Posted tagged ‘Seoul’

North Korea/South Korea on the Brink of War…

November 24, 2010

…this according to the folks in Pyongyang, one day after North Korea shelled the  South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, killing four people.

From CNN:

Pyongyang made the accusation through its state media, referring to a military drill that Seoul holds every year.

“The puppet group dared make an uproar over ‘a provocation’ from someone and cry out for ‘punishment’ like a thief crying ‘Stop the thief!'” the North’s KCNA news agency said.

“The Lee Myung-bak group’s treacherous and anti-reunification acts are intolerable as it vitiated the atmosphere for improving the inter-Korean relations overnight and drove the situation to the brink of war, challenging the desire of all the Koreans,” KCNA said.

 

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North and South Korea Exchange Gunfire

October 29, 2010

It appears that North Korea fired two rounds toward South Korea at the DMZ and South Korean troops immediately fired back.

I can’t even begin to imagine how tense that area must be!

From the Associated Press:

The exchange of fire at the heavily armed border highlights the security problems faced by Seoul as it prepares to host the Group of 20 economic summit next month.

North Korean troops fired at a South Korean guard post in the Demilitarized Zone, said an official at the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul.

There were no South Korean injuries and it was unclear whether it was an accident or an intentional provocation, the official said. He asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

The guard post is 73 miles (118 kilometers) northeast of Seoul.

The firing of the 14.5-mm rounds came hours after North Korea criticized the South for rejecting a proposal to hold military talks and vowed to retaliate.

North Korea and South Korea on Brink of War

February 1, 2009

North Korea warned on Sunday that the downward spiral of relations with the South has pushed the peninsula to the brink of war.

From Reuters:

Analysts say the rhetorical volleys are aimed at changing the hardline policies of the South’s president and are meant to grab the attention of new U.S. President Barack Obama.

“The policy of confrontation with the DPRK (North Korea) pursued by the (South Korean) group is … the very source of military conflicts and war between the North and the South,” the North’s official KCNA news agency reported a commentary in the communist party newspaper as saying.

“In Korea in the state of armistice confrontation means escalated tension and it may lead to an uncontrollable and unavoidable military conflict and a war,” it said.

Technically still at war
The states, technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended with a cease fire and not a peace treaty, have more than 1 million troops near their border. There are about 28,000 U.S. troops in South Korea to defend the country.

The North’s bureaucracy works slowly to form policy and it may still be trying to figure out its approach with the new Obama team, analysts said, making it easier for Pyongyang to direct its anger at Washington’s allies, including Seoul.

The North in recent months has repeatedly threatened to destroy the conservative government of President Lee Myung-bak, which ended a decade of free-flowing aid to Pyongyang after taking office a year ago.

Lee’s government mostly ignores Pyongyang’s taunts.

“North Korea’s escalating threats do not indicate major hostilities are imminent,” said Bruce Klingner, an expert on Korean affairs at the Heritage Foundation in Washington.