South Korea and the US have commenced yearly military exercises, amid scorching verbal duels with North Korea in the aftermath of fresh UN sanctions against North Korea last week. The US-South Korea military exercises, titled Key Resolve, will last two weeks and consist of more than 13000 soldiers. North Korea has fumingly denounced the US-South Korea military drills. Another joint South Korea-US military exercise, known as Foal Eagle, has been in progress since the start of March. As per the South, Communist North Korea is expected to implement its own military drills this week.
The ‘UN North Korea sanctions’, ratified unanimously last week, came in the wake of the February North Korea nuclear test, which was the Communist dictatorship’s third. That nuclear test, like the previous two North Korea nuclear tests, was in infringement of historical UN sanctions against the Communist State. Also, in December 2012, North Korea had launched successfully a three-stage rocket, which was interpreted by the international community as a banned test of missile technology.
Democratic South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and the US dread that North Korea is operating to construct a nuclear warhead small enough to put on a missile. However, they deem that the secretive North Korean State doesn’t yet have the capacity to do so.
Subsequent to the ‘UN North Korea sanctions’ vote last week, the Communist State released multiple threats. It threatened to disregard the 1953 Korean War ceasefire, annul the non-aggression accords with South Korea and cut the cross-border links. The North Korean regime has threatened a preemptive nuclear strike also against its adversaries, to which South Korea responded by vowing the extinguishment of the North in case it went ahead with its threat.
Early, on Monday, South Korea’s Unification Ministry remarked that endeavours to contact the North via the North-South hotline had been unsuccessful. The North-South hotline was inaugurated in 1971, but has been broken on five historical occasions.
North Korea’s State-owned newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, cautioned on Monday that the North Korea-South Korea military tension was unpredictable. Towards the end of last week, the South Korean President, Park Geun-hye, cautioned that the Korean peninsular situation was very serious.
The two Koreas are technically at war, since an armistice was ratified at the conclusion of the 1950-53 Korean War, instead of a peace agreement.