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12 Mar 2013 Al Jazeera

posted Mar 14, 2013, 4:01 AM by Jong Kun Choi   [ updated Feb 1, 2015, 6:32 AM ]

12 Mar 2013 Al Jazeera
A declaration of war or a call for help?

North Korea has walked away from the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War 60 years ago. "The Chinese are already very fed up. Very, very disappointed, and disappointed far too many times. But they are still not going to do anything about it and the North Koreans know it. North Korea is about the only last true friend that the Chinese Communist Party - in contrast to China - still has in the world and the Chinese Communist Party is not prepared to see the Korean Workers Party collapse. And therefore they can afford to blackmail the Chinese much the same way they are blackmailing South Korea, the US and the rest of the world." - Steve Tsang, a professor of contemporary Chinese studies at Nottingham University It also shut down a humanitarian hotline with South Korea, vowing to turn its neighbour into a "sea of fire". North Korean troops were reported to be in a combat mobilisation posture. Tensions are rising as the US and South Korea are conducting their annual military drills - a move that has provoked the latest threats. MORE