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South Korea Vows To Retaliate Next Time

From Reuters:

South Korea vows retaliation against any further attack

By Jeremy Laurence And Yoo Choonsik
November 29, 2010

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean President Lee Myung-bak vowed retaliation against any further provocation by the North after it attacked an island last week as anger simmered over the government’s response.

Lee addressed the nation for the first time since Tuesday’s attack as U.S. and South Korean warships took part in military maneuvers, prompting concern in regional power China and threats of all-out war from North Korea…

"North Korea will pay the price in the event of further provocations," Lee said.

Yes, the South Koreans always promise to strike back – the next time.

"Attacking civilians militarily is an inhumane crime that is strictly forbidden in a time of war… Now is the time to show action, not a hundred words." …

And yet you can bet there will be far more words than action. As usual.

U.S. and South Korean forces staged a second day of maneuvers off Taean province, 100 km (60 miles) south of Yeongpyeong and out of range of North Korean artillery.

Landing exercises at Mallipo Beach in Taean were canceled due to bad weather, but blue-water drills went ahead…

Meanwhile, we get a slightly different sounding tune from this report from the Associated Press:

SKorea cancels new artillery drill on tense island

By Hyung-jin Kim, Associated Press
November 29, 2010

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea’s military announced provocative new artillery drills on the front-line island shelled in a deadly North Korean attack, then immediately postponed them Monday in a sign of disarray hours after the president vowed to get tough on the North.

Similar live-fire maneuvers by South Korean troops one week earlier triggered the North’s bombardment that decimated parts of Yeonpyeong Island, killed four people and drew return fire in a clash that set the region on edge.

The new drills originally planned for Tuesday could have had even higher stakes: South Korean and American warships are currently engaged in separate military exercises in waters to the south.

Officials at the Joint Chiefs of Staff told The Associated Press on Monday that the latest drills were postponed after the marine unit on the island mistakenly announced them without getting final approval from higher military authorities. The cancellation had nothing to do with North Korea, and the drills will take place later, one official said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity, citing agency rules.

Earlier Monday, President Lee Myung-bak gave his first address to the nation in nearly a week, taking responsibility for failing to protect his citizens, expressing outrage at the North’s "ruthlessness" and vowing tough consequences for any future aggression

"If the North commits any additional provocations against the South, we will make sure that it pays a dear price without fail," Lee warned

Yep. Just wait until the next time.

Then they’ll show ’em.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, November 29th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “South Korea Vows To Retaliate Next Time”

  1. heykev says:

    South Korea will never strike back, Seoul is too close to the DMZ. It can easily be bombarded NK’s.

    The church I have been attending recently had families gather to help box packages that we supposedly going to NK. While I have no doubt they will go to enrich the lives of those commies in charge and most likely none will make to those who are actually starving. That said…

    Can someone here explain to me why China is still supporting NK? I understand that they don’t want to be overrun by millions of starving North Koreans once/if the country collapses, but it must be more than that to support this despot for so long.

    • proreason says:

      “Can someone here explain to me why China is still supporting NK?” sure

      Same reason drug dealers train pit bulls to be loco killers.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    I have a strongly worded document right here if they would care to copy it. No charge.

  3. NoNeoCommies says:

    OK, you crossed that line.
    I dare you to cross this new line!

  4. Astravogel says:

    Try that tactic on Israel and you get your nose bloodied.

  5. Mithrandir says:

    This is the….hmm, 12th recent incident by North Korea?

    1. Shot a South Korean woman in the back who got too close to the border, circa 2008.

    2. Has held South Korean fisherman captive for years who wandered into N.K. waters.

    3. Held South Korean man in jail (is still there) who denounced the North at a joint North/South factory located in the north, just across the border.

    4. Sank the Cheonan last year, killing 46 sailors.

    5. Killed 2 civilians, 2 Marines in latest artillery attack.

    Ok, that’s only 5, but there are more we all forgot about. If you don’t fight back at #1 and #2, you should expect the list to get up to #12 and keep climbing.

  6. preparing4theworst says:

    I understand that there were 200 plus people on the island in question. The second AP article states the island was decimated. How do you decimate a population (kill one in ten) of 200 and only get 4 deaths???? Oh, wait….AP reporting= accuracy is optional, huh?

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