Exactly 55 Years, 10 Months

KimTeamAmericaFifty-five years and ten months. That’s precisely how long the Korean Armistice lasted. 

Today, Kim Jong-il, North Korea’s insanely fearless leader, declared that his country is abandoning the armistice agreement that terminated open hostilities across the Korean frontier on July 27, 1953. 

If you ask most people when the Korean War ended, they’ll probably tell you that it was some time in the 1950s. That, of course, would be wrong. The Korean War never actually ended; it was only suspended by the aforesaid armistice agreement — which Kim, in his questionable judgement, has now declared to be void. A de facto state of war now exists between North and South Korea. 

In less than a month (on June 25th) the conflict will officially turn 59 years old. 

What to do? Very little. The ball is now in China’s court.

Will they choose the DPRK over the UN, as they did in 1950? 

I don’t think so.

 
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3 responses to “Exactly 55 Years, 10 Months

  1. imahd

    North Korea moves to void armistice agreement and threatens nuclear war
    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/dprk/2013/dprk-130307-kcna01.htm

  2. imahd

    And, one year later, it becomes official:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE64O3YU20100525

    North Korea’s state-owned KCNA news agency…

    “The Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea, accordingly, formally declares that from now on it will put into force the resolute measures to totally freeze the inter-Korean relations, totally abrogate the agreement on non-aggression between the north and the south and completely halt the inter-Korean cooperation.

    “In this connection, the following measures will be taken at the first phase:

    “1. All relations with the puppet authorities will be severed.

    “2. There will be neither dialogue nor contact between the authorities during (South Korean President) Lee Myung Bak’s tenure of office.

    “3. The work of the Panmunjom Red Cross liaison representatives will be completely suspended.

    “4. All communication links between the north and the south will be cut off.

    “5. The Consultative Office for North-South Economic Cooperation in the Kaesong Industrial Zone will be frozen and dismantled and all the personnel concerned of the south side will be expelled without delay.

    “6. We will start all-out counterattack against the puppet group’s ‘psychological warfare against the north.’

    “7. The passage of south Korean ships and airliners through the territorial waters and air of our side will be totally banned.

    “8. All the issues arising in the inter-Korean relations will be handled under a wartime law.

    “There is no need to show any mercy or patience for such confrontation maniacs, sycophants and traitors and wicked warmongers as the (South Korean President) Lee Myung Bak group.”

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