What Happens After One Side Withdraws From a Truce?
North Korea has announced it is withdrawing from the truce that, at least in practical terms, ended the Korean War…
North Korea threatened to attack South Korea one day after Seoul announced that it would join a U.S.-led naval exercise, aimed at intercepting any shipments suspected of carrying materials used in the making of weapons of mass destruction….The government also proclaimed that the North would no longer honor the North-South armistice signed at the end of the Korean War.What happens next will be determined, in significant measure, by the facts that 1) the United States currently led by a President who fancies himself a liberal internationalist and 2) we are moving headlong into the kind of situation where the weaknesses of liberal internationalism are most exposed, i.e. what happens when one nation decides it doesn’t want to honor its negotiated agreements, and that it has no interest in living in harmony with the rest of the “community of nations”?
The North Koreans are gambling that, despite its unsolved problems, the Obama administration will stay committed to a minimal-action, liberal internationalist ideology.