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posted on Feb, 15 2011 @ 07:36 AM
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US-South Korea war games amid tensions with North

The United States and South Korea will launch annual joint military exercises this month, officials said Tuesday, amid continued tensions with North Korea over two deadly border incidents last year.

The Key Resolve/Foal Eagle drills will start February 28 and involve 12,800 US troops, the Combined Forces Command (CFC) said. Some 200,000 South Korean troops will also take part, according to the defence ministry.

The North habitually criticises the drills as a preparation for invasion.

Key Resolve, a command post exercise involving computer simulation, will last until March 10. Part of Foal Eagle, a joint air, ground and naval training exercise, will continue through April 30.

Yonhap said that a US aircraft carrier group would take part for the first time in two years. A CFC spokesman declined to comment.

Oh boy... 200 000 SKorean troops to participate?? Seriously? Hopefully it's not close to the border...

And it lasts for TWO MONTHS? Not to mention, it goes till the end of April... and me thinks North Korea might test a nuke in mid-April... this might not end well...

China official backs N. Korea succession: KCNA

A senior Chinese official has expressed support for the plan by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il to transfer power eventually to his youngest son, the North's official news agency said Tuesday.


Taiwan's defence compromised by agent: ex-spy chief

Taiwan's ability to defend itself in the event of a Chinese invasion has been badly compromised by the island's worst espionage case in 50 years, an ex-spy chief has warned.

That is not good.
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posted on Feb, 15 2011 @ 08:54 AM
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Originally posted by Dimitri Dzengalshlevi
Do you happen to know which new weapons Russia is planning to deploy there? Perhaps a Borei?


Well it seems it's confirmed... Russia will deploy S-400s to the islands.

Rosja rozmieści rakiety na Kurylach Południowch

Russia will deploy missile defenses, including units of the S-400, on the southern Kurylach. Jest to odpowiedź Moskwy na japońskie roszczenia do tych wysp. This is Moscow's response to Japanese claims to those islands.


Also two mistral ships... once they build them/receive them... that they got from France. And more troops on the island.
Rosyjski okręt ostrzelał Japończyków

Już w lutym Rosjanie zapowiedzieli znaczne wzmocnienie oddziałów stacjonujących na wyspach. Already in February, the Russians have announced a significant reinforcement of troops stationed on the islands. Na Kuryle mają trafić rakiety przeciwlotnicze systemu S-400, a okoliczne wody mają patrolować dwa okręty typu Mistral, które zostaną nabyte we Francji. On the Kurile have hit anti-missile system S-400, and patrol the surrounding waters have a Mistral two ships that will be acquired in France.


Translation from google...
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posted on Feb, 15 2011 @ 12:40 PM
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It is now February 16 in North Korea. It is now Kim Jong Il's birthday... he's now 70 years old...

Pyongyang Downsized

North Korea has halved the size of the Pyongyang administrative area and handed some southern parts over to a provincial government, the Unification Ministry said on Monday.

With the areas incorporated into North Hwanghae Province, the capital has shrunk to about half its size of 2,630 sq. km and lost some 500,000 of its 3 million population.

Nampo has been turned into a special city. Administrative areas increased from 11 to 12, with Pyongyang under the direct control of the central government, two special cities (Rajin-Songbong and Nampo) and nine provinces, according to the ministry.

"North Korea probably had economic difficulties maintaining the special privileges of Pyongyang residents," a government source said. The North's rationing system has almost completely collapsed elsewhere, but the 3 million residents of Pyongyang and its 1.19 million troops still receive food rations. The remaining 20 million are believed to depend on open-air markets for food, a senior government official said recently.


Yep. Those who live in Pyongyang are ``special citizen`` who receive the food and all the other stuff. The rest of the country is ``left alone`` basically... left alone to die.

Officers 'Baffled' by New Focus of Korea-U.S. Joint Drill

Until last year, the drill envisioned a full-scale war with North Korea, but this year's exercises envisage a sudden change in the North and local provocations.

The previous drills focused on the urgent dispatch of large U.S. troop reinforcements and equipment -- 690,000 troops, about 160 warships including five aircraft carrier fleets, and about 2,500 aircraft -- to the Korean Peninsula, marching up to an area north of Pyongyang, and bringing down the regime.

