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Originally posted by rajaten
There will be no war with korea.
Its a distraction from other more important things.
Media blitz anyone?
#DPRK Peace Comm.: ROK, US "better behave themselves" as starting war will bring them nothing but self-destruction." #Koreas 25 minutes ago via TweetDeck
First reference in #DPRK media spotted calling Kim Jong Un chongyo'nghanu'n taejang (respected General). 21 minutes ago via TweetDeck
The few previous mentions of KJU had called him ch'o'ngnyo'n taejang (young general). #DPRK 20 minutes ago via TweetDeck
Very respected academic analyst of DPRK who I spoke with tonight in Seoul predicts next attack from N. Korea won't come until Mar/Apr 2011. 10 minutes ago via TweetDeck
But a sr. USFK strategist believes next #DPRK provocation much sooner...maybe within weeks. Take your pick. #Koreas 10 minutes ago via TweetDeck
North Korea appears to have made little concessions when a top Chinese official visited Pyongyang earlier this week on an apparent mission to defuse tensions over the North's recent artillery attack on a South Korean island, a Seoul official said Saturday.
Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang on Thursday for discussions on matters of mutual concern that outside analysts believe included the Nov. 23 attack. China briefed Seoul on the outcome of the Kim-Dai meeting through diplomatic channels on Friday night, said the official, requesting anonymity.
"I can't speak in detail, but regarding North Korea's position, it appears that there is little difference in the position that it has been sticking to," the official said, declining to provide further specifics.
Originally posted by Vitchilo
and they can deliver it by every mean they have... missiles, artillery shells, MRLS, planes, boats, mortars...
And they have lots of deadly chemical weapons... adamsite (DM), chloroacetophenone (CN), chlorobenzylidene malononitrile (CS), hydrogen cyanide (AC), mustard-family (H or HD), phosgene (CG and CX), sarin (GB), soman (GD), tabun (GA), and V-agents (VM and VX).
That's a lot of gruesome ways to kill a human. Do we know if these chemicals are just stockpiles or are the North Koreans actively continuing the productions of these weapons?
“It is crystal-clear that the provocations will expand to the full-scale war not confined to limited war if the South fires at us with aircraft, war ships and missiles and the U.S. intervene in war with its up-to-date weapons,” said the statement.
The military will conduct naval firing drills this week at 27 locations that won't include areas near border islands on the country's west coast, defense officials said Sunday.
The drills will be held Dec. 13-17 off all coasts, they said, but none are scheduled near the five islands in the Yellow Sea that lie just south of the maritime border with North Korea.
"We will decide on whether to conduct the drills at Yeonpyeong after taking into account various elements, including the weather," one official said.
FORMER director of national intelligence Dennis Blair said he believed South Korea would take military action against the North, but it would stop short of war.
Mr Blair, speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union” on his return from a visit to South Korea, said Seoul was “losing patience” with Pyongyang and the result of that would be military action.edit on 12-12-2010 by john124 because: (no reason given)
“Chinese officials told us that the North Korean side said [to Dai] that it attacked Yeonpyeong because South Korea provoked the North by continuing shooting drills despite being warned several times,” said a government official. “Chinese officials said North Korea said it wouldn’t have done it if South Korea and the U.S. hadn’t held the drills.”
However, North Korea told China it will talk with the United States if the U.S. arranges conditions for talks by ending hostile policies against the North, the official said.
Japan plans to deploy advanced interceptor missiles at its air bases across the nation to counter the threat of North Korea's ballistic missiles, Kyodo News reported on Saturday.
The deployment of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptor missiles will be under new five-year defence policy guidelines to be announced as early as next week, Kyodo said, quoting government and defence officials.
South Korean officials on Sunday brushed off as "unrealistic" Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan's remarks on a possible dispatch of his country's Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to the Korean Peninsula in case of contingencies.
Originally posted by dude69
What was Baga ganga's ( or whatever her name is ) prediction?...end of November World War 3 will start, it will begin as a normal regional war and escelate into a world war...Guess this is it huh? ^^...that would be crazy.
In what would be a sweeping overhaul of its cold war-era defense strategy, Japan is about to release new military guidelines that would reduce its heavy armored and artillery forces pointed northward toward Russia in favor of creating more mobile units that could respond to China’s growing presence near its southernmost islands, Japanese newspapers reported Sunday.
Despite the deepening crisis on the Korean Peninsula over North Korea's bombardment of Yeonpyeong Island and the country's uranium enrichment program, China's attempt to embrace its ally has gone too far. Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo reportedly called on North Korea to restrain its military provocations when he met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il last Thursday, but it was little more than lip service. In response, Kim Jong-il was reported to have reiterated that the North was just responding to an attack from the South.
Now, the Chinese government appears to be pushing even harder for the idea of an emergency meeting among senior officials of the six parties, regardless of explicit opposition from South Korea, the U.S. and Japan. Although North Korean Foreign Minister Park Ui-chun has already vowed to "augment our nuclear deterrence," China is still moving in step with the North Koreans, rather than criticizing them.
A UN aid programme that is supposed to provide food supplements to 2m children and pregnant women in North Korea is reaching less than half the target population and is likely to close within months because western funding has dried up.
South Korea says it was ready to launch an air strike if North Korea had fired a third artillery wave against Yeonpyeong Island last month. "A decision was made to mobilize fighter jets and strike targets if North Korea conducted a third artillery shelling," a high-ranking Cheong Wa Dae official told reporters.
The daily Tokyo Shimbun reported on Sunday that the Japanese government already sounded out to the Korean government the possibility of dispatching SDF transport aircraft and vessels to Seoul, Incheon and Busan to rescue around 28,000 Japanese citizens residing in Korea.
But the daily said the Korean government rejected the proposal citing a potential public outrage among Koreans who may be reminded of the forced occupation of their country by the Japanese imperial military from 1910 to 1945. Seoul was also reportedly concerned that the consultation itself could give the impression that a war is imminent.
"The two sides plan to sign terms of reference to systemize the Extended Deterrence Policy Committee, which would be headed by Chang and Schiffer," said an official at the South's defense ministry.
South Korea and the U.S. agreed to form the committee at their annual defense ministers' meeting in October.
Extended deterrence means the U.S. can provide tactical and strategic nuclear weapons, conventional strike and missile defense capabilities to defend South Korea in case of an attack from North Korea. It is the first time for the U.S. to create such a committee with a non-NATO ally.
# NKPLF members (ex-DPRK military) say N. Korea soldiers believe Korean unification will only come through an attack. 19 minutes ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®
# NKPLF: #DPRK provocations will continue so #ROK military needs to carry out preemptive strikes. #Koreas 10 minutes ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®