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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 ^ | 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 Koreaa 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 Cubbys 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 ^ | 6/5/2010 | Associated Press via
    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 Koreas 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 Ils survival tactics. That is, there have been changes to Kim Jong Ils 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 ^ | 6/2/2010 | AFP via
    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 Masters 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 Souths 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 worlds top economies, it has invested billions of dollars to bolster its defenses and to help refine one of the oldest war plans in the Pentagons 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...
  • U.S., South Korea Forces Say They Can Repel North as Raptors, Ships Deploy

    05/30/2010 11:59:10 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 1,149+ views
    FeedCry Archive ^ | 5/28/2010 | Patrick Harrington
    U.S. and South Korean forces said they are ready to repel any threat posed by North Korea as 24 stealth fighter jets deploy to the region and a report said the military alert level has been raised. Naval vessels plan anti-submarine exercises close to the disputed maritime border between North and South Korea where one of the Souths warships sank on March 26, killing 46 sailors. An international team of experts last week concluded that a North Korean torpedo blew apart the Cheonan, prompting Kim Jong Ils regime to cut all ties with the South and threaten all-out war over...
  • China Refuses To Sanction N. Korea Over Cheonan

    05/30/2010 9:23:48 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 312+ views
    TODAY Online ^ | 5/30/2010 | Jun Kwanwoo/AFP via TODAY Online
    China resisted pressure yesterday from South Korea and Japan to censure North Korea publicly for the sinking of a warship, calling only for regional tensions over the incident to be defused. Prime Minister Wen Jiabao gave no sign that China is ready to back United Nations Security Council action against its ally over the sinking, following a summit with South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak and Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama. "The urgent task now is to defuse the impact of the Cheonan incident, change the tense situation and avoid clashes," he told a joint news conference on the southern resort...
  • Chinas stance on North Korea could lead to war

    05/30/2010 6:27:16 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies · 1,584+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 05/31/10 | Bill Emmott
    May 31, 2010 Chinas stance on North Korea could lead to war The world is anxious about the Kim regime but greater disasters lie ahead if its superpower neighbour fails to act Bill Emmott Try this quiz. You lead a rising economic superpower, with ambitions for global political power. You have pledged to pursue a peaceful rise and to work through the United Nations wherever possible to maintain international stability. Out of the blue, your unruly neighbour, an ally and quasi-dependant for the past 60 years, torpedoes a warship of its own neighbour, killing 46 sailors, and then, when accused...
  • Sugar Daddy China Should Dock Kims Allowance: William Pesek(link only)

    05/30/2010 6:07:34 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 183+ views
    Businessweek ^ | 05/31/10 | William Pesek
  • Inside the mind of North Korea's Kim Jong-il

    05/30/2010 4:33:01 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 602+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 05/30/10 | Aidan Foster-Carter
    Inside the mind of North Korea's Kim Jong-il North Korea's dictator Kim Jong-il has provoked a dangerous international crisis, yet again. Our correspondent examines the weird and worrying mind of the Dear Leader By Aidan Foster-Carter Published: 8:30AM BST 30 May 2010 In the state newspapers there is hysteria about "traitors". In Pyongyang's markets, prices have rocketed - especially for tinned meat, sugar, portable gas stoves and other goods needed to survive a war. Last week Kim Jong-Il used an extraordinary cabinet meeting to order North Korean ministries to prepare for "all possible unforeseen circumstances, including the worst-case scenario", while...
  • Starving and deluded yet North Korea is ready for war (defectors impressed with Orwell)

    05/29/2010 9:55:52 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 39 replies · 1,669+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 05/30/10 | Sue Lloyd-Roberts
    May 30, 2010 Starving and deluded yet North Korea is ready for war North Korea says it will strike if US reaction to the sinking of the Cheonan is 'excessive' Sue Lloyd-Roberts in Pyongyang SITTING in a leather chair in one of Pyongyangs smartest hotels, the economic adviser to the North Korean government was enjoying giving me a lecture. Our country has reached new heights of economic achievement, said Ri Ki-song, thanks to the strength and self-reliance of the North Korean people and to our plentiful natural resources. The room was suddenly plunged into darkness. It was another of...
  • North Korea to Suspend Naval Hot Line With South

    05/29/2010 7:20:15 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 363+ views
    New York Times ^ | 5/27/2010 | Choe Sang-Hun
    North Korea said Thursday that it was cutting off a naval hot line that was intended to prevent clashes near its disputed sea border with South Korea. Meanwhile, the South conducted a large naval drill in a show of force. A South Korean naval vessel dropped depth charges during a drill in the seas off Taean on Thursday. Cutting the link, established in 2004 after deadly skirmishes in 1999 and 2002, raises the chances of an armed clash in the tense waters off the western coast of the Korean Peninsula something the North has said could happen any time,...
  • S. Korea, Japan, China to discuss N. Korea on summit's second day

