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  • (LEAD) N. Korea threatens to destroy S. Korean loudspeakers, turn Seoul into 'sea of flame'

    06/11/2010 9:57:20 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 570+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 06/12/10
    (LEAD) N. Korea threatens to destroy S. Korean loudspeakers, turn Seoul into 'sea of flame' SEOUL, June 12 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's military threatened Saturday that it will destroy South Korean propaganda loudspeakers along its border and may even turn Seoul into a "sea of flame," in the strongest warning yet against Seoul's plan to resume anti-Pyongyang broadcasts. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said, however, "no unusual activity" has currently been spotted from North Korea along the military demarcation line. South Korea established propaganda loudspeakers in 11 places along the heavily-fortified demilitarized zone earlier this week in retaliation to...
  • Military chief accused of faking document on night of ship sinking

    06/10/2010 9:00:17 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 357+ views
    Yonhap ^ | 6/11/2010 | Yonhap
    South Korea's top military officer has been accused of being absent from the defense ministry's main command and control center on the night of North Korea's torpedo attack on a South Korean warship in the Yellow Sea, state auditors disclosed Friday. Gen. Lee Sang-eui, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), is also suspected of having manipulated an internal document to pretend that he was present at the command and control center throughout the night on March 26, when the warship Cheonan sank, killing 46 sailors, officials at the Board of Audit and Inspection (BAI) said.
  • Russian Probe Sees No N Korea Hand In Cheonan Sinking

    06/09/2010 12:09:24 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 17 replies · 57+ views
    rttnews.com ^ | 6/9/2010
    In what could be a morale-booster for North Korea in its stand-off with South Korea--and, by extension, the U.S.,-- Russian naval experts who inquired into the sinking of a South Korean warship March 26, found unconvincing the arguments put forward by a four-nation team of investigators, blaming Pyongyang for the tragedy, an Interfax-AVN news wire report, quoting an anonymous Russian Navy source, said Tuesday. The revelation followed the return Monday of a team of four Russian Navy submarine and torpedo experts to Moscow after making an independent assessment of the March 26 sinking of the 1,200-ton South Korean Navy corvette...
  • Was the Korean Attack a Mistake?(backdoor spin control via fmr NYT reporter)

    06/06/2010 1:17:25 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 806+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 05/27/10 | Philip Shenon
    Was the Korean Attack a Mistake? Washington fears Kim Jong-Il ordered the attack that has the Koreas on the brink. But North Korea says it was an accident, according to America's unlikeliest diplomat. Is it possible that a self-described “goomba” who owns a northern New Jersey barbeque joint has the answers to the latest crisis with North Korea—a showdown over a sunken South Korean warship that may be the most serious threat to peace since the Korean War? American diplomats and F.B.I. agents acknowledge that Robert “Bobby” Egan, owner of Cubby’s BBQ Restaurant in Hackensack, New Jersey, has managed over...
  • '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: Fidel Castro claims US sank South Korean warship(Castro goes tin-foil)

    06/05/2010 10:42:52 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies · 409+ views
    Fidel Castro claims US sank South Korean warship Posted: 05 June 2010 0201 hrs HAVANA: US navy commandos sank a South Korean warship in March in order to blame North Korea, raise tensions and convince Japan to keep US forces in Okinawa, Cuban former president Fidel Castro wrote in an editorial on Friday. Castro, who based his information on press reports, blasted Washington's "cynicism" and "lack of scruples" in the incident. According to Castro, US Navy SEALS torpedoed South Korea's Cheonan corvette in a bid by Washington to sway Japan to allow a US military base to remain on Okinawa...
  • Lee says there will be no full-scale war between two Koreas

    06/05/2010 12:27:10 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 401+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 6/5/2010 | Lee Chi-dong
    South Korean President Lee Myung-bak assured Singaporean business leaders Saturday that there will never be a full-scale war on the Korean Peninsula despite rising tensions between the two Koreas in the wake of the March sinking of a South Korean warship. "The South-North Korean issue should be resolved by all means but it is clearly not an easy task," Lee said in a meeting with a dozen Singaporean business leaders, including Tony Chew, chairman of Singapore Business Federation, according to presidential spokesman Park Sun-kyoo. "But there is no chance of a full-scale war at all," the president was quoted as...
  • SKorea's Lee sees no possibility of war with North

