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US State Dept. spokesman: "We'll be guided by what North Korea does, not by what North Korea says it might do under certain circumstances." about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck
CONCERNED - Sources tell @barbarastarrcnn that Adm Mullen was in Pentagon monitoring during South Korea drills about 11 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®
W7VOA 20 US soldiers were on Yeonpyeong during yesterday's artillery drill, along w- 9 observers of the UN & its Military Armistice Comm. #Koreas 10 minutes ago via TweetDeck
Pyongyang said it would allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency to return to a nuclear facility in North Korea after talks with Bill Richardson, former U.S. ambassador to the UN, according to CNN.
CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, who is accompanying Richardson on his trip to Pyongyang, said that North Korea also agreed to negotiate the sale of 12,000 nuclear fuel rods and have them sent to an outside country. The rods, which would be enough to create roughly six to eight nuclear weapons, may be sold to South Korea.
North Korea also apparently agreed to consider Richardson’s proposal to set up a military commission between the United States, North Korea and South Korea and also a military hotline between the two Koreas, CNN said.
Amid escalating tension between the two Koreas, the fate of the Kaesong Industrial Complex is once again in jeopardy.
Analysts and government officials expressed concern yesterday that it would be impossible to keep the project going if North Korea stages another provocation or retaliates for yesterday’s live-fire drill.
The industrial complex, which marries North Korean labor and South Korean capital and management, began in December 2004. After other economic projects started between the two Koreas during the Sunshine Policy days were shut down, the industrial park in the North Korean border city of Kaesong was the last remaining symbol of inter-Korean reconciliation.
If the People’s Army of the DPRK makes good its threats, the South Korean and the allied U.S. forces will have no other choice but to conduct ground, naval and air strikes on the targets where the North’s shelling originates.
Any escalation of the situation to include the North’s bombing of Seoul with its long-range artillery and missiles ― as it has warned of time and again ― will lead to an all-out war. After withstanding “13 minutes” of initial attack from the North, the allied forces will swiftly go into counterattack and soon control the air over the whole peninsula with their superior air power. The Yongbyon nuclear facilities will be among the first targets to be destroyed under established contingency plans.
This chain of events would bring about a violent end to the North Korean regime.
"No one has any right to preach or promote conflict or war, and no one has any right to cause bloodshed between the peoples in the north and south of the peninsula," he said when asked to comment on the drill carried out by Seoul.
Mullen dropped by press filing room today. I asked if he was really here all night monitoring Korea. Said: "Most of it." about 3 hours ago via TweetDeck
W7VOA NM Gov. Richardson ends visit to Pyongyang; to speak to media after arrival at Beijing airport. #Koreas 4 minutes ago via TweetDeck
North Korea must first return to an international treaty on nuclear non-proliferation before accepting U.N. inspectors back to its key nuclear facilities, a senior South Korean official said Tuesday.
A General of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) called on the Chinese government to take a more aggressive line in its foreign policy as well as recover territory “looted by neighbours,” in an essay that was published in the official media only two days before Premier Wen Jiabao's arrival in India.
“The neighbouring area is not peaceful, and we have outside threats,” wrote Major General Luo Yuan, who is also the deputy secretary-general of the Chinese Academy of Military Sciences, in an essay published in the official Global Times, a Chinese newspaper known for its nationalistic views.
China, he said, could not call itself “a strong nation” unless it “recovered the land looted by neighbours.”
W7VOA Chong Wa Dae: #ROK Pres. Lee to hold Natl. Security Council Meeting in 1 hr to review security conditions. #Koreas 2 minutes ago via TweetDeck
W7VOA Some concern #DPRK troops might fire on Aegibong peak after church, for 1st time since '03, turns on Xmas lights on steel tower today. 4 minutes ago via TweetDeck
Steve Herman W7VOA Brookings analyst Katy Oh tells VOA that #DPRK will likely strike again, perhaps over year-end holidays. #Koreas 2 minutes ago via TweetDeck
chicoharlan Key ROK govn't official: #DPRK didn't attack yest. because it knows it would get crushed 1-on-1. But DPRK will look for a window to strike. 3 minutes ago via TweetDeck
chicoharlan Cronin, cont'd. : "They will take these powers on asymmetrically, in the dark of the morning." ... So, that's a little sample of predictions 1 minute ago via TweetDeck
The United States said Monday that it was too late to pass a UN Security Council statement on the Korea military crisis as China made a strong appeal for the Koreas to end their tensions.
South Korea's military remains on alert for possible North Korean provocations Tuesday as the country plans to light up a giant Christmas tree near the border with North Korea for the first time in seven years, a move that Pyongyang sees as propaganda warfare.
President Lee Myung-bak convened a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) on Tuesday to review South Korea's defense posture and overall crisis management system a day after the country's military staged a high-stakes artillery drill near the western border with North Korea, according to Lee's aides.
"President Lee plans to hold the NSC meeting from around 11:40 a.m.," an official at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said, requesting anonymity before it announces the schedule.
W7VOA ROK Xmas tower lighting on mountain neat border that could prompt #DPRK armed response set for 1745 KST today. 3 minutes ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®
markmackinnon US envoy Richardson hails progress after North Korea trip. Says regime knows it went too far, wants return to talks: bbc.in... 4 minutes ago via web
joCNN Upon leaving #NorthKorea @GovRichardson tells me "this is a start of a new chapter" 1 minute ago via web
A destroyer prowled the sea and fighter jets screamed across the skies Tuesday as South Korea braced for possible North Korean surprise attacks a day after launching provocative artillery drills on an island the North shelled last month.
"We will mobilize reconnaissance and surveillance assets of South Korea and the U.S. combined force and intensively monitor North Korea's military activities," Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin told lawmakers before leaving for the security meeting.
North Korea showed no signs of pulling back its military. SA-2 ground-to-air missile and ground-to-ship missiles have been deployed in the west and are poised to fire artillery, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported, citing an unidentified military official.
W7VOA Reuters: PRC urges DPRK to accept IAEA inspections. #Koreas #nuclear 7 minutes ago via TweetDeck