The investigation into the sinking of the Cheonan navy ship on March 26, 2010 has been completed and its conclusions are that North Korea fired a torpedo into the ship. This is world news that affects everyone including families here in Atlanta. There are several young men in our group of friends who are stationed in South Korea. Of course, Atlantans are anxious because of the full ramifications of the whole situation.
The war between North and South Korea of the 1950’s was never fully declared ended. The conflict was halted by a truce – no surrender – or declaration of an end to the war.
Now that North Korea sees the international outrage for their actions, they declare that any attempt by South Korea to respond to their actions could result in “all out war.”
“South Korean President Lee Myung-bak vowed “stern action” for the attack after a multinational investigation issued its long-awaited results Thursday, concluding the North fired a torpedo that sank the Cheonan navy ship March 26 near the Koreas’ tense sea border.”
Associated Press has released North Korea’s announcement as follows:
“If the (South Korean) enemies try to deal any retaliation or punishment or if they try sanctions or a strike on us …. we will answer to this with all-out war,” Col. Pak In Ho of North Korea’s navy told broadcaster APTN in an exclusive interview in Pyongyang.”
There is overwhelming evidence that North Koreans acted aggressively against South Korea when 46 sailors perished and 58 were rescued from the icy waters of the Yellow Sea.
A truce at the end of the 1950-1953 war prevents Seoul, South Korea from waging a unilateral military attack.
The United States has 28,500 troops on this peninsula and could hold military exercises to show force, said Daniel Pinkston, a Seoul-based analyst for the International Crisis Group think tank, as reported by the AP.
What could this mean for the US? There is already tension and agitation against North Korea for their continual efforts in pushing the “nuclear missile” envelope.
Other actions are being considered by the U.N. in addition to penalties enacted by the US. There is fear and unrest for the people of South Korea and also for American families who have loved ones stationed there. American soldiers in South Korea will be on heightened alert with possible involvement in staging readiness through military exercises. As a young child in the 1950’s I remember when the news hit the wires in America that the 38th parallel had been penetrated. And we knew, declared or not, we were are war,
“American casualties in the Korean War totaled 33,629 killed and 103,284 wounded, according to Clay Blair’s “The Forgotten War: America in Korea 1950-1953,” perhaps the most comprehensive recent work on this war.” as reported by the Washington Times in 1997.
Read the entire coverage of this story by AP writers Matthew Lee in Washington, Jay Alabaster in Tokyo, Kelly Olsen and Claire Lee in Seoul, and Chi-Chi Zhang in Beijing contributed to this report. http://www.aolnews.com/world/article/north-korea-warns-of-war-if-punished-for-ship-sinking/19484691
Because America never did declare an act of war against North Korea and those who aided them, it was known as a “police action,” and became known as the “Forgotten War,” or the “Unknown War,” but our American GI’s died just the same. There has been long term involvement in Korea by the Japanese, China, and Russia.
The long running TV series “MASH” was lightly based on this war.
Read the history of the war between North and South Korea at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_War
Update: Additonal coverage of story including responses from White House and Japan can be found at www.cakechow.com/a-2639585~NKorea_warns_of_war_if_punished_for_ship_sinking.html
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