    06/04/2010 10:53:29 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 12 replies · 356+ views
    AP via Google ^ | JUNE 6, 2010 | VIJAY JOSHI (AP) – 18 minutes ago
    South Korea's leader on Saturday ruled out going to war with North Korea, hours after his government asked the United Nations to punish the communist nation over the sinking of a warship. "There is absolutely no possibility of a full-scale war on the Korean peninsula," President Lee Myung-bak told a group of businesspeople in Singapore. The meeting was closed to the media, and the comments were posted by Lee's spokesman, Park Sun-kyu, on the presidential website. "But occasionally, there has been locally peace-threatening behavior" from North Korea, Lee said, adding that "we will strongly suppress it." He did not elaborate....
  • 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...
  • US, South Korea weigh more joint exercises: Gates

    06/03/2010 6:40:26 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 204+ views
    AFB via Google News ^ | 6/3/2010 | AFB via Google News
    United States and South Korea may hold additional military exercises in response to North Korea's alleged sinking of one of Seoul's warships, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Thursday. US and South Korean officials were discussing possibly holding special exercises, including some focused on anti-submarine warfare, in the aftermath of the sinking of the Cheonan, Gates told reporters on his plane before arriving in Singapore. "The exercises that are being discussed in Washington and between Washington and Seoul would be some additional exercises beyond the routine exercises" regularly held with South Korea's military, he said. Gates said there were no...
  • N. Korea: Cheonan the Introduction to Kim's Second Act

    06/03/2010 8:47:30 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 377+ views
    Daily NK ^ | 06/03/10 | Sohn Kwang Joo
    Cheonan the Introduction to Kim's Second Act By Sohn Kwang Joo, Chief Editor [2010-06-03] What does it all mean? Why was South Korea attacked by North Korea? Some say that the Cheonan incident was retaliation for the Daecheong naval battle of November last year, while others say it was related to the succession. But the underlying reason is different. South Korea and the international community have not yet figured out recent changes to Kim Jong Il’s survival tactics. That is, there have been changes to Kim Jong Il’s international and domestic strategy for survival with which his foes have yet...
  • US carrier to join S.Korea anti-submarine drill

    06/02/2010 12:24:29 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 35 replies · 672+ views
    AFP via Yahoo.news ^ | 6/2/2010 | AFP via Yahoo.news
    US aircraft carrier will join a major anti-submarine naval exercise with South Korea next week in a show of strength to North Korea after the sinking of a warship, reports said Wednesday. South Korea, which accuses the North of torpedoing its ship Cheonan in March with the loss of 46 lives, is also mounting a diplomatic drive at the United Nations but indicated it would not seek new sanctions. The USS George Washington will leave its base in the Japanese port of Yokosuka around Saturday and arrive in the Yellow Sea early next week, Yonhap news agency quoted a military...
  • Envoy says 'matter of time' before S. Korea seeks U.N. punishment on N. Korea

    06/02/2010 12:10:59 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 192+ views
    Yonhap ^ | 6/2/2010 | Yonhap
    It is "now a matter of time" before South Korea takes the sinking of its warship near the border with North Korea to the U.N. Security Council, a Seoul diplomat said Wednesday as he left for Russia to seek its cooperation in punishing Pyongyang. Wi Sung-lac, South Korea's envoy on six-nation talks on North Korea's nuclear programs, said, however, that his government has yet to fix a date for formally filing its case with the U.N. The timing is "flexible and too uncertain to be predicted," he said. Wi's comments are seen as a reaffirmation of President Lee Myung-bak's pledge...
  • North Korean Submarine Helmsman Breaks 14-Year Silence (midget sub & its mothership)

    05/31/2010 11:27:12 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 1,067+ views
    Daily NK ^ | 06/01/10 | Shin Joo Hyun
    North Korean Submarine Helmsman Breaks 14-Year Silence By Shin Joo Hyun [2010-06-01 14:53 ] Lee Kwang Soo is now 46. He is also the sole captured crew member from a Sango class submarine which ran aground on a South Korean beach during an espionage mission in September, 1996, triggering a lengthy manhunt in which a large number of people, both South and North Korean, died. After his arrest, Lee settled down in South Korea, receiving a Master’s degree from Kyungnam University in 2005. He has not made a single appearance in the South Korean domestic or international media for almost...
  • Seoul Weighs Shift in U.S. Military Ties

