Noticing something I've seen for the first time in my thirteen years in country, Blaine Harden reports on "the fears of many young people in this rich, wired and achievement-obsessed country" as "never before in their lives has North Korea loomed so large -- as a potential threat to personal safety and as an irksome complication in career planning" — Young South Koreans worry about rising tensions with North Korea.
"In the duel between North and South Korea, the question now is who will pull the trigger first?" says Donald Kirk, observing that "just as this society is basking at all-time economic heights, the peninsula could plunge again into deadly chaos with thousands if not millions of lives at stake" — Deadly silence at the DMZ
Reporting from China, Francesco Sisci says "the crisis in the North is in fact deeper today than perhaps ever before in its history - and leads one to think that this time things could be different" — Tough love for an unstable neighbor. "Pyongyang, feeling its back to the wall and having nothing to lose, might want to tempt fate, betting that Seoul is too afraid of the collapse of North Korea to not give Pyongyang credibility and send money its way."
Two local reports on the summit between the South Korean president and the Chinese premier in Seoul today — Lee, Wen discuss Cheonan sinking, regional issues and Beijing vows not to ‘protect’ anyone over Cheonan sinking.
"Conservative Protestant leaders in the South expressed support for President Lee, who is himself a Protestant," while "a Catholic official of the Seoul Archdiocese, who has asked to be unnamed, expressed grave concerns over South Korea’s ‘tit for tat’ policy," reports Paul Hwang from Seoul — Christian leaders split over Korean dispute.
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