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TimothyS Some reporters in Asia starting to notice that SK playing a pretty dangerous game of drills off, drills on - all while demanding NK "deeds." 4 minutes ago via TweetDeck
The Chinese Foreign Ministry is calling South Korea to account for the dead and missing crew of a Chinese fishing boat which rammed into a South Korean coast guard patrol boat while illegally fishing in the West Sea last Saturday.
Russia distanced itself from China in discussions about North Korea at the UN Security Council on Sunday, Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan said Tuesday. "In the process of adopting the statement, Russia clearly stated its intention to join international condemnation," Kim said. "I do not believe Russia is acting in concert with China."
#ROK naval exercise confirmed as underway in east sea. It'll last 3 days. #Koreas 11 minutes ago via TweetDeck
# FLASH: S.Korea mobilising 6 naval ships in firing drill off east coast - Yonhap news agency 14 minutes ago via web
# FLASH: S.Korea firing drill off east coast taking place about 100 km south of border with North - Yonhap 14 minutes ago via web
# FLASH: S.Korea holding 3-day firing drill off east coast starting Wednesday - Defence min official 16 minutes ago via web
Beijing says North Korea has the right to use nuclear power but should be subject to inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The North recently agreed to the return of IAEA inspectors to nuclear facilities.
"China's position is that the North also has the right to use nuclear power in accordance with the principles of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the Sept. 19, 2005 joint statement and that it is also subject to the IAEA's inspection," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said Tuesday.
I give it 3 years TOPS.
Once it starts, after a fierce battle, it will ultimately be the END of NK.
The whole JONG-IL administration would LITERALLY need to have been on mushroom tea for the last 40 years to even think logically they could defeat NATO... and they'd need to be ever higher to think China and or Russia, in front of the world, would stand up for them militarily.
With reported annual purchases topping $700,000, Kim Jong-il is the single largest consumer of Hennessy cognac worldwide.
I still think John McCain or Sarah Palin would have already had this show on the go years ago....
You should actually see the good in the Obama administration.
While living here, one of the things a person becomes accustomed to is the constant stream of news about North Korea -- so much so that South Koreans and expats alike are rarely concerned about it, and routinely discard it on their way to work to focus on more immediate problems, such as their child's upcoming midterm examinations or a sporting event.
But the reaction to recent news has been different. Shortly after hearing about the artillery attack on Yeonpyeong Island and while still trying to get all of the facts myself, I received a call from my mother. She had seen on the news that North Korea had attacked the South and wondered if the government had an evacuation plan for foreign nationals. She then politely suggested that I come home. This is not the first phone call or email I have received from my family about what they have seen in the news, but this time my mother was obviously quite worried. For the first time I had some doubts myself. I have heard plenty of stories from other expats who have received similar worried phone calls and emails from loved ones to make sure they are safe.
The attack has also been a popular topic among my Korean friends and the students I teach at university. The students, especially, feel a mix of anger, sadness and anxiety toward the North and are at a loss what to think. For them, this is not something happening on T.V. -- this is happening here and people are dying. War has suddenly become a real possibility for them.
These recent events have had people here wondering what they would do if North Korea invaded. When I tell people I would stay, their first reaction is always to ask why. Since many expats are only here for a one-to-two year sojourn, people find it difficult to understand what would make me want to fight, and it is a fair question. But in my own way I have come to love and admire the country. Living here, I have felt and observed the sacrifice that the older generations have made for the new, through work, war and serving under a military dictatorship for many years. I have come to respect and admire that struggle when I see what South Koreans have accomplished in turning their country from an impoverished postwar nation to one of the leading industrialized countries in the world in so little time.
In a move that is expected to create controversy, the Lee Myung-bak administration is pushing to allow the immediate deletion of posts on Internet bulletin boards and cafes in the event of an “unexpected incident” such as the sinking of the Cheonan or artillery attack on Yeonpyeong Island. Critics say the move is essentially preemptive censorship that bypasses even Korea Communications Standards Commission (KOCSC) review procedures based on the single standard of whether the posts are “intended to cause social disruption.”
South Korea's navy also opened regular exercises in the East Sea on Wednesday that will run for four days.
South Korea is at no fault in last week's sinking of a Chinese fishing boat in the Yellow Sea because the country was legitimately enforcing a law on suspected illegal fishing, an official said Wednesday.
SK Pres's Office: Drills are part of SK life. We don't cancel our schedules on behalf of North Korea. 43 minutes ago via web
egalite_twitted Another shining piece of propaganda from NK: Kim Jong-il's mother led 100 fighters to repel 10,000 Japanese forces in 1935 by rolling rocks. about 1 hour ago via web
The Mainichi Shimbun quoted various diplomatic sources as saying Wednesday that Obama told Chinese President Hu Jintao during a telephone conversation earlier this month that the U.S. has its own plans should China continuously refuse to actively address issues related to the North. He apparently was complaining about China’s handling of the North’s artillery attack last month.
Originally posted by Plan2exist18
What does NKorea have to say about these new drills?
egalite_twitted Source tells Yonhap military will deploy Israeli-made, infrared-guided Spike missiles on Y'pyeong. The Isle seems turning into an arms expo. 3 minutes ago via web
Originally posted by ajniss
hey man great stuff Vitchilo i see other people dont realize or if they care if this thread is continuing keep it up!! we know who keeps contributing to this thread!
Originally posted by Morgil
Hmm..has anyone picked up on the fact that no US troops will be involved in this one? On monday's drill, I personally thought the main reason NK didn't retaliate was due to the US troops and UN observers, they couldn't risk killing any of those. That would isolate them from any sympathy.
Now with no US/UN involvement in these drills, the north may be more inclined to go for it. Intentional? Who knows? I hope i'm wrong though.