been the instigator for the rise in tension.
I have mixed views on this issue.
I am not a supporter of North Korea, I think their elite live in luxury yet
their people starve and no self respecting Socialist could have any truck with
that. It reeks of Animal farm and is a world away from the protection of the
That said I do find the issue of nuclear weapons a puzzling one. I don't
want any country to have them but the country which is arguing they should not
have them is the only country to have used them, twice in fact. Their use was
also without justification and was simply revenge for Pearl Harbour. The US
seems to be no problem with Israel having them and this from a country that
sends missiles into refugee camps.
Are the North Korean high command crazy enough to start a war on this issue,
I'm not sure but it looks like we won't have long to find out.