Katrin Katz served
as the director for Japan, Korea and Oceanic affairs on the U.S. National Security
Council from 2007 to 2008. She currently works as a consultant on East Asian
security and economic issues and resides in the Chicago area. An earlier version of this article was presented
at the Center for Strategic International Studies-Northeast Asian History Foundation conference, "History and Asia:
Policy Insights and Legal Perspectives," on Sept. 17, 2010. It is based on the personal recollections of
Katz and others involved in the episode and does not represent an official
recounting of events.