News / Asia

US, South Korea End Joint Maneuvers, Discuss Future Exercises

A crew member looks through binoculars on the aircraft carrier USS George Washington during a joint Navy exercise with South Korea in the Yellow Sea, 30 Nov 2010
A crew member looks through binoculars on the aircraft carrier USS George Washington during a joint Navy exercise with South Korea in the Yellow Sea, 30 Nov 2010

As the U.S. and South Korean joint naval exercise wraps up, South Korean military officials say they are discussing holding more maneuvers with the U.S. forces within a few weeks or months.

The two militaries have spent the past four days in a demonstration of naval force, with thousands of sailors on 10 warships, and 75 aircraft in the Yellow Sea off South Korea.

U.S. Navy Commander Jeff Davis, aboard the aircraft carrier George Washington, says the forces detected nothing unusual from North Korea.

"An aircraft carrier, when it steams around anywhere in the world, also goes with escorts, always go with its eyes wide open in making sure that it's fully aware of its battle space within the sky and the surface and sub-surface," said Davis. "That said, no, there really hasn't been anything unusual that we've seen. Everything has been fairly uneventful in terms of any reactions or response from other countries."

The exercise began days after a North Korean artillery attack killed four South Koreans last week.

North Korea warns the maneuvers could lead to "all-out war" at any time.

The U.S. and South Korea say the drills are not meant to provoke Pyongyang, but rather demonstrate resolve to deter further aggression.

Davis says the only disruptions to the exercise have been caused by foggy weather.

"That's been a damper on some of the training evolutions," he said. "We did have to call off some of our strike training and some of the closer in maneuvering between ships because of low visibility right now in the west sea."

After the current maritime exercise concludes, South Korea, according to domestic media reports, is also to continue its own drills.

Regional security analysts say that could spark a new military reaction from North Korea as South Korean artillery exercises will take place close to the disputed maritime boundary off the west coast.

Pyongyang does not recognize the so-called Northern Limit Line. North Korea says its shelling of Yeonpyeong island last week was a response to South Korean artillery firing into the disputed waters.

Two South Korean marines and two civilians died in the North Korean bombardment of the island.

South Korea's ambassador for international security affairs and global issues, Lee Chung Min, says the military will send more troops and artillery to vulnerable islands.

"We will upgrade our forces on Yeonpyeong island and throughout the so-called five western sea islands. And the president has promised that in the new defense budget, they have just requested about $750 million in emergency spending to upgrade our forces overall," said Lee.

Lee says revised rules of engagement also allow South Korean troops to respond more effectively to any North Korean military action.

South Korea's defense minister has warned another attack by North Korea is an "ample possibility."

Diplomatic efforts are under way to defuse what many now view as a dangerous situation on the Korean peninsula. Various envoys are shuttling among capitals, including between Pyongyang and Beijing.

The United States is urging China to pressure North Korea to cease its belligerence.

Diplomat say, however, China, which is North Korea's sole significant ally, has blocked attempts at the United Nations for the Security Council to respond to Pyongyang's attacks or its new nuclear activities.

You May Like

Could Nemtsov Threaten Putin in Death as in Life?

Dynamic and debonair opposition leader had supported liberal economic reforms, criticized Russian president's aggression in Ukraine More

Oil Smuggling Highlights Challenges in Shutting Down IS Finances

Pentagon spokesman says Islamic State 'certainly continues to get revenue from the oil industry black market' but that airstrikes have made a dent More

India Focuses on Infrastructure, Investment to Propel Economy

Government expects economy to grow at 8 to 8.5 percent in next fiscal year 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.
US Supreme Court Hears Hijab Discrimination Casei
X
Katherine Gypson
February 25, 2015 11:30 PM
The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case that examines whether a clothing store can refuse to hire a young woman for wearing the headscarf she says is a symbol of her Muslim faith. Katherine Gypson reports from the Supreme Court.
Video

Video US Supreme Court Hears Hijab Discrimination Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case that examines whether a clothing store can refuse to hire a young woman for wearing the headscarf she says is a symbol of her Muslim faith. Katherine Gypson reports from the Supreme Court.
Video

Video Falling Gas Prices Hurt Nascent Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Industry

Falling oil prices are helping consumers purchase cheaper petroleum at the pump. But that’s made hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” less economically viable for the companies in the United States invested in the process. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports on one Midwestern town that was hoping to change its fortunes by cashing in on the next big U.S. oil boom.
Video

Video Fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan Fuels Mass Displacement

Heavy fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan state is causing hundreds of thousands to flee into uncertain conditions. Local aid organizations estimate as many as 400,000 civilians have been internally displaced since the conflict began more than three years ago, while another 250,000 have fled across the border to refugee camps in South Sudan. VOA's Adam Bailes reports.
Video

Video Lao Dam Project Runs Into Opposition

A Lao dam project on a section of the Mekong River is drawing opposition from local fishermen, international environmental groups and neighboring countries. VOA's Say Mony visited the region to investigate the concerns. Colin Lovett narrates.
Video

Video A Filmmaker Discovers Her Biracial Identity in "Little White Lie

Lacey Schwartz grew up in an upper middle-class Jewish family, in a town in upstate New York where almost everyone she knew was white. She assumed that she was, as well. Her recent documentary, Little White Lie, tells the story of how she uncovered the secret of her true racial background. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more on the film.
Video

Video Deep Under Antarctic Ice Sheet, Life!

With the end of summer in the Southern hemisphere, the Antarctic research season is over. Scientists from Northern Illinois University are back in their laboratory after a 3-month expedition on the Ross Ice Shelf, the world’s largest floating ice sheet. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, they hope to find clues to explain the dynamics of the rapidly melting ice and its impact on sea level rise.
Video

Video US-Cuba Normalization Talks Resume Friday

Negotiations aimed at normalizing diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba resume Friday. On the table: lifting a half-century trade embargo and easing banking and travel restrictions. There's opposition in Congress, but some analysts say there may be sufficient political and economic incentives in both nations for a potential breakthrough this year. VOA's Mil Arcega reports.
Video

Video Pakistan's Deadline For SIM Registration Has Cellphone Users Scrambling

Pakistani cell phone users have until midnight Thursday to register their SIM cards, or their service will be cut off. While some privacy experts worry about government intrusion, many Pakistanis are just worried about keeping their phone lines open. VOA Deewa reporter Arshad Muhmand has more from Peshawar.
Video

Video Myanmar Warns Factory Workers to End Strikes

Outside Myanmar's main city Yangon, thousands of workers walked off their jobs earlier this month demanding a doubling of their wages, pay raises after a year and input from labor unions on industrial regulations. Since Friday, the standoff has grown more tense as police moved in to disrupt the sit-ins, resulting in clashes that injured people from both sides. VOA correspondent Steve Herman visited industrial zones which have become a focus of Myanmar's fledgling workers rights movement.
Video

Video Oscar Winners Do More Than Thank the Academy

The Academy Awards presentation is Hollywood’s night to reward the best movies from the previous year. It’s typically a lot of glitter, a lot of thank you’s, a lot of speeches. But many of this year’s speeches carried messages beyond the thank you's. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti takes a look.

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More