Following North Korea's attack on a South Korean island, the Korean peninsula is on edge with what will happen next in the ongoing confrontation between the neighbors.
The North bombarded the small island of Yeonpyeong with artillery fire, an island which houses South Korean military operations and a small civilian population. At least two South Koreans were killed in the attack.
The Los Angeles Times reports the sensitivity involving the South's response:
As South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and his security chiefs huddled in an underground bunker to devise a response, several academics and former lawmakers called for caution.
"Civilian casualty is of grave concern, and the Seoul government should firmly denounce the North's action," said Chung Young-chul, a professor at Sogang University's Graduate School of Public Policy. "Having said that, South Korea shouldn't react emotionally, and further conflict should be avoided. We're not yet sure of the exact cause of the provocation."
If you were leading South Korea, what would you choose as the appropriate response?