Since this blog is hardly anyone’s go-to source for news, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the latest trouble in Korea. For those who didn’t, the short version is that North Korea bombarded a South Korean island near some disputed waters on the west side. The attack was made on a civilian town, not a military installation. North Korea claims that it attacked in response to South Korean aggression, by which they mean a training exercise that was taking place in the area.
So now China is calling for a resumption of the six-nation talks (i.e., North Korea, South Korea, America, China, Japan, and Russia) “to end North Korea’s atomic ambitions be restarted [sic], amid alarm over Pyongyang’s latest nuclear claims and artillery fired at South Korea.”
“It is China’s consistent and firm position to realise de-nuclearisation on the (Korean) peninsula through dialogue and consultation,” Hong [Lei, China’s foreign ministry spokesman] said. . . .
The North recently disclosed to visiting US experts an apparently operational uranium enrichment programme — a second potential way of building a nuclear bomb.
The North shut down its ageing gas graphite reactor in 2008 under a six-nation deal, after stockpiling enough weapons-grade plutonium for possibly six to eight small bombs.
North Korea’s thus-far unstopped nuclear program and open acts of aggression have far-reaching implications. As DEBKAfile notes:
[T]he Obama administration was clearly not about to meet Japanese pressure for joint military action in support of Seoul or reinforce its fighting forces on the peninsula – even as a deterrent. . . The Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s second demand in his call to President Barak Obama after the North Korean attack was to convene an urgent UN Security Council meeting. That too went unheeded. The session France announced would take place Tuesday night was indefinitely postponed. . . .
Our sources add that closely in tune with Pyongyang, Tehran will be encouraged by the Obama administration’s inaction against North Korea to greater pugnacity against Israel whose position in the Middle East Iran sees as akin to that of South Korea in the Far East. Both are regarded in Iran as tied hand and foot by Washington and therefore in no position to defend themselves without the US sayso.
Iran’s mechanical (and software?) difficulties with their nuclear program notwithstanding, there can be little doubt that America’s response to the Korean crisis, or lack thereof, will be watched and measured carefully by Tehran. If we are not willing to defend a long-standing ally, not even to join in a call for emergency U.N. action (however useless the U.N. may be), then Iran has no reason to believe that we will take any real action against it. On the other hand, how much have we allowed our hands to be tied by letting the Chinese finance our lifestyles, social programs, and military?
Revelation 16:12 speaks of the Kings of the East having their own independent force during the Last Battle. This suggests that they retain at least some degree of independence, as well as a powerful military force, even during the reign of the Beast. As we watch events in the East develop, we should not be surprised at all to see the sun rise over China at the same time that twilight falls on the United States.
In the meantime, let us keep the Koreans, both South and North, in our prayers. While the South Koreans look at the threat of war with fear, the North Koreans live a daily nightmare under Kim Jong Il.
- North Korea blames South Korea for latest attack (telegraph.co.uk)
- Obama pledges US to defend its ally South Korea (boston.com)
- North Korea shells South Korean island: Q&A (telegraph.co.uk)
- Analysis: Attack is North Korean bid for attention (sfgate.com)
- Global alarm over N Korea attack (bbc.co.uk)
- N. Korea Attacks: Prelude to War? (abcnews.go.com)
- North Korea bringing bluster, not Armageddon (news.nationalpost.com)