NK provocation expected soon
There are speculations that North Korea will engage in acts of violence in the near future.
In a conference on the election of a new president in South Korea held in Washington, D.C., Prof. Victor Cha of Georgetown University said there is a good chance that North Korea will conduct some act of violence 16-18 weeks after the election as it has in the past.
Cha projected that the initiation will take place around April or May.
Scott Nider, a researcher with the Committee on Foreign Relations, said North Korea has always tried to test the new South Korean government following an election.
“There is a possibility that this could take place earlier than expected,” he said.
Cha said such expectations will be essential in setting the direction for North Korean policies by the newly-elected Park Geun-hye and her forth coming government.
“She is apparently toward a firm relationship with the United States and Washington welcomes this,” he said.
North Korea has engaged in numerous provocations with the South, including an attack on a South Korean tourist to Mt. Keumgang in July, 2008 not long after the election of Lee Myung-bak as the South Korean President.