23 November 2010 - KOREAN INCIDENT UNDERLINES PENINSULA’S UNPREDICTABILITY, NATO PARLIAMENTARIANS LEARN IN SEOUL
The scale of the security challenges on the Korean peninsula was dramatically underscored for visiting members of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly by the North Korean artillery attack on a South Korean island on November 23.
“I condemn this senseless attack and extend my sincere condolences and sympathies to those affected,” said Julio Miranda Calha, a member of the Portuguese parliament leading the delegation of NATO member state legislators to Seoul. “The incident is proof that the issues we are discussing during our visit to Korea are real and deserve immediate attention.”
The attack came as members of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Defence and Security Committee were visiting
The delegation learned of the unfolding events during its meeting with U.S. General Walter Sharp, the Commander of United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea.
The South Korean government’s hard-line policies towards the North were unlikely to be significantly affected by the incident, the delegation later heard from South Korean experts at the ASAN Institute for Policy Studies.
HAHM Chaibong, Director, ASAN Institute for Policy Studies,
The delegation, which includes 16 members of parliament from 10 NATO member states, is later scheduled to visit the Demilitarized Zone separating North and
A detailed visit report will be available shortly after the conclusion of the mission.