    05/29/2010 5:34:36 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 4 replies · 160+ views
    Yonhap ^ | May 30, 2010 | Lee Chi-dong
    The leaders of South Korea, Japan and China will concentrate their talks Sunday on regional security, including the North Korean nuclear crisis and its purported sinking of a South Korean warship in March, officials said. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao have gathered here for an annual summit among the regional powers. Wen will apparently face renewed pressure to join in blaming the North for its latest naval attack on the South. "Major regional and global security issues will be a main agenda item" in the second-day session of their summit,...
  • North Korea Sinking Of South Korean Frigate Raises Arab Fear Of Nuclear Iran

    05/29/2010 2:42:28 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 289+ views
    The Eurasia Review ^ | 5/29/2010 | Riad Kahwaji
    The sinking of the South Korean frigate Cheonan last March 26 by a North Korean torpedo has prompted some Arab Gulf officials to wonder whether this would be a scenario that they would likely face with a nuclear-armed Iran in the future. North Korea, now equipped with nuclear arms, appears to have grown bolder in its provocations of its U.S.-allied neighbor in the south and other parts of East and Southeast Asia. An international team of investigators concluded that the warship was sunk by a North Korean torpedo. Seouls reaction has thus far been mild compared to its loss of...
  • N. Korea's Defense Commission Held Unprecedented News Conference over Cheonan (1st in history)

    05/28/2010 9:51:30 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies · 788+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 05/29/10
    /begin my translation N. Korea's Defense Commission Held Unprecedented News Conference over Cheonan's Sinking 05/29/10 (Korea Central News Agency, Pyongyang = Yonhap News) On May 28, at People's Cultural Palace in Pyongyang, Maj. Gen. Pak Rim Su, director of the department of policy at the National Defense Commission, gave news conference to invited diplomatic corps. /end my translation
  • North Korea reacts angrily as Seoul's navy holds military exercises off coast

    05/28/2010 9:29:34 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 484+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | 5/27/2010 | Tania Branigan
    South Korea fired artillery and dropped bombs in military exercises off the west coast of the divided Korean peninsula today, with tensions running high in the area after an alleged North Korean submarine torpedo attack on a southern warship. The drills aim to help the military detect incursions by the north's submarines, follow the findings of an international investigation into the sinking of the Cheonan on 26 March in which 46 sailors died. The navy said 10 vessels including a destroyer fired guns and launched anti-submarine bombs south of the capital, Seoul, in a one-day exercise. The exercises were conducted...
  • Behind Beijing's intransigence on N. Korea: Monroe Doctrine with Chinese characteristics

    05/28/2010 9:14:53 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 334+ views ^ | 5/26/2010 | By Willy Lam*
    High-level lobbying by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has failed to persuade the Chinese leadership to do anything substantial regarding Pyongyang's sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan in late March. Diplomatic sources in the Chinese capital said State Councillor Dai Bingguo privately told the American delegation which just ended the second bilateral Strategic and Economic Dialogue (SED) in Beijing that Chinese diplomats would privately urge the Kim Jong-Il regime to refrain from further provocative acts against South Korea. But there would be no public statements from Beijing condemning Kims latest act of brinksmanship. At the end of...
  • Kim Jong Il Disappears from North Korean Media

    05/28/2010 5:56:18 PM PDT · by fenderfeeder · 10 replies · 732+ views
    Daily NK ^ | 2010-05-29 05:55
    There has been no record in the North Korean media of Kim Jong Il undertaking public activities of any sort since May 20th, the day the joint civilian-military investigation into the sinking of the Cheonan released its findings. Immediately after returning from his visit to China on May 7th, Kim watched a North Korean opera, Sanullim (Echo of a Mountain), a fact which was reported by Chosun Central News Agency (KCNA) on the 9th. Thereafter, Kim made visits to several sites in Yangkang, South and North Hamkyung Provinces. He visited the construction of the Mt. Baekdu Military-first Youth Power Plant,...
  • Unpersuaded by U.S. 'soft diplomacy', China backs N. Korea on torpedo incident

    05/28/2010 2:54:42 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 520+ views ^ | 5/26/2010 |
    China's communist government made it clear recently that it will not side with the United States and South Korea and instead is supporting its fraternal communist ally in North Korea over the torpedo attack on the South Korean corvette Cheonan. A senior U.S. official in China told reporters that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provided information about the Cheonan sinking during a dinner in Beijing with Chinese official Dai Bingguo. The U.S. is seeking Chinese support for a U.N. Security Council resolution against North Korea but the Chinese said they would not support it. In the background of Chinas failure...
  • N. Korea: DPRK military holds press briefing on "Cheonan" incident (in Pyongyang for reporters)

