Tensions on the Korean peninsula are ratcheting up. The US has started its annual war games with South Korean forces, and North Korea has used that fact to declare that it is invalidating the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War in 1953. What really has North Korea upset, though, is the tough, new sanctions passed by the United Nations in response to the North's nuclear test last month.Here are the top four questions analysts are wrestling with on the heels of these developments.
This follows threats from Pyongyang last week both to end the armistice and to 'exercise the right to a preemptive nuclear attack.'
The real test will be in China's follow-through on 'little brother' North Korea.
North Korea on Tuesday threatened to attack the US and South Korea with “lighter and smaller nukes”. The threats and recent tests of long-range rockets and nuclear weapons are not the result of bravado, rather of fear, Alic writes.
The UN Security Council is expected today to approve a new round of sanctions against Pyongyang in response to its nuclear weapon test last month.