North Korea Conflict with the United States and South Korea
On March 30, 2012 the new charismatic leader of North Korea, Kim Jung-un announced that he had plans to attack the mainland of the United States. He made claims that his military had the capability of launching a nuclear war head which was mounted on a long-range missile. Since the end of the Korean War, 60 years ago, there has been a constant air of tension on the Korean peninsula. Korea was unified until it was invaded by Japan in 1910. When Japan surrendered at the end of World War II, the Soviet Union was responsible for disarming the North and the U.S. was going to disarm the South. The Soviet Union, a communist government, and the democratic United Stated did not agree on how the country should be run politically. The disagreement caused the country to be divided. North and South Korea became two separate countries with two different governments. The North were allies with the Soviet Union and the South sided with the U.S. North Korea often stages military provocations around important national anniversaries. April 15 was the birthday of North Korean founder, Kim Il-sung, the grandfather of the current leader, Kim Jong-un. Mr. Kim also made plans to restart a “mothballed nuclear reactor”. Because of the timing of the threat, it could be seen as part of North Korean tradition or culture. The new leader may just be following a long-standing tradition. North Korea is a country that is dependent on the international community. They need help to fuel factories and to feed their people. South Korea is a very self-sufficient country that is backed by the world’s number one superpower. It has a strong industrial presence, which has helped to create a strong economy. North Korea wants to end the United States cultural imperialism of South Korea. North Korea has made four proposals to the United States since the Korean War ended. First, was the...
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