Thursday, May 27, 2010

All's well out here...

Just a quick note to friends and family that all is well out here in SoKo, despite the turmoil w. the North. Call me self-interested, but the only immediate adverse effect seems to be a drop in the exchange rate from won to dollars.

(info taken from the CSIS Critical Questions: The Aftermath of the Cheonan, written by Victor D. Cha.)
At 9:22 p.m. on March 26, the ROK Navy corvette Cheonan sank in the Yellow Sea just south of the disputed Northern Limit Line near Baengnyeong Island after an explosion in the ship's stern ripped it in two. Of the 104 South Korean sailors on board, 58 were rescued; 46 are dead or remain missing. Experts from the United States,the United Kingdom, Australia, and Sweden assisted in an internationally transparent investigation into the explosion, the results of which were announced on Thursday, May 20. According to the team of international investigators, "The evidence points overwhelmingly to the conclusion that the torpedo was fired by a North Korean submarine... There is no other plausible explanation."
North Korea still denies any involvement in the Cheonan's sinking and accuses the South of deliberately souring relations.