Korean War Vet Weighs In On Current Korea Situation

By Scott Sarvay

November 23, 2010 Updated Nov 23, 2010 at 5:47 PM EST

KOREA (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Already high tensions are coming to a boil between North and South Korea as the two exchanged artillery fire Tuesday morning.

The exchange happened after the North shelled an island near their disputed sea border, killing at least two South Korean Marines, setting dozens of buildings on fire and sending civilians fleeing for shelter.

South Korea's allies, including the U.S., are promising a unified and measured response.

Mark Toner with the State Department says, “Everybody involved is stunned by North Korea's provocative actions. We are working again within an established framework with our partners so that we have a deliberate approach to this. We’re not going to respond willy-nilly.”

President Obama has met several times on the situation with his National Security team and is expected to call South Korea's president Tuesday evening.

5th District Indiana Congressman, Dan Burton, who is the Republican Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Korea issued the following statement: “I stand with President Obama in strongly condemning this atrocity.”

And here locally a veteran of the Korean War is speaking out about the differences a modern-day conflict might hold for Koreans and their allies across the globe.

He says he doubts the U.S. would send troops. But would likely send money and weapons.

He also says the u-n may get involved... Or the chinese who may be concerned about north korea gaining power.

Commander Ken Roemke with the Korean Veterans Association says, “The weapons they have today, there's just no comparison between now and then. The difference between the wars today, before there was always the other guy in the other uniform. Today, you don't know your adversary."

He says in an ideal world North Korea would sign a nuclear arms treaty. Though their nuclear capabilities are still unclear.




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