The Korean Peninsula War

The recent provocations in the Korean Peninsular are done by the two sides of this long-standing conflict. The artillery attack on Yeonpyeong Island by North Korea, and last week military exercise by the South Korea and the United States with the deployment of the super carrier USS George Washington in the area had created tension that put innocent people’s lives at risk of an open-warfare with nuclear arsenals in the Asia continent. Not just the two Koreas, the United States, Japan, China and Russia have all for so long been active parties in this conflict since the end of World War II in 1945 and the Korean War in 1953. This time, China tries to be positive in finding a way to end the exchange of fire by proposing to resume a meeting of representatives of the six-nation ( North Korea, South Korea, United States, China and Russia) talks. But South Korea disagreed because it does not want to negotiate with North Korea at this time. The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, being from South Korea, should find out why, and try his best to bring the South Korean government to the negotiating table as China suggested. China can do a lot to bring peace to the Peninsula. China has a common border with North Korea, therefore having a tremendous influence to mediate between the two Koreas to stop aggression that could turn into nuclear war.The United States military exercise with Japan this coming week in the area will continue to provoke North Korea to continue with its’ military aggression. I do not believe that China is happy with this Japan/US/South Korea military exercises because it opposes any party to take military action in its economic zone stretching out to 200 nautical miles from its coast. If China put this matter on agenda for discussion in the Security Council, the United States will be put in an awkward position in the internal community because the United States is Chairman of the Security Council for December. It is expected that a Chairman should be neutral – not taking sides in the conflict. Ever since the Korean Peninsula was divided along the demilitarized zone, the United States and South Korea signed the ROK/US Mutual Security Agreement committed to defend each other in conflicts.

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