Skip to comments.Some expatriates prepare plans for evacuation from South Korea
Posted on 12/30/2010 2:15:08 PM PST by jhpigott
12-30-2010 16:38 By Kim Tae-gyu
Some expatriates in South Korea have prepared evacuation plans in case the peninsula is embroiled in a war as tension between the two Koreas increased in the aftermath of several provocative acts by the North and a robust response from the South.
These people have secured a substantial amount of dollars as the Korean won is expected to suffer hyperinflation should a second Korean War break out.
In addition, they fill the fuel tanks of their cars so that they wont have to line up at gas stations in the case of an emergency.
My family has resided in Seoul almost a decade. Up until now, the war threat has appeared to be relatively small even when the North carried out nuclear tests, said an executive at a multinational firm here.
But things are seemingly different right now. In the wake of the Cheonan sinking and Yeonpyeong attack, I am worried that war might break out. Hence, I try to be prepared.
The frigate Cheonan was sunk in March in an unprovoked torpedo attack in the West Sea. A multinational investigation team concluded that North Korea was responsible for the attack, which claimed 46 lives. Pyongyang has denied any involvement.
The North shelled the border island of Yeonpyeong last month, killing four people including two civilians. The South responded by carrying out a series of joint drills with the United States.
Fears of war have sprouted up more than after previous crises such as the Norths nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.
We set up a contingency plan under which we are supposed to meet in Busan at a specific time, if we are separated and our mobile phones are not working, the executive said.
Chances are that most of the airports would be destroyed. Accordingly, we will opt to move to Busan in order to take a ferry to Japan with the dollars we already have.
A Korean official working for a Seoul-based subsidiary of a global corporation said that their foreign executives ask for updates on the possibility of war after the Yeonpyeong shelling.
Throughout this month, they have asked me to come up with up-to-date information on the situation. I cannot do my job properly to meet their requests, said the official who asked not to be named.
They never did that before. I am also concerned that something bad might happen.
There should be a new law that your gas tank can only be 75% full to prevent hoarding if supplies diminish.
Or at least be prepared to head south. Way south.
as if the highways south will be passable....
Am I missing something here? Isn’t Korea a peninsula, with the North at the top? Where are they going to drive to?
Better add MOPP gear to the bug out kit.
We've got enough laws - get the Gov. out of peoples lives....the smart plan ahead. I hope your not advocating this for the US...
You want more laws - fewer laws was what the last election was all about.
I think he was joking.
Well, from what the posted article said - Busan (Pusan) then the ferry to Japan.
If I didn’t have enough dough for an ocean going yacht, I might consider bugging out now.
The document says North Korea's plans to rely on its nuclear weapons, its long-range artillery, submarines, cyber-warfare and special forces to counter the South's high-technology military.
The deputy defense minister says since the last assessment, in 2008, North Korea has added 20,000 special forces troops.
Chang estimates North Korea now has 200,000 special forces soldiers, installed in light infantry units and placed on the front lines.
Nothing has been done.
Therefore, when the NorKs either screw-up and cause an unintended resumption of the Korean War or they intentionally resume it, the 144,000 foreign nationals now at risk in the South will want to leave. They will clamor for the military to protect them, while the military will be fighting the NorKs.
To say that civilian foreign nationals living in South Korea are stupid is not unreasonable. However, people have a unique ability to engage in denial when the writing is on the wall for everyone to see.
Now is the time to leave South Korea while you're a still breathing civilian. Once the NorKs start South, you won't be.
If the NorKs do attack, his first instinct will be to surrender to Kim Jong-Il. Barry is a political organizer and not a leader.