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Heightened Tension on Korean Peninsula

Its the same story, its the same threats, but this time, the stakes are possibly rising.  No one really knows the extent of North Korea’s nuclear development, or the disposition of its emotionally charged leader, Kim Jung-Il.  Yet, what is known is that North Korea does not like being verbally threatened–particularly by its southern bedmate.  South Korea’s Defense Minister Kim Tae-young, commented recently that South Korea could act first and attack Pyongyang if it affirmatively established that the North was preparing a nuclear attack.  Translated into North Korean, this “reckless” statement meant the South is not committed to being a good neighbor.


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