    05/28/2010 7:54:30 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 288+ views
    People's Daily ^ | 05/28/10
    DPRK military holds press briefing on "Cheonan" incident 21:31, May 28, 2010 The military of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) held its first press briefing Friday on the "Cheonan" incident, warning South Korea not to provoke it. Pak Rim Su, head of the Policy Bureau of the DPRK's National Defense Commission (NDC), told the briefing that investigation results released by South Korea on the incident could not be "objective and fair" due to the composition of the investigation team. On March 26, South Korean warship "Cheonan" sank near the maritime border with the DPRK after an explosion, killing...
  • N. Korea: China will not protect those who sank South Korean warship(says Chinese PM Wen)

    05/28/2010 4:57:33 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 31 replies · 774+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 05/28/10 | Peter Foster
    China will not protect those who sank South Korean warship China will not protect whoever was to blame for sinking a South Korean warship, the Chinese premier Wen Jiabao has said. Peter Foster in Beijing and agencies Published: 11:32AM BST 28 May 2010 Mr Wen made the comments at a meeting with South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak, on Friday as he arrived in Seoul for the start of three days of talks. The US and its allies hope will bring greater consensus over how to react to the torpedoing of the Cheonan in which 46 sailors died. South Korea blames...
  • Worries of Military Clash Between No./So. Korea Heightened; War Movements Escalating (Translation)

    05/27/2010 5:07:13 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 64 replies · 2,474+ views
    Sankei Shimbun (Translation: Machine/Quick Synopsis from Original Japanese) ^ | 27 May 2010 8:00 a.m. Eastern Thursday | Sankei Shimbun, Japan
    ソウル=水沼啓子】朝鮮半島情勢は27日、北朝鮮が非武装地帯(DMZ)に対空砲を搬入したことが明らかになり、韓国は対潜水艦訓練を実施するなど、偶発的な軍事衝突への懸念が高まっている。  北朝鮮の朝鮮人民軍総参謀部は27日、黄海上などでの南北間の偶発的な衝突防止のための合意を「無効化する」との通告文を、朝鮮中央通信を通じて発表した。南北協力に関する軍事的保障措置を全面撤回し、開城工業団地への陸路通行遮断の検討に入り、韓国軍の心理戦には警告通り「無慈悲に」対応する-としている。
  • SKorea Holds Navy Drill; NKorea Scraps Sea Accord

    05/27/2010 2:34:07 AM PDT · by edpc · 13 replies · 565+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 27 May 2010 | Kelly Olsen
    SEOUL, South Korea Stung by a surprise underwater attack, South Korea flexed its muscles Thursday with anti-submarine drills and a U.S. general offered strong words of support as the allies sent a clear message to adversary North Korea: Don't try it again. Pyongyang, however, wasted little time in responding, saying it would launch "immediate physical strikes" against southern ships that enter its waters as tensions spiked further a week after Seoul blamed the North for torpedoing a warship.
  • NK Military: Completely Halt Military Guarantee of inter-Korean Exchange

    05/26/2010 10:55:54 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 671+ views
    Donga Ilbo ^ | 05/27/10
    Head line only.
  • Caption These Photos: Gawking at Smoking Gun (Cheonan)

    05/26/2010 8:12:19 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 1,231+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 05/25/10
    Caption These Photos: Gawking at Smoking Gun (Cheonan)
  • Two of four elusive N. Korean subs return after routine drill: source

    05/26/2010 7:56:32 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies · 728+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 05/27/10
    Two of four elusive N. Korean subs return after routine drill: source SEOUL, May 27 (Yonhap) -- Two of the four North Korean submarines that eluded South Korean and U.S. surveillance earlier this week have returned to their base after what appeared to be a routine exercise in the East Sea, a defense source said Thursday. The source, however, said the other two 300-ton submarines remained at large, as tension simmers on the peninsula following Seoul's condemnation of Pyongyang last week for a torpedo attack on its warship. Data picture "It has been assessed from the routes of the North...
  • China Tells N.Korea to Restrain Itself

    05/26/2010 7:35:03 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 513+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 05/26/10
    China Tells N.Korea to Restrain Itself China has urged North Korea to restrain itself over sanctions from South Korea, a senior Chinese official has told South Korean government officials. Beijing reminded Pyongyang that "peace and stability" are vital for the Korean Peninsula after an investigation implicated the North in the sinking of the South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan. Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan greets Chinese special envoy Wu Dawei (right) at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul on Tuesday. China's special envoy for Korean Peninsula affairs Wu Dawei, who is on a visit to Seoul, met Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan and other...
  • War on Korean Peninsula: High Tension Prompts Scenarios

