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North Korea: Those Artillery Rounds Just 'Construction'

South Korea calls North's explanation 'a usual nonsensical claim'

(Newser) - South Korea says the North's explanation for yesterday's exchange of fire along the Northern Limit Line is a bunch of malarkey, reports the Wall Street Journal . The North claims that it didn't fire any weapons, but in fact the South simply mistook "normal blasting" from construction... More »

North Walks Out on Korea Talks

Refuses to apologize for shelling South, sinking ship

(Newser) - North Korea packed up its toys and went home today, abruptly ending low-level military talks between the two Koreas in Panmunjom, reports the New York Times. Pressed by Seoul military officials to apologize for shelling Yeonpyeong in November and sinking a warship last March, the North “unilaterally walked away... More »

South Korea Agrees to Talks With North

Meetings intended to lower military tensions

(Newser) - South Korea has accepted a Northern Korean proposal for talks between the two nations' defense ministers, in an effort to ease tensions following the Yeonpyeong shelling. The North has offered to sit down several times this month, but until now Seoul has rejected its overtures, demanding an apology for the... More »

South Korea's President: We're Not Afraid of War

He promises 'relentless' retaliation in radio address

(Newser) - Lee Myung-bak has a message for Kim Jong Il: Bring it on. In a radio address today, the South Korean president said he wasn’t afraid of war with the North, and vowed that his military would “respond relentlessly when they come under attack.” He told the people... More »

North Korea: We're Ready to Use Nukes in 'Holy War'

Armed forces minister issues new threat

(Newser) - North Korea is ready to use nuclear weapons in its "holy war" against South Korea, warned Pyongyang's minister of armed forces today. Minister Kim Yong-chun repeated North Korea's earlier charges that military drills in the South were the beginnings of a planned assault on his nation, reports Reuters . He... More »

Vowing to Punish Enemy, S. Korea Launches Vast Drills

Will 'punish the enemy if it provokes us again'

(Newser) - South Korea is continuing to thumb its nose at the North, today launching three days military drills close to the DMZ, as hundreds of troops, tanks, jets, and helicopters gather, the AP reports. It’s the 48th such training this year—only 47 had been planned—and the largest joint... More »

North Korea: Cancel Drills, or We'll Attack Again

South Korea plans more drills on Yeonpyeong Island

(Newser) - Tensions between the Koreas ratcheted even higher today, when the North threatened to attack Yeonpyeong Island again if the South goes through with its plans to hold live-ammunition drills there. “The intensity and scope of the strike will be more serious than the Nov. 23 shelling,” officials told... More »

North Korea Threatens Nuclear War

South Korea's cooperation with US, Japan 'nothing but treachery'

(Newser) - As South Korea continued to run artillery drills , North Korea warned today that the South's cooperation with the US and Japan is "nothing but treachery"—and could result in nuclear war. An official said that South Korea's live-fire drills, which are running through Friday, are routine and would... More »

China Slams US on Korea: What Good Have You Done?

China resents Mullen's statement about North Korea

(Newser) - The North Korea/South Korea feud is ratcheting up tensions between the US and China, with the United States' top military official complaining that the North’s “reckless behavior” was “enabled by their friends in China.” Admiral Mike Mullen said that he was deeply concerned about the situation,... More »

South Korea Begins Artillery Drills Despite North's Warnings

North Korea says the firing drills could 'ignite a war'

(Newser) - South Korea began artillery drills today, despite warnings from the North that such a move could ignite war. The naval live-fire drills come less than two weeks after the North’s attack on the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong. A South Korean official says the drills, which are happening along... More »

US, Japan Flex Muscles in Korean Waters

China complains about large exercises

(Newser) - Japan and the US began some of their biggest military exercises ever today, conspicuously mobilizing more than 44,000 troops, 400 aircrafts, and a US supercarrier right under North Korea’s nose. These “keen sword” maneuvers are an annual exercise, but this year’s display is especially large, and... More »

South Korea: We Will Bomb North if Attacked Again

But some still question the president's willingness to attack

(Newser) - South Korea is done taking crap from the North: It will deploy jets to bomb North Korea if Pyongyang attacks it again, said President Lee Myung-bak's newly appointed defense minister today. "In case the enemy attacks our territory and people again, we will thoroughly retaliate to ensure that the... More »

US, South Korea Refuse Talks With North

They say it'd be rewarding the Kims for bad behavior

(Newser) - The US, South Korea, and Japan are saying “thanks, but no thanks” to China’s request for emergency talks with North Korea, arguing that talks would only reward the rogue regime for its recent aggression. “The United States and a host of others, I don’t think, are... More »

S. Korea: We're Not Gonna Take It Anymore

President Lee Myung-bak announces tougher military policy

(Newser) - South Korea’s policy barring a military response to North Korean aggression is no more, said President Lee Myung-bak. “North Korea has provoked us on many occasions, but this is the first time they have made a direct attack on South Korean soil,” he noted. “Launching a... More »

McCain: Time for Regime Change in Korea

Plus, pols debate the fate of DADT, START, and more

(Newser) - North Korea is beating its war drum, and John McCain wants to beat them over the head with it: "It's time we talked about regime change in North Korea—and I do not mean military action—but I do believe that this is a very unstable regime," the... More »

China: Time for 6-Party Korea Talks

US-South Korea military exercises begin

(Newser) - As South Korea and the US begin naval exercises prompted by North Korean aggression, China is urging an emergency renewal of six-party talks on the matter, reports the New York Times . China wants to meet with North and South Korea, Japan, Russia, and the US in Beijing in the coming... More »

China Protests US-South Korea Military Exercises

Meanwhile, North Korea blames South for civilian deaths

(Newser) - As tomorrow’s US-South Korea military exercises loom , China lodged its first official protest yesterday—but left the door open for the exercises to continue. Beijing is balancing its support of North Korea with its fears, expressed only privately, that the country is going too far, the Wall Street Journal... More »

South Korea Eases Retaliation Rules

President walks tightrope over response to attacks

(Newser) - After declaring plans to boost defenses , South Korea announced a shift in military policy to make retaliation easier, the New York Times reports. New rules will allow South Korea’s military a more forceful response to any attack from Pyongyang. But with the public largely opposed to a military response,... More »

Distant Artillery Fire Rattles South Korea

North Korean shelling audible on Yeonpyeong island

(Newser) - Artillery fire from North Korea was audible on the South Korean island bombarded earlier this week, frightening residents and officials. The firing seems to have been contained to North Korean territory and it appears to have been either a drill or an attempt to rattle the garrison on Yeonpyeong island,... More »

North: Drills Pushing Koreas to 'Brink of War'

Top US commander visiting island shelled by N. Korea

(Newser) - US-South Korean military exercises planned for this weekend are pushing the rival Koreas to "the brink of war," North Korea warns. A statement from the country's news agency described the drills, involving the nuclear-powered supercarrier USS George Washington, as a reckless plan by "trigger-happy elements," the... More »

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