Euronews spoke to South Korean journalist Cecilia Heesok Paek in Seoul. She worked for many years as a correspondent for the Spanish media.
“The people on the street were shocked after they heard the news because this time civilians were targeted,” she said. “There is a lot of uncertainty on the streets, a feeling that this could be the start of a war.”
“I think this is the most serious situation in several years, because until now the attacks have been between both armies, and now civilians are among the victims.
“North Korea wants to get international attention with this attack because the nuclear crisis has reached a stale mate, and let’s not forget that two days ago there was another revelation of a new nuclear facility capable of enriching uranium.
“I don’t think that North Korea and South Korea are going to start a war, but right now we just have a lot of uncertainty.”