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December 20th, 2010
07:29 AM ET

Korea expert: 'North Koreans will retaliate'

Tensions are in high in the Korean peninsula as South Korea launched live fire military exercises this morning. Although there was no immediate reaction from the North, concern about North Korean aggression remains.

Gordon Chang is the author of "Nuclear showdown: North Korea Takes on The World" and is an expert on the region. He joined us this morning to assess how critical the situation is.


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  1. Average American

    The war has been going on since 1950 and it is time to end it one way or another. North Korea should be eliminated from the face of the planet.

    December 21, 2010 at 7:39 am |
  2. kw

    North Korea won't retaliate. They cannot possibly defeat South Korea. They should consider that prior to starting something serious.

    South Korea will punch their lights out.....all three of them..
    kw

    December 20, 2010 at 2:29 pm |
  3. bruceben9

    it boogles the mind. the defending of a rogue nation that has murdered at least 4 south koreans and most likely sunk that ship. such defenders i hope are standing on nk soil when their buddies decide to lauch missles at their brothers and sisters to the south. fools.

    December 20, 2010 at 2:17 pm |
  4. Eun Ji

    As a SK citizen following this post, I have to disagree with Kess's point. Shelling Yonpyong and sinking Chonahn were outright acts of war, and I hope our military is not stupid enough to put its citizens at danger. The claim that the news that foreigners get is distorted is surprising for the news that is delivered to my home and the online news delivered to me by Western media reflect similar views. The DPRK media, for sure, is the one producing heavily distorted news that tend to brainwash.

    Not sure what is represented by "most South Koreans," however, opinions like this should be expressed with discretion because they would delight the NK regime and could lead others to mistaken views.

    December 20, 2010 at 1:37 pm |
  5. Huh

    This is a classic case of a spoiled child. Throwing tantrum and no one is willing to step up and give discipline. As any parents know, more you give into a child's demand, bigger the demand and tantrum becomes next time. NK will do ANYTHING to get attention and goods for its own comrades. Look at Kim and Kim’s son (He is obese) vs. their people (mal-nutritioned). He need to learn the consequence of his actions. Unfortunately, no one has enough balls to give discipline. Just to add, if anyone think NK is “Peaceful”, I will ask, “You been smoking rope?”

    December 20, 2010 at 1:24 pm |
  6. Ed

    Put the leaders of both countries in a ring and let them fight in out. No need for the rest of us to get drawn into a squabble that should and could be avoided. Saber rattling is akin to "selling wolf tickets". Real wars result in a nations total destruction, loss of wealth and total annihilation and in a global world should be avoided at all cost.

    December 20, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  7. Kess

    "Apparently shelling SK islands and sinking an SK ship were not outright acts of war?"

    I guess foreigners won't understand because the news they get is distorted... especially americans. Most South Koreans don't actually believe NK sunk the SK ship, and NK only fired back after they warned the military not to do artillery drills and shoot into their waters. Stupid SK military ignored it.

    December 20, 2010 at 9:47 am |
  8. Todd Scribner

    Anyone saying that SK is saber rattling, and that NK is pushing honest, progressive dialogue, is absolutely out of their minds, or has another agenda.

    Apparently shelling SK islands and sinking an SK ship were not outright acts of war?

    I actually have a friend in the theater now, and she is explaining to me that popular pressure from the SK civilians is absolutely in favor of slapping back at the North - however, let's keep this in perspective. What we are discussing is SK running military training operations in which NK is in NO WAY being violated – they are simply training operations that allow SK to prepare for a war with NK.

    In contrast NK launches missiles (however ineffective) well within range of Japan, shoots them over other sovereign nations, attacks other nation's ships, shells SK lands, makes deals with the UN and US, and then goes back on them – over and over.

    It seems that 'bears of very little brain' would have you believe that the biggest, toughest kids in school should sit down and compromise with the 98 lb. weakling who has the biggest mouth and is trying ever so hard to push everyone else around. Kill the psycho Kim Jung's son, and this goes away.

    Russia and China........really? So two nations who are truly not our allies can preach restraint to us, but not to their friends in NK? Once again - NK promises to 'respond with deadly force' to SK running military training operations on it's own soil...........

    These heavy-weights can require restraint from us, but not the 98 lb. weakling? .............who's best interest are they acting toward???

    December 20, 2010 at 8:25 am |
  9. John

    Christine Ahn is completely wrong and alarmingly naive. The only way forward for peace in East Asia is the destruction of the thug regime that illegally occupies the northern half of the peninsula. As today's exercise clearly proves, North Korean only speaks the language of force. Twenty years of engagement and dialogue has only made the situation worse. It's time for a new policy line: all efforts must be put into destroying the Third Reich of the 21st Century; the most evil, totalitarian state in existence. North Korea is not interested in peace and needs both the South and the US as enemies more than it needs them as friends. Let's hope this hardline is strengthened and the Korean people's nightmare is ended.

    December 20, 2010 at 8:08 am |
  10. Christine Ahn

    Mr. Chang is just spouting the administration's rhetoric. His assertion that even South Korean progressives have had enough and are calling for more aggression towards North Korea is completely unfounded-he should look at the massive protests held in Seoul in which thousands demonstrated for peace and engagement. Furthermore, if there have been any countries in the region calling for restraint, it's China and Russia, who have called for dialogue. It's South Korea under the neoconservative Lee Myung Bak–backed by the US since the US Forces in Korea has operational control over the ROK military–that has been saber rattling. The only way forward is dialogue, which the North Koreans have been requesting.

    December 20, 2010 at 7:50 am |
  11. TS

    Well you gotta admit, NK comes out looking statesman like and SK looks like a troublemaking litle kid.

    NK did not go for the US fed bait.....I am sure Bolton has severe heartburn right about now.

    December 20, 2010 at 7:43 am |