Overnight, South Korea’s defense minister offered his resignation amid accusations his department had failed to respond adequately to a surprise military offensive by his country’s secretive northern neighbour. With more threats of violence issued by the North in the last eight hours, and four people dead on the South Korean border island of Yeonpyeong, the Korean peninsula is looking volatile.
So just what are the geopolitical implications of this most recent North Korean offensive? How will China, the US and Japan react to the North? And how real is the threat of all-out conflict in this highly sensitive part of Asia? For his considered views on these questions and more, Breakfast was joined by Dr Craig Snyder, Senior Lecturer at the School of International and Political Studies at Melbourne’s Deakin University.
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