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SEOUL, Nov. 27 (Yonhap) -- A top Chinese official made a previously unannounced visit to South Korea on Saturday and held talks with Seoul's Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan, an official said, amid high tensions over North Korea's deadly artillery strike on a South Korean island earlier this week.
Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo, who traveled together with Beijing's chief nuclear negotiator Wu Dawei, discussed Tuesday's attack and six-nation talks on ending Pyongyang's nuclear programs during a dinner meeting with Kim, the foreign ministry official said on condition of anonymity.
N.Korea fears balloons
SEOUL - WHEN North Korea sent a rain of deadly shells across its border this week, the South retaliated not just with artillery but also a weapon that the hardline regime truly fears - balloons.
According to media reports, Seoul quickly launched a propaganda offensive meant to undermine the iron-fisted rule of Kim Jong Il by sending anti-Pyongyang leaflets on balloons across the heavily fortified border.
'We've released the balloons carrying leaflets as retaliation against the shelling,' a military official was quoted as telling the Joongang Ilbo daily. 'The leaflets contain criticism against Kim Jong Il and the third-generation hereditary succession,' the unnamed official said in reference to the North's expected looming power transfer to Mr Kim's 27-year-old son Jong Un.
Seoul had promised Pyongyang six years ago to halt such psy-ops, or psychological operations, but the South reportedly resumed them after the North stunned it on Tuesday by shelling an island and killing four people. Some 400,000 leaflets denouncing the North's sanctified leadership were floated across the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) just hours after the North launched a barrage of shells on Yeonpyeong island, the reports said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi discussed on Saturday the tense situation on the Korean Peninsula and the necessity of not allowing it to escalate, according to a Russian ministry statement.
"It is of utmost necessity not to allow the further escalation of the situation and work toward the creation of conditions to ease the tension in relations between the two Koreas," the statement read.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino has held talks with Japanese Ambassador Makoto Katsura in Manila on the possible immediate evacuation of some 50,000 Filipinos from South Korea to Japan, NHK television reported on Saturday.
President Aquino's concerns come after reports of a U.S. naval task force led by the George Washington nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that will join South Korean warships in naval exercises on November 28-December 1.
India has formed two new army divisions - comprising more than 36,000 men - to defend the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh. The remote north-eastern state adjoins China which claims large parts of it. The 56th Division will be based in the nearby state of Nagaland to guard the eastern flank of Arunachal Pradesh from Chinese attack through Burma.
Originally posted by Itzpointless
reply to post by Morgil
Does no one else think it is pathetic that NK has blamed everyone ELSE for their OWN actions? Are these just desperate calls for attention/aid?
Setting all military and past issues aside, does it blow anyone else's mind that NK would even attack SK at this point in time? I can't believe it. With all of the aid and funding sent in by SK/US, I cant believe they have the nerve to attack. What happened to not biting the hand that feeds you?
Originally posted by MikeboydUS
reply to post by HattoriHanzou
Chinese manpack radios have just caught up with the SINCGARS, a radio developed in 1983. The AN/PRC-117 that I used in Afghanistan is above and beyond the older SINCGARS. The PLA have quite abit of catching up to do. By the time they catch up to current systems, we'll have spaceborne troops equipped with active camouflaged powered armored exoskeletons and quantum encryption key based comms doing orbital insertions from transatmospheric vehicles. Sounds like sci fi, but only to those who have no idea what has been going on at DARPA for the past decade. People, especially outside the US military, simply have no idea whats knocking on the military industrial door.
Originally posted by Itzpointless
howdy all! Just thought I'd throw my two cents in. I disagree with the notion that this could be a false flag. The North has given the South (and the world) plenty of legitimate reasons to attack before, but they have shown impressive restraint. If the desire to attack was that strong, it seems like we would have moved in sooner. Kimmy's insanity, combined with the regime change, is a much more realistic scenario. His ability to tread fine lines (while occasionally crossing them) is legendary. This time he just may have gone too far. The next day or two could be huge, with their current threats and rhetoric about the war games.
This leads me into my question, however. Why on earth are we ignoring their actions? And why are we ignoring their threats to not only destroy SK, but to actually nuke (destroy) the US? Now I know that its a lot of huff and puff, but come on. Didn't we invade Iraq for much less? I don't get why we allow them to continue with this blatant disregard for the safety of other countries (they are actually testing nukes and making threats). It seems like NK is a country we actually SHOULD be focusing on. We have a civil war happening in Mexico, affecting our borders, and NK shelling another country (and threatening much worse), yet do nothing. But we spend billions annually fighting "terrorists", in a war we can never win. Please, someone explain these backwards views to me in a way that I can understand. Apparently I'm not smart enough to get it .
Originally posted by HattoriHanzou
Originally posted by Itzpointless
I know it is popular to portray Kim Jong Il as "insane" but he is not. Please refer to Madeline Albright's account of her dealings with him. Conclusion? He is an ass and a jerk but not insane.
Sounds like he has little man syndrome
On Saturday, a South Korean official said his government is considering re-defining North Korea as its "main enemy" when the defense ministry publishes its next bi-annual defense white paper -- an ideological issue seen as a gauge of anti-North Korea sentiment among South Koreans.
Yonhap reporting China State Councilor Dai Bingguo and top nuke negotiator Wu Dawei held talks with #ROK Foreign Min. Kim Saturday.
Yonhap quotes unnamed #ROK foreign ministry official saying Dai, Wu & Kim had dinner meeting. This is significant. #Koreas
PRC-owned Wen Wei Po: "China will not condemn the DPRK ...shelling" Veiled threat to cancel Hu Jintao US visit over carrier in Yellow Sea.
PLA Maj Gen Luo Yuan on Yellow Sea: US, ROK “should not take sensitive and provocative military actions at such a sensitive time and place."
Originally posted by modified device
reply to post by killallbullies
wow man,your view.
tell me ,how does the US bully and North Korea doesn't? tell me when the last time the US,in a non warring state,shot thermobaric artillery into Canada or Mexico to get some trade agreement or push a point?
when was the last time the US sank anyones naval vessels with out provocation?
diplomacy is bullying?
So we are at war with Afghanistan and Iraq ,I wouldn't call those bullying but if the rest of the world thinks that then why did dozens of other countries,including Russia now, aid us in those wars?
if you think North Korea is in the right to bully South Korea then I suggest you do some more research on the county and it's regime,the Anti Us stuff is old hat and boring and for the most part I believe untruths put forth but other countries that are the real problems.