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Deadly silence at the DMZ
Asia Times ^ | 5/29/2010 | Donald Kirk

Posted on 05/28/2010 11:36:19 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld

In the duel between North and South Korea, the question now is who will pull the trigger first? The answer may be neither, but don't count on it. The dueling now focuses on two quite different flashpoints.

The first is the West or Yellow Sea, where North Korea has vowed to open fire against any South Korean vessel intruding in its waters.

One issue there is how to define which waters are North Korean. The North refuses to recognize the Northern Limit Line, set by the United Nations Command after the Korean War (1950-1953) and challenged by North Korea in bloody gun battles in June 1999 and June 2002. A North Korean boat was sunk in the former incident, killing at least 40 sailors on board. Six sailors died on a South Korean patrol boat in the second battle.

It's almost June again, the height of the crabbing season in the fish-rich seas and the month when the North is most likely to threaten South Korea's defense of the line, including islands wrested from North Korean troops in the Korean War.

The announcement by the North Korean command that it's abrogating a safeguard agreement reached between North and South in 2004 to stop "accidental" exchanges of shots may or may not be mere rhetoric. The agreement was anyway more or less meaningless, since it seems North Korean commanders were able to meticulously plan an attack in March when a midget submarine torpedoed a South Korean corvette, sinking it and killing 46 of its 104 crew members.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cfc; dmz; korea; koreanpeninsula; kpa; leemyungbak; northernlimitline; northkorea; panmumjon; roka; rokn; southkorea; unc; usfk; walmartsupplier; yellowsea

1 posted on 05/28/2010 11:36:19 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: sonofstrangelove

The South is not going to “pull the trigger first”.


2 posted on 05/28/2010 11:39:01 PM PDT by GeronL (Political Correctness Kills)
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3 posted on 05/28/2010 11:42:06 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ( "Fortes fortuna adiuvat"-Fortune Favors the Bold)
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To: sonofstrangelove
CHINA MAN!!!!! Pictures, Images and Photos
4 posted on 05/28/2010 11:43:29 PM PDT by chicken head
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To: GeronL

I agree.


5 posted on 05/28/2010 11:48:17 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ( "Fortes fortuna adiuvat"-Fortune Favors the Bold)
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To: sonofstrangelove

As well you should. heh.

Besides, its the North Korean dictator and his son who are nuts.


6 posted on 05/28/2010 11:51:33 PM PDT by GeronL (Political Correctness Kills)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Also strangely silent:

The left and the Code Pinke / Ron Paul crowd.

They show absolutely no concern for war on the Korean Peninsula.


7 posted on 05/29/2010 1:45:54 AM PDT by NoLibZone (Liberals are right. The AZ situation is like Nazi Germany. Mexico is Germany and Arizona is Poland)
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To: chicken head

LOL! Who is that guy? Looks like he’s fun at parties...


8 posted on 05/29/2010 5:35:35 AM PDT by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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