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PostSubject: S Korea Ship Sunk By N Korea?   Mon 29 Mar 2010, 2:28 am

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE62P3JA20100326

South Korea ship sinking may be North's grandstanding

Jon Herskovitz
SEOUL
Fri Mar 26, 2010 12:25pm EDT

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean naval
ship was sinking near the maritime border with the North on Friday after
possibly being hit by a torpedo and several sailors were killed, South
Korean media reported.

The Seoul government has called an
emergency meeting of senior cabinet ministers.
Here are some implications of the incident
and how a possible North Korean attack would impact regional security
and sputtering talks to end Pyongyang's nuclear arms ambitions.

* The North will not escalate tensions to
the state of war, which would be a suicidal move for leader Kim Jong-il
because his ill-equipped army would be no match for the advanced
militaries of South Korea and its biggest ally the United States.

* If the North did attack the South's ship,
the likely reason would have been to raise tension ahead of its return
to the nuclear talks. The North often rattles sabers ahead of major
diplomatic meetings to alarm its dialogue partners in the hope that they
would be more willing to make concessions in return for Pyongyang
reducing its military threat to the region.

*Military grandstanding by the North usually only has a temporary impact
on markets, with investors saying it would take the threat of war to
cause real and lasting impact.

* North Korea risks further hits to its economy by an attack on the South.
Its nearly bare coffers have been further depleted by U.N. sanctions
imposed after a nuclear test in May while a botched currency revaluation
at the end of last year added to its woes and sparked rare civil
unrest.

* A North Korean attack on
the South strengthens Kim's standing at home among the country's
powerful military. This could help him reshuffle cadres or perhaps clear
the way for his youngest son to be named heir of the communist dynasty
when the North's parliament holds its annual meeting on April 9.

* The North may follow the attack with
other sorts of military grandstanding that could include missile
launches or even another nuclear test.

*If Pyongyang goes too far, it could be hit by U.S. Treasury measures
that would virtually cut off its meager international finances. This
would deal a major blow to Kim who needs hard cash to win the support of
cadres for his succession plans and to pay for an ambitious program
lauded in his state's media to build a "strong and prosperous" nation by
2012.

(Editing by Raju
Gopalakrishnan)
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PostSubject: Re: S Korea Ship Sunk By N Korea?   Mon 29 Mar 2010, 2:36 am

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/524520.aspx

Associated Press

Seoul,
March 29, 2010
First
Published: 11:07 IST(29/3/2010)
Last Updated: 11:09
IST(29/3/2010)

NKorea accuses South of psychological warfare

North
Korea warned the US and South Korea on Monday of deadly consequences
for engaging in "psychological warfare" by allowing journalists into the
heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas.

The stern statement was the first from North Korea's military since a
South Korean naval ship sank in the tense waters near the Koreas'
maritime border under unclear circumstances. It made no mention of the
ship, submerged off the South Korean island of Baengnyeong as the
mission to rescue 46 missing seamen continued.

The area, just south of the disputed sea border, has been the site of
three bloody skirmishes between the foes. However, South Korean and US
officials say nothing suggests North Korean involvement in Saturday's
sinking.

The exact cause of the explosion that tore a hole into the Cheonan
and split it apart may not be clear until the ship is salvaged after the
rescue operation, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

On Monday, a spokesman for the Korean People's Army accused South
Korea of engaging in "psychological warfare" inside the DMZ, saying that
allowing journalists into the zone violates the armistice agreement
signed to stop the three-year Korean War in 1953.

The two Koreas remain in a state of war because they have never
signed a formal peace treaty.

Hundreds of thousands of troops on both sides guard the 2.5-mile-wide
(4-kilometer-wide) DMZ. Security is tight and special permission is
required to enter.

Journalists and foreign tourists are allowed to visit the truce
village of Panmunjom. South Korea's Defense Ministry, however, has
allowed some media organizations to enter the DMZ this year, the 60th
anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War.

"If the US and the South Korean authorities persist in their wrong
acts to misuse the DMZ for the inter-Korean confrontation despite our
warnings, these will entail unpredictable incidents including the loss
of human lives in this area for which the US side will be wholly to
blame," North Korea's military warned in a statement carried by the
state-run Korean Central News Agency.

North Korea routinely issues such warnings to South Korea and the US,
which has 28,500 troops in the country. On Friday morning, the military
warned of "unprecedented nuclear strikes" if the foes sought to
destabilize the communist nation.

The threats have been more frequent since the US and South Korea
embarked on routine joint military drills taking place in March and
April. North Korea cites the US troops' presence on South Korean soil as
a reason for building up its nuclear weapons program.

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PostSubject: Re: S Korea Ship Sunk By N Korea?   Mon 29 Mar 2010, 8:34 pm

Given that I don't watch or listen to any news anymore, can someone tell me if a ship did in fact sink? I mean, can we confirm any part of this story? Do we really know if a ship sank, how it sank? Or, is it like that this entire story is contrived?

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PostSubject: Re: S Korea Ship Sunk By N Korea?   Tue 30 Mar 2010, 5:53 pm

I say contrived.
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PostSubject: Re: S Korea Ship Sunk By N Korea?   Tue 30 Mar 2010, 10:39 pm

Why bother sinking the ship when you can just SAY you sank it?
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PostSubject: Re: S Korea Ship Sunk By N Korea?   Wed 31 Mar 2010, 5:36 am

Explorer wrote:
Why bother sinking the ship when you can just SAY you sank it?

Kinda like creating jobs and fixing the economy.
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PostSubject: Re: S Korea Ship Sunk By N Korea?   Wed 31 Mar 2010, 2:30 pm

LOL, Aye.
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