North Korea Fires Artillery Shells In ‘Grave Warning’ to Seoul

Photo: KCNA/Reuters [via Al Jazeera]

The Facts

  • A spokesman for the Korean People's Army (KPA) for North Korea confirmed that Pyongyang fired 100 more artillery shells off its west coast on Wednesday. The North claimed this move was in response to Seoul's firing of multiple rocket launchers near the border of both nations and characterized its response as a "grave warning."

  • This development comes after the North test-fired about 250 rounds of artillery from its east and west coasts on Tuesday.

The Spin

Republican narrative

You cannot blame Kim Jong-un for flexing North Korea’s military muscle when Biden is recklessly saber-rattling with Taiwan and China. How does Kim know the US will not also team up with South Korea for an invasion of the North? Trump's relationship with and policies towards North Korea maintained stability in the Korean Peninsula.

Democratic narrative

Kim Jong-Un's geopolitical actions have been erratic, and his missile launches are destabilizing the Peninsula. Instead of provoking a confrontation, Kim should take the Biden administration up on its offer to meet without preconditions, and settle any of his grievances peacefully. Biden is showing strength and prudence in the region.

Nerd narrative

There's a 17% chance that North Korea and South Korea will be recognized as a single sovereign state by 2045, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

Political split



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