Edward Chang, National Interest: Was North Korea Ready to Invade the South in 1983?
What if South Korean President Chun Doo-Hwan had been killed in the 1983 Rangoon bombing?
The stand-off between the United States and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) versus the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) can be traced, in part, back to the events of 1993 to 1994, when concern over North Korea’s nuclear program became front and center. After North Korea refused to cooperate with international inspections and threatened to withdraw from the Non-Proliferation Treaty, the United States and South Korea answered with threats of military action. A confrontation ensued and both sides braced for a resumption of Korean War, which originally began in 1950.
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WNU Editor: When I was working in China in the 1980s I asked a senior Chinese official in the government at a social occasion if China would ever support North Korea in an invasion of South Korea (we were discussing history and war). His answer was an immediate "no". I will always remember his answer .... and I suspect that this sentiment is even more so today.