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NK Says War If Punished For Torpedoing

From an outraged (at the South Koreans) Associated Press:

Navy soldiers stand guard near the wreckage of the naval vessel Cheonan.

NKorea warns of war if punished for ship sinking

By Jean H. Lee And Hyung-jin Kim, Associated Press Writers, May 20, 2010

SEOUL, South Korea – Tensions deepened Thursday on the Korean peninsula as South Korea accused North Korea of firing a torpedo that sank a naval warship, killing 46 sailors in the country’s worst military disaster since the Korean War.

President Lee Myung-bak vowed "stern action" for the provocation following the release of long-awaited results from a multinational investigation into the March 26 sinking near the Koreas’ tense maritime border. North Korea, reacting swiftly, called the results a fabrication, and warned that any retaliation would trigger war. It continued to deny involvement in the sinking of the warship Cheonan.

"If the (South Korean) enemies try to deal any retaliation or punishment, or if they try sanctions or a strike on us …. we will answer to this with all-out war," Col. Pak In Ho of North Korea’s navy told broadcaster APTN in an exclusive interview in Pyongyang.

An international civilian-military investigation team said evidence overwhelmingly proves a North Korean submarine fired a homing torpedo that caused a massive underwater blast that tore the Cheonan apart. Fifty-eight sailors were rescued from the frigid Yellow Sea waters, but 46 perished…

As if there were ever any doubt.

South Korean and U.S. officials also said they are considering a variety of options in response to the warship’s sinking, ranging from U.N. Security Council action to additional U.S. penalties

That will show them. In addition to these “stern actions,” may we suggest that South Korea also consider writing a stiff letter to the New York Times.

The White House called the sinking an unacceptable "act of aggression" that violates international law and the 1953 truce.

And by ‘unacceptable’ the White House means it will be accepted.

Detailed scientific analysis of the wreckage, as well as fragments recovered from the waters where the Cheonan went down, point to North Korea, investigators said…

Pieces of the torpedo "perfectly match" the schematics of a North Korean-made torpedo Pyongyang has tried to sell abroad, chief investigator Yoon Duk-yong said.

A serial number on one fragment is consistent with markings from a North Korean torpedo that Seoul obtained years earlier, Yoon said.

"The evidence points overwhelmingly to the conclusion that the torpedo was fired by a North Korean submarine," he said. "There is no other plausible explanation."

Next they’ll be claiming North Korea has a nuclear arms program.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 20th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

17 Responses to “NK Says War If Punished For Torpedoing”

  1. canary says:

    Does Napolitano & Holder know yet? Page one of the Arizona law says there will be “no profile filing”. Priority will be arresting Illegals caught with guns.

    Napolitano has a real problem with that. We can expect even less action than she gives muslim bombers on military bases and planes. The cameras should follow her and see exactly what she does do all day. She’s just a ballooned face pit bull with lipstick. ruff uh uh ruff. uh uh. ruff.

    Obama wrote N. Korea was one our most dangerous threats to America. So far Obama looks like an olive pit with deep purple lipstick.

  2. Astravogel says:

    This might work. Place large depots of the North Korean Army’s
    favorite foods (just about anything should work) a K or two on the
    South’s side of the DMZ. Let the NKPA know it’s there. Suggest
    they turn in their arms on the trip over, and then give each one
    a Wal Mart gift card and a free ticket to Somalia. More food would
    be delivered in direct relationship to any reduction in piracy.

    Democratica Delenda Est!

  3. Right of the People says:

    The mad munchkin of Ping-Pong really is trying to stir things up. It seems like everything this demented midget does is aimed at starting a war, why I have no idea. Does he really think his army/navy/air force/1 nuclear weapon are that powerful?

    North Korea from all accounts is a wasteland. They can’t seem to raise enough food to feed their people, their only industry is the military and I don’t think anybody has smiled in that country in the past 50 years. Someone needs to tell Lil’ Kim to get over himself.


    Just think if they were to let the people of NK know there was free food over the border. The army probably couldn’t hold them back.

  4. PraC says:

    Unbelievable, these North Koreans. Time to send another harshly worded letter. What else are we paying the UN for?

  5. NoNeoCommies says:

    The Chinese are too enmeshed in our (faltering) economy to repeat their backing play in defense of the NoKos that they performed in the 50’s.
    Attacking and defeating North Korea would be a cakewalk if you take down their nukes as a prelude.

  6. JohnMG says:

    Tsk, tsk, tsk! Such finger-pointing by “dear leader” Obama.

    What I wish is for somebody to loan that skinny little dweeb a pair of nuts so he can call their bluff. Instead, he’ll give ’em a stern talkin’ to.

    Hey, Obama! Your ‘moron’ is showing!

    • mr_bill says:

      I’m not sure there is anybody in this government who has any stones to loan to Neville Obama. The WaPo is carrying an AP story stating that the Pentagon won’t call it an act of war.


      If I understand the Pentagon’s position, we are afraid to call Kim Jung Il on his BS and slap him around a bit. Maybe they are planning to put another strongly worded letter in N.K.’s permanent file at the UN.

