News / Asia

Analysts: Joint US/South Korean Naval Exercise Sends Clear Message

Ira Mellman

"Invincible Spirit," the four-day joint U.S.-South Korean naval exercise off the coast of South Korea is coming to an end. The  exercise involved some 8,000 South Korean and U.S. military personnel on ships, submarines and about 200 aircraft. South Korean officials said one of the drills targeted involved targeting an abandoned submarine simulating a submerged North Korean vessel.

It followed by four months the sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan that killed 46 sailors. A subsequent investigation by South Korea, the United States and other countries concluded the ship was hit by a North Korean torpedo. North Korea denies that.

U.S. Rear Admiral Dan Cloyd, onboard the aircraft carrier George Washington off the Korean coast, said Tuesday that, in addition to providing war fighting skills and coordination with South Korean forces, the exercise was sending a message to Pyongyang. "...that we've achieved a deterrent effect to North Korea that will give them pause as they make decisions about the future of their nation and how they conduct themselves in the international stage," he said.

As expected, the North Koreans were not pleased with the joint naval exercise. A news reader on North Korean TV said the army, and the North Korean people, will decisively react to the enemy's demonstration of deterrence with a more powerful and horrible deterrence.

Jung-Hoon Lee, a professor of International Relations at Seoul's Yonsei Universitym, told ABC News North Korea's belligerent tone must be met by strength. "This is the only way North Korea knows how to deal with the outside world. It's brinksmanship at its best, blackmail, force until your opponent kneels down and kowtows," he said.

Some experts are questioning the focus on military exercise. Former Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Robert Gallucci told Bloomberg News the goal instead should be face-to-face talks. "It's not a good idea to regard talks with the North as some kind of prize that we award them with for good behavior. I think a passage of time would be a good idea, but engaging the North is what eventually has to happen," he said.

Although North Korea walked away from six-nation disarmament talks last year, a North Korean spokesman said at a recent meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that his country would return to the talks, if they were held on a "equal footing" with other participants.  By "equal footing," the spokesman said that meant that the U.N. Security Council should first do away with sanctions. Those sanctions were placed on the North following the sinking of the Cheonan. Some observers said, at the time, that put everything back to square one.

You May Like

China Investigates Former Powerful Security Chief

Former security chief and member of Politburo Standing Committee, Zhou Yongkang, under investigation for suspected 'serious disciplinary violation' More

India, US Look to Reset Ties During Kerry Visit

This week's talks will be first high level interaction between two countries since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took charge More

Video Young African Leadership Program Renamed to Honor Mandela

YALI program, launched by President Obama in 2010, aims to build skills in business, entrepreneurship, public management and civic leadership More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spati
X
Reasey Poch
July 28, 2014 7:18 PM
China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat

China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video ESA Spacecraft to Land on a Comet

After a long flight through deep space, a European Space Agency probe is finally approaching its target -- a comet millions of kilometers away from earth. Scientists say the mission may lead to some startling discoveries about the origins of the water on earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Young Africans Arrive in US for Leadership Program

President Barack Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative has brought hundreds of young Africans to the United States for a six-week program aimed at building their knowledge and skills in fields such as public administration and business. Out of the 50,000 young Africans who applied for the program, just one percent was accepted. VOA's Laurel Bowman caught up with some of those who made the cut and has this report.
Video

Video In Honduras, Amnesty Rumors Fuel US Migration Surges

False rumors in Central America are fueling the current surge of undocumented young people being apprehended at the U.S. border. The inaccurate claims suggest the U.S. will give amnesty to young migrants from the region. As VOA's Brian Padden reports from Honduras, these rumors trace back to President Obama's 2012 executive order to halt deportations for some young undocumented immigrants already living in the United States.
Video

Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid