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US, S. Korea Ready to Counter N. Korean Aggression

US, S. Korea Ready to Defend Against N. Korean Aggressioni
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April 03, 2013 11:05 AM
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States will defend itself and its allies amid what he calls "provocative, dangerous and reckless" threats by North Korean leader Kim Jung Un. As VOA State Department correspondent Scott Stearns reports, Secretary Kerry met with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se Tuesday, following North Korea's announcement that it will reopen a previously shutdown nuclear reactor.
— U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States will defend itself and its allies amid what he calls "provocative, dangerous and reckless" threats by North Korean leader Kim Jung Un.  Secretary Kerry met with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se Tuesday, following North Korea's announcement that it will reopen a previously shutdown nuclear reactor.

With North Korean troops training for what Pyongyang calls a "state of war" with South Korea, Secretary Kerry says Washington and its allies will not be caught off guard.

"The United States will do what is necessary to defend ourselves and defend our allies Korea and Japan.  We are fully prepared and capable of doing so.  And I think the DPRK understands that," said Kerry.

South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se says Seoul and Washington are united against these threats. "Both Secretary Kerry and I agree that North Korea should abandon its nuclear ambitions and bellicose rhetoric," stated Yun Byung-se.

Tensions Rising on Korean Peninsula

  • February 12: North Korea carries out third nuclear test
  • March 27: North Korea cuts military hotline with South Korea
  • March 28: U.S. B-2 bombers fly over Korean peninsula
  • March 30: North Korea says it has entered a "state of war" with South Korea
  • April 3: North Korea blocks South Korean workers from Kaesong
  • April 4: North Korea moves a missile to its east coast
  • April 9: North Korea urges foreigners to leave the South.  The U.S. and South Korea raise alert level
  • April 14: US Secretary of State John Kerry offers talks with Pyongyang if it moves to scrap nuclear weapons
  • April 16: North Korea issues threats after anti-Pyongyang protests in Seoul
  • April 29: North Korea holds back seven South Koreans at Kaesong
  • April 30: North Korea sentences American to 15 years hard labor for hostile acts
  • May 20: North Korea fires projectiles for a consecutive third day
  • May 24: North Korean envoy wraps up China visit for talks on Korean tensions
  • June 7: South Korea accepts Pyongyang's offer of talks on Kaesong and other issues
North Korea says it will restart a plutonium reactor and uranium enrichment plant that was disabled as part of a 2007 deal with China, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the United States. Leader Kim Jong Un says atomic power is central to his country's survival.

"Our nuclear strength is a reliable war deterrent," Kim Jong Un said. "And a guarantee to protect our sovereignty.'' He says that is a foundation for economic growth. "It is on the basis of a strong nuclear strength that peace and prosperity can exist, and so can the happiness of people's lives,'' he said.

Kerry says restarting the Yongbyon reactor "would be a very serious step." "That in itself would be a breach of international standard requirements.  It would be a provocative act and completely contrary to the road that we have traveled all of these years," Kerry stated.

China is crucial to staying on that road to a negotiated settlement, and Beijing appears to share Washington's concern.

"We call on all sides to be calm and exercise restraint and return as soon as possible to the path of talks and consultations to appropriately resolve the issue," said Hong Lei.

An issue key to Kerry's upcoming trip to the region.

"The secretary will be discussing the DPRK’s provocations on all of his stops in Northeast Asia next - on his trip next week.  This will be very much front and center," Nuland explained. "And particularly in Beijing."

North Korean aggression may be pushing China closer to U.S. calls for tougher action against Pyongyang, says American University professor Pek Koon Heng. "I think the Chinese may be more amenable to the U.S. line on North Korea," he noted. "And may be putting more pressure on the North Koreans."

North Korean leaders say nuclear weapons are "the nation's life," and are not to be traded even for "billions of dollars" in aid.

