Conflict on the Korean Peninsula

Conflict on the Korean Peninsula

A deadly exchange of artillery fire between North and South Korea has heightened tensions on the peninsula. Diane and guests explore what it could mean for stability in the region and U.S. efforts to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear program.

The U.S. has sent an aircraft carrier to Korea to take part in naval drills to begin this weekend in response to an attack against South Korea by the North. Four South Koreans – including two civilians – were killed when North Korea fired a barrage of artillery on an island in disputed maritime waters. The attack has provoked the gravest escalation of tensions between the two countries in decades. The conflict comes on the heels of worrisome revelations about North Korea's nuclear capabilities. What options the U.S. has to deal with the crisis and what's behind North Korea's actions.

Guests

Kenneth Lieberthal

senior fellow and director of the John L. Thornton China Center at The Brookings Institution; former senior director for Asia at the National Security Council under President Clinton.

David Sanger

chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, author of "The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power."

Michael Green

former special assistant to the president for national security affairs (2004-2005) and director, Asian affairs at the National Security Council (2001-2005). Currently he is the Japan chair and a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is also an associate professor of international relations at Georgetown University.

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