“North Korea has a long history of bellicose rhetoric and threats and today’s announcement follows that familiar pattern,” Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for National Security Council (which advises the U.S. president on matters of war), told CNN late Saturday
“We have no indications at this point that it’s anything more than warmongering rhetoric,” an unnamed senior Washington defense official told CNN.
Asianmacro had been to the DMZ on the South Korean side before and also had the experience of going into a few of those tunnels dug by the North Koreans that were only discovered in the early 2000s. These tunnels culminated at cave-ins somewhere underneath the DMZ when pursuing South Korea / U.S. troops who chanced upon the North Korean infiltrators blew up and sealed the tunnels at that point. I am sure that there must be other tunnels that have not been discovered yet. And if you are a ROK (Republic of Korea) or U.S. soldier posted to the DMZ and serving as the first line of defense against any North Korea attack, the tension is and will always be as real as it gets. Skirmishes, patrol ambushes, artillery and mortar exchanges with sniper fire are all real and casualties have been taken by both sides and may not always be reported.
Asianmacro wishes you a Happy and peaceful Easter but it is always safer to assume the worst as the peace is fragile over the DMZ.
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