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South Korea to Accuse North of Torpedo Attack
The NY Times ^ | 5/18/2010 | Choe Sang-Hun

Posted on 05/18/2010 4:15:46 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld

South Korea has concluded that a North Korean torpedo sank one of its warships in March, killing 46 sailors, according to government officials and domestic news reports on Tuesday. South Korean officials are preparing to announce the results of their investigation later this week.

The much anticipated finding will accuse North Korea of committing one of the worst military provocations on the Korean Peninsula since the end of the Korean War, deepening tensions between the countries. North Korea, denying involvement in the sinking, has vowed to retaliate against any attempt to link it with the March 26 explosion that broke the South Korean corvette in half near a disputed sea border. But the South has pledged “resolute measures,” including economic sanctions, once the investigation is complete.

“We will blame a torpedo attack and link it to North Korea,” said a government official briefed on the investigation, adding that the authorities were still fine-tuning an official announcement to be made on Thursday.

He refused to discuss forensic evidence that will be cited in the report.

In a series of closed-door briefings scheduled for Wednesday, the Foreign Ministry intends to present to Chinese, Russian, Japanese and European diplomats “scientific and objective evidence to back up the conclusion that it was a North Korean torpedo attack,” said the South Korean news agency Yonhap.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cheonan; koreanpeninsula; koreanwar; leemungbak; leemyungbak; nkorea; northkorea; pcc772; rok; rokn; roknrok; skorea; southkorea; southkoreanmilitary; torpedo; yu3

1 posted on 05/18/2010 4:15:46 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: sonofstrangelove

so what do they intend to do about it other than accuse NK of the crime?


2 posted on 05/18/2010 4:17:46 PM PDT by highlander_UW (First we take down the Democrats, then we clean the Augean stable that is the GOP.)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Even if North Korea didn’t have a hand in it and it was a mine, etc., they have been provoking South Korea with their taking of property and use of military ships.

This doesn’t look good. Fortunately, South Korea has a huge amount of industry to help it wipe out North Korea.


3 posted on 05/18/2010 4:19:29 PM PDT by ConservativeMind (Hypocrisy: "Animal rightists" who eat meat & pen up pets while accusing hog farmers of cruelty.)
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To: highlander_UW

Probably nothing. But NK will force the issue. NK has little choice but to start a war at this point. What remains to be seen is whether they have the Chicom’s blessings.


4 posted on 05/18/2010 4:19:32 PM PDT by Shaun_MD (Goldwater Conservative)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Obama won’t meddle in this one.


5 posted on 05/18/2010 4:20:52 PM PDT by Carling (Remember November)
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To: Carling
Obama won’t meddle in this one.

Maybe he'll offer them both free health care?

6 posted on 05/18/2010 4:25:08 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Shaun_MD
Probably nothing. But NK will force the issue. NK has little choice but to start a war at this point. What remains to be seen is whether they have the Chicom’s blessings.

It's sad really...the democrats are oh so Machiavellian when it comes to dealing with national politics, but they fail to grasp international politics at even a rudimentary level. I have zero confidence that Zero can handle this situation without it becoming a huge mess.

7 posted on 05/18/2010 4:27:30 PM PDT by highlander_UW (First we take down the Democrats, then we clean the Augean stable that is the GOP.)
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To: Carling

You’re absolutely correct. Mainly because he doesn’t know what to do about it. He has no cajones.


8 posted on 05/18/2010 4:31:44 PM PDT by RC2
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To: Carling
Obama won’t meddle in this one.

Considering the number of American troops stationed in SK, Obama will have to get involved at some point.

9 posted on 05/18/2010 4:32:18 PM PDT by doc1019 (Rush, Beck and others are giving us the dots; it is up to us to connect them.)
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To: sonofstrangelove
vowed to retaliate against any attempt to link it with the March 26 explosion

This regime of clown shoes's diplomacy sounds like a broken record - if you accuse us, if you monitor us, if you stand in the way of..., if you prevent..., WE WILL CONSIDER THIS A THREAT AND RETALIATE.

As nukes proliferate further into rouge states, expect a whole bunch more copy cats of this diplomacy, which has gone unchecked. Until someone finally calls this bluff.

Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it should be restated as human history proves that 'history' is always forgotten, and repetition is an absolute. This is very reminiscent of the habitual 'line in the sand crossing' preceeding both world wars.

10 posted on 05/18/2010 4:33:23 PM PDT by Sax
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To: doc1019
"Considering the number of American troops stationed in SK, Obama will have to get involved at some point."

Kimchi summit with Kim Jong Il.

11 posted on 05/18/2010 4:35:23 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

LOL!


12 posted on 05/18/2010 4:36:41 PM PDT by doc1019 (Rush, Beck and others are giving us the dots; it is up to us to connect them.)
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To: sonofstrangelove
Correct me if I am wrong...
But are we not currently at war with North Korea?

With a declared Armistice preventing open hostilities?

13 posted on 05/18/2010 4:37:34 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: highlander_UW

Absolutely. South Korea will be thrown under the bus just like Israel. You mess with NK and you’re in China’s playground. No way Obama will tangle with that hornet’s nest. Even if China loses control over the nutcase in North Korea Obama will do nothing. If I was living in SK, I’d be leaving asap.


