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Is Seoul Ready for Contingencies in North Korea?
Chosun Ilbo ^ | 9-11-08

Posted on 09/11/2008 8:07:52 PM PDT by rdl6989

The government has apparently been forging a completely new policy to prepare for any contingencies in North Korea, an issue that is gaining fresh urgency amid reports of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il’s ill health.

A senior government official on Thursday said the previous administration maintained a secret plan to prepare for contingencies including regime collapse in Pyongyang. But another senior official said, "The previous administration's plan was aimed at keeping the North Korean system stable rather than preparing for unification. It only envisaged a minimum of administrative measures we could take.” He said the new administration “has been working out a new contingency plan under a new name. It even covers possible diplomatic measures vis-a-vis neighboring countries."

The plan focuses on the possibility that any contingencies in North Korea could lead to unification.

It also emerges that the government will resume formulation of Operation Plan 5029, a combined South Korean and U.S. military contingency plan for North Korea.

(Excerpt) Read more at english.chosun.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: geopolitics; kimjongil; korea; stroke

1 posted on 09/11/2008 8:07:52 PM PDT by rdl6989
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To: TigerLikesRooster; SevenofNine

Ping


2 posted on 09/11/2008 8:08:59 PM PDT by rdl6989 (What isn't above Obama's pay grade?)
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To: rdl6989

I thought a group of generals actually governed NK.


3 posted on 09/11/2008 8:10:12 PM PDT by Brian S. Fitzgerald
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To: rdl6989

After all the backstabbing these so-called allies have done to us over the past 8 years, they deserve to be taken over by North Korea and Great Leader or Dear Leader or Dead Leader.


4 posted on 09/11/2008 8:10:29 PM PDT by medscribe
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To: medscribe

Not really. At least not any more than anybody else deserves to be stuffed into a dictatorship.


5 posted on 09/11/2008 8:14:05 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: rdl6989

In 1998, I had a two week TDY in S. Korea. Stayed near Song Nam base in the heart of Seoul. Being curious, I asked a lot of questions of the U.S. soldiers, as well as a couple of the Koreans there. I was concerned about the N. Korean Army sweeping down. Instead, the general impression I got was that S. Korea knew they’d eventually have to take care of N. Korea after all the Kims died, just like what West Germany did with East. They desperately wanted to visit relatives in the North, but didn’t relish having to essentially bring an entire population out of the Stone Age.


6 posted on 09/11/2008 8:18:24 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople
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To: medscribe
Let me make this clear:

NOBODY DESERVES TO LIVE UNDER BOOT OF THE NORTH KOREAN GOVERNMENT.

Anyone who thinks that the south Korean people deserve that is ignorant at best.

7 posted on 09/11/2008 8:19:19 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (*******It's not conservative to accept an inept Commander-in-Chief in a time of war. Bac Mac.******)
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To: medscribe
Let me make this clear:

NOBODY DESERVES TO LIVE UNDER THE BOOT OF THE NORTH KOREAN GOVERNMENT.

Anyone who thinks that the south Korean people deserve that is ignorant at best.

8 posted on 09/11/2008 8:19:43 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (*******It's not conservative to accept an inept Commander-in-Chief in a time of war. Bac Mac.******)
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To: Mr. Silverback

The South Koreans are adamant for reunification...I say LET THEM.


9 posted on 09/11/2008 8:20:43 PM PDT by medscribe
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To: rdl6989
The government can be only as ready as electorate. The electorate is behind the curve, though showing signs of catching up.

There is a segment of population who espouse appeasement(Sunshine Policy) as a holy grail, an absolute good to be followed unquestionably. These are in their late 30's and early 40's now. A kind of American boomer left, such as Slick, Hildebeast, and Pelosi. Their whole life revolved around the faux pride that they are the only generation of conscience who challenged and defeated evil pro-American right-wing order. Anything conforming to their view is good, even the N. Koran regime. They are not interested in the factual truth that N. Korea is ruthless and brutal regime of mass murder and mind-numbing oppression. They just have to deny it because anti-North policy is one of those things making up the core of old order. This is mindless rebellion and inter-generational warfare.

Now they are about to face the ghastly truth, and face the prospect that they are accomplices to monumental crime against humanity. The stark and detailed situation inside N. Korea are out in public for all to see. Ordinary N. Koreans would hate them for at least a generation. Their moral authority will collapse for good.

10 posted on 09/11/2008 8:22:50 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: Mr. Silverback

And let me say once again, if the South Koreans want reunification, I say LET THEM HAVE IT.


