North Korea fires on South Korea
N. Korea fires on S. Korea
2 killed, several injured, Seoul Scrambles Jets
North Korean artillery hits South Korean island
23 November 2010
South Korea says it has returned fire after North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells at one of its border islands, killing two marines.
The South's military was placed on its highest non-wartime alert after the shells landed on Yeonpyeong island.
The North said it did not fire first in the incident. Two South Korean marines and four civilians were also injured.
Analysts say this is one of the most serious clashes since the Korean War ended without a peace treaty in 1953.
There have been occasional cross-border clashes since, but the latest incident comes at a time of rising regional tension.
North Korea's reclusive leader Kim Jong-il is thought to be ill and trying to ensure the succession of his youngest son.
Saturday, North Korea also showed off what it claimed was a new uranium enrichment facility - potentially giving it a second route to a nuclear weapon.
The move prompted the US special representative for North Korea, Stephen Bosworth, to rule out the resumption of six-party talks on nuclear disarmament that Pyongyang abandoned two years ago.
A spokesman for South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said North Korean shells had started falling in the waters off the island of Yeonpyeong at 1434 (0534 GMT).
At least 50 landed directly on the island, most hitting a South Korean military base there.
The South's military immediately fired back some 80 shells in self-defence, Col Lee Bung-woo added.
A resident on the island told the AFP news agency that dozens of houses were damaged by the barrage, while television pictures showed plumes of smoke rising above the island.
"Houses and mountains are on fire and people are evacuating. You can't see very well because of plumes of smoke," a witness on the island told YTN television station. "People are frightened to death."
Local government spokesman Yoon Kwan-seok said the shelling lasted for about an hour and then stopped abruptly. Four residents were hurt.
"The whole of Yeonpyeong island was blacked out following the North Korean attacks," he was quoted as saying by the Yonhap news agency. "All of the island's 1,600-odd residents were evacuated to a shelter."
The South Korean military has also deployed fighter jets to Yeonpyeong, which lies about 3km (1.8 miles) south of the disputed inter-Korean maritime border and 100km (60 miles) west of the Korean Peninsula.
Later, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak warned North Korea that his country would "sternly retaliate against any further provocations".
"North Korea's shelling of Yeonpyeong island constitutes a clear armed provocation. Furthermore, its reckless shelling of civilian targets is unpardonable," his office said in a statement. "North Korean authorities must take responsibility."
However, the president also earlier urged officials attending an emergency cabinet meeting to try to prevent any further escalation.
A spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry said that both countries should "do more to contribute to peace".
"What's imperative now is to restart six-party talks as soon as possible," Hong Lei told a news conference in Beijing.
Japan's Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, said he had ordered ministers to prepare for any eventuality.
"I ordered them to make preparations so that we can react firmly, should any unexpected event occur," he told reporters after an emergency cabinet meeting in Tokyo. "I ordered them to do their utmost to gather information."
The White House strongly condemned the attack and called on North Korea to halt its "belligerent action".
North Korea Timeline 2010 BBC
North Korea Fires Artillery at Island in South
North Korea fired artillery barrages onto a South Korean island near their disputed border Tuesday, setting buildings alight and prompting South Korea to return fire and scramble fighter jets. At least one South Korean marine was killed and 13 wounded, the military said.
The firing came amid South Korean military drills in the area. North Korea's military had sent a message to South Korea's armed forces early Tuesday to demand that the drills stop, but the South continued them, said an official at South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff.
During the drills, South Korean marines on the island shot artillery toward southern waters, away from North Korea, the official said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of military rules.
The skirmish also came amid high tension over North Korea's claim that it has a new uranium enrichment facility and just six weeks after North Korean leader Kim Jong Il unveiled his youngest son Kim Jong Un as his heir apparent.
The artillery barrages struck the small South Korean-held island of Yeonpyeong, which houses military installations and a small civilian population in an area that has been the focus of two previous deadly battles between the Koreas.
