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Apparently, from his mouth, the ROK and US forces are under SK control (I personaly doubt that).
We haven’t seen anything yet. Irritation will rise once world leaders discuss money. Recent tensions brought the issue of Korean reunification to the fore as rarely before. The real questions are: How much will it cost and who will pay? They are big ones and they aren’t getting enough attention.
The price tag will be $2 trillion to $5 trillion over 30 years, says Peter Beck, a senior fellow with the Atlantic Council in Washington. A South Korean presidential committee puts it between $322 billion to $2.1 trillion, but come on. The costs of German reunification -- about $2 trillion and counting -- suggest even $5 trillion is optimistic.
Yeah they aren't. South Korean forces are under ROK control...and US forces under US control... when war happens, all forces come under US control.
A South Korean government source told the JoongAng Ilbo that North Korea’s army had recently added around 100 more multiple-launch rockets and about 200 tanks along the inter-Korean border.
South Korean military and intelligence authorities are scrutinizing the performances of North Korea's latest main battle tank, believed to be the latest modification of the Soviet-built T-62, officials here said Aug. 17.
"The new tank appeared to have better mobility, survivability and firepower than the existing Chonma-Ho (Pegasus), apparently," a South Korean Ministry of National Defense official said on condition of anonymity.
According to a recent analysis published by Seoul's Defense Agency for Technology and Quality, an affiliate of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration, the Pokpung-Ho is believed to be armed with either a newly developed 125mm or 115mm main gun.
The improved version would be mounted with a 14.5mm KPV anti-aircraft machine gun, which is more powerful than the 12.7mm gun on older tanks, the analysis states.
Other improvements for the Pokpung-Ho include a laser rangefinder, an infrared searchlight and an up-to-date fire control system, according to the publication.
London 24th November
The UK Korean Friendship Association today issued the following statement.We note with great concern as friends of Korea the serious situation that has arisen as a result of the south Korean puppet provocation on the 23rd of November.
The grave situaton is entirely due to the US imperialists and the south Korean puppets.The news agency Reuters has quoted south Korea as saying that it did indeed “test fire” before the Korean Peoples Army of the DPRK launched a retaliatory artillery barrage,this is an admission of provocation.Any firing in a disputed area at a time of high tension will invietably be treated as hostile and due countermeasures taken.
The U.S., its followers and some bosses of international bodies should drop such bad habit as thoughtlessly accusing somebody before learning about the truth about the incident.
If they shield south Korea, the criminal, without principle, just for being their ally, this is little short of feeding oil to the fire.
The DPRK that sets store by the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula is now exercising superhuman self-control but the artillery pieces of the army of the DPRK, the defender of justice, remain ready to fire.
Rodong Sinmun (#DPRK): "Danger of a war is increasing hour by hour" due to intensified US-Japan-ROK military alliance. #Koreas 18 minutes ago via TweetDeck
North Korea on Sunday warned against South Korea's plan to resume fire drills and hold more joint exercises with the United States in waters near their tense western border, saying nobody can predict the consequences of the drills.
The US-South Korean alliance is "stronger than ever," President Barack Obama said Saturday in the wake a deadly North Korean assault on its southern neighbor.
"At a time in which there are increasing tensions on the Korean peninsula following the North's unprovoked attack on the South Korean people, today we are showing that the defense alliance and partnership of the United States and South Korea is stronger than ever," Obama said.
The era of Kim Jong-Il seems to have begun without any difficulty, given the on-going process of political stabilization in North Korea. Nevertheless, we cannot rule out North Korean military adventurism toward South Korea through it's military superiority, should North Korea fail to arrest economic deterioration, confront difficulties in solving the nuclear issues and improving diplomatic relationships, or face a domestic political crisis.
North Korea has an overwhelming edge over South Korea in terms of asymmetrical forces with more than 200,000 special warfare troops, according to South Korean government estimates released in recent days.
Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin said during his confirmation hearing on Friday that the North's asymmetrical forces such as strategical weapons, submarines and special warfare forces were increasingly becoming a "serious threat" to the South Korean military.
"An additional attack by the North using its asymmetrical strengths is the most serious threat as of now," Kim said.
The North is believed to have about 200,000 special warfare troops while South Korea has only 20,000, according to a recent report by the ministry to the National Assembly.
The North is also believed to have some 150 missiles, about 2,500 to 5,000 tons of chemical weapons agents and the capability of producing five to eight nuclear weapons with 30 to 40 kilograms of plutonium in storage. The South, however, has only 50 missiles and no nuclear or chemical weapons.
Due to its overwhelming inferiority, the South Korean military is depending on its combined forces with the United States to cope with the North's asymmetrical threats, the ministry said.
It also said the military has raised its alert status on cyber warfare readiness, called "Infocon," a notch from fifth to the fourth level, facing growing cyber threats from the North following its artillery attack on a South Korean border island on Nov. 23.
Tension has increased since the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island near the tense border on the Yellow Sea killed two marines and two civilians.
Dec. 6 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's military on Monday launched live-fire drills in the waters off all three coasts of the Korean Peninsula, renewing its commitment to tougher retaliation against any future provocations by North Korea, officials said.
On Sunday, North Korea issued a statement criticizing this week's live-ammunition maneuvers, accusing the South of being "hell-bent on the moves to escalate the confrontation and start a war."
South Korea's new Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin, who took office on Saturday, repeated his vows of retaliation, saying his military will "take strong measures so that North Korea can't dare to provoke again."
"The naval firing drills started at 29 locations along three coasts as scheduled," a JCS official said on condition of anonymity.
The North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Sunday accused South Korea of planning this week's drills and "rapidly driving the situation on the Korean Peninsula to an uncontrollable extreme phase."
"No one can predict to what extent the situation will deteriorate in the future," the KCNA said.