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MOSCOW, October 18 (RIA Novosti)
Diplomats at all North Korean embassies have been told to wait for an important message from Pyongyang, a Japanese newspaper reported on Saturday.
Yomiuri Shimbun said the diplomats received the instruction several days ago. It quoted unnamed sources as saying they were told to cancel all business trips.
Analysts say the news could be connected with the deteriorating health of North Korea's reclusive leader Kim Jong-il, or with relations between the two Koreas
SEOUL, Oct. 18 (UPI) --
A top North Korean source Saturday discounted reports that North Korean diplomats abroad have been told to stay near their embassies to await important news.
"I've not heard anything of importance from the embassies in Beijing or New York. I do not think anything of importance is happening," said Kim Myong Chol, who heads the Center for U.S.-North Korea Peace.
After the 40th Security Consultative Meeting in Washington yesterday, the defense chiefs of South Korea and the United States issued a joint statement containing a U.S. pledge to promptly dispatch forces to the Korean Peninsula in case of war.
The two sides also agreed to have U.S. troops transfer 49 percent of their war reserves stockpile for allies to Korean forces.
The joint statement by Defense Minister Rhee Sang-hee and U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says that Washington will promptly offer an appropriate level of reinforcement in the event of emergency on the Korean Peninsula.
This is the first time that the meeting’s joint statement pledges quick reinforcement deployment by U.S. forces. A similar promise, however, was made in a mutual defense treaty.
“The U.S. made it clear that its security assurances on the Korean Peninsula remain intact regardless of the transfer of wartime operational control to Korean forces in April 2012,” a Defense Ministry official said. “The U.S. will provide sufficient military reinforcement (in case of war) to Korea. The size of reinforcement stated in the existing bilateral agreement will hardly change.”
Washington promised to send 690,000 troops, 160 warships and 2,000 airplanes under the existing agreement. Rhee and Gates also reportedly had in-depth discussions on military measures in response to various contingencies on the peninsula, such as North Korean leader Kim Jong Il’s transfer of power due to poor health.
The positive outcome of the bilateral defense talks could help resume the development of the joint combined war scenario, code-named OPLAN 5027, which was disbanded by the previous Roh Moo-hyun administration.
...talks could help resume the development of the joint combined war scenario, code-named OPLAN 5027...
Oplan 5027 is the United States and Republic of Korea's operational plan for defense of South Korea in the event of a North Korean invasion. The plan in its current form assumes that North Korea would open a second Korean War with a minimum level of pre-war indications, and would likely bombard Seoul, one of the world's largest cities with fortified artillery pieces, a devastating scenario.
Given the overwhelming technical superiority of the combined forces of the ROK and the US, North Korea's only hope for a victory is to leverage its huge numerical advantage and quickly overrun the forces in place, leading to either the occupation of the entire peninsula before any response could be launched, or creating such a horrific level of casualties that opposing forces would be forced to sue for peace. The plan also assumes that the Republic of Korea and the United States would leverage their overwhelming superiority in air and seaborne assets to quickly neutralize the land-based North Korean military.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Japan concerned over Chinese submarines near maritime borders
TOKYO, October 17 (RIA Novosti) - Chinese submarines have recently increased their activity near Japan's maritime borders in the East China Sea, a Japanese military source said on Friday.
According to the source, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force detected the presence of a Chinese Han-class nuclear-powered submarine and a Song-class diesel attack submarine in the region as the U.S. George Washington nuclear aircraft carrier was heading to the South Korean port of Pusan on a friendly visit.
The USS George Washington is stationed at a U.S. naval base in Yokosuka, Japan.
The source said the Chinese submarines did not violate Japanese territorial waters, but described their activities as attempts "to gather data on noise signatures emitted by all automated systems of the U.S. aircraft carrier" and "some sort of intimidation."
In response to the Chinese moves, Tokyo and Washington increased the number of patrol flights by Japan's P-3C Orion ASW aircraft and deployed additional U.S. reconnaissance satellite assets to monitor the area.
The Chinese Navy's submarine fleet includes at least two nuclear-powered attack submarines, and its 13 Song-class submarines are extremely quiet and difficult to detect when running on electric motors.
In October 2006, an undetected Chinese Song-class submarine popped up in the middle of a U.S. task force during an exercise in the Pacific at the distance of only 5 miles from the USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier.
The Chinese vessel slipped past at least a dozen other American warships which were supposed to protect the carrier from hostile aircraft or submarines.
Washington promised to send 690,000 troops, 160 warships and 2,000 airplanes under the existing agreement.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- The United States has promised that it would send more soldiers to South Korea in the event of a military threat, officials said.
Officials from both countries released a statement Friday at the end of the 40th Security Consultative Meeting in Washington, The Korea Times reported.
South Korean Defense Minister Lee Sang-hee and U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that the agreement remains in force until South Korea has full capacity to defend itself.
The agreement calls for U.S. military forces stationed in South Korea to be reinforced by 690,000 personnel, 2,000 planes and 160 military vessels in the event of war.
U.S. troops have been based in South Korea since the truce that ended the Korean War more than 50 years ago.
After re-reading it, it sounds like we would commit to giving them that many troops in the event of a war. My guess is that they don't expect to actually have to do it.