Verbal War Comments Heat Up Korean Scene

North Korea threatened military action against South Korea after Seoul’s top military officer saidhe county would consider attacking its communist neighbor if it ried to carry out a nuclear attack. The North Korean response was a tough, “Our military will not sit idle until warmongers launch a pre-emptive strike. Everything will be in ashes, not just a sea of fire, once our advanced pre-emptive strike begins.” The North Koreans may be angry over the harsher tone adopted by the new president of South Korea, Lee Myung-bak. A few hours after the angry tone, its wording was altered to substitue “flames” for sea of fire.”

On Friday, North Korea fired test m issile into the sea and warned it was ready to wipe out the South Korea navy. On Satuday, demanded an apology for the comment by a Korean general. Sunday’s verbiage was accompanied by a demand for an apology. South Korea’s Defense Ministry said it was considering how to answer these demands.

Perhaps, it is time for both sides to simmer down. There will be no pre-emptive strikes against North Korea and North Korea knows firing atomic bombs would result in its own destruction.