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  • N. Korea behind recent mine explosion in DMZ: Defense Ministry

    08/09/2015 6:58:25 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2015/08/10
    N. Korea behind recent mine explosion in DMZ: Defense Ministry 2015/08/10 10:30 SEOUL, Aug. 10 (Yonhap) -- North Korea is believed to have masterminded the bloody explosion of land mines in the demilitarized zone last week, the Defense Ministry said Monday, in the latest military provocation by the North, happening just weeks before a scheduled joint military exercise between South Korea and the U.S. The mine blasts took place on the morning of Aug. 4 on the southern side of the DMZ near the city of Paju, Gyeonggi Province, while eight South Korean Army troops carried out a regular scouting...
  • N. Korea shifts entries of border-area howitzer bunkers northward

    08/02/2015 6:00:13 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2015/08/02
    N. Korea shifts entries of border-area howitzer bunkers northward SEOUL, Aug. 2 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has moved the entrances to the military's howitzer bunkers in the border area to a northward direction from the south, making it more difficult for South Korea and the U.S. to curb the howitzer attacks in a war situation, a government source said Sunday. "Changes have been detected in the shape of the bunkers for self-propelled guns, which belong to artillery units of the North's 4th Corps in Hwanghae Province," the government source said, asking not to be named. "Previously south-oriented doorways of the...
  • Code Pinks DMZ Trip Criticized by Human Rights Activists

    07/23/2015 2:29:55 PM PDT · by BBell · 4 replies ^ | 7/22/15 | Thomas Novelly
    Anti-war activists from CODEPINK and feminist leaders told lawmakers and Capitol Hill staffers that they opened a new door to peace during a May trip across the demilitarized zone in Korea, and called for unity in the region.Grace Jo, a human rights activist and North Korea defector, was in the crowd on Tuesday evening, attentive and silently disagreeing. Her family fled from the communist regime to China in 1998, and she lost half of them to starvation, human trafficking, and torture during the trek.Theyre working in favor of the North Korean regime, Jo said in an interview with the Free...
  • Steinem, other prominent women plan to walk across Korean DMZ

    03/19/2015 12:57:27 PM PDT · by PROCON · 80 replies
    AP ^ | March 11, 2015 | CARA ANNA
    UNITED NATIONS Making a dramatic statement in Korean relations, Gloria Steinem and other prominent women on Wednesday announced their intention to walk across the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea to call for reunification. The DMZ is the world's most fortified border, with the two countries still technically at war. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers face off across the heavily mined zone. Organizers of the effort called on Wednesday said they hope for 30 women, including two Nobel Peace laureates, to cross from North Korea to South Korea on May 24, which is International Women's Day...
  • Steinem, other prominent women announce plan to walk Korean demilitarized zone

    03/13/2015 9:08:57 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 75 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 11, 2015 | AP, via Fox News
    Making the ultimate statement in Korean relations, Gloria Steinem and other prominent women on Wednesday announced their plans for a rare and risky walk across the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea to call for reunification. The DMZ is the world's most fortified border, with the two countries still technically at war. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers face off across the heavily mined zone. Organizers of the effort called on Wednesday said they hope for 30 women, including two Nobel Peace laureates, to cross from North Korea to South Korea on May 24, which is International Women's Day...
  • (LEAD) U.S. man caught trying to swim to N. Korea (U.S. citizen of Arabic descent)

    09/18/2014 7:23:06 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/09/17
    (LEAD) U.S. man caught trying to swim to N. Korea 2014/09/17 10:49 SEOUL, Sept. 17 (Yonhap) -- A young American man has been caught trying to swim across a river border into North Korea, a government source said Wednesday. The man was arrested by Marine sentries at around 11:55 p.m. on Tuesday while he was swimming across the Han River, which borders with North Korea, the source said. The river cuts through the South Korean capital of Seoul and its adjacent county of Gimpo into the Yellow Sea. During an interrogation following the arrest, the U.S. citizen of Arabic descent...
  • US sending extra combat unit to South Korea

    01/07/2014 6:09:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The U.S. is sending an additional Army combat force of 800 soldiers to South Korea with tanks and armored troop carriers. A brief Pentagon announcement said the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment from the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas, will deploy to two locations in South Korea on Feb. 1....
  • The U.S. Soldier Who Defected to North Korea (spy-breeding program?)

