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Armistice Over: Hostilities Break Out Once Again on the Korean Peninsula

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BBC News

By K. Portinga

March 9, 2015

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Armistice Over: Hostilities Break Out Once Again on the Korean Peninsula

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Following decades of tension in the area following the Korean War, South Korea resumed attacks on their foe, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, after South Korean Airliner Air Incheon flight KJ815 was shot down in South Korean territory on March 7th, claiming the lives of 177 tourists and South Korean citizens.

 

North Korean representative to the United Nations Ja Song-nam pleaded his case shortly following hostilities in the region in front of the General Assembly yesterday, stating that it was a mistake that South Korea and Western nations are using a Casus Belli against North Korea. The United Nations is currently debating resolutions as a response to the incident, specifically over a potential investigation into possible intent behind the incident.

 

Foreign affairs expert Charlie McGrath said in a recent article that the cause of this was the recent ‘Foal Eagle” training exercises occurring between the United States and South Korea, which may have made the North Koreans anxious and more likely to accidentally shoot down a commercial airliner. United States Secretary of State John Kerry argues otherwise, “This was a blatant attack on South Korean citizens by an evil and violent regime”.

 

The international response has been somewhat delayed, with responses from China, Russia, France and United Kingdom not yet public. The United States has aided South Korea in their response to the attack, ending the nearly 62 year old armistice.

 

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