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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.
Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) -- North Korea accused South Korean naval ships of violating its territorial waters on the west coast, warning of a possible clash.
The situation has ``become so tense that a naval clash may break out due to such military provocations as the ceaseless infiltration of warships deep into the North Korea's territorial waters,'' the official Korea Central News Agency reported today, citing a spokesman for the Navy Command.
The report came after North Korea fired two short-range missiles off in the Yellow Sea on the peninsula's west coast on Oct. 7. The missiles were probably part of regular military exercise, a South Korean official said on Oct. 8.
A clash of the two navies in June 2002 resulted in the deaths of six South Korean sailors.
Since President Lee Myung-bak took office, virtually all official channels of inter-Korean dialogue have been shut down, and it seems that the strained relations between Seoul and Pyongyang are likely to continue for an indefinite period of time. If confrontation replaces dialogue, it would further ratchet up the tension on the Korean Peninsula.
Talks between DPRK Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun on a visit to Russia and Sergei Lavrov, Russian foreign minister, were held in Moscow on Oct. 15.
Present at the talks were the foreign minister and his party and Kim Yong Jae, DPRK ambassador to Russia, from the DPRK side and Russian Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Aleksei Borodavkin and other officials concerned from the Russian side.
At the talks both sides recalled that the two countries significantly marked the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties and exchanged views on the issue of boosting the DPRK-Russia friendly and cooperative relations and a series of international matters of mutual concern.
The talks proceeded in a friendly atmosphere.
The U.S. defense chief affirmed that the United States remains committed to defending South Korea and that its armed forces would respond ``quickly with appropriate military power'' in case of military emergency.
Radio Free Asia reports that a fifth shipment of U.S. food aid has left for North Korea.
A spokesperson for the international relief organization World Vision said the aid will arrive in the North’s Nampo Port around November 18th.
The U.S.-flagged ship Marian Hudson is carrying some 25-thousand tons of corn and soy and a sixth shipment is being prepared.
For the time being, U.S. aid organizations will be in charge of purchasing, shipping and distributing the food aid.
The United States plans to provide 500-thousand tons of food to North Korea during the year-long program.
Originally posted by princeofpeace
I havent seen anything on the MSM either. Was this just another NK hoax? Why no announcement? Plus, its the 21st over there now so they missed thier "OCT-20" announcement date.
Originally posted by xbranscombex
WHAT THE # IS msm?????????????
SEOUL (AFP) — North Korea, angry at a leaflet campaign by Seoul groups urging the overthrow of its leader, accused South Korea on Tuesday of planning a pre-emptive strike and threatened to reduce it to "debris" in retaliation.
The North's military said it would use a "more powerful and advanced" strike of its own if South Korea launched a pre-emptive strike.
"The puppet authorities (Seoul) had better bear in mind that the advanced pre-emptive strike of our own style will reduce everything... to debris, not just setting them on fire," it said in a statement carried by the state news agency, KCNA.
"It will turn out to be a just war... to build an independent reunified state on it."
The North's military described its pre-emptive capability as "beyond imagination, relying on striking means more powerful than a nuclear weapon".
S. Korea to Buy 49% of US Reserve Munitions
By Na Jeong-ju
South Korea agreed with the United States Friday to take over 49 percent of a stockpile of U.S. reserve munitions in South Korea in a deal that may be worth nearly 2.5 trillion won in book value.
The 259,000 munitions to be sold to South Korea include air-to-surface missiles, mortars and ammunition for tanks and artillery, officials said. The United States will remove the remaining 260,000 tons of munitions by 2020.
SEOUL, Nov 2 (Reuters) -
North Korea's official media said on Sunday its leader Kim Jong-il, thought to have suffered a stroke in August, attended a soccer match. "After watching the match, Kim Jong-il congratulated the footballers on their success in the match, expressing great satisfaction over a high level of the game played by them," the North's KCNA news agency said.
KCNA did not say when the match was played. Last month, the North's official media made its first mention in 50 days of Kim, 66, appearing in public. Experts in the South said photographs it released of one of Kim's two reported visits were likely taken several months ago, before his illness, fanning speculation about the state of his health.
KCNA said in its Sunday report that a number of high-ranking Communist Party and military officials attended the match with Kim. A debilitated Kim, who was conspicuously absent from gala ceremonies in September to celebrate the 60th anniversary of his state's founding, raises questions about leadership in Asia's only communist dynasty and who was making decisions concerning its nuclear arsenal, analysts have said.
Kim last week also failed to attend the funeral of one of the most senior members of the communist state, the South said, again raising questions if he is fit enough to appear in public. Kim has attended funerals for lower-ranking party officials before but did not attend the ceremony for one of the state's top-ranking cadres who was one of the North's old-guard revolutionaries that helped found the state.
Last week, Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso said intelligence indicated that Kim was probably in hospital but still in control of the state. The South's spy chief said Kim was on the mend and still calling the shots. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Valerie Lee)
Source: Reuters North American News Service