Of Course You Know This Means War: North Korean Edition
North Korea has launched a short-range anti-ship missile into the sea and announced that is no longer bound by the 56 year old armistice that suspended the Korean War:
May 27 (Bloomberg) — North Korea threatened a military response to South Korean participation in a U.S.-led program to seize weapons of mass destruction, and said it will no longer abide by the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War.
“The Korean People’s Army will not be bound to the Armistice Agreement any longer,” the official Korean Central News Agency said in a statement today. Any attempt to inspect North Korean vessels will be countered with “prompt and strong military strikes.” South Korea’s military said it will “deal sternly with any provocation” from the North.
An effective interdiction program would certainly put a damper on any plans the North might have as an international nuclear weapons dealer. What is really necessary to make the program effective is China’s participation.
North Korea is playing a balancing act. If it’s too aggressive it will lose Chinese support and Chinese support is life support for the current North Korean regime. Not aggressive enough and it will be ignored.