Hyun Lee hosts WBAI’s Asia Pacific Forum on November 29, 2010
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Early last week, 70,000 South Korean and U.S. troops engaged in an annual military drill, involving 50 warships, 90 helicopters, 500 warplanes, and 600 tanks mobilized for war simulation exercises. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) criticized the mobilization, stating that they were provocative, and demanded that South Korea halt the drill. South Korean artillery units fired toward DPRK from a battery close to the DPRK coast, within a disputed maritime region called the Northern Limit Line (NLL), provoking artillery exchange between the two nations. We’ll talk to JT Takagi and Christine Hong for a critical perspective on the hostilities between North and South Korea, and on the US’s role.
Christine Hong is an assistant professor of Asian American and Critical Pacific Rim Studies at UC Santa Cruz.
JT Takagi is with the Korea Policy Institute and the National Campaign to End the Korean War.