    08/16/2013 2:24:19 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 19 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 2013 | Graeme Wood
    We all do stupid things when were drunk, but among bad decisions, this one deserves special distinction: on the night of January 4, 1965, U.S. Army Sergeant Charles Robert Jenkins pounded 10 beers, deserted his infantry company at the edge of the Korean Demilitarized Zone, walked alone across a minefield, and defected to North Korea. He was thrown into a chilly, spartan house (he tried, unsuccessfully, to leave) and forced to study the works of the North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung for 11 hours every day. By 1972, he could recite Kims core principles by heart in Korean. That...
  • (LEAD) N. Korean soldier defects to S. Korea via heavily armed border(going postal & killing CO)

    10/06/2012 3:03:22 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 10/06/12
    (LEAD) N. Korean soldier defects to S. Korea via heavily armed border SEOUL, Oct. 6 (Yonhap) -- A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea on Saturday via the heavily armed land border between the two sides, claiming he crossed the border after shooting two superiors while on guard duty, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. The solider crossed the western section of the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas at 12:06 p.m. before arriving at a South Korean guard post four minutes later, the JCS said in a statement. South Korean border guards heard gunshots along the border at...
  • Caption this Photos( Danish prince at Panmunjom)

    05/13/2012 7:06:11 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 05/13/12
    Danish princess strikes her "popular gal" posture
  • Worlds Deadliest Golf Course Boasts Land Mines and Man-Bear-Pigs (Korean DMZ Combat Golf)

    04/28/2012 9:14:56 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 35 replies
    IO9 ^ | April 28, 2012 | By Lauren Davis
    Worlds deadliest golf course boasts land mines and man-bear-pigs Along the DMZ, golf is not a sport for the faint of heart. The golf course at Camp Bonifas, just south of the Korean demilitarized zone, boasts just one hole, but what it lacks in quantity it more than makes up for in hazards. Live land mines line the course, and bizarre animals stumble out from the woods. Formerly Camp Kitty Hawk, United Nations Command post Camp Bonifas was renamed in 1986 to honor Captain Arthur G. Bonifas, who had been axe murdered in 1976 during a conflict with North Korea...
  • Caption Obama looking at North Korea from the DMZ

    03/26/2012 1:08:11 PM PDT · by Arcy · 27 replies · 21+ views
  • Caption these Photos [N. Korea: Obama at DMZ]

    03/25/2012 12:48:28 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 68 replies · 6+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 03/25/12
  • Obama Tells US Troops at Korean DMZ: 'You Guys Are At Freedom's Frontier'

    03/24/2012 10:28:02 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 27 replies · 2+ views
    MSNBC ^ | March 24, 2012 | Shawna Thomas, Alicia Jennings and Kristen Welker
    Obama Tells US Troops at Korean DMZ: 'You Guys Are At Freedom's Frontier' [Pic in URL] U.S. President Barack Obama looks through binoculars on Sunday to see North Korea from Observation Post Ouellette in the Demilitarized Zone, the tense military border between the two Koreas. Shawna Thomas, Alicia Jennings and Kristen Welker SEOUL -- President Barack Obama was greeted with cheers from U.S. troops as he visited the dining hall at Camp Bonifas at the start of his tour of the Demilitarized Zone on the Korean peninsula and told them that they were protecting "freedom's frontier." Obama talked about how...
  • Obama at the DMZ

    03/24/2012 9:21:20 PM PDT · by Velveeta · 55 replies · 3+ views
    Twitter whpresscorp | 3/24/2012 | Whpresscorp
    Breaking news
  • Obama to visit DMZ, raise pressure on North Korea