War Erupts Between North & South Korea
South Korea on war alert after North shells border island
Tokyo demands military response
November 23, 2010 DEBKA
Fire sweeps South Korean border island from artillery attack
South Korea returned the fire after dozens of artillery shells killed two marines, injured 12 and caused civilian casualties on Yeonpyeong island near the tense Yellow Sea border. The authorities are struggling to evacuate the tiny island as fires rage out of control in scores of buildings. Jets were scrambled overhead as South Korean leaders met in the presidential bunker in Seoul. The military declared its highest non-wartime alert and warned of a stronger response if N. Korean provocations continue. South Korean President President Lee Myung-bak said a firm response was called for and ordered officials to make sure the firing wouldn't escalate. SKorean central bank executes held an emergency meeting in Seoul.
The White House strongly condemns attack and calls for halt to belligerent action. The Japanese prime minister Naoto Kan has ordered its ministers to prepare for "unexpected events" in reference to worst clash on peninsula since the Korean war 50 years ago.
China and Russian expressed concern over the shelling and Beijing called for an urgent Six Power meeting on the crisis. It erupted the day after the disclosure of a new uranium enrichment facility had begun working in North Korea prompting suspicions that Pyongyang was about to renew its production of nuclear weapons.
The clash came as South Korea launched a massive annual military exercises involving some 70,000 troops scheduled to last from Monday through Nov. 30. North Korea has complained about these exercises in the past.
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan called President Barak Obama urgently in the wake of the North Korean artillery attack on South Korea's Yeonpyeong island near the Yellow Sea border early Tuesday, Nov. 23 and demanded a US-South Korean-Japanese military reprisal. Two South Korean marines were killed and 12 injured in the attack.
He also demanded that the UN Security Council be convened immediately on the crisis. He put the same demands before South Korean President Lee Myung-bak in another call.Naoto Kan then ordered his ministers to prepare for "unexpected events."
Washington said it is watching the situation but is not militarily involved after strongly condemning the attack and calling for an end to belligerence.
The Korean clash has prompted a special alert in the US Seventh Fleet headquarters at Yokosuka in Japan, together with the naval forces stationed there including the USS George Washington aircraft carrier. They are covering South Korea's massive annual military exercises involving some 70,000 troops scheduled to last from Monday through Nov. 30.
Pyongyang has called past exercises a direct military threat on the North.
The Japanese prime minister said that North Korea cannot be permitted to carry out two armed attacks on the South in the space of eight months with facing any military counteraction. On March 26, North Korean torpedoes sunk the South Korean Cheonan cruiser. At least 46 seamen were lost.
Obama's refusal to respond to the Japanese call, despite the presence of 28,000 US troops on the Korean armistice border – even with limited military action, would devalue the US defensive umbrella against North Korean pledged to South Korea and Japan. It would also place in doubt American resolve for firm action against Iran. Washington's avoidance of military action against Pyongyang will resonated loudly across the Middle East and the Persian Gulf.
The clash of the Koreas erupted the day after the disclosure of a new uranium enrichment facility in North Korea prompted suspicions that Pyongyang was about to renew its production of nuclear weapons.
And dont forget China shot a missile off the US coast of California Nov. 8
whats going on?
North Korea sunk SKorea ship in March 2010
NKorea Fires Artillery onto SKorean Island
Tuesday, 23 Nov 2010 06:54 AM SEOUL, South Korea
North Korea bombarded a South Korean island near their disputed western border Tuesday, setting buildings ablaze and killing at least two marines after warning the South to halt military drills in the area, South Korean officials said.
South Korea said it returned fire and scrambled fighter jets in response, and said the "inhumane" attack on civilian areas violated the 1953 armistice halting the Korean War. The two sides technically remain at war because a peace treaty was never negotiated.
Hours after the skirmish, North Korea's supreme military command threatened to continue strikes against its rival if it violated their disputed sea border "even 0.001 millimeter," according to the North's official Korean Central News Agency.
The bombardment came amid high tension over North Korea's claim that it has a new uranium enrichment facility and just six weeks after North Korean leader Kim Jong Il unveiled his youngest son Kim Jong Un as his heir apparent.
