The Two Koreas: War or Peace?

1857 WordsJun 21, 20188 Pages
On a bright, summer morning on the Yellow Sea in 1999, two eruptive nations clashed once again, one of many stirring incidents that have happened between the sensitive time-bombs after their famous war. Bullets whizzed past the North and South Korean sailors, and volley of cannon fires caused shattering damage and destructive chaos which went on for ten minutes. This ruthless shootout resulted in heavy casualties on both sides and a sunken vessel; caused by this unstable “battle”, whether the two countries will coexist in a stale mate any further remains a mystery. United States and bordering countries fear of a fully engaged nuclear war, but despite the worries, both Koreas have shown attempts of peaceful negotiations by sending officials…show more content…
Finally, after stalling for two more years, the armistice was signed on July 27, 1953, which drew a new boundary near the 38th parallel giving South Korea extra 1500 squared mile and creating a 2-mile wide demilitarized zone that still exists today. The relatively short but exceptionally brutal war came to an end, and resulted in 5 million lives dead, over half of them civilians. The war that ended six decades ago still split the two nations that were one in the past. Representatives from all parts of the world continue their debate on the fate of the two Koreas, and, proved by the incidents that follow the aforementioned war, a change is imminent, whether it may be a second Korean War or a movement for peace and unification. However, small clashes and shootouts do keep the tension between them high, and the world waits nervously for a spark to initiate the change. Both war and peace can become the outcome as stated by Kevin Sullivan, who addresses the incident at the Yellow Sea. Whether the conflict was an unexpected miscalculation or a premeditated military act, it was a clear example of the high tension between the sensitive countries. According to the author, some officials saw this clash as a “reckless military provocation” designed to push the two Koreas to ‘the brink of war.” The officials argued that tension between the countries was at its highest level, and that war would be inevitable. However, more optimistic views

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