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Russia will hold a number of large-scale military drills within the scope of the army reform. All brigades of the Northern Caucasus, the Black Sea Navy and the Caspian Fleet will participate in the maneuvers from June 29 to July 10. The units of the Leningrad and Siberian military districts, the Northern and the Baltic navies will participate in Ladoga military exercise from August 10 to September 28.
Originally posted by Mercenary2007
reply to post by tristar
China only intervened during the Korean war because US and UN troops advance to far north, to fast for China's Comfort. they really didn't care that NK was getting pounded by the US and the UN. and they were afraind the US and UN wouldn't stop south of the Chinese border. NK is a burden on China, NK really doesn't have anything that China needs.
while yes i do agree with you that it would benefit China to keep a divided Korea as a buffer zone, Each time that NK steps out of line, China distances themselves from NK. Eventually NK is going to run out of rope and hit the noose.
China and NK really aren't that close of allies as most people think. and neither is Russia and NK. Eventually they will either deal with NK themselves or will step aside and let the US and Sk do it.
Originally posted by War Otter
This just another example of North Korean "brinksmanship" diplomacy. It's been going on for the last 3 administrations and they are just testing Obama's resolve.
It hasn't even been confirmed if they have the Bomb or not. There have been two underground tests in North Korea to date. Both have been of a yield less than the Bomb dropped on Hiroshima. That is in the kiloton range and could easily have been faked with convention explosives.
Edit: I would just like to add that China is all about the Money nowadays. During the 50's is was the People's Revolution and the communist ideal. Now it's - the Money.
South Korea is the fourth largest importer of Chinese goods, and the second largest exporter to China. North Korea's economy barely supports it's self.
Originally posted by mrsdudara
reply to post by mrmonsoon
I used to agree with that mrmonsoon, but I have to wonder if lil Kim isnt a pawn here. China backs NK last I checked. What would China and Russia stand to gain if we went to war?
A pawn on the chess board is usually a small threat, but used correctly it can insure a checkmate.
Originally posted by Karlhungis
If China is really on board with sanctions now, I would imagine that the rest of the world can simply starve them out. They can't feed themselves and they are desperate for a handout. Historically, China was able to keep them afloat but now they claim to be backing US led sanctions.
If we really try to starve them out, they could strike out as an act of desperation with the idea that it would be better / more honorable to die fighting. Or, it may buy us enough time for Kim Jong Il to die and perhaps his son will be more open to negotiations.
Time will tell. Right now though, I think we are waiting for Kim to play his hand. I think everything hinges on whether or not China is being sincere.
Originally posted by mrmonsoon
I know this is a stupid question, but why, besides he is a crazy little nut case, is defending countries from a madman's nukes a declaration of war...
North Korea is unlikely to respond militarily to planned U.N. sanctions for its nuclear test, although the possibility should not be completely dismissed, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Thursday.
But he said Pyongyang was so unpredictable that it was probably "not wise" to dismiss out of hand North Korean threats of military action.
A Russian foreign ministry source, quoted by Itar-Tass news agency, took a similar line, saying Moscow did not expect the resolution to "whip up" the situation.