14 posted on 05/18/2010 4:39:48 PM PDT by Shaun_MD (Goldwater Conservative)
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To: doc1019

15 posted on 05/18/2010 4:40:15 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: highlander_UW

Give them a good talkin’ to.


16 posted on 05/18/2010 4:44:49 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Don't think of work as 5 days on, 2 days off. Instead think 4 nights on, 3 off.)
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To: highlander_UW

Ahhh, so it wasn’t the Jooos or Bush?


17 posted on 05/18/2010 4:46:05 PM PDT by Optimist (I think I'm beginning to see a pattern here.)
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To: Rebelbase
Give them a good talkin’ to.

Probably a sternly worded letter protesting in the strongest possible terms. I think that covers all the standard cliches.

18 posted on 05/18/2010 4:46:46 PM PDT by highlander_UW (First we take down the Democrats, then we clean the Augean stable that is the GOP.)
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To: highlander_UW

you forgot “deeply concerned”


19 posted on 05/18/2010 4:47:34 PM PDT by Optimist (I think I'm beginning to see a pattern here.)
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To: Optimist
Ahhh, so it wasn’t the Jooos or Bush?

Well, I'm sure the torpedo was built during the Bush admin...so how could anyone blame Obama for something that he "inherited"? /s

20 posted on 05/18/2010 4:47:50 PM PDT by highlander_UW (First we take down the Democrats, then we clean the Augean stable that is the GOP.)
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To: Optimist
you forgot “deeply concerned”

Maybe that'll be in the closure of the letter...

Signed: yours deeply concerned....Barry Obama.

21 posted on 05/18/2010 4:49:29 PM PDT by highlander_UW (First we take down the Democrats, then we clean the Augean stable that is the GOP.)
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To: RC2
You’re absolutely correct. Mainly because he doesn’t know what to do about it. He has no cajones.

Apparently no one has any cajonies, Truman left that mess for us after firing MacCarthur.

22 posted on 05/18/2010 4:51:12 PM PDT by itsahoot (Each generation takes to excess, what the previous generation accepted in moderation.)
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To: Sax
As nukes proliferate further into rouge states

Hope this is not a back handed compliment to Palin? Going Rouge, Going Rogue :)

23 posted on 05/18/2010 4:52:44 PM PDT by itsahoot (Each generation takes to excess, what the previous generation accepted in moderation.)
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To: sonofstrangelove; TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo

And then........what?


24 posted on 05/18/2010 4:53:56 PM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Carling

He will withdraw US troops from South Korea, freeing up more money to give away to cronies and to spend on boondoggles.


25 posted on 05/18/2010 5:20:36 PM PDT by bkopto
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To: bkopto

Yep, withdraw troops that are giving a threatening appearanc to our presence on the DMZ. And as we all know, we must make up for the mistakes of the past, and show that we are not a threat to PRK


26 posted on 05/18/2010 5:25:42 PM PDT by Optimist (I think I'm beginning to see a pattern here.)
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To: highlander_UW

Beer Summit?


27 posted on 05/18/2010 5:29:42 PM PDT by Personal Responsibility (I'd use the /s tag but is it really necessary?)
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To: Travis McGee
accusations without action will make them lose even more face, no???
28 posted on 05/18/2010 5:36:43 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...

Thanks sonofstrangelove.


29 posted on 05/18/2010 5:48:06 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: ConservativeMind

Except that this is as much a chinese powerplay as dpnk. s korea can’t face down china. another blow to us prestige. we are losing spheres of influence right and left. Well at least we have the mexican sphere of influence left. I know, low blow. But Calderon does seem to love us and our blissfully ignorant, politically docile ways.


30 posted on 05/18/2010 6:27:44 PM PDT by kinghorse
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To: Personal Responsibility
Beer Summit?

I don't think the little troll running NK drinks cheap.

31 posted on 05/18/2010 6:28:25 PM PDT by highlander_UW (First we take down the Democrats, then we clean the Augean stable that is the GOP.)
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To: sonofstrangelove

A new Stealth Torpedo??


32 posted on 05/18/2010 8:44:09 PM PDT by 2harddrive
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To: HangnJudge

Did we actually DECLARE war against North Korea? Or just start fighting it, as in Vietnam and all others since?


33 posted on 05/18/2010 8:46:37 PM PDT by 2harddrive
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To: sonofstrangelove

You do not accuse, you either deliver some payback or STFU. It’s harder that it looks of course, there’s no easy way to deal with NK


34 posted on 05/18/2010 8:47:35 PM PDT by mainsail that (Vote Obama: Get 15 salaries and retire at 45!)
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To: 2harddrive
Did we actually DECLARE war against North Korea?
Or just start fighting it, as in Vietnam and all others since?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_War

In the United States, the war was officially described as a police action owing to the lack of a declaration of war by the US Congress. Colloquially, it has been referred to in the United States as The Forgotten War and The Unknown War. Ostensibly it was a United Nations conflict, ended in stalemate

http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Korean_Armistice_Agreement

35 posted on 05/18/2010 8:54:14 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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