Charles K. Armstrong, Professor of Korean Studies at Columbia University, discusses the heavily militarized Korean DMZ and disputed borders that make North/South conflicts unavoidable; how the N. Korean bombardment was a response (justified or not) to provocative S. Korean war games; how US interference – including a significant military presence in the South – hobbles reunification talks; Seoul’s risk of annihilation by an artillery barrage from the North and why N. Korean dictator Kim Jong-il is not nearly as crazy as Western media would have us believe.
MP3 here. (9:32)
Charles K. Armstrong is The Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences at Columbia University. He is the author of Korean Society: Civil Society, Democracy and the State and The North Korean Revolution, 1945-1950.