The United States, which has tens of thousands of troops stationed in South Korea, condemned the attack and called on North Korea to "halt its belligerent action," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said in Washington. He said the United States is "firmly committed" to South Korea's defense, and to the "maintenance of regional peace and stability."
The North's artillery struck the small South Korean-held island of Yeonpyeong, which houses military installations and a small civilian population and which has been the focus of two previous deadly battles between the Koreas.
Two South Korean marines were killed and 16 injured, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. Island residents escaped to about 20 shelters in the island and sporadic shelling ended after about an hour, according to the military.
The firing came during South Korean military drills in the area. North Korea's military had sent a message to South Korea's armed forces early Tuesday to demand that the drills stop, but the South continued them, the JCS said.
2 Koreas exchange fire across border
In one of fiercest attacks in decades, North Korea fires at least 200 artillery shells at South Korean island, killing two soldiers and setting dozens of houses ablaze.
YTN said at least 200 North Korean shells hit Yeonpyeong
2 South Korean civilians died in attack by North
24 November 2010
The bodies of two civilians have been found on the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, shelled in Tuesday's attack by the North.
Two South Korean marines also died, and many were injured when dozens of artillery shells hit the island - most of them striking a military base.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called it one of the "gravest incidents" since the end of the Korean War.
The US president has pledged to stand shoulder to shoulder with South Korea.
The burnt bodies of two men in their 60s were found on Wednesday on the island, which lies near the disputed inter-Korean Yellow Sea border.
According to the South Korean Coast Guard, they were believed to be construction workers.
The latest TV pictures of the island show neighbourhoods reduced to rubble with shops and homes burnt and destroyed.
At least 18 people were injured in the attack. Hundreds fled the island, taking ferries to the mainland where they described what happened.
"I heard the sound of artillery, and I felt that something was flying over my head," said Lim Jung-eun, a 36-year-old housewife who fled the island with her three children. "Then the mountain caught on fire."
U.S. Sends nuclear-powered USS George Washington Nimitz-class Aircraft Carrier
for Joint Exercises With South Korea After Deadly Attack
November 24, 2010 FoxNews.com
USA is appealing strongly to China to condemn the attack, but since I believe China is behind it, I doubt China will condemn it.
A U.S. aircraft carrier strike group set off for Korean waters Wednesday after President Obama pledged America would stand "shoulder to shoulder" with South Korea and stage joint military exercises in response to what the White House branded a provocative, outrageous attack by North Korea on its neighbor.
Obama called South Korean President Lee Myung-bak Tuesday night, saying the U.S. would work with the international community to strongly condemn the attack that killed the two South Koreans and injured many more.
The White House said the two presidents agreed to hold combined military exercises and enhanced training in the days ahead to continue the close security cooperation between the two countries.
The nuclear-powered USS George Washington carrier strike group, which carries 75 warplanes and has a crew of over 6,000, left a naval base south of Tokyo and will join exercises with South Korea from Sunday to the following Wednesday, U.S. officials in Seoul told Reuters.
"This exercise is defensive in nature," U.S. Forces Korea said in a statement. "While planned well before yesterday's unprovoked artillery attack, it demonstrates the strength of the ROK (South Korea)-U.S. alliance and our commitment to regional stability through deterrence."
Palin: ‘Obviously, We’ve Got To Stand With Our North Korean Allies’
In recent days, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has hinted in her clearest language yet that she is seriously considering a run for the presidency in 2012. Many observers have argued that Palin could never win because of her embarrassing lack of expertise, knowledge, or interest in foreign policy. Her appearance on Fox News host Glenn Beck’s radio show today, captured by Oliver Willis, suggests they may be right:
CO-HOST: How would you handle a situation like the one that just developed in North Korea? [...]
PALIN: But obviously, we’ve got to stand with our North Korean allies. We’re bound to by treaty –
CO-HOST: South Korean.
PALIN: Eh, Yeah. And we’re also bound by prudence to stand with our South Korean allies, yes.
Sarah Palin is by far smarter and better qualified to be president than the fool in the whitehouse now.
Ever list all Obama's lies?
