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  • Uranium too: Did the Clintons finagle a twofer, including a land-grab?[opinion]

    03/01/2018 7:05:26 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 14 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 1, 2018 | William Perry Pendley
    Most sapient Americans—those who are skeptical of the mainstream media—know the outrageous but largely unreported story that Bill and Hillary Clinton, with the help of Obama officials and over congressional experts’ objections, allowed Russia to gain control of 20 percent of America’s uranium supplies. What is unknown is whether the Clintons sweetened the deal for their Russian friends by engineering closure of a million federal acres of the nation’s best source of uranium. The “evidence” of such mischief is purely circumstantial, but it is disconcerting. Here is what we know, thanks to the reporting of the estimable Andrew C. McCarthy,...
  • Japan, U.S. to back Seoul over warship's sinking

    05/08/2010 4:45:18 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 22 replies · 878+ views
    The Japan Times ^ | 5/8/2010 | The Japan Times
    Japan and the United States reaffirmed Thursday that, together with South Korea, they will respond in a united manner to North Korea based on the findings of the probe being conducted into the unexplained sinking of a South Korean warship, Japanese officials said. The decision was made in a meeting between Akitaka Saiki, director general of the Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, and U.S. special envoy to North Korea Stephen Bosworth. They met at a time when suspicion is growing that the March 26 sinking in the Yellow Sea, which killed 46 crew members, might have been the...
  • South Korea fires warning shots at North Korea boats

    05/16/2010 12:42:26 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 638+ views
    CNN ^ | 5/16/2010 | CNN
    The South Korean Navy fired warning shots Saturday night after two North Korean patrol boats crossed into South Korean waters, state media said. The two North Korean patrol boats separately crossed a maritime border in the Yellow Sea. One retreated after receiving a warning communication from the South Korean Navy, and the other retreated after two rounds of warning shots were fired, Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff told the state-run Yonhap news agency. Tensions between the two nations have run high since the mysterious sinking of a South Korean warship in the border area on March 26. Fifty-eight men escaped...
  • China may have known beforehand about sinking of Cheonan

    06/30/2010 9:17:11 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies
    East-Asia-Intel.com ^ | 6/29/2010 | East-Asia-Intel.com
    Some military specialists suspect that China's failure to accept the findings of an international panel on the sinking of the South Korean coastal patrol ship in March is related to Beijing's probable foreknowledge of North Korean submarine movements. “I would suspect that either the PRC has on-site knowledge of DPRK submarines from a presence at their base or their own underwater monitoring systems in the Yellow Sea and East China Sea,” said one expert. “If their was the slightest indication of either foreknowledge or complicity it would hurt PRC standing in the international community.” China also has a close relationship...
  • ROK Voters Snub Ruling Party (Leftists Defeat Party of Pres. Lee)

    06/04/2010 11:27:15 AM PDT · by mojito · 3 replies · 292+ views
    The Diplomat ^ | 6/4/2010 | Ben Hancock
    They seemed to have it in the bag. With the sinking of a South Korean warship, North Korea had again become public enemy No. 1. Polls revealed overall support for how South Korean President Lee Myung-bak had handled the crisis, and high voting rates among older conservatives meant this group were set to tip the balance in favour of his Grand National Party. But after a sleepless night on Wednesday during which votes from South Korea’s local elections were being counted, the GNP went to bed Thursday distraught and confused after taking a surprising beating by rival Democratic Party candidates...
  • 'Sub Attack Came Near Drill'

    06/06/2010 1:01:43 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 30 replies · 1,411+ views
    Military.com ^ | 6/5/2010 | Associated Press via Military.com
    The night a torpedo-armed North Korean submarine allegedly sank a South Korean patrol ship, the U.S. and South Korea were engaged in joint anti-submarine warfare exercises just 75 miles away, military officials told The Associated Press. The blast that sank the Cheonan, the worst South Korean military disaster since the 1950-53 Korean War, showed how impoverished nations such as North Korea can still inflict heavy casualties on far better equipped and trained forces, even those backed by the might of the U.S. military. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday that plans for more joint U.S.-South Korea anti-submarine exercises, announced after...
  • N.Korea Digs in Heels Over Cheonan Sinking

