Tensions in Korea - Donald Kirk
We started this segment with a clip from some of the residents of Yeonpyeong, South Korea. They're describing yesterday's attack on their island. They say that after watching artillery shells rain down on them for three hours, they began to flee ... and that it was like a war. One woman says her house burned down. A man says he saw other houses on fire, as well as the mountains themselves.
This morning, the tensions continue to run high in what some say is the worst conflict between North and South Korea since the armistice that ended the fighting in the Korean War. A U.S. aircraft carrier with a crew of 6075 warplanes and 4 other vessels is bound for Korean waters to take part in what the U.S. says is a military exercise in South Korea. Two South Korean soldiers and some civilians were killed. More than a dozen were injured in the attacks. South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak is talking about retaliation. We aired a clip.
For a sense of the mood in South Korea, we were joined by Donald Kirk. He's the Seoul correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor. He is also the author of Korea Betrayed: Kim Dae Jung and Sunshine.
Tensions in Korea - Panel
For their thoughts on the what's motivating North and South Korea. and what the consequences of the conflict could be... we were joined by Han Park. He's the Director for the Study of Global Issues at the University of Georgia. He's the author of North Korea: The Politics of Unconventional Wisdom. And he has been involved in informal negotiations between The United States and North Korea. Han Park was in Athens, Georgia. Kongdan Oh is with the Institute for Defence Analyses. She's also a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and the co-author of The Hidden People of North Korea: Everyday Life in the Hermit Kingdom. She was in Springfield, Virginia. And John Hemmings is a Research Analyst at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies in London, England.