Now... back to the basics. In this blog I want to talk to you guys about Korea a small peninsula hanging off mainland Asia west of Japan.

Originally conquered by Imperial Japan (in 1910) and viciously extorted under their rule was made independent by the Soviet Union and the USA dividing the surrender at the 38th parallel between them taking north and south respectively. Korea was unified until 1948 and was divided similarly by into two states with ideological sympathies similar to which both the north and South Korean occupying forces surrendered to. (However this is merely observation and not of any relevance)

The north became a communist state and is now known as DPRK, and the south merely ROK or Republic of Korea. They engaged in a proxy war soon afterward lasting from the 25th of June 1950. (This war has not actually ended, pedants.)

Recently the sinking of the Cheonan has plunged the world into a cold war between the two Koreas. (also making for some pretty edgy advertising realism for the game Homefront, which is so totally unrealistic it is silly, however)

The Cheonan a Pohang class ROK Navy Corvette, was sunk by a North Korean torpedo on the 26th of March this year. This initiated a swift revival of the cold war of words between the two nations, bolstered by the new Korean Presidents hard-line attitude on North Korea and the termination of the previous president Roh Moo-hyun's "sunshine policy".

The prow section of the Cheonan exhumed from the water after it was sunk and broke in two.

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Among North koreas many accusations and non-sensical propaganda it emerged on their state television that DPRK Defence officials promised a "retaliators sacred [nuclear] war" on the south.

Clearly there is either a major power struggle in North Korea or someone in the government has truly lost their mind. In my opinion two things could happen. This is both blatant brinkmanship and posturing by North Korea to assert its agenda to the wider world. Or maybe this is actually a serious threat to the armed forces of the USA and the ROK to stop the war-games planned there. These joint operations appear to be an attempt to warn North Korea that imminent retaliation would follow by both the ROK and the USA if any further military action is taken by North Korea. Also the BBC has reported that Japanese observers have been sent over as a token of Japans support for the almost ten thousand American service people taking part.

The USS George Washington the 6th Nimitz Class Supercarrier taking part in the excercises.

My opinion is that North Korea faces imminent Nuclear Immolation if that happens, but I think sooner rather than later North Korea will collapse in on itself meaning it will be up to South Korea to deal with humanitarian crisis and refugees.

What do you think of the current events and why?