    03/21/2012 4:54:03 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 40 replies · 2+ views
    Reuters ^ | 03/21/12 | Alister Bull and Matt Spetalnick
    Obama to visit DMZ, raise pressure on North Korea By Alister Bull and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON | Wed Mar 21, 2012 1:28am EDT (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, seeking to increase pressure on North Korea to abandon its atomic weapons, will visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on South Korea's tense border on Sunday before a nuclear security summit in Seoul. Obama's visit to the border will be a strong show of support for South Korea, the White House said on Tuesday, sending a message to the North as Washington builds an international effort to get stalled nuclear disarmament talks back...
  • Obama to visit Koreas' DMZ

    03/20/2012 6:28:47 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 29 replies ^ | March 21, 2012 | AFP Unattributed
    <p>WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama will visit the tense border zone between the two Koreas on Sunday after arriving in Seoul at a time of renewed nuclear acrimony with Stalinist North Korea.</p> <p>Obama wants to pay tribute to some of the 28,500 US soldiers serving in South Korea, and the strength of their host nation, a key ally in Asia, a region to which he has reoriented American foreign policy.</p>
  • North Korean Leader Takes a Defiant Stance as He Visits Border

    03/05/2012 12:16:58 AM PST · by U-238 · 9 replies
    NY Times ^ | 3/4/2012 | Cheo Sang-Hun
    In a visit to the heavily armed border with the South, the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, ordered his troops on higher alert, escalating his militaristic language in spite of American calls to improve ties with the Seoul just a week after his country agreed to a nuclear freeze in return for badly needed food aid. .Mr. Kim has been hailed as the Norths leader since the death of his father, Kim Jong-il, in December, and has frequently visited frontline military units. But his trip to Panmunjon, a compound straddling the border where the armistice ending the Korean War was...
  • AZ House OKs warnings for travel north of Mexican line [Area within 62 miles watched for danger]

    03/03/2012 12:31:02 PM PST · by SandRat · 26 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX - Arizonans used to getting travel warnings about Rocky Point and Guaymas may soon be hearing advisories about Green Valley and Bisbee. On a voice vote Friday, the state House approved legislation to have the head of the state Department of Homeland Security monitor intelligence from various sources to determine if they indicate "any type of warning about dangerous conditions in regard to illegal immigration activities." --------
  • The North Korean Grinch

    12/18/2011 7:04:14 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    The North Korean Grinch Saturday, December 17, 2011 Looking for a clone of Dr. Seuss' "Grinch Who Stole Christmas"? Meet North Korea's bantam "Dear Leader" Kim Jong-il. While his pompadour haircut and platform shoes are oversized, his latest threat to South Korea suggests that his heart is at least two sizes too small. There is even reason to question whether he has one at all. Witness Mr. Kim's warning that, if the South puts up its traditional display of Christmas lights, he will consider it "psychological warfare." He promises "unexpected consequences."
  • Freedom Confronts Tyranny: A Visit to the Demilitarized Zone

    10/15/2011 10:24:10 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 15, 2011 | Thomas Lifson
    Nowhere on earth does the contrast between freedom and tyranny, and their corollary prosperity and poverty, reveal itself more vividly than on the Korean Peninsula. South Korea has boomed, producing an ultramodern high tech society whose corporate giants vie for leadership in global industry after industry, and whose popular culture is consumed all over East Asia. In the North, under the hereditary Stalinist Kim dynasty, a million or more citizens died in a famine, and widespread malnutrition has made the younger generation inches shorter than their Southern neighbors, on average, and the people have no access to foreign media or...
  • North Korean Special Forces Spotted Across DMZ Sporting New Camo Gear