But the upcoming drill will follow on a contingency plan that envisions six scenarios for sudden change in the North. Sources say the conceptual plan, numbered 5029, has become a concrete operational plan including troop mobilization and deployment. It covers civil war sparked by a failed transition of power to North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's son Jong-un or a coup after Kim senior's death; instability caused by public riots; insurgents' seizure or smuggling of weapons of mass destruction; a mass exodus of North Koreans; a massive natural disaster; and kidnapping of South Korean citizens in the North.

The two militaries will also practice dealing with Chinese troops that could march into the North at the regime's request if a civil war should break out.

The South Korean and U.S. governments are mulling plans to bring such situations under control by forming a UN peacekeeping force consisting of South Korea, the U.S., China, Japan, and Russia in efforts to quell opposition from China in case of a sudden change in the North.

Interesting.



posted on Feb, 15 2011 @ 03:59 PM
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I don't understand, how can China be a part of a UN effort to "quell opposition from China" in the north?

Does that makse sense to you, V? Do you think they meant Canada? I don't get it.
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Maybe they will be allowed to hold some territory along their border with NK? What type of "opposition" are they talking about?
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posted on Feb, 15 2011 @ 06:06 PM
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Originally posted by Vitchilo

Originally posted by Dimitri Dzengalshlevi
Do you happen to know which new weapons Russia is planning to deploy there? Perhaps a Borei?


Well it seems it's confirmed... Russia will deploy S-400s to the islands.

Rosja rozmieści rakiety na Kurylach Południowch

Russia will deploy missile defenses, including units of the S-400, on the southern Kurylach. Jest to odpowiedź Moskwy na japońskie roszczenia do tych wysp. This is Moscow's response to Japanese claims to those islands.


Also two mistral ships... once they build them/receive them... that they got from France. And more troops on the island.
Rosyjski okręt ostrzelał Japończyków

Już w lutym Rosjanie zapowiedzieli znaczne wzmocnienie oddziałów stacjonujących na wyspach. Already in February, the Russians have announced a significant reinforcement of troops stationed on the islands. Na Kuryle mają trafić rakiety przeciwlotnicze systemu S-400, a okoliczne wody mają patrolować dwa okręty typu Mistral, które zostaną nabyte we Francji. On the Kurile have hit anti-missile system S-400, and patrol the surrounding waters have a Mistral two ships that will be acquired in France.


Translation from google...
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Beautiful. So basically, the Russians are setting up both advanced defensive (S-400 theater SAMs) and offensive (Mistral amphibious assault ships) around hotspots in Eastern Asia. Perhaps the Russians forsee a potential war there, one of significant size that the Japanese might use it to their advantage to acquire the contested islands (with American backing, of course)?



posted on Feb, 15 2011 @ 07:38 PM
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And it lasts for TWO MONTHS? Not to mention, it goes till the end of April... and me thinks North Korea might test a nuke in mid-April... this might not end well...



This may break the record for a tense 2 months for all concerned. I can't imagine this turning out for the better -
There is so much conflict in the world right now I really can't keep up with it but I always try when its comes to the N. Korea crisis. Thank you so much for all the time you put into this thread - I know I can always just come here and get the lastest information. Sometimes my time is limited and I appreciate your dedication.



posted on Feb, 15 2011 @ 08:15 PM
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I don't understand, how can China be a part of a UN effort to "quell opposition from China" in the north?

You have to read the whole sentence to understand it...


The South Korean and U.S. governments are mulling plans to bring such situations under control by forming a UN peacekeeping force consisting of South Korea, the U.S., China, Japan, and Russia in efforts to quell opposition from China in case of a sudden change in the North.

It means, to get China to be on the UN peacekeeping force... they would form one WITH RUSSIA... so China wouldn't complain... Thing is... would Russia accept? Or would Russia prefer to be loyal to China?


Perhaps the Russians forsee a potential war there, one of significant size that the Japanese might use it to their advantage to acquire the contested islands (with American backing, of course)?

Indeed. Japan never renounced to the islands and Russia knows if something goes down in Georgia/Azerbaijan... and Russia is distracted elsewhere, Japan could take the opportunity to take back the islands... which now would mean a declaration of war against Russia because they would have to go through two mistral ships and S-400s and many more troops. If Russia had no defense, Russia could maybe let it pass...or just be angry about it... but now, Japan doing it would mean total war.

