Is war coming between North Korea and South Korea? Last month's sinking of a South Korean warship and the recently released findings from the investigation have stoked the fire of hatred between the two countries. Tensions were rising on the divided Korean peninsula in the wake of an investigation report blaming North Korea for a torpedo attack that sank the Cheonan warship killing 46 South Korean sailors.
South Korea announced yesterday plans to slash trade with the North and to not allow North Korean shipping to pass through South Korean waters. Today North Korea responded by declaring it would cut all ties with the South until President Lee Myung-bak leaves office in early 2013. South Korean ships and airliners will be banned from passing through its territory and the North will start "all-out counterattacks" against the South's psychological warfare.
South Korea also wants to bring North Korea before the UN Security Council over the sinking. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday he expects the council to take action against North Korea, but China has so far done little but urge calm on all sides.
Hopefully the sides will stop escalating tensions and avoid some sort of war.