Korean Peninsula On Full Alert; North Korea Severs All Ties With South

South Korean K1 tanks conduct an exercise to prepare for a possible surprise attack by North Korea, near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreasin Yeoncheon, South Korea, Tuesday, May 25, 2010. South Korea resumed propaganda broadcasts into North Korea in response to a deadly torpedo attack that sank a South Korean warship, officials said Tuesday, amid a report that North Korea’s leader ordered troops to be ready for combat.(AP Photo/Kim Do-yoon)

N.Korea says to sever all ties with S.Korea…

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen saber-rattling from North Korea so as both the North and South Korea posture their military forces for an all out conflict its worth noting that this is normal behavior by the North Koreans. What is unusual is the South Koreans taking a harder stance since the sinking of the Cheonan a South Korean Navy Vessel  that was sunk by a North Korean submarine and killed 46 South Korean sailors.

 In most instances North Korea is quick to go on full alert and saber rattle about an all out invasion but normally South Korea takes a benign posture towards the North during these circumstances.

 Yet the South Koreans have taken a harder stance with military exercises and a tougher political stance to the North Korean threats.

The rub is obviously with such heighten alert any small engagement could quickly escalate out of control into a full-blown out military conflict between the two countries who have never signed a peace treaty since the Korean War over seventy years ago.

A South Korean K1 tank fires during an exercise to prepare for a possible surprise attack by North Korea, near the demilitarized zone separating the twoKoreas in Yeoncheon, South Korea, Tuesday, May 25, 2010. South Korea resumed propaganda broadcasts into North Korea in response to a deadly torpedo attack that sank a South Korean warship, officials said Tuesday, amid a report that North Korea’s leader ordered troops to be ready for combat.(AP Photo/Kim Do-yoon)

South Korean artillery soldiers take positions during an exercise against possible North Korean attacks, in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea, near thedemilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, Tuesday, May 25, 2010. South Korea resumed propaganda broadcasts into North Korea in response to a deadly torpedo attack that sank a South Korean warship, officials said Tuesday, amid a report that North Korea’s leader ordered troops to be ready for combat.(AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man)

South Korean Army gunners stand near a howitzer as they prepare for their military drill at a firing range near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, about 45 km (28 miles) north of Seoul, May 25, 2010. North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has reportedly ordered his military to be on combat alert as tensions rise sharply on the peninsula after the South accused its neighbour of sinking a warship.REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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