Tensions are escalating on the Korean peninsula and while they were burning North Korean flags in the south, the north has put its army on full alert.
Frayed relations between North and South Korea have worsened as The South and the United States carry out their annual war games. For its part the United States, which has increased its military presence in the South, says Pyongyang’s must halt its nuclear program. U.S. Special Envoy for North Korea, Stephen Bosworth said: “The fundamental goal of the Unites States remains unchanged and that is the complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. We cannot contemplate a situation in which in any way we would change that goal.” The two Koreas are technically still in a state of conflict after the Korean war ended in a ceasefire in 1953, not a peace treaty. North Korea is believed to be about to test-fire a new long range missile which has the capacity to reach the United States, although Pyongyang insists it is only working on a communications satellite. Meanwhile North Koreas’s reclusive leader Kim Yong Il, has raised speculation he may be readying to hand over to his youngest son Kin Yong-Un. The war of words, the military posturing have been common over the decades in a region where the smallest incident can escalate into something much more serious.