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December 17, 2010

North Korea warns of \’self-defensive blows,\’ nuclear war, if military exercises take place

North Korea warns of ‘self-defensive blows,’ nuclear war, if military exercises take place

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Friday, December 17, 2010

North Korea has warned of “self-defensive blows” to South Korea if they participate in joint, live-fire military exercises with the United States, scheduled to begin in the next few days. The U.S. and South Korea will be taking part in a one day, live-fire exercise on Yeonpyeong Island, the island which was shelled by North Korean artillery on November 23. Nearly 200 rounds of artillery were fired at the island. Four people were killed and another 14 were injured in the attack. South Korea had been taking part in annual military exercises with the U.S., off the island’s west coast when the attack occurred. They returned fire, firing nearly 80 rounds of artillery, but no damage was reported on the North Korean side.

“Second and third self-defensive blows that cannot be predicted will be dealt. The intensity and range of the firepower will create a situation more serious than one on Nov. 23,” said a statement released by the North Korean government via the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the country’s main news agency. It accused the two nations of creating “hysteria of war of aggression against the DPRK, escalating the military tension and confrontation.” The nation’s official website Uriminzokkiri, warns that “if war breaks out, it will lead to nuclear warfare and not be limited to the Korean Peninsula.”

North Korea further demands the exercises be canceled saying, “the South Korean puppet warmongers must immediately cancel the provocative coastal live-fire drills planned on Yeonpyeong.” The country considers any exercises that take place on Yeonpyeong Island, to be a violation of their territory.

According to the U.S. State Department, the exercises are part of regular drills between the U.S. and South Korea and are not provocative.

“These are routine exercises. There’s nothing provocative or unusual or threatening about these exercises. The North Koreans have been notified about what South Korea plans to do,” said Philip J. Crowley, a spokesman for the State Department. The U.S. and South Korea have no plans to cancel the exercises.



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November 25, 2010

Korean Peninsula on the \’brink of war\’: DPRK

Korean Peninsula on the ‘brink of war’: DPRK

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak has put the South Korean military on its highest alert.
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Tensions continue to rise between North Korea and South Korea following the shelling of South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island by the North Korean Navy, and return fire by South Korean forces. Both sides have issued statements of increasingly hostile language, and South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak put the military on its highest alert.

On his website, the President warned North Korea that “indiscriminate attack on civilians can never be tolerated” and promised “enormous retaliation” if North Korea should attack again. The state-controlled North Korean Central News Agency issued its own statement, threatening more strikes if South Korean naval forces cross the maritime border by “even 0.001 millimetre”.

World leaders have been quick to condemn the North Korean shelling. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon issued a statement in which he called the attacks “one of the gravest incidents since the end of the Korean War”, but expressing his hope that differences be resolved by non-military means. The United States, which currently has 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea, called on the North to end the shelling, and affirmed its policy of defense of South Korea. The Chinese foreign ministry also issued a statement, saying that the country had “taken note of relevant reports” and expressed its hope that both sides return stability to the region. South Korea’s defense minister Kim Tae-Young has resigned amid criticism of his handling of the situation. When asked about the shelling on the Glenn Beck Show, former U.S. Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin remarked that “Obviously, we gotta stand with our North Korean allies” — a gaffe quickly corrected by Beck.



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November 23, 2010

North Korean military fires artillery on populated South Korean island

North Korean military fires artillery on populated South Korean island

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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The North Korean military has fired over 200 rounds of artillery shells at South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island, injuring at least 14 soldiers and 4 civilians. There are reports of deaths, though the exact number is unclear. At least one S. Korean soldier is reported to be among those killed. Exact estimates on damage are currently unknown, but smoke plumes can be seen rising from the island, according the witnesses at the scene. The attack occurred just after 2:30 p.m. local time (5:30am UTC).

In response, South Korea has fired at least 80 rounds of artillery in retaliation, while President Lee Myung-Bak meets with the nation’s cabinet in a secure bunker to discuss the situation and their response to it. Fighter jets were scrambled to the scene while S. Korea was put on its highest peace-time military alert.

S. Korea had been taking part in annual military exercises off the island’s west coast when the attack occurred. Officials are investigating whether or not the attack was in protest to the exercises. Earlier in the day, N. Korea issued a statement denouncing the exercises.

At least 1,300 people live on the island. According to Sky News, some residents have begun to leave the island and are headed towards mainland S. Korea.


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