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by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
April 04, 2013 2:35 AM
It is a bit surprise for me that China is responding calmly to the millitary drills between south Korea and US against north Korea's provocative actions. It seems relationship between China and US is now based on not political issues but on economic issues. North Lorea should aware that cold war has gone quite before.


by: We the Fed LIE from: Liberty St. NYC
April 03, 2013 12:04 PM
World War II followed the last Great Depression – directly caused by the Fed, as Helicopter Ben has admitted. Communism, as the late Antony C. Sutton has documented, was created and franchised by Wall Street. The arch globalist kingpin David Rockefeller has praised its ruthless effectiveness in China under the mega-mass murderer Mao.

“As the economic crisis escalates and the debt-based central banking system shows it can no longer re-inflate the bubble by creating assets out of thin air, an economic and political rationale for war is easy to come by,” writes Justin Raimondo.

“It is said that FDR’s New Deal didn’t get us out of the Great Depression, but World War II did,” Raimondo continues. “The truth is that, in wartime, when people are expected to sacrifice for the duration of the ‘emergency,’ economic problems are anesthetized out of existence by liberal doses of nationalist chest-beating and moral righteousness. Shortages and plunging living standards were masked by a wartime rationing system and greatly lowered expectations. And just as World War II inured us to the economic ravages wrought by our thieving elites, so World War III will provide plenty of cover for a virtual takeover of all industry by the government and the demonization of all political opposition as ‘terrorist.’”


by: NVO from: USA
April 03, 2013 12:02 PM
Funny money cranked out by the Fed “has stayed trapped in the canyons of Wall Street, where it is inflating yet another unsustainable bubble,” Stockman writes. And when the Wall Street bubble “bursts, there will be no new round of bailouts like the ones the banks got in 2008. Instead, America will descend into an era of zero-sum austerity and virulent political conflict, extinguishing even today’s feeble remnants of economic growth.”

Economic depressions are highly scripted affairs and the banksters use them to initiate big wars – not only because wars are remarkably profitable for the military-industrial complex, but because they serve as an ideal tool for wealth consolidation and fire sales held in their aftermath. Big wars are also exploited to enforce rigid discipline on the masses. It gives the plebs an excuse to accept grinding poverty and servitude.

In Response

by: Godwin from: Nigeria
April 04, 2013 8:24 AM
NVO what's your own here? There's a veritable threat coming from a boy whose only war experience is the computer war games. He thinks wars are those little games he plays on the MP3 gaming stations. But it is as dangerous as having a drunken god in charge of affairs that affects the entire globe. This minor can mistakenly wake up one morning and declare: "shoot at the count of three, 1, 2, ..." and before you know it, the whole world is in fumes and ashes of a nuclear explosion. What do we do to stop him? Please tell us.


by: NVO from: USA
April 03, 2013 11:24 AM
Not much to counter when they cannot even launch a satellite into space, much less, shoot one at another country. They can't even build cars, they starve their own people..........get it?


by: Steve Ward from: Jackson,Tn
April 03, 2013 10:57 AM
Kim's probable strategy : push the bellicose rhetoric to the max then sue for peace for the price of America feeding their population.He's played just about all his cards. His next major move : intimations towards a peace settlement trading the old nuclear producing plant(s) for food and economic credits. If we cave this scenario will be replayed in the future : same book different chapter.


by: Godwin from: Nigeria
April 03, 2013 10:33 AM
"North Korean leaders say nuclear weapons are "the nation's life," and are not to be traded even for "billions of dollars" in aid". See who's bluffing here. For how long will the US continue to settle NK with tax payers' money each time it bluffs? How long really does each aid package last the hungry DPRK? How well has China advised NK to desist from its archaic diplomacy that continues to show it in back light?

Who really is benefiting from all this NK storm in the tea pot? Methinks the solution should have been to once and for all time stopper that wide mouth of threat by showing that its so-called military strength avails nothing by clipping its military wings and placing it where it belongs. Maybe it will start to learn its lessons thereafter, from the scratches. Then it will look for sane heads apart from the Kims, otherwise to hire cool heads from the south to take control of affairs until someone matures in the North to be able to manage the system. Which one does the country require right now? I prefer a superior fire power to silence the boasts from North Korea.


by: Ngor Ngor Matem from: From Uganda.
April 03, 2013 9:59 AM
Many thanks to US secretary of State for his comment, US government must be ready to defense themselves against any threat made by North Korea's Kim, go USA go.
Bring for us world peace.

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