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North Korean leader hid himself in an underground bunker for nine days during the South Korea-U.S. joint military exercise off the west coast from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1 last year for fear of F-22 Raptors of the U.S. Air Force, the Joongang Sunday magazine reported.
The F-22 Raptor is a fifth-generation supermaneuverable fighter aircraft equipped with stealth technology. The U.S. aircraft carrier George Washington participated in the joint exercise.
Originally posted by SeekerofTruth101
reply to post by Dimitri Dzengalshlevi
Your reply would have been correct back in the 40s, but today, with infra red thermal imagery and ground penetrating satillite imaging, there is NOTHING that the US military and other superpowers do not know.
Even back in the 60s with the U2 spyplanes, air photography units were pouring over the pictures to determine the layout of tunnels, no matter how well hidden it can be and discovered much as those in Vietnam proved to be. And the U2 was not just restricted to Vietnam, but even to USSR back then.
There are Eyes in the skies that sees everything and lies not. If there were lies, it was because it had been decided to do so to serve agendas Do get updated. We are no longer living in the 40s, but a terrifying new centuryedit on 2-1-2011 by SeekerofTruth101 because: (no reason given)
W7VOA (South) Korea Inst. for Nati'l Unification: Heir apparent Kim Jong Un could be promoted to marshall in 2011 becoming DPRK supreme commander. about 6 hours ago via TweetDeck
South Korean activists have rallied against North Korea near the heavily fortified border, burning placards with the images of North Korean leaders.
The bill would impose a new two percent tax on income, a 0.5 percent tax for corporate taxes, and five percent each from succession and donation taxes.
Monday JoongAng Daily editorial: "North Korea is a time bomb waiting to explode." about 3 hours ago via TweetDeck
#ROK Pres. Lee reiterates S. Korea will strongly retaliate for any further #DPRK provocations. #Koreas about 2 hours ago via TweetDeck
Lee: Door for dialog with #DPRK still open. #Koreas about 2 hours ago via TweetDeck
#ROK Pres. Lee says if #DPRK sincere then Seoul will provide substantial aid. #Koreas about 2 hours ago via TweetDeck
"Given the health of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and the young age of his heir apparent Kim Jong-un, there is a risk of North Korea making some irrational moves next year," a Unification Ministry official warned.
Starting this month, the South Korean Army will extend its basic training from five to eight weeks. The training will also take place six days a week, instead of five. Thus the days of basic training are nearly doubled. The reason given for this is the perceived need to get ready for war with North Korea.
War with North Korea now seems more likely than at any time since the 1960s.
Japan wants to establish an alliance with South Korea to ensure security in East Asia against a backdrop of possible provocations from North Korea, the Japanese foreign minister, Seiji Maehara, said.
The South Korean military is beefing up its surveillance power against North Korean submarines, and the Navy said it would deploy five more antisubmarine aircraft.
Hyun also quoted Kim as saying that relations with Japan were bad and that neither Pyongyang nor Tokyo intended to make a diplomatic move to improve them. In addition, Hyun cited an unnamed, high-ranking North Korean official she met in the North saying that Kim banned Japanese cars from Pyongyang streets.
A former U.S. State Department adviser on North Korea, Balbina Hwang, says the current diplomacy appears to be leading to a re-start of the talks.
Hwang said, "I'm surprised to hear myself say that there might, in fact, be very well a meeting of the six-party talks. That does not mean that, I think, there will be much progress made at those talks toward de-nuclearization.
#Japan Defense Minister Kitazawa in #ROK next Mon./Tues. for talks on boosting military cooperation. #Koreas 34 minutes ago via TweetDeck
South Korea’s Foreign Ministry has denied a Japanese media report that South Korea and Japan are considering signing a joint declaration on strengthening bilateral military cooperation.
South Korea's Navy and Marine Corps will hold joint maneuvers this week to strengthen their ability to detect and repel a potential infiltration by North Korea into one of five islands near the tense Yellow Sea border, officials said Tuesday.
The maneuvers, the first of their kind, will be held on Friday and Saturday with an unspecified number of personnel and military assets taking part, officials at the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.
If you were Kim would you attack before the drills start so you have a better chance, or during the drills after they "provoke you by stepping one .000001 mm into your territory"?
The DP sr. ldr., Chung Dong-young, believe he can get inter-Korean dialogue revived if he meets KJI again (in Pyongyang). #Koreas about 11 hours ago via TweetDeck
Japan Foreign Min. Maehara says Tokyo to hold talks with Pyongyang this year. #Koreas about 9 hours ago via TweetDeck
"We believe that serious negotiation must be at the heart of any strategy for dealing with North Korea," Bosworth said. "And we look forward to being able to launch those at a reasonably early time."
