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South Korea’s U.N. Ambassador: ‘War possible, but unlikely’

April 2nd, 2013
04:06 PM ET

South Korea’s Ambassador to the U.N. Kim Sook told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that a war with North Korea is “always possible, but at that moment whether it is practically possible: rather negative.”

Ambassador Kim said war is unlikely because South Korea has experienced this very situation many times in the past.

“The high level of rhetoric and this time around invectives – we have seen many times before,” Kim said. Though, the ambassador admitted that the level of this language and “slandering” – as Kim put it –is different this time around.

“But people in Seoul and by and large the South Korean people are not in panic, they don’t expect a war could happen anytime soon,” Kim said.

South Korea just elected a new President, Park Geun-hye, who is also the country’s first female president. Ambassador Kim dismissed the fact that she has been characterized as a largely untested leader, saying that new presidents have been tested before with these types of situations upon taking office in South Korea.

North Korea has made personal attacks against President Park, referencing her gender.

“The female president does not necessarily mean she is weak. She is politically very solid,” Kim said. Adding, “We leave nothing to chance.”

Ambassador Kim also emphasized that talking with their neighbors is still on the table.

“Dialogue is by and large the first and foremost way to engage North Korea,” he said.


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  1. Sean King

    I enjoyed Christiane Amanpour's 5pm EST North Korea report today, but would note just a few things. She three times referred to North Korea as the 'Hermit Kingdom." But in fact, 'Hermit Kingdom' was a 19th Century term coined for Korea as a whole (long before its division into North and South) by foreigners wishing to open up Korea to trade. Workers in the Kaesong Industrial Complex may get paychecks, but they must promptly turn over all, or just about all, their wages to the state. China prefers Washington negotiate directly with Pyongyang. But absent our willingness to do so, Beijing put forth the idea of the Six-Party talks to give us cover for U.S.-N. Korean bilats that might just happen to occur within the, or on the margins of, the Six-Party talks.

    April 2, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  2. chul k Joung

    awful awful .
    United States and S.Korea is allied countries.
    S.Korean grant fully help US when US got bad situation.
    I m sure US do other way.
    this is not protect matter.
    Can U say US protect UK? Can U?
    if U say yes by U. U are crazy.

    April 3, 2013 at 9:04 pm | Reply
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    If the shield fails. There will be strikes. Asian population will reduce. Korea will say we did not do it.

    April 5, 2013 at 11:52 am | Reply
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    why should one country disturb the whole world? if persuasion fails force must be applied .

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