Long history of tension between North Korea and the U.S.
WAUSAU (WAOW) -
A Wisconsin historian is shedding light on the current crisis in North Korea.
and the United States
have a long history, and tension between the two is nothing new.
Jeff Leigh, a history professor at UW-Marathon County, has been watching the situation unfold. Leigh says the tension dates back to
the Korean War, which started in 1950.
The country was divided and the United States fought along side
South Korean troops.
"The United States (would) then provide 88 percent of the
troops in what becomes known as the Korean war, as what they perceived as
unprovoked North Korean aggression," said Leigh.
Both sides agreed to a cease fire three years after the war
started, but a peace treaty was never signed.
"The war is not technically over. But on both sides,
there seems to be little inclination to restarting it," said Leigh.
Leigh says this latest threat is just one of many.
"There are a lot of provocations, there's a lot of
chest pumping, a lot of language, but there seems to be little desire to start
a full on military engagement from either side," said Leigh.
But threats have also come with attempts to repair the
relationship. At this point, those attempts have been unsuccessful.
"They have certainly maintained their military ties
with South Korea.
They have not allowed North
Korea to bluster and bully them, but at the
same time, they've maintained the door open for further negotiations,"
History experts say North Korea has problems of its
Korea really is an unusual country, very
much alone in the world, very much cut off, even at the governmental level,
from most of everything else happening. So, there is a different sort of
mentality there and a great deal of fear of the entire rest of the world,"
Leigh told Newsline 9.
The rest of the world is looking on, watching for North Korea's