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Against this backdrop, a recent remark by Gary Samore, the White House coordinator for arms control and weapons of mass destruction, proliferation and terrorism, particularly attracts our attention. He said that Washington would agree to the idea of redeploying tactical nuclear weapons if South Korea made an official request.
The international community should not expect North Korea to collapse soon through popular uprisings but instead seek an incremental approach to build trust with the nuclear-armed communist state, an expert said Sunday.
South Korean and U.S. troops launched annual joint drills on Monday to ensure their defense readiness against North Korean aggression, officials said, despite warnings from the North that the drills could lead to an "all-out war."
South Korea is preparing for further North Korean provocations during the annual Seoul-Washington military drills starting Monday, Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin said Friday. Kim told parliament that the North could attempt provocations amid the Seoul-Washington military drills, dubbed "Key Resolve and Foal Eagle" which will last until March 10
But the military believes that the chances are slim of direct, targeted firing attacks at areas where leaflet-carrying balloons are released, despite a threat from North Korea.
But the military thinks the North could fire at South Korean loudspeakers along the DMZ. It has apparently been training to do so since June last year, even though the South has not made good a promise to resume propaganda broadcasts through them.
The military is preparing for various scenarios including surprise attack on islands or the capital area, firing of medium- and long-range missiles, a third nuclear test, provocations in the DMZ, terror attacks on major cities and South Korean workers at the Kaesong Industrial Estate being taken hostage.
Chinese authorities either telephoned or met directly with foreign correspondents in Beijing on Friday and Saturday, ahead of a second anti-government rally in Beijing, demanding that reporters obey Chinese laws. Reporters said the warning was tantamount to a ban on covering protests in the Chinese capital.
But daily necessities attached to the helium balloons that carry the flyers are no less threatening. Toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, instant noodles, household medicines, microwave instant rice, and radio sets are make it clear that the regime cannot provide for its own people.
South Korean activists floated balloons carrying about W600 million (US$1=W1,127) worth of goods to the North in February alone. In the past, many North Koreans reportedly rushed to collect the US$1 bills and daily necessities the balloons carried. A dollar buys 1 kg of rice or 1 kg of pork.
The regime even mobilizes military troops to collect propaganda leaflets, but it then reportedly has to watch them as well lest they pocket the goods or read the flyers.
#ROK defense ministry denies to VOA the Yonhap report quoting JCS saying military alert raised amid concerns of #DPRK provocation threat.
Relations between South and North Korea are "at a crossroads again," Seoul's point man on Pyongyang said Monday, urging the communist country to do away with its belligerent behavior to prevent their ties from further fraying.
South Korea warned North Korea on Monday to stop using belligerent rhetoric to slam joint U.S.-South Korean military drills that kicked off this week, saying such a move is not helping to improve relations between the divided countries.
Originally posted by Agent_USA_Supporter
reply to post by Vitchilo
I see so your on the side with Americas empire Vitchilo
It's sorta sad when North Korea threatens to turn Seoul into a "sea of flames" and no one pays attention any more.
Russia is "very critical" of North Korea's uranium enrichment program (UEP), but any concrete steps toward dealing with it will have to be weighed against the country's relations with other key nations, Seoul's ambassador to Moscow said Monday.
Jong Un set to meet Xi Jinping, Hu's presumptive successor, in March
South Korean and US troops began military drills yesterday, as North Korea warned that the exercises could trigger a nuclear war on the divided peninsula.
Japan and China agreed Monday to improve ties which were strained to breaking point over maritime collisions near disputed islands in the East China Sea five months ago.
The agreement was reached at a meeting between Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Kenichiro Sasae and his Chinese counterpart Zhang Zhijun, the Japanese foreign ministry said in a press release.
The meeting lasted about five and a half hours and was an "active, candid and pointed exchange of views," the statement said.
It was the first so-called "strategic dialogue" between the two countries at the subcabinet level since June 2009.
Chinese officials have declared that there can be no limit to the expansion of Beijing's nuclear arsenal, amid growing regional fears that it will eventually equal that of the United States, with profound consequences for the strategic balance in Asia.
South Korea's defense minister instructed his troops on Tuesday not to hesitate to act immediately if they are attacked by North Korea, as he toured the western inter-Korean border wrought with tension after Pyongyang threatened to fire if provoked.
"During an operation, don't ask whether to shoot or not. Report after taking action first," Kim Kwan-jin said during his visit to the First Army Corps, which oversees the tourist zone of Imjingak that the North on Sunday threatened to shoot at, officials said.
Andrei Lankov -- "In the next few months, there is a very high probability of another large-scale N. Korean attack."
South Korea will take delivery of its first of a new batch of early warning aircraft in July, officials in Seoul say.
"The first 737 airborne early warning and control aircraft is in development test and evaluation after its first tests were complete successfully last June," a procurement official was quoted saying to Defense News.
"Type test and evaluation is scheduled to begin in March before a Korean operation utility demonstration slated for Monday."
The United States is considering resuming food aid to North Korea following reports that a severe food shortage could lead to malnutrition and starvation.
Special envoy for North Korea Stephen Bosworth told the Senate Committee on Foreign relations Tuesday that North Korea has asked for U.S. food aid and that Washington is considering the request.
In time with the start, the North Korean military reportedly put coastal artillery units and naval units on the western coast north of the Northern Limit Line on special alert, and ordered other military units to maintain combat readiness.
A government source here said once the "Key Resolve" drill comes to an end on March 10, the Ronald Reagan and Yokosuka-based naval ships of the Seventh Fleet will take part in the "Foal Eagle" exercise, which continues until April 30.
The Reagan arrives at the Naval Operations Base in Busan in mid-March.
The United States Tuesday urged North Korea to improve ties with South Korea before any resumption of the six-party nuclear talks, deadlocked for years over the North's missile and nuclear tests and other provocations.
The best way to reach North Koreans with news about the outside world is propaganda flyers from the South, the head of a defector radio station claimed Monday. Kim Sung-min (50) of Free North Korea Radio on Monday said, "There are no better channels than South Korea's leaflets that deliver accurate news into North Korea's controlled society."
He claimed news about recent uprisings in the Middle Eastern countries will persuade North Koreans to wonder about the state of their own country.
"From my own past experience, I can say that there is no better means than propaganda leaflets to make North Koreans doubt the regime," said Kim, who fled the North in 1992.
The government has apparently told the military to keep quiet about psychological warfare operations against North Korea. A senior government official said Monday "no government would confirm or deny whether its military is engaged" in activities like sending leaflets and goods attached to helium balloons to the North. "But if the military is openly engaging in such activities, it would obviously need to be stopped."
DefSec Gates announces Gen. James Thurman to replace Gen. Sharp as commander, US Forces Korea. #USFJ about 1 hour ago via web
Originally posted by crazydaisy
I hope your reliable source is wrong but most likely isn't. Its really brewing now and more leaflets to be let go soon.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il reappeared in public on Sunday after vanishing from view since Feb. 17. Until then he had undertaken 27 of his so-called on-the-spot guidance trips this year, one every 1.92 days on average.
Observers believe the dictator hunkered down due to the Jasmine Revolutions in the Middle East, which unseated leaders who like him had had an iron grip on power for decades.
Kim was seen again at a concert by an orchestra of the People's Internal Security Forces, escorted by his son and heir Jong-un. The forces are a new guard founded to protect the Kims, experts believe.
"The Kims visited the guard first because they will protect them in an emergency," a North Korean source said.