So North Korea is acting up again?
Well, what else is new? asks Grumpy Editor.
Few in media seem to be aware that the Korean War, which started 67 years ago, remains open-ended.
Also labeled the “forgotten war,” the Korean War erupted when 135,000 communist North Korean troops crossed the 38th parallel into South Korea in pre-dawn hours of June 25, 1950.
Battles ended with a cease fire on July 27, 1953.
North and South Korea technically remain at war with no peace treaty.
For the U.S., it resulted in 36,940 military deaths, 103,000 wounded, 8,142 missing in action and 3,746 prisoners of war.
North Korea now likes to shake up the U.S., South Korea and Japan, among others, by conducting a series of nuclear and missile tests.
Over the weekend North Korea showed off its military arsenal during a Saturday parade that was widely covered. Then later, the latest --- and much touted --- North Korean missile blew up almost immediately after its test launch.
Meanwhile, with rising tensions on the Korean peninsula, less covered is a U.S. aircraft that arrived on Okinawa. The WC-135, also known as the "nuclear sniffer," specializes in detecting radioactive debris after a nuclear device detonation.
President Donald Trump last week tweeted, “North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A.”
As far as “help” is concerned, what seems to be forgotten is that China indeed helped during the Korean War --- by providing support in both material and especially in soldiers (battling U.S. troops on the ground) to aid North Korea.
What many seem to overlook is that nuclear disarmament talks have been going on for years. The routine has been for North Korea to talk, followed by pauses, then more talks, followed by no final action.
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