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The Cheonan Tragedy: Seoul’s New Direction

The sinking of the Cheonan presents some tough choices for South Korea. How will it respond?

Since the end of the Cold War, North Korean acts of violence against South Korea have occurred exclusively at sea, as evidenced in the inter-Korean naval battles of 1999, 2002 and 2009, all of which took place around the maritime demarcation line between the two Koreas, the Northern Limit Line (NLL) along the West Sea. Meanwhile, though ballistic missile tests grab headlines, the majority of known North Korean missile tests over the past two decades have involved anti-ship

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