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Originally posted by SpaceJ
reply to post by Vitchilo
I'm more curious as to what Hillary will have to say than Obama, lol. I wonder if it will be in relation to this NK/SK situation, or if it will be about the cables.
South Korea has deployed more long-range artillery guns and multiple rocket launchers on a border island devastated by a North Korean attack last week to beef up military strength, military officials said Monday.
Patience with North Korea has snapped among many South Koreans and a martial mood is spreading among its leaders, military brass and public after Pyongyang's deadly artillery strikes last week.
A new poll found that 80 percent of South Koreans think the military should have hit back harder last Tuesday, when it returned artillery fire but shied away from air strikes, said the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.
The first artillery attack on a civilian area in the South since the 1950-53 war reduced two dozen buildings to smouldering ruins and sparked a panicked exodus of almost all of the island's 1,500 residents.
Korea Policy Research Centre president Yo Ho-Yeol said: "Even until the Cheonan incident, public sentiment was still divided between criticising the North and criticising our own government's hardline stance (on the North).
"Now the public sentiment is clearly dominated by anger towards the North. And a majority of the public wants strong retaliation against the North upon any further provocation."
A rally against the manoeuvre drew just 20 activists Sunday, with protesters holding a banner that read: "Stop the Korea-US drill that causes a vicious cycle of retaliation and confrontation!"
Their numbers have been dwarfed by far larger anti-Pyongyang rallies.
A leading North Korea expert, Peter Beck, told AFP that it might be time for South Korea to consider military action beyond its limited response Tuesday.
"Therefore, Seoul should consider a retaliatory strike, either on the North Korean navy or on its nuclear facilities."
Many on the streets of Seoul feel the same way.
Nikkei: Sources say US, ROK, Japan foreign ministers to meet in Washington Dec. 6 to discuss #Koreas crisis.
China is ready to distance itself from North Korea and accept reunification with the South, according to more leaked diplomatic documents. Amid the cables obtained by WikiLeaks are details about Beijing's frustration with its Communist neighbour.
The Guardian, which is one of the newspapers given direct access to the leaked information, reports senior Chinese officials regard Pyongyang as a "spoiled child". One senior Chinese diplomat is said to have told an American ambassador that younger generation Communist party leaders no longer regarded North Korea as a useful or reliable ally.
Furthermore, Beijing anticipates the regime will collapse after the death of current leader Kim Jong-Il. Sky's security editor Sam Kiley said the revelation was sensational.
Any word on the delegation?
7th Fleet PAO commander aboard the USS George Washington that there is no firing of live ammo during the Yellow Sea drill by USN vessels. about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck
The highlight of today's Yellow Sea drill will be an ROK Navy vessel refueling a USN ship. about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck
# KCNA: Uranium enrichment will be for "peaceful" nuke energy projects. 24 minutes ago via TweetDeck
# North Korea now claiming that "thousands" of centrifuges in operation at its uranium enrichment plant. 24 minutes ago via TweetDeck
# North Korea now cliaming that "thousands" of centrifuges in operation at its uranium enrichment plant. 26 minutes ago via TweetDeck
# AFP: Japan's top envoy dealing with #DPRK matters to visit China. 28 minutes ago via TweetDeck
# Certainly DPRK knows generally where the carrier is and PRC knows exactly . This isn't WW2 when you needed planes, subs to find ships. about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck
(CNN) -- New documents posted on the websites of the Guardian and The New York Times suggest Chinese officials are losing patience with long-time ally North Korea. Senior figures in Beijing have even described the regime in the North as behaving like a "spoiled child."
According to cables obtained by WikiLeaks, South Korea's then vice foreign minister, Chun Yung-woo, said earlier this year that senior Chinese officials (whose names are redacted in the cables) had told him they believed Korea should be reunified under Seoul's control, and that this view was gaining ground with the leadership in Beijing.
Chun was quoted at length in a cable sent by the U.S. ambassador in Seoul, Kathleen Stephens, earlier this year. He is reported as saying that "the North had already collapsed economically and would collapse politically two to three years after the death of (leader) Kim Jong-il(...)"
A government source on Monday said, "There has been strong criticism that we responded too passively to the artillery attack on Yeonpyeong Island, so we decided to stage the same kind of fire drill as the one we carried out on the island on Nov. 23 to display our determination." He added the timing of the drill will not be announced in advance.
Kyodo: #DPRK ruling party official arrives in Beijing. 1 minute ago via TweetDeck