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Koreas Edge Closer to Conflict

North Korea and South Korea are closer than ever to resuming armed confrontation.
Sunday Kim Jong-il's regime tore up the non-aggression pact the two states had signed in 1991, saying “There is neither way to improve (relations) nor hope to bring them on track.? The Telegraph reports.
North Korea's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea blamed South Korea for bringing the two countries to the edge of war.
Reuters reports that the communist party newspaper stated that “The policy of confrontation with the DPRK (North Korea) pursued by the (South Korean) group is ... the very source of military conflicts and war between the North and the South,?
The states are still considered at war due to the fact that the conflict in 1950-1953 did not end in a peace treaty but a cease fire.
The two countries have more than a million combined troops near their shared border as well as 28,000 American troops deployed to defend South Korea.
North Korea has threatened to demolish the Southern government, which is led by President Lee Myung-Bak, numerous times over the past few months.
South Korea has mostly ignored these threats, and as Bruce Klingner, an expert on Korean affairs at the Heritage Foundation in Washington said, "North Korea's escalating threats do not indicate major hostilities are imminent, however they could easily presage another round of tactical naval confrontations.?
Kim Jong-il is confident of his people's willingness to go to war, telling Reuters that “the (North) Korean people are ready to flatten even a mountain and empty even a sea at one go when called for by the Party."