Written By: Mohammed al-kibsi
Article Date: Dec 1, 2010 - 5:40:31 PM
Thousands of angry South Korean people demonstrated in Seoul last Saturday have on Saturday scuffled with police outside the defense ministry in the capital, Seoul demanding a harder line against neighboring North Korea. Some demonstrators set off fire extinguishers and waved sticks as they called on the government to take action after four people were killed as a result of North Korea shelling of Yeonpyeong island, near the disputed Yellow Sea maritime border.
The North Korean provocations were not new as the North Korean regime got used to attack their peaceful neighbors in South Korea since the response is always condemnation of the aggressive act and that’s it!
Unfortunately the latest north Korean attack happened following my short visit to Seoul where I met with a number of South Korean officials, journalists, politicians, and students.
As a Yemeni national I discussed with the south Korean friends possibilities of unifying the two parts of Korea and ways of benefiting from the Yemeni and German experiences. Their response was positive however they said that they had tried for almost ten years to extend their hands to their fraternal in the North but all their attempts ended to failure as the North Korean regime under the KIM dynasty leadership used all aids presented from the South to build nuclear weapons and missiles to attack the south.
Following the latest provocations that resulted in killing I received emails from some students that I met in Seoul who were in favor of unifying with the North. In their emails they expressed anger and frustration. They said they were frustrated because everytime the liberals of south Korea try to get more supporters and trust among the south Korean people the North Korean regime betrays them and devastates their efforts, launching attacks against south Korea and killing military and civilians. They were angry too for killing civilians.
“We feel that the North Korean regime is blackmailing us” said south Korean girl in one of the emails.
They all asked me as a journalist to help their country and explain to the international community that the North Korean regime is an aggressive one and that they do not want have war with the North Koreans or with any other nation.
Their message is clear and the ball now is in the ground of the international community, particularly those that have good relations with the North Koreans to advise them to stop provocations and killing innocent people. These countries, particularly China have also to pressure on the North Korean regime if they really care about international peace.
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