South Korea braces for next move
ELEANOR HALL: Now to the Korean Peninsula, and South Korea has now ordered the evacuation of the islands near the border with the North.
Yesterday’s North Korean artillery attack killed two South Korean marines, generated international outrage and ratcheted up fears of a major conflict between the two Koreas.
Around 50 North Korean shells hit a small island near the border, setting houses on fire. South Korea responded with its own artillery attack.
Our correspondent Stephen McDonnel joins me now from the South Korean capital Seoul.
Stephen you just arrived in Seoul - just how tense is the situation there?
STEPHEN MCDONNEL: You know, the television of course has rolling coverage of this and you see people standing around televisions watching the coverage, especially interviews with people who were on the island when the shells hit.
You know, lots of descriptions of how shocked people were, just going about their daily lives in these small island communities and then bang - shells started going off in their dozens, you know, houses catching fire and quite chaotic.
But on the other hand in downtown Seoul where I'm standing there's also a degree to which life is going on.
I mean I'm looking around now, there are office workers standing outside their towers have cigarettes and talking. I mean no doubt they're chatting about the events going on near the border, but life does seem to be going on here.
And there isn't a sense of like panic along the lines of you know, people stockpiling food or water or anything like that. I don't think people expect this to escalate into a, you know, a full scale war.
But you know, we're only about an hours drive from the border here so any conflict like this really does set the whole city on a bit of a knife edge.
ELEANOR HALL: And the government has ordered the evacuation of these islands, tell us about that.
STEPHEN MCDONNEL: Well around the sort of west coast, north-west coast of South Korea there are all these small islands which are quite close to what North Korea considers the sea border and this is where this all broke out in the first place.
The South Koreans are having their exercises in the sea there and firing shells I suppose into what the North Koreans say is their sea.
And I suppose that the officials have just decided that is the South Korean government officials, it's too dangerous to have people on these small and remote island communities so they're bringing them in via ferry.
And again we're seeing interviews at Incheon port as people get off these ferries arriving back in from these sort of outer islands off the north-west coast of South Korea.
ELEANOR HALL: Well the North Koreans are blaming the South for conducting military exercises close to the North Korean border.
Are South Koreans blaming their own government?
STEPHEN MCDONNEL: Well it's quite split here in terms of what people think should be done about North Korea and some people certainly do blame the government of Lee Myung Bak for building up the tension in recent years.
He's taken what he considers a sort of tougher response, a harder line on North Korea than his predecessors were and certainly a fair proportion of the South Korean population think that this has been a mistake.
But I don't think that they're directly blaming him or his government for this shelling because I mean really it's just such a problem, how does South Korea deal with North Korea when you have these kind of unexpected events just coming out of nowhere like you know the sinking of a ship with you know 40 plus sailors dead, you know, dozens of shells coming across the border hitting villages.
So really they're in a bit of a bind as to what they can do about North Korea here.
ELEANOR HALL: Stephen McDonnel, our correspondent in Seoul; thankyou.
South Korea to bolster island force against North
November 25, 2010
South Korea is to strengthen its military force on five islands close to North Korea, amid tensions over a clash that left four people dead.
It will also review military policy on the use of force, amid concerns it had become "rather passive".
North Korean shelling of a South Korean island on Tuesday killed two civilians and two marines, and prompted an increase in regional tension.
China, which has not apportioned blame, urged both sides to show "restraint".
North Korea, meanwhile, has threatened further military action if South Korea continues on what it called a "path of military provocation", the North's official KCNA news agency reported.
Pyongyang has blamed Seoul for this week's incident on Yeonpyeong island. The South was holding military exercises in the area at the time, and returned artillery fire following the North Korean shelling.
The North also accused the United States of stoking tensions - saying the US helped draw up the "illegal" western maritime border between the two Koreas.
About 28,000 US forces are stationed in South Korea.
The clash was one of the worst incidents between the two Koreas, who remain technically at war following the 1950-53 Korean War.
The shelling set alight numerous houses on a South Korean island very close to the disputed western maritime border, killed four people and injured several more.
After holding an emergency cabinet meeting, South Korea announced it would dramatically increase its military capability in the area.
