South Korea plans to build up their missile capabilities in response to the North Korean nuclear test:
The MND said South Korea’s military has deployed cruise missiles capable of striking anywhere in the North, and was accelerating its development of systems capable of detecting, intercepting, and destroying incoming ballistic missiles.
South Korea’s Yonhap News reported Tuesday that U.S. and South Korean military officials will meet in Washington on Feb. 21 to discuss possible deterrence strategies toward Pyongyang, including intelligence-sharing and possible pre-emptive measures. The MND spokesman said he did not have information about the meeting.
The nuclear test has highlighted the seemingly intractable problem of convincing North Korea to abandon its weapons program. [Stars and Stripes]
However this Korean professor believes there is nothing that can be done:
Yang Mu-jin, a political science professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul, said economic sanctions have proven ineffective and a pre-emptive military strike is off the table because it could escalate to a larger conflict. South Korea will likely conduct military drills in the East Sea as a show of strength, he said, but a naval blockade of North Korea would be ineffective because the reclusive country has little dependence on trade.
“The only thing we can do is have talks with North Korea,” he said.
I disagee, there is actually much more that can be done. Like One Free Korea has been saying for years and I have been echoing putting North Korea back on the State Sponsors of Terrorism List and having the Treasury Department go after banks doing business with North Korea is a good place to start. Long time ROK Drop readers may remember how effective the banking sanctions were during the Banco Delta Asia incident back in 2006 that actually caused a change in North Korean behavior.
Finally congrats to One Free Korea which has taken over the Washington Post in recent days.