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  • North Korea Escalates Threats

    Pyongyang has accused the U.S. and South Korea of using the ongoing annual joint military exercise Key Resolve/Foal Eagle as preparations to mount a preemptive attack on North Korea. Pyongyang warns that “a war may break out any moment due to the reckless policy of confrontation” pursued by the U.S. and its allies. What has not been mentioned, and is a lost public diplomacy opportunity for Washington and Seoul is that North Korea has also been engaged in its annual Winter Training Cycle. The North Korean exercise typically begins with small unit in-garrison training in December, progressing to field exercises that increase in echelon until March or April when it culminates in corps-level maneuvers, usually involving a mechanized corps.

    In its effort to get the U.S. and South Korea to soften its policies, North Korea has brandished threats of “war” more often during the past two months than has been standard even for the normally belligerent regime. Pyongyang warned Seoul it was on the “brink of hostilities” and threatened naval confrontations over the disputed maritime border in the West Sea. Last week Pyongyang threatened South Korean civilian airliners and cut off all inter-Korean communication lines, including the military hotline. North Korea also shows its willingness to defy the international community by continuing preparations for test launching a long-range missile which would be a violation of two UN resolutions. Pyongyang has declared that any attempt to shoot down the missile would result in war with the U.S., South Korea, and Japan.

    If North Korea were to launch a missile or “satellite,” it would represent the first foreign policy test of President Obama’s rhetoric. Similarly, if the UN Security Council wants to salvage any credibility for the viability of its resolutions and to uphold the tenet of nonproliferation, it would have no choice but to fully enforce the existing resolutions and pass a follow-on agreement that contains stronger punitive measures.

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    12 Responses to North Korea Escalates Threats

    1. Mark,Houston says:

      How can we "go to war" with north Korea if we never ended the Korean war in the first place ?

    2. Max, U.S. says:

      First off, I don't think the satellite is a missile, it's a satellite. Second, I really don't think we will do anything if they launch it because that would set in motion events for which we are not prepared to handle. For more info on this story, watch this vid, http://www.newsy.com/videos/war_games_or_real_war

    3. Ozzy6900, CT says:

      Even if the satellite was a missile, this Administration would only want to talk to and negotiate with North Korea. This Administration does not have the genitalia to do anything else, even if we were attacked (and believe me, it will happen)! The Left can complain all they want about President Bush, at least during his Administration, the USA was safe (post 9/11)!

    4. Spiritof76, New Hamp says:

      Obama US is a toothless tiger. Chinese are already proving it on South China Sea.

      If N. Korea launches a satellite, Obama administration will take on the tack similar to the posting above. Oh, it is just a satellite and N. Korea is interested in mitigating global warming through satellite data. Never mind the fact that the satellite launch rocket can be used as an ICBM with nuclear war head instead of a satellite.

      The pervasive 9/10 mentality in the administration may mean a severe wake up call. I hope I am wrong.

    5. Barb -mn says:

      3rdly, while the world continues to kill the world with man-made weapons, why is the government of America focusing on idiocy of their man-made global warming?… that doesn't exist!

    6. Pingback: Where’s My Hug?!? | America Needs Me

    7. Joanne Tellez Giron says:

      Barb-mn The left focuses on man-made global warming because many folks are buying into it and that suits their political agenda. It's all politics and it's bringing in zillions of dollars.

    8. bill.s, Tampa ,fl says:

      Pres.Obama: I suggest that you shoot the North Korean missell down and,Then, Shoot off several guided nuclear missells at North Korea and Iran at the same time. This is how you win a war with out losing thousands of USA soliders. Please review USA history Re: wining the WW-2 with Japan. The USA has wasted to much time in dicussing peace with N.K. and Iran. It's time for direct and overwhelming force for a immediate win by the USA.

    9. Ross, Bradenton Fla says:

      It is my opinion that North Korea(PRK) is the mad dog of the red Chinese(PRC). And like any insane animal, the Chicom's keeps their distance but feeds it enough to keep it from biting them. With the Chicom's intimidation manuevers on the high seas, this is probably a test to see how the new administration will react. Thankfully the Navy has taken it on its own initatives to 'up the anny'. Now the real question; Will the Obama administation support the Navy. During the 'Cold War', incidents like this were not uncommon with the Soviets.

      I would suggest that a closer and more detail inspection of PRC inbound cargo would be appropriate. WalMart, et al may not like it…Isn't WalMart already in the cross-hairs of the socialist Democrats and labor unions(What ever happened to WalMart's buy American policy…I guess it died with Sam)?

      We are so economically entangled with the Chicom, it wouldn't make sense for the Chicom's to endanger their own economy.

      But the NorKor are a real danger, because the leaders are unpredictable, ruthless, and an evil regime that historically has never demonstrated compassion for their own population. This winter exercise the NorKor are doing now has been going on for years as outlined in this report. It is always directed south toward the DMZ, never toward the PRC. That too, is to intimidate South Korea population/government and the US forces stationed there.

      As a personal note, I have a vested interest in what happens over there inthat I have two sons serving on ships in the area, probably off the coast of both PRK and PRC. So I pray a lot.

    10. B,F Wmspt, PA says:

      I think a covert operation that drops a small nuke on the place they are developing their bombs and world opinion will shift that these children shouldn't be allowed to play with the big boys toys. They will then have them taken away from them. Their governments will know better and except the wisdom gained that we can strike them anywhere anytime and cheerfully hand over the weapons for disposal and the betterment of mankind…..RIGHT…

    11. John Denver says:

      Obama can just give them a hug and everyone in the World will love us again.

    12. Marshall Hill MI. says:

      This administration is so pumped that they could

      not possibly know that the World is laughing at

      them!

      My Grandfather who came from Tyrannicle Europe once said "Americans are easy,if we did or said

      these things where I came from,we would be shot

      right here"!

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