- North Korea has reportedly altered its wartime strategy to concentrate on Seoul metropolitan area (Joongang Daily)
- Korean won near nineteen-month high on better-than-expected economic news (Bloomberg)
- Kospi hits 22-month high on KRW rise (Joongang Daily)
- Finance Minister sees five percent growth in 2011 (Reuters)
- US Assistant Secretary of State says Washington is prepared to take action if North Korea determined to have been responsible for sinking of Chonan (Yonhap)
- President Lee to discuss Chonan sinking with PRC President Hu Jintao (Korea Herald)
- US remains cautious on cause of sinking (Yonhap)
- Militant labor union puts off one-day strike until middle of next month due to national mourning period (Yonhap)
- WHO director-general makes rare visit to North Korea (Yonhap)
- Court in Pusan has bribery scandal "whistleblower" re-arrested (Korea Times)
- Anti-English Spectrum pressures Korea Tourism Organization to fire David from popular ad campaign after accusations of sexually harassing young co-star; says unqualified cartoon will also be investigated for drug use and unorthodox Tokto views (OhMyNews)
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Daily Kor for April 27, 2010
The news story at #1 is something I find disturbing, but hardly surprising. It's hardly surprising because the threat of a massive North Korean artillery attack (not to mention acts or terror from elements already in the metropolitan area itself) on the heavy population concentration so close to the DMZ is an excellent deterrent against any South Korean leader who might decide to take DPRK out.
What I find so disturbing about it is that it provides an opportunity — even if it is a long shot — for an actual winning strategy: If North Korean can move hard enough and fast enough to take the capital, then all bets are off for what comes next. The "North Korea will surely collapse" scenario is by no means a given, particularly if the US is out of the picture, ROK bases are hit hard enough, and there is a threat to even more population centers. Sound far-fetched? They tried it once before and who knows if the Chinese (or Russians) would actually flip in favor of Seoul this time?
Okay, I'm done scaring ya'll. I actually have no knowledge that anything is worse now than, say, back in the 1990s when Clinton almost bombed Yongbyon (something I wasn't all that concerned about while in Korea but suddenly became freaked out about when I got to California and saw how much it was being talked up in the papers — this was pre-high-speed Internet days).