North Korea has declared war on its democratic neighbour South Korea
Over the weekend North Korea's young leader Kim Jong-un has declared that North Korea is entering "a state of war" with its democratic neighbour South Korea. South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye has vowed that South Korea will offer a "strong response" to provocation from the north. North Korea also threatened America with rockets earlier this year.
Australia is urging China to stop sending technology and equipment across the border into North Korea, in order to stifle the dictatorship's nuclear weapons program. There is a current UN-backed sanction aimed at forcing North Korea to abandon its goal of becoming a nuclear power. Our Foreign Minister Bob Carr will be trying to persuade his Chinese counterpart to tighten the enforcement of this sanction.
If Kim Jong-un decides that the time has come to invade South Korea, it is likely his actions would prompt America to respond, which in turn would draw China and, possibly, Australia into the conflict.
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Late last year the North Korean media claimed that proof had been found that Pyongyang, in the north, was the capital city of ancient Korea, as opposed to South Korea's Seoul. This 'proof' was the discovery of a cave which once housed a unicorn. That's right, a unicorn.
Official accounts of North Korea's recently deceased leader, Kim Jong-il, are equally absurd. It is claimed that his birth was accompanied with a double rainbow and that as a child he was a champion sportsperson. When he played his first ever round of golf he is supposed to have scored 11 holes-in-one. North Korea's football coach also claims that Kim Jong-il guided the team through the 2010 World Cup with the use of an invisible telephone, a device said to be invented by the leader himself.
Confronting America has become a matter of personal honour in North Korea. Just in case war ever does come to pass, the order has been given that a priority must be to protect the nation's 35,000 statues of the Kim family.
This is the same country which has control of nuclear weapons, has openly threatened America (a country not known for its peaceful responses) and declared war on South Korea, a democracy and a member of the United Nations.
I'm not usually one to worry about world politics, but North Korea’s actions are enough to leave me deeply concerned. I really feel that the world and, closer to home, Australia, may be on the brink of war. If we are counting on North Korea to make the sensible, rational decision then I think we might be kidding ourselves.
What do you think? Is all this fuss about North Korea not worth the time of day, or do you think the situation could really be jeopardising our country? And if it does come to war, do you think Australia should get involved?
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