World View: China Urges Calm as North and South Korea Trade Military Threats

This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com 

  • China urges calm as North and South Korea trade military threats
  • Venezuela has anti-American love fest at Chávez's funeral

China urges calm as North and South Korea trade military threats

Kim Jong-un inspects the troops on Friday
Kim Jong-un inspects the troops on Friday

Following the U.N. Security Council's approval of a resolution condemning North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons tests, North Korea has upped its vitriolic threats even further and appears to be taking steps to prepare for military action. 

North Korea has canceled the 1953 armistice agreement, as well as other non-aggression agreements with Sorth Korea. They threaten to turn Seoul and Washington into a “sea of fire” and claim their “right to a nuclear pre-emptive strike." Kim Jong-un is inspecting military installations near the border and on the islets in the Yellow Sea. 

According to the North Korean dictator: 

All the service personnel of the ground, naval, air and anti-air and strategic rocket forces are fully ready to fight a Korean style all-out war.

South Korea responded in kind: 

If North Korea provokes a nuclear war, it will vanish from the earth by the will of South Korea and humankind.

China has urged both sides to calm down, but calm seems a long way off, right now. Dong-a Ilbo (Seoul) and Global Times (Beijing)

Venezuela has anti-American love fest at Chávez's funeral

Venezuela's acting president Nicolás Maduro broke into tears again at Friday's funeral for Hugo Chávez, shouting: 

Here we are, Comandante, your men, on their feet. All your men and women... loyal until beyond death.

Huge crowds traveled to Caracas from all over the country to see Chávez's body and to express their love and eternal devotion. A line of people stretched 1 1/2 miles to see the body, but many were turned away. There will be plenty of time to see Chavez's body later, as it will be embalmed and enclosed in a crystal case and left on display forever. 

Cuba's preside Raul Castro and Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were there, receiving loud applause. Ahmadinejad said: 

It is a great pain for us because we have lost a friend. I feel like I have lost myself, but I am sure that he still lives. Chávez will never die. His spirit and soul live on in each of our hearts.

Rev. Jesse Jackson was there, and said, "We pray to God today that you will heal the breach between the U.S. and Venezuela." He later attended Maduro's swearing-in and was hailed by the acting president as "a good man from the United States." 

Sean Penn was there, and like Ahmadinejad, Penn also said he lost a friend, as he explained a day earlier: 

Today the people of the United States lost a friend it never knew it had. And poor people around the world lost a champion. I lost a friend I was blessed to have. My thoughts are with the family of President Chávez and the people of Venezuela.

As we've discussed in previous days, Chávez, himself a mestizo (mixed blood), has become a beloved hero to the mestizo citizens, about 60% of the population, because he defeated the "pure" European descendant élite.

Henrique Capriles on Friday (AP)
Henrique Capriles on Friday (AP)

The fault line between the mestizos and the European descendants was clear from the fact that the political opposition, led by Henrique Capriles, did not attend the funeral at all; they were told, "better that you don't come." Capriles gave an hour-long televised speech in which he called Maduro a bold-faced liar and accused him of using Hugo Chávez's funeral to campaign for the presidency: 

"I tell you clearly, Nicolás [Maduro], I am not going to speak of the times you lied to the country, shamelessly," Capriles said. "The people have not voted for you, boy."

AP and Venezuelanalysis

KEYS: Generational Dynamics, United Nations, China, North Korea, South Korea, Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, Nicolás Maduro, Henrique Capriles 

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