Why are tensions rising in Korea?

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David Whitehouse explains the background to the latest escalation of the conflict. | Socialist Worker | Read article

“In the ensuing buildup for the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, Kim Jong-un’s father, Kim Jong-il, saw the writing on the wall: Bush felt free to attack Iraq because Saddam Hussein hadn’t developed an effective military deterrent, so the elder Kim resolved to hurry up and get one. North Korea detonated its first nuclear device in 2006.”