Gates Worries About Escalation Of Korean Tension

Washington (AP) -

A former Pentagon chief says he worries that North Korea’s young leader and his generals don’t realize there’s been a “dramatic change” in public opinion in South Korea about how to respond to belligerent actions by the North.

Robert Gates says that after many years of “swallowing provocation,” the South Koreans “are not prepared to take that anymore.”

Gates says this creates a situation where the next act of provocation “could result in an escalation and the situation getting out of control.”

Gates told CBS that he worries that the North’s young leader, Kim Jong Un, “does not have an understanding of that.”

He says that while the Chinese do have influence with Kim, “they don’t have control, and that worries me.”