Concern grows in South Korea as North severs its cross border links including the Red Cross hotline following the end of non-aggression pacts between the two countries. The reaction came as a result of the US drills being conducted in the South and UN sanctions after the third North Korean nuclear test.
Threats of waging war from both the countries came last week when North Korea threatened to launch a nuclear attack on the South. Things were a bit calm when former basketball player Dennis Rodman with three Harlem Globetrotters as Ambassadors of Goodwill went to North Korea in February this year. But DPRK thinks that the military drills in the South are basically a launch pad for the US to initiate a nuclear war.
Amid these fears, the North has threatened both Seoul and Washington with a possible nuclear missile attack. According to reports, South Korea doesn’t think that the North will be able to wage a war at the moment because it will be a suicide mission for the country itself.
The hotline, established in 1971, in Panmunjom has been cut before in 2010 but South Korea is concerned over the escalation of tension between the two countries during the past few days.
Both the countries have been in a state of war, though never actually waged one. After the Korean War, an armistice (and not a peace treaty) was signed which North Korea has also promised to abandon now that the drills in the South have begun.
The situation remains unpredictable for now. Analysts think that North Korea cannot afford to have a full fledged war with the South. There has also been news of people dying of hunger in North Korea under Kim Jong-Un’s rule which tell that the situation inside the country is grim and the North Korean people cannot engage in a nuclear war. But the nuclear warheads prepared for the battle waiting for Kim Jong-Un’s orders tell otherwise. DPRK is also going to begin its own military drills this month.
South Korea may not be expecting a full blown nuclear battle but it is concerned over the ‘state’ of war both the countries have acquired these past few days.