Saturday, January 31, 2009

Is North Korea Preparing For War?

North and South Korea stand on the 'brink of war' as Kim Jong-il's tears
up the non-aggression pact Photo: REUTERS

North And South Korea Stand On 'The Brink Of War' -- Times Online

The confrontaion between North and South Korea has escalated with Kim Jong-il's regime claiming it was on the 'brink of war' after tearing up a non-aggression pact signed in 1991.

In a significant escalation of tensions, North Korea cancelled all military and political agreements after accusing Seoul of aggressive posturing.

Pyongyang's decision to nullify all accords increases the prospect of an armed confrontation on the Peninsula, where over a million soldiers face each other across the Demilitarised Zone that divides the two Koreas.

North Korea's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea blamed the South for pushing the two countries "to the brink of a war".

Pyongyang said it now regarded the maritime border between the two states as "void". The last time the two countries clashed militarily was at the disputed frontier in the Yellow Sea, when their navies fought a deadly gun battle in June 2002.

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More News On North Korea

North Korea Scraps Seoul Accords -- Wall Street Journal
North Korea scraps agreements with South -- Christian Science Monitor
North Korea breaks military pacts with Seoul -- Financial Times
South Korea Heightens Military Readiness as North Scraps Pacts -- New York Times
Analysis: N. Korea angling for Obama's attention -- AP
Power Struggle Suspected in N. Korea -- Washington Times
Now Is No Time to Downplay North Korea -- Wall Street Journal opinion

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