Edited by Gloria R. Lalumia
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WORLD MEDIA WATCH FOR JULY 7, 2006
1//Asia Times Online, Hong Kong--N KOREA’S ACE THREATENS US-SEOUL ALLIANCE (… In fact, Kim's greatest success may have been to deepen the divisions that raise serious questions about the future of the US-South Korean alliance. The launch of the North Korean missiles hardly fazed South Koreans, who saw the whole show as just another one of those gestures that may make headlines for a few days but bear little relevance to daily life on the streets of Seoul. "We're worried but not that worried," one South Korean told Asia Times Online. "If South Korea were still in the World Cup, this wouldn't even be the top news." … Here too, however, North Korea may count on another weapon - that of public opinion in South Korea. While North Korean missiles are of little real concern in Seoul, attack by the US and Japan on North Korean bases would risk massive protests in the South, rendering US bases there either useless or untenable. Kim, in such an event, would have succeeded in his goal of the destruction of the US-South Korean alliance.)