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Originally posted by Portugoal
...The beginning of WW3. Assasination of some Austrian guy, invasion of lowly Poland, and now bombing some houses. All tiny things that do little to change the international order, yet will go down in history as causing the most brutal wars.
This doesn't look good. S.Korea would be stupid for taking this and allowing N.Korea to get away with it(assuming it was actually their's).edit on 23-11-2010 by Portugoal because: (no reason given)
China`s Jilin province also agreed with the North to build the four-lane road and bridges by 2012. The construction is in the design phase and Jilin will foot up to 250 million yuan (37.5 million U.S. dollars).
“Another plan being actively considered is the building of a closed road reserved for China by installing iron fences on both sides of the road,” the source said.
North Korea warned Friday that another war with South Korea would involve nuclear arms and spread beyond the peninsula, upping the ante as a prominent U.S. politician and a top U.S. nuclear envoy each visited Pyongyang and Seoul to defuse tension.
North Korea's military threatened Friday to strike back if South Korea goes ahead with an imminent live-fire drill on a border island which the communist state shelled last month.
The North "will deal the second and third unpredictable self-defensive blow" to protect its territorial waters if the South holds the one-day drill scheduled between Saturday and Tuesday, it said.
"It will be deadlier than what was made on November 23 in terms of the powerfulness and sphere of the strike," according to the military statement carried by the English-language service of the North's official news agency.
Members of the US-led United Nations Command are scheduled to observe the drill and about 20 US soldiers will play a supporting role.
But a top US general Thursday voiced concern over a possible "chain reaction".
General James Cartwright, vice chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the drill was being held on a "well-established and well-used" range in a transparent way, but could draw a North Korean reaction.
"What we worry about obviously is... if North Korea were to react to that in a negative way and fire back at those firing positions on the islands, that would start potentially a chain reaction," Cartwright told reporters.
"What you don't want to have happen out of that is for... us to lose control of the escalation."
Seoul military spokesmen had no immediate comment on whether the drill would go ahead despite the latest warning.
The South's defence ministry, in a statement, suggested it would be held.
"Our military's stance is that we do not need to react to every single threat and unreasonable statement," it said.
The ministry said it had given a warning to shipping about the drill and made its plans for the exercise public.
Yeonpyeong is just south of the Yellow Sea border drawn by United Nations forces after the war, which the North refuses to recognise. It claims the seas around the island as its own maritime territory.
A firing drill into the Yellow Sea by South Korean marines based on the island on November 23 was answered by the North's deadly bombardment.
"The waters off Yeonpyoong island, the target of their shelling, are the inviolable territorial waters of the DPRK (North Korea)," the North's statement said.
In an earlier message, Pyongyang's official website Uriminzokkiri warned that another war with South Korea would involve nuclear weapons.
"Because of the South Koreans' reckless war policies, it is not about war or peace on the Korean peninsula but when the war will break out," the website said.
"If war breaks out, it will lead to nuclear warfare and not be limited to the Korean peninsula," it said in a posting dated Thursday.
#ROK Defense Ministry: Live-fire drill on Yeonpyeong will go ahead despite #DPRK threats. #Koreas about 9 hours ago via TweetDeck
Moreover, even a benign interpretation of the North's deployments as defensively intended does not mitigate preemptive or preventive incentives to act. On the contrary, as demonstrated in a Korean war gaming scenario on ABC's Nightline with Ted Koppel, inferior forces deployed offensively (but for defensive reasons) are extremely prone to ``use them or lose them`` motivations if conflict appears imminent.
Russia summoned the US and South Korean ambassadors Friday to express "deep concern" about a live-fire drill planned by Seoul amid mounting tensions with North Korea, the foreign ministry said.
"We strongly call on South Korea to refrain from holding the planned artillery firing in order to prevent a further escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula," the foreign ministry statement said in a statement.
US troubleshooter Bill Richardson said Friday he urged North Korean officials on a visit to Pyongyang to exercise "extreme restraint" with South Korea and said he made "a little headway."
The New Mexico governor, a veteran negotiator with the communist state, said he asked North Korea to let the South go ahead with a planned exercise after Pyongyang threatened to strike back with deadly firepower.
"I'm urging them extreme restraint," Richardson told CNN, saying he was "very, very strong with the North Korean foreign ministry officials" during a dinner on Friday.
"I think I made a little headway," Richardson said. "My sense from the North Koreans is that they are trying to find ways to tamp things down."
Richardson said he suggested ways to calm the situation, including potentially arranging talks between North and South Korea or working toward the resumption of long-stalled denuclearization talks.
"Let's cool things down. No response -- Let the exercises take place," Richardson said of his message.
"But on all sides I'm urging restraint," Richardson said, describing a warning on Thursday by a senior US general, James Cartwright, as "very encouraging."
Both China and Russia have their strategic interests in North Korea, with which each shares a border. But Russia set itself apart from China when it severely rebuked North Korea for its recent artillery attack on the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong.
If there is any country that can teach a lesson to Pyongyang, it definitely is China. But what did China do each time its wayward communist ally took a major step toward nuclear armament? All it did was to agree reluctantly to give Pyongyang a slap on the wrist, but not more, at the U.N. Security Council.
China, allegedly fearful of a massive influx of refugees in the event of an North Korean implosion, says it has little leverage on its communist ally. But everybody knows it is capable of making or breaking Kim Jong-il’s dynasty. After all, China is the main trading partner and aid provider for the rogue state which has turned itself into an international pariah by counterfeiting U.S. banknotes and smuggling contraband as well as developing nuclear weapons.
-- N. Korea vows second, third attack if S. Korea pursues drill off Yeonpyeong (Donga llbo)
-- N. Korea says it will deal unpredictable blow in event of live-fire drills (Segye Times)
-- S. Korea to proceed with drill, N. Korea warns of attack, U.S. vows counter-strike (Seoul Shinmun)
-- N. Korea warns of second, third strike if S. Korea proceeds with live-fire drills off Yeonpyeong (JoongAng Ilbo)
-- N. Korea threatens unpredictable strike, while U.S. warns of chain reaction (Chosun Ilbo)
-- N. Korea vows to deal self-defensive blow if Yeonpyeong drill is pursued (Hankyoreh)
-- N. Korea says it will strike back in event of live-fire drills off Yeonpyeong (Hankook Ilbo)
DPRK radio broadcast in English just now vows if #ROK does live-fire exercise on Yeonpyeong #DPRK defend its "sacred territorial waters." 27 minutes ago via TweetDeck
# Broadcast repeats earlier Korean language statement vowing another strike on #ROK soil if artillery fired into Yellow Sea from Yeonpyeong. 25 minutes ago via TweetDeck
NM Gov. Richardson, in Pyonygyang, to CNN today: "This is a tinderbox." #DPRK #Koreas 17 minutes ago via TweetDeck