It’s pretty easy to laugh off North Korea. After all, they’re prone to doing silly stuff like changing their time zone for no good reason and prancing around with ridiculous medals. All that provocation can go too far, though, and according to South Korea, the North has made a naked declaration of aggression against their more prosperous neighbors to the South. Two South Korean soldiers were injured, one losing a foot and one losing both legs, after stepping on a mine planted by North Korea.
“As previously warned on many occasions, our military will make North Korea pay the equally pitiless penalty for their provocations,” says Major General Koo Hong-mo, the director of operations for South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. “North Korea will pay a harsh price proportionate to the provocation that North Korea made.”
The United Nations is investigating the allegations against North Korea, and is taking the saber rattling and land mining seriously, as they well should. North Korea might be starving and poor, but they do have a very large military, and North Korea is more than willing to go to war with South Korea again. I kind of doubt they want to do that, but North Korea’s military leadership needs an enemy, and that’d be the guys just on the other side of the world’s most fortified border.
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