4/3/ U.S 'Long War' part 2: Palestine, Iran, Iraq Russia, Korea

PALESTINE
Israel threatens second Gaza war after launching air strikes
Apr 2 2010, from Christian Scientist Monitor News
www.minnpost.com/worldcsm/2010/04/02/17105/israel_threatens_second_gaza_...
In response to a rocket attack, Israel launched multiple air strikes on Gaza early Friday and threatened a second Gaza war if Palestinian militants do not cease their rocket attacks. The air strikes targeted what Israel said were weapons manufacturing and storage sites. Palestinians said the sites struck included workshops and a factory.
No one was killed... though three children were wounded in the Israeli strike.

Israeli Army, Navy, Bombards Beit Lahia Tanks Bombarding Gaza
April 01, 2010 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
The Israeli Navy opened fire at Palestinian fishermen near the Beit Lahia coast, while Israeli tanks fired several shells at area in the north of the city, local sources reported Thursday...damage was reported, no injuries. The shelling came shortly after the army dropped leaflets warning of a nearing attack on Gaza. The leaflets did not specify the nature of the upcoming attack.

Israeli Planes And Helicopters Mount Gaza Attacks
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2010/04/01/news/news-us-palestinians-isra...
GAZA - Israeli planes and helicopters mounted at least seven missile attacks on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip Friday, destroying what a military spokesman described as Palestinian munitions sites. ..and two arms caches. The air strikes were Israel's response to a Palestinian short-range rocket that was fired across the border into the Jewish state on Thursday, the spokesman said. The attack, which went unclaimed by any Palestinian faction, caused no damage. An Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip early last year was designed to counter such salvoes. Rocket attacks have resumed sporadically in recent weeks and Israel has responded with air strikes.

another faux fight to improve very damaged U.S. 'neutrality/peacebroker facade concludes exactly as pre- planned
Despite row, U.S. and Israel sign massive arms deal
By Amos Harel, Haaretz Correspondent
March 25, 2010 - As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in Washington this week absorbing the full wrath of the Obama administration, the Pentagon and Israel's defense establishment were sealing a large arms deal. According to the deal, Israel will purchase three new Hercules C-130J airplanes. The deal for the three aircrafts, designed by Lockheed Martin, is worth roughly a quarter billion dollars. Each aircraft costs $70 million. The aircrafts were manufactured specifically for Israeli needs, and include a large number of systems produced by Israel's defense industry... America and Israel have not reached agreement regarding the purchase of the Lockheed F-35 war plane estimated to be worth more than $3 billion...http://www.uruknet.de/?p=64491

Nuclear Iran wouldn't pose existential threat to Israel
The public should not allow itself to be dragged into supporting a destructive military operation. Does Iran indeed pose a real existential threat rather than an imagined existential threat against those states that are threatened by it, particularly Israel? The answer is that there are three basic reservations regarding these much-talked-about concerns over Iran.
First, like other small states, Iran seeks to attain nuclear weapons in order to deter other nuclear-armed states from attacking it. So if Iran is not attacked, it will not attack.
Second, Iran's goal is primarily to boost its influence in the Muslim world.
Third, and most important, with the exception of two atomic bombs that were needlessly used by none other than the democratic and liberal United States - since Japan was very near surrender - no other country possessing nuclear weapons has used them. The other reasons for not using nuclear weapons are numerous....
The writer, By Gabi Sheffer, is a political science professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1102571.html

Defense Minister Ehud Barak: Israel depends on the United States
“The United States is a central source for Israel's qualitative edge [over its enemies] in advanced weapons systems, $3 billion in annual financial aid, ammunition and spare parts that are spread out here in American storage facilities within Israel, and upon which the IDF relies as an 'oxygen supply' in time of war...Even when there are disagreements between friends – and there are also disagreements – it is vital that we remember that the US is friendly toward Israel in a deep and basic sense, it is the US we turn to when there is a Goldstone Report; it is the US we turn to when an intervention or veto is needed in the [UN] Security Council and it was there that we found support and backing in every central crisis in Israel's history, from the War of Independence onward.” http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/136767

IRAN
Clinton: Iran unable to respond to U.S. overtures due to 'political turmoil'
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1102450.html

Iran : Riding The "Green Wave"
By Edward S. Herman and David Peterson
http://www.medialens.org/alerts/09/090728_iran_riding_the.php
July 29 2009 "Medialens" -- There are many problems with the Campaign for Peace and Democracy's "Question & Answer on the Iran Crisis," issued by the CPD on July 7, and widely circulated since then. The CPD adopted this format, it tells us, because "some on the left, and others as well, have questioned the legitimacy of and the need for solidarity with the anti-Ahmadinejad movement," and the CPD believes "those questions need to be squarely addressed."...when stripped of its didactic format, this Q&A amounts to little more than an emotional plea to its target audience to surrender what remains of their leftist instincts (long under siege in the States, and shrinking rapidly), and join its authors for a ride on the "green wave" of yet another color-coded campaign that fits well with one of their government's longest-running programs of destabilization and regime-change. We believe that any "confusion" felt by the left and "American progressives" towards these events is a confusion that has been sown by our would-be instructors...
A look at its [CPD's] "Past Sign-on Statements and Letters" and "Statement of Purpose" shows that, in contrast to its lengthy, 4,000-word Q&A of July 7, as well as its earlier statement on the "Crisis in Iran" (June 17), the CPD has yet to put up a Q&A related to or a statement announcing its solidarity with the mass demonstrations in Honduras after the June 27-28 military coup that overthrew the democratically elected president of the country, Manuel Zelaya. Neither has the CPD announced its solidarity with the 100 or more indigenous victims of a June 5 massacre by the government of Alan García in Peru, which some groups are calling the "Amazon's Tiananmen," nor with the high numbers of civilian victims of the several-year-long U.S. and NATO bombing campaigns over Afghanistan and Pakistan, now sharply escalated by the new Democratic administration....while Mahmoud Ahmadinejad might not be good for world anti-imperialism, his country is not just "opposed by the United States," it has been under serious U.S. attack and faces a continuing threat of escalated violence. It should be first-order business of a left and supposed campaign for peace as well as democracy to oppose this threat. But with Ahmadinejad a demonized target and Iran's allegedly sham election of June 12 utterly discredited, the CPD's willing participation in that whole process (in contrast to Honduras, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia) provides first-class service to the imperial powers....