Kim Jong-un Gets Promoted

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's son and heir Jong-un has been promoted to vice chairman of the powerful National Defense Commission.

The commission is the militarist country's top decision-making body, and the promotion makes Kim junior the de facto No. 2 in the regime just five months after he was first publicly paraded at a rare party congress in September last year.

On the day of his father's 70th birthday... they say he's now second in command...


Based on new #DPRK dispatch analysts conclude Kim Jong Un now #4 in leadership hierarchy, surpassing Army Chief of Staff Ri Yong Ho.

Here they say 4th...


#DPRK: KCNA reports birthday greetings sent to Kim Jong Il from presidents of Russia, Cuba. Card from Obama lost in the mail?

Russia still sends birthday greetings to Kim Jong Il?


Yonhap quotes #ROK military official as saying a young man from the #DPRK made a rare defection across the DMZ Tuesday evening. #Koreas

Good for him.

crazydaisy : Thanks for the kind words.
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posted on Feb, 15 2011 @ 08:26 PM
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To sum it up, so nothing is fkin happening, right ?

For those who really into this...I suggest ya'll should start pre-order "Homefront."



posted on Feb, 16 2011 @ 12:11 AM
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Originally posted by the_0bserver85
To sum it up, so nothing is fkin happening, right ?

For those who really into this...I suggest ya'll should start pre-order "Homefront."


You mean the fearmongering game about a future invasion of the US by North Korea? There's even a thread in the RATS forum about CIA advisors basically directing the project. Talk about brainwashing the next generation of US soldiers.



posted on Feb, 16 2011 @ 03:17 AM
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Ahhhh I see, so they will try and use Russia to broker support from the Chinese for their invasion. I don't think the "let's all team up on little Kim" plan will fly either. Seems foolish to abandon the unity of ROK/Japan/USA, unless they believe they simply cannot win that war without Russia and China's help.

That will only appear as a great weakness for the western powers in the region, still seems illogical to me. They mind as well just say, if worse comes to worse NK is your problem, not ours.

This shift in strategy makes me wonder who they are more afraid of, the NK regime or the Chinese.



posted on Feb, 16 2011 @ 09:20 AM
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South Korean says investigating man who defected from North (AP)


Dalai Lama's nephew killed in U.S. while on a walk to support Tibetan freedom (DPA)

Yeah total coincidence...the only guy killed is the Dalai Lama's nephew... totally not an assassination.


New North Korean Space Launch Site Appears Completed

New satellite imagery seen by VOA News shows North Korea has completed a launch tower at its second missile launch facility, in the country’s northwest. Intelligence analysts in the United States and South Korea are keeping a close eye on the facility, near Tongchang-dong.

The site is seen as a critical element in Pyongyang's quest to build a missile capable of delivering a nuclear weapon across the Pacific.

Tim Brown, an image analyst who is a senior fellow at Global Security.org, says it has taken North Korea about a decade to finish the facility.

Because the new launch site neighbors China, along the Yellow Sea, it will be difficult for other countries to conduct surveillance of pre-launch testing and actual launches.

"I think it’s pretty clear that the Chinese, the Japanese, the U.S., the South Koreans and the Russians, for that matter, are all going to have slightly different views on this. You are going to have different threat perceptions. You’re going to have different ideas on how it should be dealt with," stated Pinkson. "So this really serves into North Korean hands. And, so, I won’t be surprised if it [a launch] happens this year."

So... since North Korea is preparing for a nuke test to be ready by mid-March/end of march and now this...

To celebrate Kim Il Sung 100 years birthday on April 15 2011, will they test a nuke AND launch an intercontinental missile in a very short span of time? And all of that while the US-SKorea are doing military drills with 212 800 troops and an aircraft carrier strike group... yeah this will not end well.

Now... Kim Il Sung was born on April 15 1912... but apparently, in Korea, they count the ``birthday`` years differently... and 2011 would mean a hundred years... maybe this is wrong, we'll see.

Tanks 'Ready to Be Used Against Uprising in Pyongyang'

The North Korean Army's Guard Command, a military unit tasked with protecting leader Kim Jong-il, is hiding scores of tanks in Pyongyang to quell any popular uprising, Radio Free Asia claimed Tuesday.

How nice.

Taiwanese anti-China groups vow protests

Radical anti-China groups in Taiwan said Tuesday they plan to mobilise thousands of protesters when a top Chinese negotiator visits the island's south, a stronghold of pro-independence forces.