    12/28/2010 10:26:20 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 16 replies · 2+ views
    Reaganite Republican ^ | December 28, 2010 | Reaganite Republican
    DMZ infiltration units...? Backwards and broke, Pyongyang long-agoabandoned any idea of winning a conventional war with the South and their American allies... that is, ever since they saw US forces cut Saddam's armor into tinsel with shock-n-awe back in 2003. So to remain a credible threat, the Norks rely on a three-pronged strategy of heavy artillery at the DMZ to pound Seoul into smithereens along with missiles that can menace the rest of the ROK... this while building the world's largest special forces, fiercely-loyal and highly-trained inasymmetricalwarfare and infiltration strategies including Islamic-terrorist-inspired car bombs, roadside explosives, etc. The ambitious plans...
  • Christmas tree at centre of Korea dispute

    12/21/2010 3:32:43 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies · 3+ views
    AFP ^ | 12/12/10
    Christmas tree at centre of Korea dispute * From: AFP * December 21, 2010 7:04PM SOUTH Korean marines are guarding a Christmas tree, the latest focus of tensions with North Korea following Seoul's artillery drill near the disputed sea border a day earlier. A South Korean church was planning to switch on Christmas lights in the shape of a tree atop a military-controlled hill near the tense land border today - the first such display for seven years. The ceremony will come a day after South Korea staged a live-fire exercise on the border island of Yeonpyeong, which was bombarded...
  • Drawing a Line in the Water [NY Times: Let's Give North Korea Those Islands]

    12/13/2010 8:34:09 AM PST · by therightliveswithus · 32 replies · 2+ views
    New York Times ^ | 12/13/10 | SELIG S. HARRISON and JOHN H. CUSHMAN
    THE crisis in the Yellow Sea, which was set off by the North Korean shelling of South Koreas Yeonpyeong Island last month, is probably mystifying to many Americans. Why did the North fire a deadly artillery barrage at a sparsely inhabited, relatively insignificant island? Why has the United States dispatched an entire aircraft-carrier group to the scene? Enlarge This Image Joon Mo Kang But things make more sense if you look at recent events as merely the latest in a decades-long series of naval clashes between the two Koreas resulting from a disputed sea boundary that was hastily imposed by...
  • Why Are We Still in Korea?

    11/26/2010 8:45:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 119 replies · 4+ views ^ | November 26, 2010 | Pat Buchanan
    This writer was 11 years old when the shocking news came on June 25, 1950, that North Korean armies had crossed the DMZ. Within days, Seoul had fallen. Routed U.S. and Republic of Korea troops were retreating toward an enclave in the southeast corner of the peninsula that came to be known as the Pusan perimeter. In September came Gen. MacArthur's masterstroke: the Marine landing at Inchon behind enemy lines, the cut-off and collapse of the North Korean Army, recapture of Seoul and the march to the Yalu. "Home by Christmas!" we were all saying. Then came the mass intervention...
  • N. Korea fires artillery towards S. Korean island, official says (houses destroyed, fire broke out)

    11/22/2010 10:44:16 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 574 replies · 4+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 11/23/10
    N. Korea fires artillery towards S. Korean island, official says SEOUL, Nov. 23 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Tuesday fired several rounds of artillery towards South Korean waters and an island near the tense west sea border, the South's military said. The North's artillery shells fell at 2:34 p.m. in the South's waters off the island of Yeonpyeong, some of them landing directly on the island, said Col. Lee Bung-woo, spokesman at the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff. The South's military responded with its artillery firing.
  • North Korea artillery fire hits South island

    11/22/2010 10:44:48 PM PST · by John W · 137 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 23, 2010 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - North Korea on Tuesday fired dozens of artillery shells at a South Korean island, setting buildings on fire and prompting a return fire by the South, Seoul's military and media reports said.
  • N. Korea Fired Shots at a Guard Post under 15th Division in Kangwon Province

    10/29/2010 3:05:29 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 10/29/10
    /begin my translation N. Korea Fired Shots at a Guard Post under 15th Division in Kangwon Province This afternoon N. Korea fired shots at a frontline guard post under the Command of (ROK) 15th Division in Kangwon Province. /end my translation
  • North Korean leader in China

