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Korea Times Monday editorial: Time for #ROK to prepare for collapse of #DPRK Kim regime. #Koreas about 12 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®
#ROK military says fresh drills taking place from today at nearly 30 locations. #Koreas about 10 hours ago via TweetDeck
Xinhua: Hu told Obama tensions on #Korean peninsula could 'spin out of control' if not handled properly. about 4 hours ago via TweetDeck
White House: Obama told Hu #DPRK needs to halt provocative behavior. #Koreas #China about 4 hours ago via TweetDeck
China's Hu calls for the Korean situation to be dealt with calmly. about 4 hours ago via TweetDeck
Yonhap quotes diplo source saying #ROK will indeed send envoy to #Nobel Peace Prize ceremony despite China objection. about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck
In an apparent change of its approach to China, the administration of President Barack Obama has privately started accusing Beijing of "enabling" North Korea to start a uranium enrichment program and to launch attacks on South Korea, The Washington Post reported late Sunday.
Citing an unnamed senior US official, the newspaper said that Washington is moving to redefine its relationship with South Korea and Japan, potentially creating an anti-China bloc in Northeast Asia.
He called for "integrating China effectively into the international community and allowing it to demonstrate greater responsibility, all while also preparing to deploy force if everything goes wrong," the cable states.
South Korea's military began a major live-fire exercise Monday amid high tensions on the divided peninsula following North Korea's deadly bombardment of a border island last month.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said the five-day series of drills would take place in 29 locations off South Korea, despite the North's claims that it could trigger war.
It was unclear whether one of the firing drills -- near the flashpoint disputed Yellow Sea border -- had begun as earlier announced.
Sobering Korea Times editorial today: "Another all-out fratricidal war here is feared to destroy almost the entire Korean Peninsula." 28 minutes ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®
Ministers look forward to further enhancing cooperation with China & Russia, in particular within the 6-Party Talks framework... #Koreas about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck
Trilat statement affirms DPRK’s "provocative & belligerent behavior threatens all 3 countries & will be met with solidarity..." about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck
North Korea’s new midget submarines feature torpedo launch tubes, according to South Korean intelligence sources, suggesting that the North is planning more torpedo strikes.
North Korea has not made any direct threats to attack the South with its torpedoes since March, which it did on a regular basis before the sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan.
A presidential committee suggested yesterday that the length of mandatory military service for young Korean men be extended to 24 months immediately as a way of strengthening the country’s armed forces after an artillery attack by North Korea.
South Korea’s military yesterday 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.
Yeonpyeong Island, hit by the North’s deadly artillery attacks last month, was excluded from the latest firing exercises scheduled to continue through Friday, as military leaders took into consideration the safety of residents there and weather conditions, officials at the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
The locations included Daecheong Island, one of five major islands near the Yellow Sea border, the official said.
“In waters off Daecheong Island, Navy ships are conducting a live-fire drill,” he said.
# Gates told US Navy sailors that we need to work with Chinese for greater stability re #DPRK. "Nobody wants a war on the Korean peninsula." 13 minutes ago via TweetDeck
# Sec. Def. Gates on USS Abe Lincoln re #DPRK: "I think this is a difficult & potentially dangerous time." 15 minutes ago via TweetDeck
# Sec. Def. Gates, answering sailor's question about #DPRK aboard USS Abe Lincoln, "I don't think it's likely you'll make a detour there." 16 minutes ago via TweetDeck
The North Korean authorities have used recent people’s unit lectures to reveal news of South Korean maritime live fire exercises and threaten, “If even a single South Chosun shell falls on our territory, we will take Seoul out.”
This lecture relates to South Korean military exercises at 29 locations on its three coasts from December 6th to 12th.
A source from North Hamkyung Province reported to The Daily NK today, “In a people’s unit meeting held in a neighborhood of Hoiryeong on the evening of the 5th, the chairwoman of the unit explained the situation, then said, ‘In implementing live fire training from the 6th, South Chosun is making an open attempt to attack our republic once again, but supposing just one of the puppet’s bombs falls on our territory, we will take Seoul out.”
China's foreign ministry making #DPRK comments on the defensive right now. I'll defer to someone in Beijing to tweet about it. about 3 hours ago via TweetDeck
@KurtAchin Update on joint US-ROK JCS news conf. tomorrow in Seoul. Now appears"pool" coverage for foreign media. about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck in reply to KurtAchin
China on Tuesday slammed a report that the United States has accused Beijing of "enabling" North Korea to start a uranium enrichment programme and to launch attacks on the South as "irresponsible".
The Washington Post reported late Sunday, citing an unnamed senior US official, that China had encouraged the hardline regime in Pyongyang to "behave with impunity".
"We feel the accusation is irresponsible," foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told reporters. "China's efforts (to maintain peace and stability) have been witnessed by all."
"I want to stress that on issues relating to peace and stability, we are against any action that undermines stability. We do not seek to protect any side," she said.
President Lee Myung-bak said Tuesday he wants to turn Yeonpyeong Island, recently hit by a North Korean artillery attack, and four other western border islands into "military fortresses" and called for improving the living conditions of residents there, his office Cheong Wa Dae said.
The recommendation urges the government to resume broadcasts through loudspeakers at the border with North Korea and to encourage the sending of leaflets into the North denouncing its leader and regime.
Washington and Tokyo expressed full support for Seoul’s resolve to respond to any additional North Korean provocation with strong military action, according to a high-ranking government official.
The new policy will go beyond the current rules of engagement and not be bound by U.S. wartime control of South Korean forces, the minister said.
“The commanders of each military service will give orders for self-defense,” said Jang Gwang-il, head of defense policy at the ministry. “Self-defense will be exercised until the origin of the provocation is hit, and [the retaliation] will not be bound by the Korean War cease-fire agreement or rules of battle.” Jang said that the U.S. and South Korea had a mutual understanding on the issue.
Originally posted by Vitchilo
And unconfirmed reports of heavy Chinese military activity in the last few hours at the NKorean border.edit on 7-12-2010 by Vitchilo because: (no reason given)