+1
January 27, 2011: A Chinese warship approached the Senkaku Islands, which are claimed by China and Japan.

In this case, a Japanese Coast Guard vessel warned the Chinese ship not to enter waters claimed by Japan, and the Chinese ship complied.

Had miss that one.

More Arthurs Head For South Korea

South Korea is buying more weapons and military equipment to protect itself against another North Korean attack. The latest purchase is more Swedish ARTHUR artillery-hunting radar systems. South Korea bought six of these four years ago, and has been pleased with their performance. But given the thousands of artillery pieces the North Koreans have, locating them quickly, and firing back accurately to destroy them, is important.

ARTHUR is carried in a Bv206 tracked vehicle and costs $20 million per system. The radar can detect shells or rockets fired from up to 40 kilometers away. Within a few seconds, the systems computer can calculate the location of the firing artillery to within two meters (six feet). Given the availability of GPS guided shells (Excalibur) and rockets (GMLRS), you can have return (counterbattery) fire on the enemy artillery within a minute.

Cool.

The enemy within

The government announced that more troops would be sent to the Kurile Islands. This was in response to Japanese officials pledging to regain ownership of the Kurils. This war of words has been escalating over the last three months, since the Russian government renounced a 1956 deal to return two of the four Japanese Kuril islands. Japan has been pressuring Russia to make good on the 1956 promise (made at the time Japan and the Soviet Union resumed diplomatic relations). But Russia has reneged, claiming Japan was plotting to get the other two islands back as well. The Japanese have been pressuring the Russians to return the Kurile islands (off northern Japan) for decades, and this has caused a lot of tension recently. These four islands were seized at the end of World War II, and the Russians kept them. The Kurils had been occupied by Japanese for centuries, but when Russia reached the Pacific coast in the 17th century, they began to send ships down to the Kurils. In 1875, Japan and Russia signed a treaty settling claims in the area. Japan acknowledged Russia's claim to the larger Shakalin island to the north, while Russia acknowledged that the Kurils belonged to Japan. After World War II, Russia expelled the 17,000 Japanese inhabitants of the four Kuril islands. Russians were brought in, and about 16,000 of them (including many Ukrainians, Koreans and so on) currently inhabit the islands. There’s not much economic value to the Kurils, except for the good fishing. But it's believed there are oil and gas deposits off shore, and valuable mineral deposits on land. Meanwhile, the Russians are still hacked off at losing a war to Japan in 1905, and to Japanese soldiers occupying parts of eastern Russia after World War I. Japan and Russia had a non-aggression treaty for most of World War II. But Russia declared war on Japan on August 8th, 1945, and promptly invaded Japanese occupied northern China (Manchuria). Japanese surrendered to the United States a week later. You could say that Japan and Russia have a lot of unresolved issues.

Indeed.

The Arms Race China Is Winning
The whole article is a must read... and it's not a long one.

China could attack India before 2012 - NDTV

China can attack India by 2014



posted on Feb, 17 2011 @ 12:01 PM
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UN launches new assessment of NKorea food needs

The United Nations said Monday it had begun a new assessment of impoverished North Korea's food needs and planned more than 300,000 tons of humanitarian assistance, as an influential Republican senator warned the Obama administration against resuming such aid to the communist nation without adequate monitoring.



Kyodo reporting from Pyongyang 105-story pyramid-shaped Ryugyong Hotel's exterior completed. Construction began in 1987. #DPRK

Nice! It took them only 24 years!
And that is just the exterior!



#ROK MoFAT: China Foreign Min. Yang to visit Seoul next Wednesday, Thursday. #Korea


Unhappy Birthday

South Korean activists seeking freedom for North Korea are openly stressing the fact that the people in North Korea are no longer isolated. Thousands of North Koreans own Chinese cell phones, and use them along the Chinese border. The North Korean government tried to eliminate this sort of "information crime", but even with the help of cell phone signal detectors (and the execution of several cell phone owners they caught), the cell phone users adapted and survived. Some even organized a regular schedule of communication with South Korean activists across the border in China, allowing news to get in and out of North Korea. Over a million North Koreans own short wave radios, and regularly break the law by listening to foreign broadcasts. Thus North Koreans knows what happened in Egypt and Tunisia. But as long as North Koreans believe that the security forces will open fire on any large demonstrations, there will be no public demands for freedom. The secret police continue to make arrests, and ship people off to labor camps (which many people do not survive) or worse (execution). In the last two years, the number of public (to intimidate the population) executions has tripled, and more and more secret policemen seem more interested in taking bribes.

