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South Korea will assemble an emergency meeting of top military leaders Thursday to discuss how to respond to the March sinking of one of its warships and bolster defense readiness, an official said.
The meeting of about 20 top generals will commence after South Korea announces the outcome of an international investigation into the sinking of the 1,200-ton patrol vessel Cheonan in waters near the Yellow Sea border with North Korea.
While a military response from either the United States or South Korea is unlikely, U.S. officials say they are considering a variety of options, ranging from U.N. Security Council action to additional U.S. penalties.
Although Pyongyang's attack on one of America's closest allies in Asia may seem outrageous, U.S. officials fear that a severe reaction might set in motion events that provoke a North Korean military reaction or erode North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's grip on power. Either war or chaos inside North Korea could have devastating security consequences.
Originally posted by Curio
There will be no war over this - SK has too much to lose. I expect some harsh words from the UN and talk of sanctions....maybe some other symbolic stuff....but SK will NOT lose Seoul (we all know it would be destroyed) and undo all these years of becoming a modern and prosperous country, over the sinking of one ship. And that's what they SHOULD do - why drag themselves down to NK's level when their country is 100000x better