South Korean President Lee Myung-bak visits front army units at front line observations posts prior to live fire exercises (Source: HO via South African Times Live)

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak visits front army units at front line observations posts prior to live-fire exercises (Source: HO via South African Times Live)

STRATFOR Global Intelligence provided a good primer today on the current North and South Korea saber rattlings:

While I went to sleep last night comfortable in the notion that the North Koreans were unwilling to disrupt any international aid bargaining tables they’re currently inching towards, a new regime and an intensely paranoid nation makes for some amount of unpredictability.

I expect little response beyond idle threats from Pyongyang while South Korea and the US conduct these drills, and while I’d call it a very safe bet, the nature of gambling means that sometimes the house beats your sure hand.

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Craig was born & raised in the United States, having recently returned there after over five years in Asia. He is currently pursuing further education in the realms of East Asian Studies and Politics. Craig is an avid fan of the political, economic, and military machinations occurring throughout the Asian continent and how those turning gears affect the rest of the world. He's currently covering both North and South Korea for Asia Security Watch, enjoying shedding light on to this far-too-often ignored slice of Asia.
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