"[The government] has decided to sharply increase military force, including ground troops, on the five islands in the Yellow Sea and allocate more of its budget towards dealing with North Korea's asymmetrical threats," the presidential senior public affairs secretary, Hong Sang-pyo, told reporters.
He said the government had also decided to make new rules of engagement "to change the paradigm itself of responding to North Korea's provocation", describing the current rules as "rather passive".
The BBC's Chris Hogg says the cabinet had decided that in the existing rules of engagement there was too much emphasis on preventing a military incident escalating into something worse.
'Through the drill, we will be able to send a clear message to the North'
There is now an awareness that this thinking had to change, our correspondent says.
In future the South would implement different levels of response depending on whether the North Koreans attacked the military in the South or civilian targets, the spokesman said.
The US and South Korea are to hold joint naval exercises in the coming days south of Yeonpyeong island.
A foreign ministry spokesman in Seoul said the decision had been made during a phone conversation between US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan on Thursday.
"We agreed that through the drill, we will be able to send a clear message to the North," the spokesman said.
The Chinese foreign ministry expressed "concern" over the exercises. "We oppose any act that undermines peace and stability on the peninsula," it said.
Beijing, Pyongyang's main ally, has been under pressure to use its influence over the North to ease tensions.
Earlier Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, who is in Moscow, described the situation on the peninsula as "grim and complicated".
"Relevant sides should maintain the utmost restraint and the global community should do more to relax the tense situation," he said.
Mr Wen repeated his view that six-nation talks on the North's nuclear programme should be resumed as soon as possible, a position shared by North Korea.
South Korea, the US and Japan have said the six-nation talks should not restart until the North stops uranium enrichment work and apologises for its alleged torpedoing of a South Korean warship in March, at the cost of 46 lives.
A visit by Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi to South Korea, which had been due on Friday, has also been postponed. The delay was put down to "scheduling" issues.
Why did North Korea attack? Educated guesses
Nov 26, 2010
Korean peninsula on brink of war due to drills - North Korea
North Korea said the South and the United States were pushing the peninsula to the brink of war with their military drills, days after the rival Koreas exchanged artillery fire.
North Korea artillery barrage targeting a disputed South Korean island has rattled global markets and raised the perceived political risks of investing in North Asia.
The attack seems to have been calculated to raise the geopolitical temperature but not to precipitate a major military conflict.
It WAS ALL a MISUNDERSTANDING
South Korea's armed forces are holding military exercises and had been conducting live firing drills in the vicinity of the disputed islands.
It is possible that nervous North Korea misinterpreted the drills and believed they were under attack. Unlikely.
It is much more likely that the attack was planned in advance, and South Korean drills are a pretext.
It WAS ANOTHER BLACKMAIL ATTEMPT
For decades, North Korea strategy gets what it wants from the international community through bad behaviour.
USA and South Korea agree that through the military drill in the Yellow Sea,
we will be able to send a clear message to North Korea / China.
Yeah. Right. The ICBM off California Nov. 8 was China sending a clear message to the USA.
BACK OFF! Stay OUT of the Yellow Sea, which China / North Korea consider theirs.
I believe CHINA is directly behind this incident
China shot a missile off the US coast of California Nov. 8
North Korea sunk SKorea ship in March 2010
More postings on WATCH CHINA and WATCH KOREA
China calls for emergency talks
28 November 2010
China has called for an emergency meeting of key nations amid tension in Korea over the North's deadly shelling of a Southern island.
It proposed that members of the six nations that have been taking part in talks on North Korean nuclear disarmament should meet in December.
The two Koreas, the US, China, Japan and Russia are involved in the talks.
Correspondents say South Korea's response has been non-committal and that it will consult other countries.
Tension remains high on the peninsula, with the US and South Korea undertaking joint military exercises the North has denounced as a provocation.
The six-party North Korea talks have been stalled since April 2009, and South Korea and the US say they should not resume until the North has made a genuine offer on halting its nuclear programme.
Some analysts think North Korea is trying to raise tensions in order to strengthen its negotiating position and force a resumption of the talks.