    08/25/2010 7:59:12 PM PDT · by Stayfrosty · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | 08-25-2010 | CNN
    (CNN) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is visiting China, the South Korean JoongAng Daily reported Thursday, citing a South Korean government official.
  • Machine gun-toting robots deployed on DMZ

    07/14/2010 12:10:45 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies
    Stars And Stripes ^ | 7/12/2010 | Jon Rabiroff
    Security along the DMZ has gone high-tech, as South Korea has quietly installed a number of machine gun-armed robots to serve as the first line of defense against the potential advance of North Korean soldiers. The stationary robots which look like a cross between a traffic signal and a tourist-trap telescope are more drone than Terminator in concept, operated remotely just outside the southern boundary of the DMZ by humans in a nearby command center. Officials refuse to say how many or where the robots have been deployed along the heavily fortified border between the two Koreas, but...
  • High-ranking U.S., North Korean military to meet in DMZ on Tuesday

    07/12/2010 4:41:58 PM PDT · by Stayfrosty · 10 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | July 12, 2010 | CNN Wire Staff
    Seoul, South Korea (CNN) -- High-level military officers from the U.S.-led U.N. Command and North Korea are slated to meet Tuesday in the village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, the United Nations said Monday.
  • (2nd LD) N. Korea says it will bolster nuclear deterrent in a 'newly developed way'

    06/28/2010 9:16:07 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 06/28/10 | Chang Jae-soon and Sam Kim
    (2nd LD) N. Korea says it will bolster nuclear deterrent in a 'newly developed way' By Chang Jae-soon and Sam Kim SEOUL, June 28 (Yonhap) -- North Korea said Monday it will bolster its nuclear arsenal "in a newly developed way" to counter what it calls U.S. hostile policy and military threats toward the communist nation. The North also claimed in a separate statement that the U.S. has brought "heavy weapons" into a truce village that straddles the divided Koreas, warning of strong military action if they are not quickly withdrawn. North Korea has stepped up its fiery rhetoric against...
  • South Korean children's balloons mistaken for parachuting North Koreans

    06/19/2010 9:10:37 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 245+ views ^ | 6/18/2010 |
    Amid growing military tensions between the North and South, Seoul mobilised troops and police early on Thursday after a resident of Ansan, 22 miles south-west of the South Korean capital, reported that 40 to 50 flying objects resembling parachutes had fallen on a mountain the previous night. Upon inspection, the objects were identified as helium balloons released by children at a nearby school. Tensions on the Korean peninsular have been high since the sinking of the South's warship earlier this year. Seoul has said that the ship was torpedoed by Pyongyang. Earlier this month, an explosion Yeonpyeong Island, near the...
  • 3 Forgotten Fears of a Reignited Korean War

    06/13/2010 1:23:36 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 812+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 6/8/2010 | By Joe Pappalardo
    Tensions in the Korean Peninsula are at their worst point in decades after a North Korean submarine ambushed a South Korean warship, killing scores of sailors. Although North Korea has made violent provocation a cornerstone of its foreign and domestic policy for years, there is always the chance that this kind of brinksmanship will spark a major war. With an isolated and paranoid regime like North Korea holding some of the world's most terrifying weapons, any reaction from the South or the United States could be seen as the first phase of a larger war. After all, part of the...
  • N. Korean Guard's More Threatening Look (caption the photo)

    06/02/2010 1:38:05 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies · 1,037+ views
    JoongAng Ilbo ^ | 06/02/10
    N. Korean Guard's More Threatening Look N. Korean guards at JSA before the Cheonan crisis (top right) After the crisis (top left & bottom ) Difference: battle helmet, calluses on the knuckles of both hands, wound on the right hand near wrist
  • In the Koreas, Five Possible Ways to War