    05/26/2010 7:12:52 PM PDT · by edpc · 4 replies · 604+ views
    Time via Yahoo ^ | 26 May 2010 | Bill Powell
    "A symphony of death." That's the chilling phrase that Kurt Campbell, who is now Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Obama Administration, once used to describe the likely outcome of any military encounter on the Korean peninsula between the U.S., its ally South Korea and their mutual enemy across the 38th parallel in the North. The possibility of war breaking out once again in Korea is so unthinkable that a lot of people in various military establishments - the Pentagon, South Korea's armed forces and China's People's Liberation Army - actually spend a lot...
  • Defense Reform 2020 to be revised for NK threat

    05/26/2010 6:21:09 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 209+ views
    The Korea Times ^ | 5/26/2010 | Jung Sung-ki
    The five-year-old defense reform initiative aimed at building smaller but high-tech armed forces is under intense review following the sinking of the frigate in a "surprise attack" by North Korea The Defense Reform 2020 plan was initiated in 2005 by the liberal Roh Moo-hyun administration in pursuit of a "self-reliant" military that could deal with regional threats beyond defense against a North Korean invasion. The plan included reducing the number of standing troops and instead equipping the armed forces with advanced weapons systems by 2020 in stages. The Roh administration believed the level of North Korean threat would decrease gradually...
  • NKorea Threatens To Ban Cross-Border Traffic

    05/26/2010 6:34:14 AM PDT · by edpc · 10 replies · 370+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 26 May 2010 | Hyung-Jin Kim
    SEOUL, South Korea North Korea threatened Wednesday to block cross-border traffic and blow up any South Korean loudspeakers blasting propaganda northward as tensions soared over the sinking of a South Korean warship. The dramatic deterioration in relations came as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Seoul at the end of a three-nation Asian tour that was dominated by the March 26 sinking blamed on a North Korean torpedo attack.
  • S. Korea to continue punishing N. Korea despite threats: official

    05/26/2010 12:53:16 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 691+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 5/26/2010 | Sam Kim
    South Korea will continue to carry out its retaliatory measures against North Korea for the sinking of its warship, despite Pyongyang's announcement that the communist state will sever all ties with Seoul, an official here said Wednesday. Unification Ministry spokesman Chun Hae-sung also said in a briefing that Pyongyang notified the South it was cutting off its hotline with South Korea at their truce village as well as their maritime communication links. North Korea said late Tuesday it would end dialogue with Seoul for the remainder of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak's tenure and expel personnel from a joint consultative...
  • Is the U.S. Prepared to Face Midget Subs?

    05/25/2010 10:36:11 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 28 replies · 1,049+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 5/25/2010 | Joe Pappalardo
    War tensions have been high since last week's announcement by the South Korean government that a 60-foot North Korean submarine fired a torpedo that sank a South Korean corvette and killed 46 sailors at the end of March. The South Koreans stated that a Yeono-class (alternatively spelled "Yono") midget submarine fired the torpedo in March. (They also field a larger midget submarine, the Sang-O, that fits 15 sailors. At least one of these subs was also on patrol when the attack happened, according to an international team of investigators looking into the incident with South Korea.) The attack occurred in...
  • N.Korea Accuses South, Threatens Action

    05/25/2010 6:08:27 AM PDT · by edpc · 7 replies · 376+ views
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | 25 May 2010 | Jun Kwanwoo
    SEOUL (AFP) North Korea accused South Korea's navy Tuesday of trespassing in its waters and threatened military action, further raising tensions sparked by the sinking of one of Seoul's warships in March. The South has announced a series of reprisals including a trade ban after a multinational investigation concluded last week that a North Korean submarine had torpedoed the Cheonan on March 26.
  • SKorea resumes psychological warfare with NKorea

    05/25/2010 5:55:41 AM PDT · by edpc · 29 replies · 572+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 25 May 2010 | Hyung-Jin Kim
    SEOUL, South Korea South Korea blared propaganda broadcasts into North Korea on Tuesday after a six-year halt and Pyongyang said its troops were bracing for war as tensions spiked on the divided peninsula over the sinking of a warship. One Seoul-based monitoring agency reported that North Korea's leader ordered its 1.2 million-member military to get ready for combat after South Korea blamed the North for a March 26 torpedo strike that sank the warship Cheonan and killed 46 sailors. South Korean officials could not immediately confirm the report.
  • South Korean President Addresses Nation on Sinking of Ship; Says North Will Pay a Price Video

    05/24/2010 8:11:52 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 31 replies · 514+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | May 24, 2010 | Brian
    Here is complete video (with translation) of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak addressing his nation on the sinking of their ship the Cheonan by North Korea. President Lee drew a line in the sand by saying the North would no longer be allowed to use South Korean shipping lanes. He also warned that if North Korea violates their airspace, or waters, the South will immediately exercise our right of self-defense.