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Originally posted by RizeorDie
this is from a video game
Diplomats said the meeting was tentatively scheduled for 3 p.m., although it could change.
The meeting was called at the request of Russia
Kyodo: China summons ambassadors of both #Koreas to urge restraint amid war fears. about 7 hours ago via TweetDeck
Fresh threat via KCNA: "We will settle thoroughly with the U.S. for the extreme crisis & its consequences that arise on Korean Peninsula." about 5 hours ago via TweetDeck
kaedotcom North Korea complains about balloons carrying leaflets and "waste paper" US dollar bills. http://(link tracking not allowed)/hu1lg4 about 6 hours ago via bitly Retweeted by W7VOA and 5 others
China lashed a Japanese city's move to commemorate Japan's "stealthy" occupation of the Diaoyu Islands more than a century ago, saying any scheme to infringe upon its territorial sovereignty is nothing but fruitless labor.
On Saturday, Russia requested an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on North Korea, U.N. diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Council members were discussing the timing of the meeting, but Mark Kornblau, spokesman for the U.S. Mission to the U.N., said it would not be held on Saturday.
Originally posted by Vitchilo
reply to post by onthedownlow
This ain't appeasement. Appeasement is when the other guy is ABLE to carry out expansion. North Korea ain't able to do that. They'll lose for sure in a war.
What you want to do, is SAVE A DOZEN, maybe A MILLION people from dying.
When it ain't you that is on the line, it's easy to say ``let's get this thing started``.
Russia urges South Korea to scrap planned firing drill
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.
Basically Russia saying to the US and South Korea : STOP YOUR BS.
And don't you forget that US TROOPS will be on the island this time. If US troops are killed you can bet your bottom dollar that republicans will call for war and maybe even pass a draft.edit on 17-12-2010 by Vitchilo because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Vitchilo
Hopefully South Korea don't start their drills today... please please please please.
EDIT : Apparently deployment of more US troops in SKorea is seriously on the table. Not a big surprise considering the events in the last few days and the experts saying it should be done... Word coming out of reserves/national guard.
I don't know if the deployment will be only if war breaks out... or if limited skirmish breaks out, or before the drill as a deterrent...
Thing is, if it's done... what will China/Russia/North Korea think/do?
The Yeonpyeong Island drill will reportedly begin at around 10 a.m. on the day it is ordered. Some 60 percent of the guns on the island will participate, firing in a southwest direction. The remaining 40 percent will be aimed at North Korea’s coastal artillery positions in preparation for a contingency.
Prior to the drill, KF-16s from Haemi Air Base in Seosan, South Chungcheong Province and F-15Ks from Daegu Air Base will patrol the skies around Yeonpyeong Island. South Korean military authorities plan to launch precision strikes with F-15Ks against North Korean coastal artillery positions if North Korea carries out an artillery attack on Yeonpyeong Island. Prior to restarting the maritime live-fire drills, South Korean military authorities reinforced their military personnel on the Five West Coast Islands. On Yeonpyeong Island, they boosted the number of K-9 self-propelled artillery pieces from six to 12, and have deployed upgraded counter battery radar. They have also carried out an emergency deployment of Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS) and Cheonma surface-to-air missiles capable of reaching North Korean aircraft.
The sea border that has become the main battleground between North and South Korea 57 years after it was imposed by a U.S. general has been called legally indefensible by American officials for more than three decades.
Then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger wrote in a 1975 classified cable that the unilaterally drawn Northern Limit Line was “clearly contrary to international law.” Two years before, the American ambassador said in another cable that many nations would view South Korea and its U.S. ally as “in the wrong” if clashes occurred in disputed areas along the boundary.
South Korea said on Sunday bad weather was delaying the start of a live-fire exercise that prompted North Korean threats of war, adding that it had no plans to scrap the drills despite international calls for restraint.
The U.N. Security Council is expected to convene an emergency session on Sunday on the escalating tension between North and South Korea in the hope of issuing some kind of statement to help ease the tension in the region.
North Korea has called the artillery fire drill by the South, on Yeonpyeong island which was attacked last month, a suicidal war move that would trigger a full-out conflict on the Korean peninsula and said it would strike back in self-defense.
Analysts were skeptical the North would carry out the threat it issued on Friday, which rattled financial markets, but it added to the already tense situation in the peninsula which has been described as "extremely precarious" and a "tinderbox" by U.S. and Chinese officials.
Weather conditions worsened on the normally sleepy, idyllic island of fishermen, forcing the military to push back a planned one-day live-fire drill past the weekend. It had been scheduled for some time between December 18 and 21.
"There is no plan to cancel the exercise. The factor we're looking at is the weather condition," a Defense Ministry official said on the condition of anonymity.