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South Korea is preparing to evacuate more than 800 residents along the demilitarized zone after North Korea threatened to fire on activists planning to send balloons across the border carrying leaflets critical of the communist regime.
(ATTN: ADDS more details on safety precautions in last 3 paras) SEOUL, Oct. 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's military said Sunday that its troops are on heightened readiness to deal resolutely with any provocation from North Korea over the planned sending of propaganda leaflets this week by local civic groups.
North Korea warned on Friday it will launch a "merciless military strike" without warning if Seoul allows anti-North activists to send provocative leaflets to the communist country, according to a dispatch from the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
WASHINGTON--Two aircraft carrier strike groups of the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet have been deployed since mid-September to the Western Pacific in an apparent attempt to keep the activities of the Chinese military in check amid growing Japan-China tension over the Senkaku Islands.
The two nuclear-powered aircraft carriers are the USS George Washington, based in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, and the USS John C. Stennis, based on the U.S. west coast. The command of the 7th Fleet is also located in Yokosuka.
It is unusual for the U.S. Navy to simultaneously deploy two strike groups each comprising an aircraft carrier and escort ships to the West Pacific. Analysts believe the move is aimed to hold the Chinese military in check in light of the recent tension between Tokyo and Beijing over the islands in Okinawa Prefecture in the East China Sea. The deployment is also believed to be a response to China's launch of its first aircraft carrier in September.
Originally posted by OccamAssassin
I'm sure Kim-Jong-Un is $#!t scared of balloons.
Maybe the South Koreans should consider sending balloons over with i-phones attached. The i-phones could be pre-loaded with "Team America. World police".
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated Korean President Lee Myung-bak on Monday after his native country won membership with the U.N. Security Council and the right to host the secretariat of an international climate fund.
Originally posted by Golf66
Zero, drama from this. N. Korea is a lot of talk - not so much on action.
Originally posted by Trillium
reply to post by FidelityMusic
Ok 3:33 min. to WWW III
Ok OK here the second line
in 1:11 nowedit on 21-10-2012 by Trillium because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by RizeorDie
Monday 22 October 2012, Weather forecast for South Korea Seoul region
6am - 12am
Heavy Showers and Thunderstorms
maybe this will force cancellation of event