North Korea has ratcheted up its propaganda. The situation is the most tense, since I first came to Korea in the mid 1990s. However, most of my friends and colleagues, that have lived in Korea far longer than I, are not concerned.
For these old Korean hats, North
Korea is simply rattling its little saber, since the tension between the
North and the South allows the North Korean population to have an
increased sense of nationalism and loyalty to Kim Dynasty; when North
Korea, in the past, shook its rattle, the international community
provided more foreign aide and the international community increasing
accepted the Kim Dynasty as a legitimate government.
of these old hates believe that North Korea will never invade the
South, since an invasion will, simply, lead to the total destruction of
the Kim Dynasty. The saber rattling know is simply to appease the North
Korea's population, obtain more foreign aide and obtain a peace
agreement in order to obtain more legitimacy.
agree with these old hates and, thus, I don't worry about the new round
of saber rattling, I only worry that the South Korean, Japanese or
United States will misconstrue the saber rattling and launch a
"preemptive strike" that could lead to a small volley of missiles
hitting Seoul and Tokyo.
All signs point to these
governments not reacting in any way other than the reaction in the past
-increased recognition of North Korea as a legitimate government and
additional foreign aide.
Maybe the answer is just to ignore and let the North play its hand.
What do you think?
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