Huge plumes of smoke rising from Yeonpyeong island in the disputed waters of the Yellow Sea on November 23, 2010.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned North Korea’s artillery attack on South Korea’s Yeongpyeong Island as “one of the gravest incidents since the end of the Korean War.” The North Koreans say the attack was retaliation for South Korean naval exercises which, they contend, crossed into their territorial waters. South Korea responded with howitzers and fighter jets. Officials in Seoul said there could be considerable North Korean casualties. The entire skirmish lasted about an hour. How serious was this battle and what are the chances it could flare into a full-scale war? And how is the Korean community of Los Angeles responding?
Jim Walsh, International Security Expert, Security Studies Program, Center for International Studies, at M.I.T. He’s working on a book on North Korea for Yale University Press.
Hye Young Ku, Reporter for Korea Daily