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North Korea Says the Korean War Is Back On

DASHIELL BENNETT
The Atlantic [1]
March 5, 2013

The military command of North Korea says that if South Korea and the United States don’t cancel their joint military exercises [2] by March 11, they can consider that whole 60-year-old armistice agreement totally over. The newest threat comes as China and the U.S. are reportedly drawing up new sanctions that they have negotiated together [3] and will submit the U.N. Security Council to punish the DPRK for its nuclear weapons test last month.

South Korea and the United States began a series of “war games” on March 1 [4], an annual exercise that serves as reminder to the North about the united front they face from the two allies. It’s also a helpful reminder that that Korea War has never technically ended [5]. The DMZ that divides the peninsula enforces an armistice agreement that was signed in 1953. It was designed to create a cease-fire “until a final peaceful settlement is achieved [6],” but that never happened and no formal peace treaty was ever agreed to. That’s why the U.S. Eighth Army [7] never left and two nations are in a near constant state of belligerence.

Full article here [1]