Despite the threat of punishment, people will even steal from the government. For example, in Hambuk Dockyard, where mini-submarines are assembled, production has been constantly delayed as key components (especially electronics and expensive metal items) disappear. The dockyard workers have suffered power and food shortages, like everyone else, and morale is not good. Construction of commercial ships is strangely unaffected, largely because those jobs pay well, in terms of cash and food. Government work, not so much.

Kim Jong Ils birthday celebrations today were a PR disaster. That's because the usual gifts for the people were notably diminished. People expected 5-30 day's supply (depending on one's rank) of rice and a few other edibles. But only a day's worth of food was handed out this year, and many people got nothing but a speech from local Communist Party officials. Government officials always have enough food, and are supposed to get consumer goods. Not this year. Many got nothing, or just some food items to supplement the smaller food allocations going to the ruling class (a few percent of the population.) This has caused grumpiness among officials, although those in the security forces have been collecting more bribes, and the markets (legal or not) are thriving. If you have cash, you can live well. People are scrambling to get cash anyway they can. Prostitution and theft are up, as is smuggling goods (and people) in and out of China. Kim Jong Il is having increasing problems getting his hands on sufficient hard currency to by the consumer and luxury goods he provides to keep his key aides happy and loyal.



posted on Feb, 17 2011 @ 12:18 PM
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Im just curious Vitchilo, are you Korean?
You seem very obsessed about whats going on there.



posted on Feb, 17 2011 @ 12:39 PM
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I personally don't think that he is obsessed. This is a very vunerable area of the world. You have people that are making important discissions about how this county is governed, which I feel have some serious mental development problems. Anti socialism for one.



posted on Feb, 17 2011 @ 12:41 PM
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Originally posted by Animatrix
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Im just curious Vitchilo, are you Korean?
You seem very obsessed about whats going on there.

I'm not Korean, but I like South Koreans... so that's why I follow this story... not to mention it's a hot spot.



posted on Feb, 17 2011 @ 12:52 PM
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Allright, its cool.. wasnt trying to be offensive or anything, I was just curious.



posted on Feb, 18 2011 @ 06:01 AM
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Allright, its cool.. wasnt trying to be offensive or anything, I was just curious.

Nah it's quite alright. This is why I was following the story all this time : a new provocation is very likely within months... and depending on the scale of the provocation and the timing... US-SKorea will have 215 800+ troops and a carrier strike group ready for action till April 30...

US fears new 'provocation' by N.Korea

A senior US military commander on Thursday voiced fear of new "provocation" within months from North Korea but said he had no indications the communist state was preparing a new missile launch.

They are preparing for a nuclear test.

There are "no signs that I'm aware of that they're preparing for near-term missile tests," Willard said.

Really? And finishing their new missile base?

Taiwan leader says US jets critical

Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou on Thursday renewed his call for the United States to sell fighter jets to the island, arguing its survival was at stake despite his outreach to China.

Asked about Ma's request, Admiral Robert Willard, head of the US Pacific Command, indicated that the United States would sell weapons again to Taiwan in the future but that no decision had been made.

"I think there will come a time when the Taiwan forces, be they air forces or any others, will have to be recapitalized," Willard told reporters.

The US is reluctant to sell new weapons to Taiwan for two reasons... Chinese spies in Taiwan... and of course angering China.

US: Troops' move depends on Japan

A US military commander on Thursday pressed for Japan to decide soon over a controversial military base, suggesting that the pullout of some 8,000 troops may be delayed without progress.


N. Korea's report shows extensive damage from foot-and-mouth disease

Lee vows efforts for peace, co-prosperity on peninsula
Co-prosperity? What prosperity is there in the North?

Kim Jong-il 's Sons 'Had Kids Last Year'

Asahi TV reported that Jong-chol became a father in August but added only that Jong-un's child was born "just after Jong-chol's." The source was quoted as saying, "North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, who is aware of his health problems, probably told his sons that he wanted to see grandchildren." It is unclear whether either son is married.


