Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called the North Korean regime “crazy” following its bombing of military installation on a South Korean Island 57 years after an armistice that ended the three years of fighting between North and South Korean War.
Then, as today, the United States supported the South Korean government. The Obama administration called on North Korea to “halt belligerent action” that resulted in at least two deaths. Similarly, China still supports North Korea.
Lieberman told a press conference in Jerusalem that means must be taken "to stop and topple this crazy regime.” North Korea helped Syria build a nuclear facility that was bombed by Israel two years ago while it was under construction.
The Foreign Minister noted that failing to topple the North Korean regime is a message to Iran that it also will not be targeted.
North Korea blamed its southern neighbor for the attack, which it said was warning to South Korea to halt military exercises in the area.
Despite the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War, the countries never signed a peace treaty and formally still are at war.
The Korean War was a result of the political division of Korea by agreement of the victorious Allies at the conclusion of the Pacific War. American administrators divided the peninsula along the 38th Parallel, with United States troops occupying the southern part and Soviet troops occupying the northern part.
The 38th Parallel increasingly became a political border between the two Koreas, and cross-border skirmishes and raids escalated into open warfare when North Korean forces invaded South Korea in 1950.