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Kim Jong Un: North Korea's 'military muscle' prevented war with South

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Kim Jong Un: North Korea's 'military muscle' prevented war with South


North Korea's "military muscle" and "nuclear deterrent" ended a tense standoff with the nation's southern neighbor, leader Kim Jong Un said Friday.

At a meeting of the powerful Central Military Commission, Kim said the agreement announced earlier this week between North and South Korea "was by no means something achieved on the negotiating table but thanks to the tremendous military muscle with the nuclear deterrent for self-defense," according to the North's official Korean Central News Agency.

The deal, announced early Tuesday, ended an impasse that had threatened to escalate into full-scale military confrontation. Pyongyang expressed regret over its provocations — including a land mine explosion this month that injured two South Korean soldiers — and pledged to stop them. In return, Seoul agreed to halt anti-North Korean messages broadcast across the border.

Calling the standoff "the most dangerous situation which reached the brink of war," Kim discussed with military and other officials the "important strategic tasks to bolster up the national defense capability as firm as (an) iron wall," according to KCNA.

Kim's remarks are not surprising given North Korea's past behavior and statements. The reclusive nation often lashes out against South Korea and the United States and seeks to justify its regime through militaristic remarks.

Before the agreement was reached, Robert Kelly, an associate professor of political science and diplomacy at Pusan National University in South Korea, said the talks provided North Korea a face-saving way to de-escalate a crisis.

"They really don't want to have a war because they know they're going to lose," said Kelly. "They have to gin up some kind of a crisis every few years or so to justify their regime. If there's no tension with South Korea, if there's no 'hostile policies of the Americans,' then there's no reason for that regime to exist."
 

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Is there anyone here who believes in what North Korea's leader is saying about a possible war? He is boasting of a weaponry that could annihilate the border of the 2 Koreas as if he is a big brother, well, in fact North Korea looks like a piece of small dirt on the floor. With one sweep of the broom, that dirt will be gone. Why don't the South flex its muscles to show that braggart boy what war really is?
 

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In any war lives will be lost on both sides. And taking into account the fact that North Korea has nukes which they won't hesitate to use against the South complicates matters a little. Sure if there was a war, with the U.S's help South Korea would win but it would be a Pyrrhic victory.
 

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it would be a Pyrrhic victory
I have been trying to think of that phrase for a few days now. Thank you!

I think putting Kim out of his misery is the only good answer. Send in a Korean James Bond, and put an end to this once and for all.
 

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Of course. They are so full of themselves. I think Kim really doesn't have much of a grasp on reality outside his tiny little bubble. South Korea has so many more allies than North Korea, which is so incredibly isolated and not liked by almost everyone.
 

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