New missile 'ready by 2015': Global Times

The Chinese army is researching a new type of conventional missile that is set to be weaponized and entered into active service within five years, military sources have revealed.

A military source close to the development, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed to the Global Times yesterday that "The subject under development is a medium- and long-range conventional missile with a traveling distance of as far as 4,000 kilometers."

The source also unveiled that "the Chinese-made Dong Feng 21D missile, with firing range between 1800 and 2800 kilometers, is already deployed in the army."

So basically developping a ballistic missile with MaRV with 4000km range. I don't know if the US have that kind of technology... I think they don't... they prefer MIRVs and cruise missiles.
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posted on Feb, 18 2011 @ 08:38 AM
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Originally posted by Vitchilo
So basically developping a ballistic missile with MaRV with 4000km range. I don't know if the US have that kind of technology... I think they don't... they prefer MIRVs and cruise missiles.


It should come as no surprise who those missiles are intended for with that type of range. A friendly reminder of what could happen when it comes time to collect on a debt.



posted on Feb, 19 2011 @ 09:46 AM
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Those missiles are to take out US aircraft carrier strike groups. So with a 4000 km range, they could hit Japan easily, Guam, Indonesia and much of the middle-east. So US aircraft carrier strike groups would be in danger in Asia and in the middle-east...

How N.Korea's Fate Hangs on Kim Jong-il's Health

The fate of North Korea seems to depend to a great extent on the health of its ailing leader Kim Jong-il, who turned 70 this week. "The situation in North Korea could shift drastically depending whether Kim dies suddenly, falls into a coma or sees his health get steadily worse," a South Korean intelligence official said.

Sudden drastic change could happen at any moment, and experts are urging the South Korean government, military and public to be prepared.

f Kim Jong-il dies suddenly, North Korea is widely expected to be ruled by the military together with Kim's inner circle consisting of his third son Jong-un, brother-in-law Jang Song-taek and sister Kim Kyong-hui, who stepped in when Kim Jong-il collapsed in August 2008. The situation at the time "was stable," said Ryu Dong-ryeol of the Police Science Institute, and the same crisis management team will go to work.

Lee Jo-won of Chungang University warned the new regime "could adopt an even more hardline and reckless foreign policy than Kim Jong-il to prevent internal chaos." There is also the possibility of Jang seizing power or the military ousting the Kim family and taking control of the regime. In that case, North Korea could face a civil war.

Coma

"Nobody will challenge Kim Jong-il as long as he is alive," a Unification Ministry official said. "As long as there is no official confirmation of his death, there will be no major upheaval."

Bedridden Rule

North Korea's dealings with the outside world and internal control could fluctuate as they have done over the last two years if Kim becomes bedridden again.


USFK commander remains confident of American civilians' safety

The top U.S. commander in South Korea said he never considered recommending the evacuation of American civilians after North Korea’s shelling of a South Korean island in November.

Now, nearly three months after the attack, U.S. Forces Korea commander Gen. Walter Sharp said he believes the chances of a large-scale strike on the South -– and the need to evacuate military families because of an escalating threat — are still remote.



China blocking UN report on N.Korea: diplomat

China has warned its partners on the UN Security Council that it intends to block publication of a report on the status of North Korea's nuclear program, a diplomat at the United Nations said Friday.

"A Chinese expert has signed this report, but China does not want it published," said the diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The UN report outlines North Korea's progress on the isolated regime's controversial uranium enrichment program, and calls for tougher implementation of sanctions, according to the diplomat.

China protecting North Korea once again.



posted on Feb, 20 2011 @ 01:16 PM
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North Korean Floaters Head South

February 20, 2011: North Korea has moved about half its 130 Kong Bang hovercraft south, to a port near some disputed islands off nearby South Korea. The Kong Bangs are small hovercraft, with a range of only 250 kilometers, at a speed of about 80 kilometers an hour. The Hong Bangs were based on a 1960s British design, the SRN-6. The Hong Bangs can only carry a platoon (about 30) troops, or even less if they want the hovercraft to go farther or faster. Many of these 18-24 meter (57-73 feet) long hovercraft are over twenty years old. There are three models, the latest one built in the 1990s. The advantage of hovercraft is that they can rapidly cross a beach, and especially marshes found near the coast, and deposit their cargo infland.

Was reported earlier that North Korea was building a new base near the contested island... They would probably be wiped out easily.




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