    11/03/2010 2:51:29 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    The Chosun IIlbo ^ | 11/3/2010 | The Chosun IIlbo
    North Korea on Tuesday denied any involvement in sinking the South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan based on what it claims was an internal investigation, the North's official Korean Central News Agency reported. The statement was issued by the top decision-making National Defense Commission. Earlier on May 28, the commission held a press conference for domestic and foreign journalists to rebut the findings of an international probe that put the blame squarely on the North. A South Korean security official said Pyongyang "apparently decided to refuse South Korea's repeated demands for an apology as a precondition for massive aid requested by...
  • U.S. 'Worried About S.Korea's Bolder Deterrence Strategy

    06/27/2011 10:41:46 PM PDT · by Rabin · 5 replies
    chosunilbo ^ | Jun. 27, 2011 09:17 KST | Staff
    "After the North's attack on the Cheonan last year, Gen. Walter Sharp, the commander of the U.S. Forces Korea, expressed concerns about our military's increase of firepower near the demilitarized zone," the government source said. "Since the start of this year, the U.S. has asked officially and unofficially for explanations of the military's aggressive deterrence strategy against the North."
  • S. Korea moviemakers furious over film withdrawal

    09/09/2013 7:39:19 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 2 replies
    France24 ^ | 09/09/2013 | AFP
    AFP - South Korea's film community reacted angrily Monday to a major cinema chain's decision to stop screening a documentary that questions whether North Korea was really behind the 2010 sinking of the warship Cheonan. Megabox withdrew the movie "Project Cheonan" from 27 of its theatres on Saturday, citing customer safety concerns after unidentified conservative activists threatened to stage protest rallies outside the multiplexes. The Megabox move "does serious violence to our cultural vitality which prospers on the basis of diversity and the freedom of expression," the representatives of 11 film industry groups, including directors, producers, critics and others said...
  • Defense chief blames 'surprise attack' for ship sinking, calls it 'day of shame'

    05/04/2010 1:39:00 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 398+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 05/04/2010 | Chang Jae-soon
    Defense Minister Kim Tae-young said Tuesday a "surprise attack" sank one of South Korea's naval ships in March and that the country will remember the incident as a "day of shame" for its military. Kim made the remark during a report to President Lee Myung-bak at a meeting of top military commanders, but stopped short of directly mentioning North Korea, though the communist nation has been widely believed to be responsible. "Our naval ship came under a surprise attack on March 26 while on a patrol mission. We bitterly regret that it revealed a hole in the defense posture and...
  • S. Korea: Navy 'Was Warned of N.Korean Human Torpedoes'(by military intelligence early this year)

    04/21/2010 6:41:29 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 467+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 04/22/10
    Navy 'Was Warned of N.Korean Human Torpedoes' Military intelligence early this year alerted the Navy to the threat of "human torpedo" attacks from North Korea, which was pledging revenge for its defeat in a sea skirmish in November last year, it emerged Wednesday. "Human torpedoes" are underwater suicide squads who operate torpedoes equipped with a mini motor or engine to sneak up to a target and blow it up. "Military authorities detected several signs showing that the North was preparing for revenge for its defeat in the sea skirmish in November last year," a government official said. "The North intensively...
  • 'N.Korean Officer' Says North Sank the Cheonan

    04/19/2010 10:57:50 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies · 1,002+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 04/20/10
    'N.Korean Officer' Says North Sank the Cheonan A North Korean Army officer has testified that the North Korean military attacked the South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan before it sank in the West Sea on March 26, the head of a South Korean activist group claimed Monday. Choi Sung-yong of the Family Assembly Abducted to North Korea said, "It seems that the Cheonan was sunk in a premeditated North Korean operation." Choi published a transcript of a telephone conversation with what he says is a senior North Korean Army officer. According to the transcript, the officer says, "Thirteen commandos who left...
  • Navy to Revamp OP for Yellow Sea

    04/18/2010 9:15:56 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 297+ views
    Donga,com ^ | 4/19/2010 | Donga,com
    The military will draw up a new operational plan for the Yellow Sea after its existing one was leaked in the wake of the sinking of a naval vessel late last month. A military official said yesterday that the Navy cannot conduct missions with the existing plan because it and other military secrets have been leaked to North Korea since the sinking. “We have re-designated the operational zone of naval patrol ships to cope with the North’s coastal artillery since last year’s (inter-Korean) naval clash,” the official said. “In particular, we find it inevitable to review the operation of monitoring...
  • Lee vows stern measures against those responsible for warship sinking

