The Korean War ended in 1953 with an armistice. This is popularly believed to declare peace, but this is no more or less than a ceasefire. Since then, North and South Korea have remained divided at the 38th Parallel, more commonly known as the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The DMZ remains the most dangerous border in the world, and two North Korean soldiers stand face-to-face on the only remotely safe part of the border in order to prevent one another from defecting to South Korea. Defection could potentially tip off aggression, and citizens on the Northern side are defecting by climbing electric fences and going across mine fields. North Korea has been under the Kim dynasty since 1948. In the 1930’s Kim Il-sung rebelled against Japanese-fascist influence which led to North Korea’s communist indoctrination from Joseph Stalin which is heavily present to this day.
North Korea remains racially isolated by disallowing foreign influence and instantly indoctrinating tourists whom they rarely get since it is so difficult to get into the nation to begin with. The multitude views North Korea as a nation stuck in the times of the Cold War due to how long the Kim dynasty has been able to isolate and corrupt their citizens. The nation still has a Soviet-like metro that the oligarchic government decorated with lavish propaganda that makes the United States military appear as tyrannical and imperialistic warmongers.
Now under grandson Kim Jong-un, North Korea has constructed more alleged nuclear weapons, and they have expanded their military to become the fourth largest in the world. North Korea is approximately the size of Mississippi for perspective. Since the armistice, the United Nations and North Korean army have stood armed face-to-face. However, Un recently proposed peace negotiations to the White House. On Feb. 7, U.S. warned North Korea that there would be ‘serious consequences’ to North Korea’s rocket launch. The White House has essentially declined this offer, demanding North Korea denuclearizes in order to establish some form of peace. North Korea backed out after that response.
Secretary of State John Kerry will meet on Tuesday with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Washington State Department to discuss what actions should be taken in response to North Korea’s rocket launch that failed; the rocket was of extremely low quality. People are concerned because their ability to construct weapons and learn more engineering could lead to another cold or world war. It is essential that U.S. possesses the building block to peace. The United Nations will continue to encourage North Korea to denuclearize even after the failed attempt at peace and the failed rocket launch, for North Korea is potentially decades away from gaining threatening nuclear capabilities, but the Obama administration continues to warn Un as Un continues to expand his military despite not being allowed to do so.