11 posted on 09/11/2008 8:26:42 PM PDT by medscribe
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To: rdl6989

BTTT


12 posted on 09/11/2008 8:27:44 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: rdl6989

OH OH


13 posted on 09/11/2008 8:28:10 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: medscribe

Right, why are we wasting treasure and risking blood on behalf of these ingrates?

By now, South Korea should be several times stronger than the North, on its own.


14 posted on 09/11/2008 8:30:17 PM PDT by Boiling Pots (Old and Busted: Barack 0bama, New Hotness: Sarah Palin)
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To: rdl6989

Let me guess the outcome...Rice and Bush propose a massive US taxpayer funded rescue plan but China gets the spoils and spends not dime one.


15 posted on 09/11/2008 8:37:29 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: medscribe

>And let me say once again, if the South Koreans want reunification, I say LET THEM HAVE IT.<

My only relative serving in the US Armed Forces is stationed close to the DMZ. Hell yes I agree! I want him home and most of his e-mails have “almost” nothing good to say about the locals, except for the surrounding areas of the base who treat the U.S. soldiers like family plus other Korean soldiers who formed a kinship with their American counterparts.

Most of the populace, especially Seoul are acting like a bunch of ingrates.


16 posted on 09/11/2008 8:39:19 PM PDT by max americana
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To: rdl6989
It also emerges that the government will resume formulation of Operation Plan 5029, a combined South Korean and U.S. military contingency plan for North Korea.

BUSH PLANS FOR WAR WITH NORTH KOREA!!!1!!!1!!!

/Leftist news media

17 posted on 09/11/2008 8:44:02 PM PDT by denydenydeny ("[Obama acts] as if the very idea of permanent truth is passe, a form of bad taste"-Shelby Steele)
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To: max americana

They’re not acting...they ARE a bunch of ingrates. I’m willing to do everything I can for the people of North Korea to attain freedom, but the South Koreans are a bunch of spoiled ingrates who protest against us, ban our meat, and desecrate our flag. We need to pull out completely and let them fend for themselves.


18 posted on 09/11/2008 8:46:42 PM PDT by medscribe
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Now they are about to face the ghastly truth

When the full truth really does come out about NK--a society of horrors that we can only dimly imagine, cannibalism stories that make the siege of Leningrad look like a night out at Old Country Buffet--there is one thing for sure: The international Left will take no responsibility for it.

It will be exactly like the Khmer Rouge. I remember reading in The Progressive that the followers of Pol Pot weren't Marxists at all, but radical Rousseauvians. They are so predictable.

19 posted on 09/11/2008 8:55:17 PM PDT by denydenydeny ("[Obama acts] as if the very idea of permanent truth is passe, a form of bad taste"-Shelby Steele)
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To: Mr. Silverback

What are you trying to say?


20 posted on 09/11/2008 8:58:13 PM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (We're all Georgians now, Lili-Putin!)
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To: Jabba the Nutt

I’d tell you, but I’ve exceeded my font size 7 budget for this month. :-)


21 posted on 09/11/2008 8:59:46 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (*******It's not conservative to accept an inept Commander-in-Chief in a time of war. Bac Mac.******)
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To: medscribe

The eye-opening e-mail he sent me weeks back was that the OVERALL attitude of his battalion regarding the U.S. having a base there is to eventually checkmate China WHEN China starts to mobilize.

They simply don’t give a rat’s behind protecting SoKorea. When he was stationed in Japan, he could go to Tokyo in full uni and be left alone. The Koreans are punks who would try to escalate fights with the GI’s. It takes a lot of discipline NOT to beat them senseless when everyone in his unit are 3 level black belts but standing orders are standing orders. Yup, as an isolationist, let our “allies” pick up the burden for a change.


22 posted on 09/11/2008 9:07:26 PM PDT by max americana
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To: max americana

I used to live in Japan, and I traveled to Korea often. Don’t get so juiced up. Koreans like to fight. I was asked several times if I wanted to fight. ASKED! They were just as nice after I declined. I never had any trouble when I was there. And when push comes to shove, I wouldn’t mind having some ROK tigers watching my back.


23 posted on 09/11/2008 10:51:56 PM PDT by VanShuyten ("Ah! but it was something to have at least a choice of nightmares.")
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To: VanShuyten

He had no problems in Japan. They were cool about it when he knew more about mangas AND animes than the average Japanese otaku-holic. Imagine a GI who could recite every episode and character from Naruto.
It’s the Koreans that he faced that gave a bad impression. The surrounding base areas, as I stated, treated the GI’s like family members because they understood what they were there for. It’s when he heads over to Seoul that bothers him.


24 posted on 09/11/2008 11:46:58 PM PDT by max americana
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