Wu Dawei, China's representative to the talks, said on Sunday: "The Chinese side, after careful study, proposes to have emergency consultations among the heads of delegation to the six-party talks in early December in Beijing to exchange views on major issues of concern to the parties at present."
He said this was not a proposal to resume formally the six-nation negotiations.
Mr Wu said "complicated factors" had arisen on the peninsula, adding: "The international community, particularly the members of the six-party talks, is deeply concerned."
The BBC's Chris Hogg in Seoul says the response of South Korea and its allies to China's move has been less than enthusiastic.
South Korea's Yonhap news agency said President Lee Myung-bak had told visiting senior Chinese foreign policy adviser Dai Bingguo that Seoul was not interested in the early resumption of the six-party nuclear talks themselves, as it was more urgent to deal with Pyongyang's belligerence.
Japan's Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Tetsuro Fukuyama said that Tokyo would "deal with the issue cautiously while cooperating with South Korea and the United States".
The Korea crisis began when the North launched a sudden barrage of shells at Yeonpyeong island, close to the maritime border between the two countries, on Tuesday.
Two South Korean civilians and two marines were killed, sparking the resignation of the South's defence minister and angry protests in the South.
Pyongyang insists it was provoked into the shelling by military exercises, which were being carried out by the South close to Yeonpyeong.
The US and South Korea on Sunday began new, pre-arranged military exercises in the Yellow Sea, about 125km (77 miles) south of the disputed maritime border between the two Koreas.
The aircraft carrier the USS George Washington and four other US navy vessels are being joined by South Korean destroyers, patrol vessels, frigates, support ships and anti-submarine aircraft.
Shortly after the exercises began, North Korea again vowed to hit back if its waters were violated.
"We will deliver a brutal military blow on any provocation which violates our territorial waters," the North's state-controlled KCNA news agency said.
Yonhap reported that Pyongyang had placed surface-to-surface missiles on launch pads in the Yellow Sea and had also moved surface-to-air missiles to frontline areas, but the South's defence ministry could not confirm the deployment.
Email to me From Teshuvah
Dream from 40 years ago: "I dreamed I was watching asian soldiers in tan uniforms and iron masks on their faces attacking at Astoria, Oregon and killing everyone in sight no matter whether they surrendered to not.
Iron is the symbol of mercilessness."
Many people have had the same dream.
Now look at today's headline and the words "no mercy"
North Korea says 'no mercy'
5:30 AM Monday Nov 29, 2010
See Zelma Kirkpatrick's similar dream in 1954 and the 7 people who had the same dream.
My vision of war and invasion in America
Vision of Zelma Kirkpatrick in 1954
I was praying at home before I ever went to South Bend, Washington, and God spoke to me in prophecy and said,
"You will see what they see, hear what they hear, and you will sit among them and be astonished 7 days, and you will put your hand over your mouth."
I couldn't understand what He meant, but I never once doubted that it was from God. And it was, for it came to pass.
I had the first vision two nights before going
I had gone to sleep when I saw a big relief map of the USA - no states marked off, and just in colors of greens and tans.
Then I saw a black strip come on the west coast as black as black paint, it came quickly like taking a paint brush and making a quick stripe down the west border from Seattle to lower California.
Then it began to spread slowly like ink in a blotter and I cried out, "What is it, Lord?" For I could not understand it and did not think of war.
Then I heard the word "invasion"
I said, "Lord, will they take all of America?" And He answered no, that it would take the western states.
In fact, the exact words were, "They will not be stopped until they reach the middle west."
I woke my husband and told him. He did not want me to go to South Bend, but I felt I must go and went. I was not afraid.
3 weeks later I awakened out of a sound sleep as if someone had shaken me roughly. Then I saw the terrible war.
The soldiers were Chinese and a few Russians, they were dressed in red coats and caps and light khaki trousers almost white.
They ran in a sort of hop-skip way and they squealed as they fought, they looked in a fiendish glee.
They would plunge their bayonets in the people's belly and rip them up. They were devils. It was fiendish hell turned loose.
