Skip to comments.Tokyo presses for military response to North Korean attack (Debka)
Posted on 11/23/2010 3:41:46 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki
Tokyo presses for military response to North Korean attack
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan called President Barak Obama urgently in the wake of the North Korean artillery attack on South Korea's Yeonpyeong island near the Yellow Sea border early Tuesday, Nov. 23 and demanded a US-South Korean-Japanese military reprisal. Two South Korean marines were killed and 17 injured in the attack.
He also demanded that the UN Security Council be convened immediately on the crisis. He put the same demands to South Korean President Lee Myung-bak in another call. Naoto Kan then ordered his ministers to prepare for "unexpected events."
Washington said it is watching the situation but is not militarily involved after strongly condemning the attack and calling for an end to belligerence.
debkafile's military sources report that the Korean clash has prompted a special alert in the US Seventh Fleet headquarters at Yokosuka in Japan, together with the naval forces stationed there including the USS George Washington aircraft carrier. They are covering South Korea's massive annual military exercises involving some 70,000 troops scheduled to last from Monday through Nov. 30.
Pyongyang has called past exercises a direct military threat on the North.
The Japanese prime minister said that North Korea cannot be permitted to carry out two armed attacks on the South in the space of eight months without facing any military counteraction. On March 26, North Korean torpedoes sunk the South Korean Cheonan cruiser. At least 46 seamen were lost.
Obama's refusal to respond to the Japanese call, despite the presence of 28,000 US troops on the Korean armistice border even with limited military action - would devalue the US defensive umbrella pledged South Korea and Japan against North Korean aggression. It would also place in doubt American resolve for firm action against Iran. Washington's avoidance of military action against Pyongyang will resonate loudly across the Middle East and the Persian Gulf.
The clash of the Koreas erupted the day after the disclosure of a new uranium enrichment facility in North Korea prompted suspicions that Pyongyang was about to renew its production of nuclear weapons.
Not that DEBKA ever knows what’s going on, but... if they think Obama’s gonna grow a spine over South Korea, then they surely don’t know the score.
When it comes down to making a decision, there’s Obama always willing to disappoint.
Just like when the Norks sank that ship, there will be no response. That is what the Norks are trying to provoke. A response gives them the opening to escalate. Zero will twiddle his thumbs. Nothing to see here...move on folks.
The Norks didn’t escalate after our response to the DMZ axe murder incident...
If we hold another exercise just like the one the Norks claim provoked them... but hold it with overwhelming force, they will back down.
20-30 B-52’s armed with live bombs, 60-70 fighters up - armed, and about half the ROK navy out in the area conducting a live ammo exercise... and you’ll see the Norks clam up, for any provocation from them will allow that ‘exercise’ to be held in North Korean territory.
Sounds like Israel is egging Obama to be a man.
If he ever was.
Investors -- who usually panic at the drop of a hat -- don't seem too worried.
If he ever was.
Obama squats to pee.
Prayers up for the 8th US Army and ROK troops at Panmunjom. If the war starts, they will be the sacrificial lambs to the slaughter, at least until the US CAN respond in force.
If any country had any questions about Obama’s leadership skill they don’t now.
Sorry, but to me, it;s become a case of Debka = Disregard.
It’s time for Japan to start winding down its’ dependence on the U.S. Defense Unbrella and expand its’ own military capabilities. They are the 3d largets economy in the Worls and it is ridiculous for them not to have their own Defense capability.
Thank you. Debka is even less credible than World Nut Daily.
Anyone know which side Obama will take here - North or South Korea?
I need a list of all unknow problems!