S. Korea, US Troops Begin Drills as Nuke Test Looms
Pyongyang believed to be ready to carry out 3rd test
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 4, 2013 12:03 AM CST
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends an enlarged meeting of the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea at an undisclosed location of North Korea.    (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

(Newser) – South Korean and US troops began naval drills today in a show of force partly directed at North Korea amid signs that Pyongyang will soon carry out its third atomic test. The US, South Korea, and other countries have urged North Korea to scrap its test plans or face grave consequences. North Korean state media has described the three days of drills—which involve a nuclear-powered American submarine, live-fire exercises, naval maneuvers, and submarine detection drills—as a joint exercise for a pre-emptive attack on the country.

South Korea insists that the exercises were scheduled before the threat of another nuclear test ever reared its head. Diplomats, meanwhile, are gearing up to find ways to persuade North Korea to scrap its nuclear test plans. New Secretary of State John Kerry and his South Korean counterpart held a telephone conversation last night and agreed to sternly deal with any possible nuclear provocation by North Korea.

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Feb 4, 2013 7:05 AM CST
"Workers' Party of Korea". Don't make me laugh you fat idiot commie. How can workers work when they have no food? How can you think when your stomach is empty? People go blind in this fat asshole's land, bc malnutrition. No vitamins, no minerals, and NO freedoms at all. Well, that's pure stalinism-leninism-bolshevism. I just wonder: are there any good North Koreans who would place a 9mm bullet in this satanist red monster's head? Or, what the hell is the South doing? The people look the same, it would be easy to send an assassination unit and take care of the last shithole on Earth (well, other than shithole Cuba too).
Feb 4, 2013 6:59 AM CST
nk can openly say they will attack seoul if the US attacks NK, that will demonstrate any attack is the responsibility of the US. what we don't do for the sake of the internal israel lobby. obama is very foolish
Feb 4, 2013 6:52 AM CST
It's time to ratchet up the pressure on China to tame their wild child. Public opinion and economic pressure on Beijing could go along way toward taming the beast that is N. Korea. Despite the horrors of this monsterous regime, if the murderous leaders were offered some type of amnesty for their crimes they could be eased out of positions of power and more reasonable leaders could be installed. These gangstes are crazy enough to actually use nuclear weaponry and must be dealt with. An all-out military attack would be devastating to the penisula so another method of regime change would have to be installed... but something's gotta be done. NOBODY likes these crazies... China included.