I told it and 7 Holy Ghost filled people, the best I can remember the number, came and told me visions of the same.
I saw a third vision of Christian martyrs and remembered what God had said and that's how it went.
The vision of the Saints suffering was the worst, and I can never forget it. Torture and rape and everything terrible.
When I came home and told Kirk he said we will leave the coast. I cried and begged him not to go.
I told him God was our refuge and strength and he said,
"God showed you what to do. Do you think He will bless us if you don't obey Him?"
So I prayed - I said, "God, if you want us to go, sell my house for me."
I'd had it in five Realtors hands in the past three years and it hadn't sold. I said, "Sell it soon if it's you." I listed it one day and it sold the next.
God told me that many would die, many would flee, and some would live through the war. One thing I know: I believe this to have come from God.
So much so that I'd stake my life on it. I do not know when, but I do know it is coming.
Duduman, Gruver and AA Allen's visions of America attacked
Rain of missiles on an aircraft carrier.
Then another missile...
teshy I have been thinkng of that all along ...
I'd heard kitty hawk .. but ...... God knows
LORD GOD BE WITH OUR TROOPS!
|CJ wrote: |
|teshy I have been thinkng of that all along ...
I'd heard kitty hawk .. but ...... God knows[/b
The "George Washington" is an aircraft carrier and there now.
|USS George Washington Visit Poses A Dilemma For China
CHRISTOPHER BODEEN | 11/26/10
BEIJING — This weekend's arrival of a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Yellow Sea poses a dilemma for Beijing: Should it protest angrily and aggravate ties with Washington, or quietly accept the presence of a key symbol of American military pre-eminence off Chinese shores?
The USS George Washington, accompanied by escort ships, is to take part in military drills with South Korea following North Korea's shelling of a South Korean island Tuesday that was one of the most serious confrontations since the Korean War a half-century ago.
It's a scenario China has sought to prevent. Only four months ago, Chinese officials and military officers shrilly warned Washington against sending a carrier into the Yellow Sea for an earlier set of exercises. Some said it would escalate tensions after the sinking of a South Korean navy ship blamed on North Korea. Others went further, calling the carrier deployment a threat to Chinese security.
Beijing believes its objections worked. Although Washington never said why, no aircraft carrier sailed into the strategic Yellow Sea, which laps at several Chinese provinces and the Korean peninsula.
This time around, with outrage high over the shelling, the U.S. raising pressure on China to rein in wayward ally North Korea, and a Chinese-American summit in the works, the warship is coming, and Beijing is muffling any criticisms.
"One of the results of North Korea's most recent belligerence has been to make it more difficult for China to condemn U.S. naval deployments in the East China Sea," said Michael Richardson, a visiting research fellow at Singapore's Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. "I think China must be quietly cursing North Korea under their breath."
China's response has so far been limited to expressing mild concern over the exercises. A Foreign Ministry spokesman on Friday reiterated Beijing's long-standing insistence that foreign navies obtain its permission before undertaking military operations inside China's exclusive economic zone, which extends 230 miles (370 kilometers) from its coast.
It wasn't clear where the drills were being held or if they would cross into the Chinese zone.
The statement also reiterated calls for calm and restraint but did not directly mention the Yellow Sea or the planned exercises.
North Korea sinks the USS George Washington
Yeah .. thats exactly what concerns me. O GOD HELP THEM.
The picture you put in there didnt show up so I deleted it.
North Korea says South's stance may be 'catastrophic'
North Korea on Sunday lashed out at South Korea for a perceived lack of respect towards Kim Jong-Il, as it reported more scenes of mass grieving in the isolated communist state for the late leader.
Saying the whole world is in mourning for "a peerlessly great man", the North for the second time in three days blasted the South over its response to Kim's sudden death on December 17.
There would be "unpredictable catastrophic consequences" for cross-border relations unless Seoul eases restrictions on condolence visits by South Koreans to Pyongyang, it said.
The South blames its neighbour for two deadly border incidents last year, but has taken a generally conciliatory stance since Monday's shock announcement that Kim had died of a heart attack two days earlier at age 69.