    05/29/2010 6:38:38 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 12 replies · 677+ views
    NYTimes ^ | May 30, 2010 | By DAVID E. SANGER
    USUALLY, there is a familiar cycle to Korea crises. Like a street gang showing off its power to run amok in a well-heeled neighborhood, the North Koreans launch a missile over Japan or set off a nuclear test or stage an attack as strong evidence indicates they did in March, when a South Korean warship was torpedoed. Expressions of outrage follow. So do vows that this time, the North Koreans will pay a steep price. SNIP The White House betting is that the latest crisis, stemming from the March attack, will also abate without much escalation. But there is...
  • Deadly silence at the DMZ

    05/28/2010 11:36:19 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 716+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 5/29/2010 | Donald Kirk
    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...
  • 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。
  • N. Korea Brought Anti-aircraft Guns into Guard Post inside DMZ

    05/26/2010 11:50:10 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 35 replies · 1,174+ views
    /begin my translation N. Korea Brought Anti-aircraft Guns into Guard Post inside DMZ 2010-05-27 07:49 N. Korea has brought anti-aircraft guns into their guard post inside DMZ in Cholwon area, and deployed them, according to a report. Military authorities said that they observed N. Koreans brought in 14.5mm heavy anti-aircraft guns(quad) to their guard post in Cholwon area on May. 25. They said that it is a violation of Armistice Agreement which bans heavy weaponry inside DMZ, and they are monitoring it carefully. In another development, a flash of light was detected in the sky above Paju and S. Korean...
  • 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...
  • South Koreans display wreckage of sunken patrol ship

    05/19/2010 11:10:47 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 51 replies · 1,174+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | May 19, 2010 | Ashley Rowland
    PYEONGTAEK, South Korea Investigators let media have a look at the wreckage of the Cheonan on Wednesday, the day before South Korea was to formally announce that a North Korea torpedo sank the South Korean patrol ship. The wreckage of the March 26 sinking was retrieved from the Yellow Sea near the maritime border between the two Koreas and hauled to South Koreas Second Fleet Command base in Pyeongtaek. Yoon Duk-yong, an investigator with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, told reporters Wednesday that evidence from the recovered pieces of the ship points to a torpedo attack....
  • Seoul: Threat of infiltration by special forces from North 'has become real'

    05/14/2010 9:15:46 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies · 597+ views ^ | 5/5/2010 |
    North Korea has deployed about 50,000 commandos along the inter-Korean border in an apparent show of force with the threat of rapid infiltration "suicide missions" against South Korea, a military source in Seoul said. The North "has completed the frontline deployment of seven light infantry divisions over the past two or three years," the source said, citing a joint study by South Korean and U.S. militaries. Each division consists of about 7,000 troops. A South Korean soldier keeps watch northwards on the south side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, north of...
  • S. Korea may resume propaganda broadcasts into N. Korea in response to ship sinking

    05/09/2010 9:28:22 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 384+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 5/10/2010 | Yonhap News
    South Korea is considering resuming loudspeaker propaganda broadcasts along the border with North Korea if the communist nation is found to be behind the deadly sinking of a naval ship, a military official said Monday. The two Koreas had blasted propaganda messages across the border for decades before suspending them under a 2004 accord as part of reconciliation efforts. Loudspeakers and other propaganda facilities along the 248-kilometer long border have also been dismantled. But ties between the two sides have frayed badly since South Korean President Lee Myung-bak took office in early 2008. The North has protested his hard-line stance...
  • North Korea torpedoed South's navy ship

    04/21/2010 8:03:41 PM PDT · by Typical_Whitey · 48 replies · 1,135+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4/21/10 | Jack Kim
    South Korea's military believes a torpedo fired from a North Korean submarine sank its navy ship last month, based on intelligence gathered jointly with the United States, a news report said on Thursday. The Yonhap news agency report appears to be the clearest sign yet that Seoul blames Pyongyang for the sinking, thought to have killed 46 sailors in what would be one of the deadliest incidents between the rivals since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.
  • N.Korea accuses S.Korea of opening fire at border

