Last Saturday, President Barack Obama made public a new trade agreement between the US and South Korea. Reduced or eliminated tariffs, increased exports, and higher employment in the US is an expected result of the deal. A workers compensation lawyer Houston anxiously awaits to see how US employment will be affected.
This announcement comes at a time when the US has pledged further support to South Korea in its military conflict with North Korea. All the while, the United States and Japan are publicly pledging more support to South Korea, notes one Houston workers comp attorney.
No November 23, North Korea began an artillery attack on Yeonpyeong Island in South Korea. The attack injured 18 people. Though North Korea claims that shells from a South Korean military exercise entered North Korean waters, which prompted the attack, South Korea claims their northern counterpart are looking for any means to provoke violence.
While tensions continue, a Houston workers comp lawyer looks on as military exercises involving US war ships are going on in South Korean waters. Live fire, training, and other drills are happening right now in South Korea. Although South Koreans state that the exercise is “routine”, parties on all sides fear what is to come.
Naturally, North Korea is unsure about the alliance between the United States and South Korea, including the new trade deal, says a Houston workers comp attorney. China and Russia, major supporters of North Korea, have not come forward to take part in talks between North and South Korea and allies. China reassures publicly that this is not meant to be seen as a revocation of support for North Korea. Officials from the United States did not comment.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is meeting this week with South Korea’s Foreign Minister, and the Japanese Secretary of State. The purpose of the meetings is to figure out how best to decrease tensions between North and South Korea, avoid military action beyond what’s already been done, and figure out best next steps.
The International Criminal Court is currently investigating the military incident on Yeonpyeong Island, and the recent submersion of a South Korean warship that occurred when it was struck by a torpedo. It is not completely clear whether that torpedo was fired by North Korea, although allies of South Korea and some Texas workers comp lawyers feel the torpedo did come from North Korea’s forces.
The Yeonpyeong incident took four lives – a fate no one in the global community who is watching this event wants to see continue. Over time, Houston workers comp attorneys and the world watch and hope an agreement can be reached between North and South Korea.