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Originally posted by primus2012
If it takes nearly 2 months to decide what to do in retaliation of an attack, this will go on forever.
Originally posted by Emphursis
The problem is between North Korea and South Korea. All other nations should just stand back and let them sort out their problems instead of getting involved and making the problem worse.
Originally posted by asala
U.S: N. Korea must understand that belligerence towards its neighbors and defiance of the international community are signs of weakness.
[edit on 19-5-2010 by asala]
The explosion late Friday tore open the rear hull of the Cheonan, shut down its engine, wiped out power and caused the ship to sink a little over three hours later, the Joint Chiefs said.
A survivor, Staff Sgt. Shin Eun-chong, 24, told relatives he was on night duty when he heard a huge boom behind him that split apart the ship. The vessel started tilting, and his glasses fell off his face as he hit the deck, relatives at a naval base in Pyeongtaek told The Associated Press.
Selig Harrison, director of the Asia programme of the Centre for International Policy in Washington and author of Korean Endgame, said: "It's generally not understood that there's been a progressively growing crisis between North and South Korea. Now we're in a new situation and I've been afraid something would give, because the present government [in Seoul] has cancelled the basic premises between North and South."
He said Seoul had announced it would review the statements in which it repudiated policies of predecessor governments designed to bring about a collapse of the North and affirmed a relationship of coexistence. "That was really a fundamental step because to North Korea it means the south is going back to the policy of promoting collapse," Harrison added.
However, others had seen signs of some improvements in relations on the peninsula.
The Northern Limit Line has long been an area of tension. In 1999, at least 17 North Korean sailors were killed in a firefight there. Three years later, another clash saw six South Korean and an estimated 13 North Korean sailors die.
The South Korean government issued a statement saying the reason for the incident remains unclear, but it wasn't ruling out some sort of military engagement. An explosion had occurred in the rear of the ship, leaving a large hole in the ship's underwater hull, officials told Yonhap.
A U.S. State Department spokesman said Friday that there was no evidence North Korea was behind the incident. "Let's not jump to conclusions here," said the spokesman, Philip J. Crowley, when asked about possible North Korean involvement. "I'm not aware of any evidence to that effect, but I think the authoritative source here would be the South Korean government."
Yonhap quoted South Korean naval officials as saying a South Korean vessel fired at a ship toward the north later.
“It was highly likely that it was an external, rather than internal, explosion,” Yoon Duk-yong, head of the government team of military and private investigators, said at a nationally televised news conference.
Originally posted by SLAYER69
reply to post by Vitchilo
Well North Korea has a large military capability. However although they have a large number it is dated and much less capable, pound for pound the South Korean forces have more ability, better technology and more advanced weapons. This isn't 1950 where the North had overwhelming forces against a poor scattered defense force like the South had back then. South Korea has a large and Sophisticated military. I don't think North Korea attacking the South will be the cake walk I keep hearing and reading about in these threads.
Outside of their Nukes North Korea may find a Real Tiger not the perceived paper one they and everybody else believes the South is.
Having said that there will be countless dead and wounded mostly South Koreans simply becuase they have a larger and more prosperous population [Simply put... more targets.] unlike the walking skeletons of the North.
[edit on 20-5-2010 by SLAYER69]
Originally posted by asala
More coming out,
: N. Korea denies sinking S. Korea ship, warns that any retaliation will trigger 'all-out' war
Reuters: China says it will not make a direct comment on South Korean report. but calls the sinking "unfortunate."