    • JohnMG says:

      …..”the Pentagon won’t call it an act of war……”

      The Pentagon wouldn’t say sh!t if they had a mouth full, and the military has to remain subordinate to the civilian authority. I’m sure we have military leaders with sense enough to respond appropriately. Unfortunately, the only way they can vocalize their feelings is to retire from active duty first, or say what’s on their mind and commit career suicide. Either way, the most capable leaders are hamstrung.

      Obama is a disgusting little twerp. It’s all play-acting to him. It’s all bling, and he’s the perfect media-whore. What a despicable fraud he is!

  7. RickCaird@CairdConsulting.com says:

    The more times you kowtow to a bully, the more they bully. I am not sure how Obama missed that lesson while growing up.

    • BannedbytheTaliban says:

      Simple, he never suffered a bully, his handlers would never allow it.

  8. canary says:

    Since Barry was the spoiled snobby bully who never got a spanking in his life or had anyone stand up to him, he doesn’t realise that bully’s get worse until you stand up to them.
    I’ll bet Hartford upped his grades out of sympathy or maybe Obama threatened them with ACLU every chance. I’ll bet his organizing went to class credits. Who in their life-time hasn’t seen the grade thing done with football stars.

    If we had Reagon, we’d not have any of this stuff. Bill Clinton snuffed security, and I mean that figuratively and literally. If they were alive they could tell us stuff that they didn’t, and it still didn’t save them.

    Now Obama comes in, and over a dozen top CIA agents blown up.

  9. canary says:

    North Korea & China’s secret meeting proceeds latest order for Obama to pay back loan.

    Chicago Sun Times Nukes, trade underpin North Korea leader’s China visit
    May 5 2010
    AP: BEIJING — North Korean leader Kim Jong Il arrived in Beijing on Wednesday for secret talks believed aimed at securing economic aid from China in exchange for his country’s return to international nuclear negotiations, reports said.

    Kim’s visit has been shrouded in secrecy, with Chinese officials refusing to confirm for a third day that he was in the country. He has been seen by journalists several times since arriving in China on Monday aboard a special armored train.

    On Wednesday evening, a fleet of North Korean-flagged limousines… Thursday.

    Security was also very high around the Diaoyutai State Guest House in western Beijing where foreign leaders often stay on official visits….parked a bus at the main gate to block journalists’ view.

    Thursday’s discussions are expected to center on further financial help from China, which already is impoverished North Korea’s biggest source of food and fuel aid and main bulwark against tougher international sanctions.

    “China needs to soothe North Korea,” said Ha Tae-keung, who runs Open Radio for North Korea, a Seoul-based radio station specializing in North Korea affairs.

    Kim decided to visit China to obtain a reconfirmation of aid shipments

    Chinese investment in North Korea has been growing, especially in natural resources, although economic chaos — most recently a botched currency reform effort — limits such opportunities.

    Fearing the regime’s implosion and mass unrest on its border, China is expected to accede to new aid requests, said Cai Jian,

    North Korea quit the talks a year ago and then conducted a nuclear test that drew tightened U.N. sanctions.

    Lee explained to Chinese President Hu Jintao about South Korea’s position on the ship sinking during a meeting in Shanghai last Friday and the two countries have been coordinating since then, the statement said.

    South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported Wednesday that North Korea is deploying about 50,000 special operation forces near its heavily armed border with South Korea, citing an unidentified South Korean government source.

    South Korea’s Defense Ministry said it could not confirm the report. A 2008 ministry document showed the North has about 180,000 special operation forces.


    “Because of the enormity of the Soviet threat, and the shock of communist takeovers in China and North Korea, American policy makers came to view
    nationalist movements, ethnic struggles, reform efforts, or left-leaning policies anywhere in the world through the lens of the Cold-War–potential threats they felt outweighed our professed commitment to freedom and democracy.” — Barack Obama The Audacity of Hope 2006 pg 286

    I think Obama is giving us a heads up just how dangerous his interpretation of nationalist movements. Her refers to the WTC bombings as “chaos” striking America. Obama’s insensitivity and numb-brain is a threat to the U.S.

  10. Mithrandir says:


    (Barak Obama Speech Using his Teleprompter Buzz-Words)

    Let me be clear…. during this crisis involving North Korea, is a sad event. This is a historic day in world history. Theprevious administration should be held accountable for the series of neglect leading up to this crisis. Make no mistake, that um, ah……at the end of the day, we must have some kind of sanction against North Korea. However, no U.S. money will be spent, not one dime. N.K. needs to come back from the brink, as I have said time and time again. We need to take unprecedented action, that will be a game changer in this crisis. Even though I inherited the worst economy since the great depression, I look forward to saying a lot of words speeches filled with meaningless cliches, and even more meaningless action.”

  11. joeblough says:

    God how I wish we would just nuke Pyon Yang and be done with it.

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      God how I wish we had a President with some balls at all! The truly sad thing is that the Magic Negros response would be the same if it was a US warship. It’s quite an accomplishment to make Carter look manly!

  12. conant says:

    So our dear leader finds that the NK’s don’t know you aren’t allowed to not let the affirmative action hire lose?

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