North Korea Puts Troops on War Footing and Warns of ‘Horrible Disaster’

Joint South Korean, U.S. and Japanese naval exercises provoke bellicose threats from Pyongyang

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U.S. aircraft carrier USS George Washington departs the port of Busan July 25, 2010.

Pyongyang has put its forces put on high alert after U.S. warships entered the South Korean port of Busan in preparation for a joint military exercise with Seoul and Tokyo.

On Monday Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the Pyongyang regime, called the exercise a “bellicose attempt to escalate the situation on the Korean Peninsula […] by openly threatening it with nukes,” referring to the presence of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington. (The U.S. has a policy of neither confirming nor denying whether its ships are equipped with nuclear armaments.)

A North Korean military spokesman said that the U.S. would be “wholly accountable for the unexpected horrible disaster” that faced its “imperialist aggression forces.”

Hostile rhetoric is a common tactic used by the North Korean regime, in order to further its domestic and international agenda. Experts view this latest statement as another attempt to pressure the U.S. into resuming the long-stalled six-party talks for denuclearizing North Korea in exchange for aid.

“We are closely watching the movement of the North Korean military,” a South Korean military official told the Korean Herald. The country’s Defense Ministry added that the joint U.S.-Japan-South Korean naval exercise was a routine event, and rebuffed criticism from the North as “wrong.”

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75 comments
_4dri4n_
_4dri4n_

Go for it Kimmmmmmyy....Hit them hard :) 

Onepatriot
Onepatriot

China needs to deal with him.  After all they've gotten plenty of money from us in trade.  Same with Japan and  South Korea.  We shouldn't have to feed their economies plus protect them.  After all its been 60 years.  How long does this go on?

chacalcdn
chacalcdn

So baby Kim has another mental pause, give him a basketball he'll see the loop again...

kellerjosef260
kellerjosef260

Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand,  Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, and the US. Where are they?

In the mean time it's more than 22 nations ,now , conside Putin's agenda =coordinated effort with Korea ! 

MssOh
MssOh

Dearest Lil Kimmy.....  How many fingers am I holding up?

NZAircraftFan
NZAircraftFan

There must collection of recorded messages for events like this all someone does is press play on a vintage tape player . Then speed dial to the North korean daily news paper and they print this rubbish about how outraged the the leader is that the US and South Korea are holding war games again . All I say move on people nothing to see here old news.

JohnKovacich
JohnKovacich

war with anybody would be the end of NK,wars are very expensive, so they have tons of fighter aircraft but who's going to pay for the fuel,they have over a million soldiers but who is going to feed them in a country where so many people starve.I've said this before, all wars are basically economic wars-you win or quit before you go bankrupt, and NK would go under in about 24 hrs.

a.gentleman49
a.gentleman49

If Kim Jung Um is expecting a cruise missile through his bedroom window, perhaps we shouldn't disappoint him. 

stwendel78
stwendel78

Perhaps the more significant question should be: why are we the only United Nations country remaining there? These countries provided combat support during the Korean War: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand,  Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, and the US. Where are they? Where are their share of the troops? The costs? The responsibilities? Why did the US get left holding a very expensive bag?  

daddydug
daddydug

Seriously doesn't everybody see it by now??  All this is about Domestic policy and the young Kim Jung Un trying to flex his muscles and show he is capable of being the "leader".  It may work internally within the N.K. military and even among its suppressed and starving people.  The rest of the world just sees this as a giant farce.  The hermit nation is all but gone.  They don't dare attack anyone or it would mean their immediate extinction.  Laugh at N.K. and enjoy the joke from a young and terrible leader.   Kim Jung..........Yoo Funny guy!!! 

BudkisMandel
BudkisMandel

This is serious stuff! I heard that they raised the Terror Alert Level in North Korea, from "RUN" to "HIDE"  

StonedPhillips
StonedPhillips

LOL! It only takes one Nimitz class carrier to get NK's panties in a bunch. They must need new undies, if they have them.

ChuckeeKnowlton
ChuckeeKnowlton

Where's Dennis Rodman when we need him? He could do us a solid and stop all this.

scotta777
scotta777

To quote branchltd, "Blah, blah, blah."  So eloquent and true that it bears repeating, I couldn't have said it better myself

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TheWorm
TheWorm

So what is it about these annual joint South Korean, U.S. military exercises that pushes North Korea to the brink of war each and every time??? 

I believe that this is a real threat to North Korea, but not an external threat, but rather an internal one.  From over here all we see is a population that appears to be brainwashed with the rhetoric and propaganda of Kim Jong-un. But away from view is a population whose extreme hardships have continually pushed it to the brink.  These bellicose threats by North Korea on the world stage are really for the consumption of everyday North Koreans, it is an attempt to have them rally around the North Korean Flag regardless of their continued hardships.

But I am not suggesting that we curtail such military exercises in any way.  Because such a tactic by Pyongyang might actually backfire.  These military exercises also demonstrate to North Koreans that the U.S. is not really succumbing to the things that their leader has been telling them, has to be completely disheartening to them.  Such military exercises are occurring at that same time as North Koreans prepare for another long winter, always wondering if there be enough food for their families to last until the spring arrives. 

eagle11772
eagle11772

The U.S. and other, should ignore these silly threats.  The only reason Kim keeps issuing them is because they always get the response they want.  It's silly bluster on their part.  Their military, and entire state would be annihilated if they ever actually followed thru with an attack.  Ignore Ki's silly bluster.

TommyHart
TommyHart

It will never happen. This is an event that goes on every year and the same thing happens. North Korea  cry's foul then someone gives them some aid then everything goes back to normal. I say the south should fire a missile over there and lets get the party started. It's time to put this to bed for good. This is coming from an ex military person who has been there on 3 tours. Our troops don't like it there so lets get it on and finish the war and move on from there so we don't have to keep people there guarding a crap hole!!!!

tealover
tealover

Oh my gosh, here we go again.  Seriously???

esmith512
esmith512

North Korea has always been, is now, and will always be on "High Alert"?  The only way the present North Korean regime survives is by international welfare and acquiescence to psychotic childish threats.   The present North Korean regime doesn't seem to understand this has limits and the surrounding countries will not keep carrying them.  Destructing North Korea's pseudo-government, dissolving the North Korean state, returning former North Korean territories to the South Korean government, expanding South Korean infrastructure and jurisdiction to the new unified Korea, and restoring the newly repatriated Korean people to good physical and mental life and liberty will be cheaper, easier, safer, and more productive for everyone in the long term than this current path.

RobertCLawson
RobertCLawson

well, it works doesn't it?, here we are reacting to another! "angry dad" situation that has no basis in reality, and mr dictator gets to use that! as a tool to suppress the peoples rights[and lives],..It has been noted by better minds than mine that media is! a "weapon" these days and that although most attempts at manipulations are quite simple in the basics etc, very few seem to "see" the larger picture and or look beyond the obvious,, if this does "get out of hand"??[very doubtfull, the NK,s are not really suicidal despite appearances],.. then media will! be playing a role in making that! happen,,my advice?.. don't respond, period!,.. I mean, so what of mr NK/psycho puppet says XYZ,..it is the action! that should be the real focus, and! so often when any psychopath is pushed to the wall?, they will bring out manipulations THAT WORKED IN THE PAST,.. not the NOW, but PAST!,[Think about it, license to fail, no??]..Just curious, but how many US $,s does an exercise like this bring into the SK economy??..a billion or so at least, correct?,NK should pay attention and get on the "team" and we can then send some of that their way,, no?..When! not "if" these two provinces re-connect and take off economically?, we will see an enormous ASIAN powerhouse appear, based not on threats and fear, but in being part of the global solutions,,huge Huge HUGE! economic potential in this if we can get the "old boys" ahem? off the usual deal and move on methinks,,"slowly slowly catcheee monkey"[old Chinese! proverb],..

glennra3
glennra3

Is there no Korean translation of the story about the boy who cried wolf?


These guys need to get a new shtick.

Tanker
Tanker

Today, the North Korean’s official news agency threatened the sun for "dangerous provocative behaviors" in rising over the US and Japan before reaching North Korea.

North Korea has demanded its own sun, in geosynchronous orbit above North Korea, or else it will attack the “capitalist aggressor sun” with its missile.

The sun could not be reached for comment.

factchecker42
factchecker42

They think we're just now threatening it with nukes? Did they forget about our SSBNs trolling the deep, just waiting for the command to unleash nuclear Armageddon? 

ChipCarl
ChipCarl

Let me get this straight...NK can hold military exercises whenever they want and demand that SK or US not interfere lest they reap your wrath, but when SK and US want to hold exercises, you threaten us?  I think we have sat quietly long enough.  If you're going to do something, then do it!  Otherwise, sit down and S T F U, NK!!!

jsilva
jsilva

I wonder what would happen if the US started saying the somethings back at him, make threats and all. He'd probably ship his pants.

liusingzhe
liusingzhe

That "backwards" nation has a military far more organized and balanced than our "adversaries" in Afghanistan, etc. Who regularly visit damage upon our vaunted military. And, a couple of years ago, infiltrated the CIA, and killed 7 operatives. The recently deceased Vietnamese intellectual and general, replied once about the US military, they will be defeated by their arrogant "can do" mantra. The Tet offensive is a case in point. The US was warned, but dismissed the ability of the North Vietnamese preparing to attack. We were, eventually (several months) able to repulse them, and declared "victory." Lost in those celebrations was the confidence and morale booster gained by them. Vo and his generals concluded that they could withstand the US military forces. Their analysis proved correct, as they eventually sent the US packing.  Uhh, about Kim Jong Un's hairdo: Miley Cyrus, and others, are partial to that style. Undermining our "culture" is he?

paulmartin200
paulmartin200

Possible war with NK. Maybe that'll push the politicians to end the shutdown.

mahouston2
mahouston2

Good lord.  What are you going to do there nit noi.  Sling some Kimchee at everyone.    Go away.