    04/05/2010 10:00:12 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 235+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 4/4/2010 | AFP via Space Daily
    North Korea accused South Korea's military of opening fire Sunday towards its side of the tense land border, in what it termed a "grave armed provocation". It said the South's military fired 90 mm recoilless guns towards a civil police post in the North on the eastern sector of the border in the early afternoon. The firing, "seriously threatening the safety of civil policemen of the north side on routine duty", was designed "to deliberately aggravate the situation" in the border buffer zone, the official Korean Central News Agency said. A "touch-and-go situation" prevails along the border due to such...
  • (LEAD) N. Korea accuses South of armed provocation in DMZ

    04/04/2010 6:20:32 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 474+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 04/04/10
    (LEAD) N. Korea accuses South of armed provocation in DMZ (ATTN: UPDATES throughout with S. Korea's response) SEOUL, April 4 (Yonhap) -- North Korea claimed Sunday that the South Korean military "committed grave armed provocation" in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two countries, but military officials here denied the accusation. The North's official news agency, KCNA, reported that a group of South Korean soldiers intruded into the eastern section of the DMZ around 2:07 p.m. and fired 90mm recoilless guns toward a civil police post in the North, "thus seriously threatening the safety of civil policemen of the north...
  • At nearest fence to North Korea, a tense existence

    03/14/2010 11:46:46 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 560+ views
    Yonghap News ^ | 3/14/2010 | Shin Hae-in
    Almost a year has passed since he began spending night after sleepless night observing North Korea from a cramped sentry box, but Sgt. Yu Geon-hee still grows tense at the smallest rustle. Standing near the heavily fortified border fence at the general outpost, or GOP, the young South Korean soldier says he never forgets the fact that he is less than 2 kilometers away from the closest North Korean guard post -- and must shoot at anything that crosses the border.We are on higher alert since a North Korean soldier crossed the military demarcation line earlier this month (to defect),"...
  • SKorea: NKorea crossed border to hunt for defector

    03/03/2010 11:46:57 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 343+ views
    Yahoo News/AP ^ | 03/04/2010 | Yahoo News/AP
    South Korea's military says several North Korean soldiers crossed the border into the South this week, apparently to pursue a defecting soldier. Military spokesman Park Sung-woo said Thursday the North Korean soldiers crossed the border about an hour after a fellow soldier fled to the South on Tuesday. He says they retreated after South Korean soldiers fired warning shots. Park says North Korean soldiers did not return fire. He says the defector is being questioned. More than 18,000 North Koreans have defected to South Korea since the 1950-53 Korean War. They rarely cross the heavily armed border and instead defect...
  • USFK redeployment talks will conclude this year

    02/21/2010 9:26:59 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 314+ views
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 1/21/2010 | Yonhap
    Korea and the United States plan to conclude bilateral talks this year on the method and procedures for possible overseas redeployment of American troops stationed here, sources in Korea said yesterday. An informed source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the sides were seeking to conclude negotiations before the annual defense ministerial talks, known as the Security Consultative Meeting, slated for October. Talks are being held between the two sides to conclude the details and procedures of strategic flexibility of the U.S. Forces Korea, the source said. Seoul had opposed the flexibility of U.S. troops as it earlier believed the...
  • U.S. commander says 'no change' in troop number in S. Korea

    02/04/2010 12:02:29 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 213+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 1/03/2010 | Yonhap News
    The number of U.S. troops in South Korea will remain unchanged after Seoul takes back the wartime operational control of its troops from Washington, the top U.S. commander here said Wednesday, strongly denying speculation of weakened U.S. military support after the transition. "The U.S. troop numbers will stay the same as we fight side-by-side. The transition does not mean the United States will reduce its commitment," Gen. Walter Sharp told a group of graduating cadets of the Korea Military Academy. "We will never reduce our responsibility to defend Korea. It will always be our No. 1 responsibility." The U.S. Forces...