    05/31/2010 10:01:34 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 27 replies · 645+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/31/2010 | Jay Solomon
    South Korea is reviewing its defense policy following North Korea's alleged sinking of a South Korean naval vessel, a process that could significantly change Seoul's military alliance with Washington, according to officials engaged in the process. Over the past week, U.S. and South Korean leaders have outlined plans to conduct war games and strategy sessions to better equip the South for combating the type of submarine attack Pyongyang is accused by international investigators to have staged in March, killing 46 South Korean sailors. For the longer term, President Lee Myung-bak's conservative government could seek to alter the alliance's command structure...
  • South Korea probes war rumours ahead of elections

    05/31/2010 8:10:52 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 6 replies · 298+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 01, 2010
    South Korean police are probing leaflets and Internet messages spreading rumours of imminent war and questioning an investigation into the sinking of a naval vessel which they say could affect Wednesday's local elections. WORLD | SOUTH KOREA The ship sinking has become the top campaign issue, with the liberal opposition accusing President Lee Myung-bak of provoking tension after a decade of warming ties with reclusive and impoverished North Korea. But polls showed Lee's uncompromising stand against the North has helped keep support ratings for him near the 50 percent mark in recent weeks. Lee has vowed to hold North Korea...
  • Is China backing away from censuring North Korea over the sinking of South's Cheonan warship?

    05/31/2010 7:59:44 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 379+ views
    CS Monitor ^ | 05/30/10 | Arthur Bright
    Is China backing away from censuring North Korea over the sinking of South's Cheonan warship? Despite indications last week that it might take a harder line on North Korea over the North's apparent sinking of South Korea's Cheonan warship, China now appears unwilling to censure its Communist ally. By Arthur Bright, Correspondent posted May 30, 2010 at 10:42 am EDT China appears to be maintaining its unwillingness to censure North Korea for its involvement in the sinking of a South Korean warship, despite earlier indications to the contrary, as a summit between China, Japan, and South Korea ended without any...
  • U.S. to Aid South Korea With Naval Defense Plan

    05/31/2010 4:33:28 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 476+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 5/30/2010 | Thom Shanker and David E Sanger
    Surprised by how easily a South Korean warship was sunk by what an international investigation concluded was a North Korean torpedo fired from a midget submarine, senior American officials say they are planning a long-term program to plug major gaps in the South’s naval defenses. The discovery of the weaknesses in South Korea caught officials in both countries off guard. As South Korea has rocketed into the ranks of the world’s top economies, it has invested billions of dollars to bolster its defenses and to help refine one of the oldest war plans in the Pentagon’s library: a joint strategy...
  • Russians to study warship sinking probe

    05/31/2010 1:38:04 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 686+ views
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 5/31/2010 | AFP via Yahoo News
    Russian experts arrived in Seoul on Monday to review findings of an investigation that blamed North Korea for the deadly sinking of a South Korean warship, as the South sought to build support for U.N. punishment of the North. If Russia endorses the multinational probe's conclusions, the move could convince China and other major powers to support possible U.N. sanctions against Pyongyang for the sinking two months ago of the Cheonan, which killed 46 sailors. The South Koreans shared the investigation's findings with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao last weekend before a summit, but Beijing has yet to blame North Korea...
  • China's Korea crisis (WaPo editorial gets frustrated)

    05/31/2010 1:33:21 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 472+ views
    WP ^ | 05/31/10
    China's Korea crisis Monday, May 31, 2010 CHINA HAS BEEN treating its neighbors, and the world, to a demonstration of why its rising power is not necessarily to be welcomed. Though it has become undeniable that its neighbor and client, North Korea, committed an act of war by sinking a South Korean warship in March, Beijing continues to shield the loathsome regime of Kim Jong Il. An authoritative investigation by a multinational commission has produced fragments of the torpedo fired by the North's submarine, yet Chinese officials continue to pretend they don't know the facts of what happened. Their public...