ZachYoung
ZachYoung

Listen NK, if we wanted to nuke you, we wouldn't need to send an aircraft carrier to do it. We can nuke you from any number of silos or submarines stationed around the world, and there's nothing you could do to stop it. Also, "nuclear powered" is not the same as "nuclear armed".

drumsofwar
drumsofwar

3 meals and a rack for the North Korean Armed Forces on alert..good deal for them

allenwoll
allenwoll

It's so nice to hear from you again, Dear Kimmie ! ! . Try Xanax !

mattgtr72
mattgtr72

Suuuuuuure you'll do something about it, NK, Suuuuure you will.

PatrickMcFadden
PatrickMcFadden

Anytime a midget talks mad trash without an actual problem occurring we know it's compensation talk and fear.

ChuckeeKnowlton
ChuckeeKnowlton

@daddydug I know it was a long time ago, but the last Korean war was no cake-walk. I'm not sure why everyone believes a war would be a joke. I think it's quite funny that people think NK would be the only country involved over there. I am quite sure they would not.

TheWorm
TheWorm

@ChuckeeKnowlton I am busy tapping a spot to promote the Pistachio growers of America.  As I need to money to pay for my ticket to Pyongyang.   You see, I have no money left from my NBA playing days, becasue I was not quite as good when it came to lady luck.

MikeLogan
MikeLogan

@TommyHart I did three tours there with the 2nd MP Company at Camp Casey. Awesome duty station. Great people, food and travel locations throughout Korea. Best three years of my life. Most of the troops I served with enjoyed the duty and wish they could go back.

robertfoshizzle
robertfoshizzle

@TommyHart, just out of curiosity, why do our troops not like it there? I figured South Korea would be one of the best places to be stationed considering that its a first-world country with little-to-no threat of combat action.

JESSYCOLE
JESSYCOLE

@ChipCarl If NK was having military exercises near Mexico the U.S would be freaking out.  Can you really blame them?  Every country in the world has a right to defend themselves especially considering the million Iraqi's that were killed in Iraq War after the U.S illegally invaded. Now Iraq is complete hell thanks to you scared war mongering Americans.

factchecker42
factchecker42

@liusingzhe We only lost in 'Nam because the pansy politicians wouldn't let the USMC, USAF, USN, and regular Army "go to town" over there. They provided them with ridiculously complex rules of engagement. If they'd had just let them "go to town" they could have killed everyone within 500 miles of Vietnam with minimal fuss...

BruceCross
BruceCross

@JESSYCOLE Riiiiight.... so lets see what happens anywhere in the world the next time something comes up and USA doesn't step in. Its not our fault that we end up having to be the world police while most other countries sit back and watch. And speaking about Iraq... what would you have done? Let Saddam stay in power that he got by killing government officials? A leader that routinely killed his own people? Gassed his own people? Think before speaking...

TheWorm
TheWorm

@factchecker42 @liusingzhe I know this is completely in retrospect, but it is probably good that we never did resorted to the tactics of Assad in Vietnam.  Because even though it might be difficult for many of us to come to terms with, our lack of victory in Vietnam did not bring about the end of the American Dream for everyone. 

For America to remain exceptional, we cannot stoop to the levels of genocide to try and achieve a better world.  Because once we do that its not a better world, but rather just a world that we want to control for our own objectives.  This is what our adversaries always try to  accuse us of doing.

liusingzhe
liusingzhe

@factchecker42 @liusingzhe Here's a fact you're overlooking. Gen Curtis (bomb them back to the stone age) Lemay despite no success in such efforts at Dresden, etc (the Germans didn't fold because at that firebombing) decision to try again in Vietnam, where we dropped more ordinance in a month than all of WWII in Europe. We essentially "ruled the skies," despite the fact they did down a sizable number of aircraft (john McCain remembers). General Vo nguyen Giap again: It is virtually impossible for an invader to "defeat" a country, whose population is united in opposition to that invasion. Unfortunately, we have yet to learn that lesson. Iraq is descending into total chaos, wherein regular bombing is as ubiquitous as the sun rising. With no end in sight.