Are Tensions Increasing Again With North Korea?

Are Tensions Increasing Again With North Korea?

( – Although the United States has no diplomatic relations with North Korea, America’s goal is to ultimately achieve peace and security in the region. The totally sovereign country is an authoritarian socialist state led by the Kim family, and has close ties with communist China. Recent weapons and missile development by North Korea are causing concern about destabilization in that part of the world. As a result, US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin and South Korea’s Defense Secretary Suh Wook announced on December 2 their joint intention to deter the North from disturbing the “peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.”

North Korea is currently resisting any formal nuclear talks with President Joe Biden, which is a stark difference from his three meetings with former-President Donald Trump. To ensure peace in the region, it’s vital to open the lines of communication between nations.

No Official Peace and Current Relations

Between 1950 and 1953, North Korea, China, and Russia fought against South Korea, the US, and United Nations (UN) forces. That war didn’t end with an official peace treaty. Instead, there was an armistice and stalemate that stopped the fighting. Without an official peace declaration, an ongoing conflict continues. In fact, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un is concentrating on growing his country’s military presence and conducting small and large range weapons testing, making neighbors in the region nervous about his intent.

However, the long-standing feud may soon end.

The Biden administration is in discussions with the South to possibly create a declaration that aims to end its rivalry with the North once and for all. A South Korean Ministry of Unification official told Newsweek that by the end of the US and South Korea talks, which include an updated wartime contingency plan, the country will have ways to resolve its issues “through dialogue and consultations with the North.”

Officials from the United States and South Korea made it clear that wartime plan updates do not mean they are preparing for war.

Stability in the Region

America is committed to ensuring stability in the region by supporting the South and providing deterrence measures to assist it in countering any aggression from the North. South Korea hopes to be able to protect itself at some point in 2022.

In the meantime, the US troops will remain in South Korea to back its ally, as they have since 1953. South Korean President Moon Jae-in hopes creating an “end of war declaration” will reduce current tensions with its neighbor and open productive communications with North Korean President Kim Jong Un.

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