Prayer Urged for Rising Korean Tensions
ICC Note: North Korea steps toward war; ministry urges prayer for besieged Christians
5/28/10 North Korea (MNN) ― Tensions between North and South Korea rose even higher this week.
Yesterday, North Korea invalidated the 2004 accord designed to prevent an escalation of war along the Demilitarized Zone, a 2.5-mile-wide buffer between Korea's two opposing armies. It's the world's most heavily-fortified border, which was created as part of the Korean War armistice of 1953.
Accusations have flown since international investigators confirmed a North Korean submarine torpedoed the South Korean navy corvette, the Cheonan, killing 46 sailors. he incident occurred last week, in waters south of a western sea border, defended by the South, and ignored by the North.
Making good on an earlier threat, the North Korean military is also considering blocking communications and transportation across the land border.
Carl Moeller with Open Doors observes that this could be a costly provocation and "could certainly mean that North Korea plunges headlong into total insanity and goes to war with the South. There would be millions of casualties."
Economic sanctions would also likely occur, which would further devastate an already destitute nation. At the bottom of the social scale are those with no voice and no standing: the Christians. They'd be easy marks with attention focused on the potential of war.