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US general Mark Clark, who succeeded Ridgway as UN commander in May 1952 and was to sign the 1953 ceasefire with the communist North, was himself waiting for the opportunity to present to Eisenhower his strategy, known as Oplan 8-52.
It was ambitious. It was frightening. The US 8th Army would advance 90 or so kilometres to the narrow waist of Korea. There would be amphibious landings, air and sea attacks on China, a blockade and the attacks would include the use of nuclear bombs.
Clark did not get his chance. According to one source, Eisenhower told his inner circle on the way home: "We cannot tolerate the continuation of the Korean conflict. The United States will have to break this deadlock."
Had they been aware of how frequently strategy sessions were marked by mushroom-shaped clouds, they would have been exceedingly alarmed. In his memoirs, Eisenhower recorded that on his return from Korea he felt that "clearly a course of action other than a conventional ground attack in Korea was necessary".
Originally posted by ajniss
so during an interview i saw with Bill Richardson says that North Korea only has 5to10 nuclear weapons can we say thats a right number?
North Korea is prepared to launch a "sacred war" based on its nuclear deterrent, the North's state media says amid heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula.
"The revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK are getting fully prepared to launch a sacred war of justice of Korean style based on the nuclear deterrent at anytime necessary to cope with the enemies' actions deliberately pushing the situation to the brink of a war," the Korean Central News Agency said
Political analysts and local markets may largely write off North Korea's threat of a nuclear "sacred war" as rhetoric, but the risk of conflict on the peninsula has clearly reached the radar of global investors.
“The people of South Korea support the government’s stern response to North Korea’s provocations, but they do not want to live under the continued threat of war,” said Nam during a telephone interview with the Hankyoreh. “They would like to see the government handling the North Korea risk wisely in the mid to long term.”
China may be ready to launch its first aircraft carrier in 2011, Chinese military and political sources said on Thursday, a year ahead of U.S. military analysts' expectations.
However, there are other reasons for joint Russo-Chinese war games as well. Today, practically all Asian nations are strengthening their armies. India, Japan and both Koreas are actively modernizing their arms. Taiwan, strongly backed by the US, is developing its army and navy. The last month saw joint US-Japanese and US-South Korean maneuvers. Moreover, South Korea keeps firing at its northern neighbor. In a recent armed incident between the two Koreas, several people were killed.
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Administration officials said the Chinese government had embraced an American plan to press the North to reconcile with the South after its deadly attacks on a South Korean island and a warship. The United States believes the Chinese also worked successfully to curb North Korea’s belligerent behavior.
North Korea succeeds in attacking Seoul with a nuclear weapon,how long would it take for a retaliatory attack on Pyongyang,minutes,hours days ect?
what would be the global impact of this attack?
A fire destroyed a South Korean factory at the Gaeseong Industrial Complex in North Korea early Friday. No casualties have been reported.
A Unification Ministry official in Seoul says that the fire broke out at the South Korean utensil factory around 2:30 a.m. and that firefighters from the Gaeseong complex management committee put it out completely at 6 a.m.
North Korea blasted South Korea on Friday for launching a government committee to seek the return of citizens abducted during the Korean War six decades ago, denying Pyongyang kidnapped anyone and rejecting any chances of cooperation with Seoul.
W7VOA #ROK Defense Ministry: Giant Xmas steel tower lighted display with glowing cross visible in #DPRK will stay up until Jan. 8. #Koreas about 2 hours ago via TweetDeck
Russian nuclear experts have raised questions about whether North Korea actually has the ability to detonate a nuclear bomb.
The source said the experts also do not believe Pyongyang has missiles that are capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
The North's most likely next move will be to conduct live-fire artillery drills or possibly a short-range missile test into its waters off the west coast.
Pyongyang's claims over the area have become more pronounced this year. Expect more violence, including naval skirmishes.
Other possible North Korean actions over the next few months include conducting long-range missile tests, and a third nuclear test.
If the South resumes anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts from the border, it could shoot down the loudspeakers.
China told South Korea Friday that North Korea's right to peaceful use of nuclear power is possible only when Pyongyang abides by international denuclearization obligations, a government official said.
W7VOA KCNA (#DPRK): US entirely to blame fo this year's alarming developments on Korean peninsula as it realizes strategy to dominate E. Asia. about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck