North Korea proposed a series of tension-easing steps to South Korea, including one that the North expected the South to reject--canceling regular military exercises with the United States--which is exactly what has happened.
The North has repeatedly demanded an end to the drills. Most experts say the North will confine its opposition to shrill rhetoric. Foreign Confidential disagrees: the stage is set for fresh provocations by Pyongyang, including nuclear and missile tests, and acts of armed aggression. Attacks on South Korean land and sea targets are possible, triggering retaliatory strikes by Seoul and resulting clashes that could easily escalate into full-blown conflict.