Fiery Rhetoric, Saber-Rattling Heats Up in Korean Peninsula
November 27, 2010
(ChattahBox World News)—-As the United States prepares to engage in war games with the South Korean Navy this weekend, leaders from both Koreas are engaging in exchanges of fiery rhetoric, creating a foreign policy tinder box. Tensions in the Korean peninsula have been high since the rogue regime of North Korea attacked a South Korean island earlier in the week with artillery fire, killing two marines and two civilians, leaving the island in flames. Adding to the tension, is the behavior of China, North Korea’s ally. After staying silent about North Korea’s attack, China finally responded by warning the U.S. not to enter the waters of its “economic zone” to conduct naval exercises. China has not condemned North Korea’s actions. Meanwhile, the militaristic regime of North Korea declared that the joint naval exercises could push the region to “the brink of war.” And South Korea’s marine commander is vowing to hit back at North Korea with “a thousand-fold revenge.”
The New York Times writes:
“In a statement from its Foreign Ministry, China warned against “any military acts in our exclusive economic zone without permission,” the state-run Xinhua news agency reported Friday. But virtually all the waters to the west of the Korean Peninsula, where the United States said the exercises would take place, lie within that zone, and American naval traffic is far from uncommon there.”
The U.S. Navy responded to China’s threat, by pointing out the many port visits and activity by aircraft carriers in the waters near South Korea.
“Starting on Sunday, the George Washington, which makes its home port in Yokosuka, Japan, and sails with a complete wing of combat aircraft, will lead four other American surface warships in the exercise with the South Korean Navy.”
In advance of the naval maneuvers, ABC/Reuters is reporting that South Korean Lieutenant General Yoo Nak Joon is responding to North Korea’s saber-rattling, with some of his own.
Lieutenant General Yoo Nak Joon has vowed “a thousand-fold revenge” on North Korea, adding: “We will put our feelings of rage and animosity in our bones.”
And South Korea’s president Lee Myungbak is facing pressure from his people to respond to North Korea’s attack more progressively. “A thousand veterans marched through Seoul chanting: “it’s time for action, it’s time for retaliation.”‘
Myungbak is warning North Korea from any “further provocation.”
In the midst of all this tension, North Korea’s official news service continues to churn out incendiary statements.
“If the US brings its carrier to the West Sea of Korea (Yellow Sea) at last, no one can predict the ensuing consequences,” warned the KCNA news agency.
Geo-political experts and U.S. authorities believe North Korea’s bellicose “Dear Leader” Kim Jong-Il is deliberately provoking South Korea to prop up his inexperienced son heir-apparent Kim Jong-un, after he was recently made a four-star general.
Photo Source: Wikimedia/Shelling by North Korea on November 23 2010. Red line is North Korea claimed maritime boundary/Idh0854/Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0.