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Originally posted by Darce
reply to post by Bluetwo
Who else thinks tomorrow may be the big day? 12:00 am EST is when the next land drills begin correct?
The SK gov't cracking down on social networks is a disturbing sign of what is to come I think. They both may go up in a ball of flame, and we won't even know what happened, who struck first, or the scale of the conflict.
North Korea is being called out, what option do they have besides the "use it or lose it" scenerio?edit on 22-12-2010 by Darce because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by thecinic
North Korea will not attack tonight. (don't get me wrong the possibility is there)
Really hoping north Korea does not do anything stupid and get themselves blown up.
# Today's big #ROK war game -- meant to simulate #DPRK invasion -- is pool coverage for foreign media. AP's Foster Klug is pen pool. 9 minutes ago via TweetDeck
# Largest #ROK wintertime joint Army-AF live fire exercise begins in less than 3 hours at Pocheon, 30km S of border with #DPRK. #Koreas about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck
North Korea's latest intermediate-range ballistic missile, which appeared in Pyongyang's military parade in October, is believed to be capable of delivering a nuclear weapon, a South Korean researcher said Thursday.
Beijing, Glaser said, sees the tough stand taken by Washington and Seoul as breeding instability.
"They (the Chinese) want North Korea to be restrained and they want the South to be restrained," Glaser said.
"They also don't want to put too much pressure on North Korea via the UN because they worry that could provoke North Korea to engage in more destabilizing action," she said.
North Korea criticised South Korea's "warmonger" military for a major firing exercise set to start later Thursday, saying the drill is aggressive in nature.
In a relatively mildly worded commentary, it described the four-day naval drill as "fanatical drills for invasion of North Korea" and accused Seoul of trying to disguise the "aggressive characteristics" of the exercises.
The White House warned North Korea Wednesday that there was no reason for it to respond to South Korea's military drills as they were "defensive" in nature and well-publicized in advance.
Seoul slammed Beijing on Wednesday for saying North Korea has the right to use nuclear power. "China appears to have lost its discernment and sense of balance," a Foreign Ministry official said.
"It's possible to talk about the right to peaceful use of nuclear power for countries that are signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and undergo International Atomic Energy Agency inspections. But neither is the case with the North, which withdrew from the NPT and expelled IAEA inspectors," the official said. "China surely understands this situation but is clouding the issue of the North's denuclearization."
Chinese news coverage of Korean peninsula situation very diff from US media; reports situation at prewar stage. China obviously concerned about 12 hours ago via Tweetie for Mac Retweeted by markmackinnon and 13 others
The South Korean military has remained on alert for almost a month since North Korea’s Nov. 23 attack on Yeonpyeong Island. With Pyongyang also on high alert, both sides are increasingly feeling fatigue.
A military official in Seoul said Wednesday, “Following the attack, we are maintaining our alert status at the highest level of Jindotgae 1, raised the five-grade Watchcon surveillance alert to a Watchcon 2 status, and raising the defense alert in the Yellow Sea to the highest level.”
Seoul has been in a combat readiness posture for nearly a month though allowing soldiers to take vacations.
The situation for the North Korean military is no different. After the Yeonpyeong attack, Pyongyang declared a state of “quasi-warfare” and informed this to its 8th Navy Fleet at its Yellow Sea Fleet Command of the (North) Korean People’s Army stationed near the Northern Limit Line.
South Korean naval vessels and soldiers are ready for mobilization. A source on North Korea based in Seoul said, “North Korean soldiers are usually locked in mine tunnels in alert situations and have been there for near a month. They must be pretty much exhausted."
The White House said Wednesday that North Korea should live up to its denuclearization obligations and stop belligerent action before resuming the six-party nuclear talks.
Despite the North’s appeasement gestures, Washington apparently indicated that it cannot trust Pyongyang’s rhetoric that is not followed by action.
Japan will likely increase its surveillance of Chinese and North Korean military activities, especially those of submarines, in line with a request from the United States.
W7VOA #ROK largest military land drill of year underway near border with #DPRK. #Koreas 1 minute ago via TweetDeck
W7VOA Despite Defense Ministry confirming in Seoul, on-site pool reporter says #ROK drill hasn't started. #Koreas 6 minutes ago via TweetDeck
W7VOA Chong Wa Dae: #ROK Pres. Lee visiting Army unit near #DPRK border. #Koreas 1 minute ago via TweetDeck
W7VOA Pool report: #ROK live-firing of artillery during drill witnessed from 1442KST. #Koreas 2 minutes ago via TweetDeck
South Korea says it is considering allowing the U.S. to use Gwangyang Port on the southern coast to bring in additional forces to the nation in the event of an emergency.