While the big issue in the south is war, in the north everyone is obsessed with food, or the lack of it. Families of Communist Party and security service officials are buying all they can, and apparently stockpiling it. Lower ranking officials are increasingly asking that their bribes be paid in food (especially rice), rather than cash (which is declining in value at the black market currency exchanges). Similarly, several factories, that are still working and exporting, are asking to be paid in rice. Chinese traders and others who regularly deal with North Koreans (especially along the border) note a growing demand for food, and more people planning an attempt to escape North Korea. While South Korea talk of war, in the north the fears are of starvation, and of things getting worse. What is different is that it's now the ruling class up north that fears starvation. For decades, it was the ruled who worried about food, and quietly died of starvation by the millions, when the food was simply not there. This Winter, there's some new in the air; fear for everyone. This despite, or perhaps because of, bold government proclamations that the economic situation will be much improved by 2012. These kinds of promises are typical communist propaganda, and have been used many times in the past. This one is supposed to be special, because 2012 is the centennial of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung's birth and, many fear, the year Kim Il Sung's son will die and be succeeded by his grandson. North Koreans are openly disdainful of the current "plan," and all its aspects and implications. This is why the ruling class up north are in a panic.
Keeping the armed forces loyal is apparently the main function of the North Korean Special Forces, not leading another invasion of the south.
North Korea called Wednesday for "unconditional and early" talks with rival South Korea to put an end to months of tensions. Seoul quickly dismissed the offer as insincere and said it's waiting for an apology for two deadly attacks blamed on Pyongyang.
US envoy Bosworth says Washington will "never" pressure Seoul on returning to 6-way talks on #DPRK nukes. #Koreas about 11 hours ago via TweetDeck
Korea Herald editorial: Only alternative right now to 6-party talks is waiting for collapse of #DPRK regime. about 15 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®
But the plan is stirring up considerable controversy because it involves Japan. Considering Japanese atrocities during the colonization of Korea and Tokyo's ongoing territorial claim to the Dokdo Islets, questions over the necessity of such a pact are justified. With Northeast Asia polarized between a strengthening alliance between the U.S., South Korea and Japan versus a bolstered alliance between China and North Korea, stronger military ties between Seoul and Tokyo could cause the status quo to become permanent. And China's position must be considered. China is South Korea's largest trading partner and a key player along with the U.S. when it comes to peace on the Korean Peninsula and the prospect of reunification. It is not in South Korea's best interests to be pushed to the forefront of the conflicting alliances in the region.
The Chinese ambassador to South Korea was highly critical of North Korea's botched currency reform at the end of 2009, calling it a "mistake" that risked "further alienating the populace," according to confidential diplomatic cable revealed by WikiLeaks.
South Korea on Tuesday denied a Japanese media report that Seoul and Tokyo are preparing a joint declaration to bolster military cooperation. "We have neither negotiated nor considered it," a government official said, adding, "Bolstering bilateral military cooperation is merely Japan's wish." Another said, "There are many obstacles that must be overcome for Japan to boost security cooperation with South Korea." The official complained that Tokyo "is leaking information to the press that has yet to be discussed with us."
U.S. opposition is rising against the bid of South Korea and the U.S. to resume the six-party talks on ending North Korea’s nuclear program.
The incoming chairwoman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, urged Washington and Seoul to beef up pressure on Pyongyang, saying, “We must not fall into North Korea’s trap.”
A Chinese newspaper has reported that North Korean residents in China are moving to renounce their North Korean nationality.
Kyodo: #China military document envisages preemptive nuke strike in crisis. about 5 hours ago via web
egalite_twitted Proof NKorea is already enjoying benefit of going nuclear: it hits a neighbor with shells and still manages to draw intention to negotiate about 2 hours ago via twtkr
-- Resumption of six-party talks possible if N. Korea makes efforts for denuclearization (Chosun Ilbo)
Japan’s Asahi Shimbun daily cited the fact that the North did not mention Kim Jong-un's name in Pyongyang’s New Year editorial.
Quoting sources on North Korea, Asahi said the North appears to be intentionally delaying the power succession process.
The paper said the delay relates to Kim Jong-il's heath, which seems to have returned somewhat in recent days. The elder Kim reportedly suffered a stroke in the summer of 2008.
The Chinese military's strategic missile forces, the Second Artillery Corps, would "adjust" its policy if another nuclear state conducts air strikes against Chinese targets "with absolutely superior conventional weapons," the document says, according to Kyodo.
South Korea's special forces have dwindled to the point that they are outnumbered 10:1 by their North Korean counterparts, a military source said Wednesday.
The North Korean military and ruling party are known to encourage small-scale border trade with China in what appears to be an effort to secure foreign currency.
Quoting an anonymous North Korean trade source, Radio Free Asia reported Wednesday that the number of trading companies near the border with China has rapidly increased.
A couple of questions: Do you know Lil Kim's age
and what month his son might take over? I still feel Lil Kim wants to start things rolling before his time is up.