    04/18/2010 8:09:23 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 28 replies · 914+ views
    Yonhap ^ | April 19, 2010 | Lee Chi-dong
    SEOUL, April 19 (Yonhap) -- President Lee Myung-bak pledged Monday to take "resolute" measures against those responsible for the sinking of a South Korean naval ship last month as he consoled the nation over one the country's worst naval disasters. "As the president, I will ascertain the cause of the Cheonan's sinking to the last detail," he said in his address broadcast live. "I will deal resolutely with the results and make sure such an incident does not recur."
  • U.S. Navy Helps S.Korea Search for Answers

    04/17/2010 10:00:20 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 327+ views
    Fox News ^ | 4/15/2010 | Mike Emanuel
    Salvage crews have raised the stern or rear portion of a South Korean Navy ship that mysteriously sunk in the Yellow Sea on March 26th. The bodies of 36 crew members were also recovered. Initial reports suggested a North Korean torpedo may have been responsible. But just as tensions between the two rivals were escalating, the cause of the incident became murkier. What is clear is some sort of explosion caused the Cheonan to split in two and then sink. Many of the crew members were rescued by South Korean ships that rushed to the scene, but at least 44...
  • Officials Say External Blast [Sank] Navy Ship

    04/17/2010 6:47:47 PM PDT · by docbnj · 9 replies · 510+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 18 Apr 2010 | anonymous
    South Korean investigators have all but ruled out an on-board accident or collision with rocks as the cause of a navy ship's sinking. The government is still treating the matter delicately, as suspicions remain that North Korea was involved in the sinking. A multinational investigative team said Friday that the South Korean naval corvette, the Cheonan, split in half and sank earlier this month due to force applied from outside the ship. Yoon says fragments of the hull are bent inward, showing that the explosive force came from the outside. He adds the likeliest possible causes of an onboard accident...
  • S. Korea: Cheonan's Stern Finally Salvaged (photos)

    04/15/2010 6:07:54 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies · 2,322+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 04/15/10
  • (LEAD) S. Korea moves sunken ship's rear closer to coast

    04/12/2010 7:27:07 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 881+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 04/12/10
    (LEAD) S. Korea moves sunken ship's rear closer to coast SEOUL, April 12 (Yonhap) -- Workers moved the rear part of a sunken naval vessel closer to the coast Monday, as high wind and waves were feared to further complicate ongoing operations to salvage the warship that sank near the sea border with North Korea last month, military and private salvage company officials said. A team of military and civilian divers has been battling strong currents in the Yellow Sea for more than a week to hoist up the 1,200-ton corvette Cheonan that was torn in two by a mysterious...
  • S. Korea: Torpedo Attack Likeliest Cause of Shipwreck

    04/05/2010 8:39:30 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies · 1,822+ views
    Torpedo Attack Likeliest Cause of Shipwreck Military authorities believe that a strong external shock was the reason for the sinking of the Navy corvette Cheonan, on March 26, with a torpedo, mine or depth charge the most likely to generate enough impact. The most likely suspect is a torpedo. â—† Torpedo, Mine or Depth Charge? Torpedoes and mines attack from under the surface of the ocean, while depth charges are thrown into the water from airplanes or ships to hit submarines. Torpedoes travel between 60 km/h to 70 km/h powered by propellers and can hit targets that are between hundreds...
  • Lee says accuracy more important than speed in probe into ship sinking

    04/04/2010 10:50:57 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 431+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 4/5/2010 | Lee Chi-dong
    President Lee Myung-bak stressed Monday that his government will not rush through its investigation into the recent sinking of a Navy ship at the expense of "accuracy," especially given the international community's keen attention to the incident. "Given the examples of disasters in various advanced nations, accuracy is more important than speed in determining the cause of this kind of big incident," Lee said in his biweekly radio address. He asked the people to "wait patiently, although it will be painful, as a joint investigation team from the government, military, and civilian sector is already conducting an on-site investigation." The...