South Korean President Honors Victims of Sunken Warship
As the wreck of the Cheonan continues to be examined, and as forensic evidence continues to point to a North Korean torpedo as the cause of the sinking, one analyst says a military reprisal is unlikely and South Korea really has only one viable option: develop and expand its military despite the unintended consequences such a move might have in the region.
Responding with military force could lead to a large scale conflict between the two states. However, Pyongyang possesses thousands of conventional missiles pointed at the South and continues to develop its nuclear capabilities, Agence France-Presse reported.
"President Lee [Myung-bak] has no good options," said North Korean studies specialist Peter Beck.