"We have proposed a $75 million package that would allow us to broadcast more effectively in Iran, better messaging for Iran. We have proposed money that would be used for innovation in our efforts to reach the Iranian people through websites and modern technology. We have also proposed that we would be able to support non-governmental organizations that can function in Iran and in many ways, most importantly, to improve and increase our educational and cultural outreach to the people of Iran."
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Opening Remarks before the Senate Appropriations Committee, "FY 2006 Supplemental Budget Proposal," March 9, 2006
as quoted in the very important analysis above: "Iran: Riding the Green Wave"...

Obama Addresses Iran by Web Video
*http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/20/obama-adresses-iran-by-web-video/
...The United States does not meddle in Iran’s internal affairs. Our commitment – our responsibility – is to stand up for those rights that should be universal to all human beings.
I want the Iranian people to know what my country stands for. The United States believes in the dignity of every human being, and an international order that bends the arc of history in the direction of justice – a future where Iranians can exercise their rights, to participate fully in the global economy, and enrich the world through educational and cultural exchanges beyond Iran’s borders. That is the future that we seek. That is what America is for....
*see previous digest issues: u.s. major media 'opposition' sources are USAID/NED/NGO 'human rights'. especially U.S. based The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran

On Saturday evening, hours after President Obama criticized Iran’s government for its violent response to protests over last year’s disputed presidential election, Iran’s ruling cleric, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and the country’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, responded by attacking the United States and defending the election as a “landslide” victory.
According to a translation by Reuters, Ayatollah Khamenei said, in an address broadcast on Nowruz, the Persian New Year, on state television in Iran, “Sometimes the U.S. government appears as a wolf or a fox and looks violent and arrogant, and sometimes they look different. They hoped to create a civil war in this country but the people were vigilant...It was a great ordeal and lesson, and the people of Iran emerged victorious. The new administration and president claimed interest in just and fair relations; they wrote letters and sent messages … saying they are willing to normalize relations with the Islamic Republic, but in practice they did the opposite. Eight months after the elections, they took the worst possible stance. The president called those rioters and saboteurs ‘civil rights activists. We said that if they are extending a metal hand inside a velvet glove, we won’t accept.”

"Reporting" on Iran should seem familiar
by Glen Greenwald
http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/03/31/iran/index....

Fox News currently has an article at the top of its website that is headlined: "CIA: Iran Moving Closer to Nuclear Weapon." The report, by DOD and State Department correspondent Justin Fishel, begins with this alarming claim:
A recently published report by the Central Intelligence Agency says Iran is still working on building a nuclear weapon despite some technical setbacks and international resistance -- and the Pentagon say it's still concerned about Iran's ambitions. The actual report, to which the Fox article links and which the DNI was required by Congress to submit, says no such thing...The report says the opposite of Fox's statement that "Iran is still working on building a nuclear weapon." And, of course, the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate which concluded that Iran ceased development of its weapons program has never been rescinded, and even the most hawkish anonymous leaks from inside the intelligence community, when bashing the 2007 NIE, merely claim that analysts "now believe that Iran may well have resumed 'research' on nuclear weapons -- theoretical work on how to design and construct a bomb -- but that Tehran is not engaged in 'development' -- actually trying to build a weapon."

This "reporting" is hardly confined to Fox News. Reporting on Obama's efforts to secure international sanctions, Reuters today makes this claim:
[E]evidence has mounted raising doubts about whether Tehran is telling the truth when it says its nuclear program is only to produce peaceful atomic energy.
Particularly damning was a report in February from the U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, that said Iran may be working to develop a nuclear-armed missile. But as Juan Cole correctly notes: This Reuters article also misinterprets the stance of the International Atomic Energy Agency of the UN, which continues to certify that none of Iran's nuclear material, being enriched for civilian purposes, has been diverted to military uses. The IAEA has all along said it cannot give 100% assurance that Iran has no weapons program, because it is not being given complete access. But nagging doubt is not the same as an affirmation. We should learn a lesson from the Iraq debacle.
Meanwhile, The New York Times' David Sanger -the Judy Miller of Iran when it comes to hyping the "threat" based overwhelmingly, often exclusively, on anonymous sources -- continues his drum beat this week. In an article co-written with William Broad, Sanger warns -- "based on interviews with officials of several governments and international agencies" ("all" of whom "insisted on anonymity") -- that "international inspectors and Western intelligence agencies say they suspect that Tehran is preparing to build more sites in defiance of United Nations demands." But rather than the secret, nefarious scheme which the NYT depicts this as being, these plans for additional sites were publicly announced -- by the Iranian government itself -- many weeks ago.
As noted before, it wouldn't surprise me in the least if Iran wanted a nuclear weapons capability. If anything, it would be irrational for them not to want one. What else would a rational Iranian leader conclude as they look at the U.S. military's having destructively invaded and continuing to occupy two of its neighboring, non-nuclear countries (i.e., being surrounded by an invading American army on both its Eastern and Western borders)? Add to that the fact that barely a day goes by without Western media outlets and various Western elites threatening them with a bombing attack by the U.S. or the Israel (which itself has a huge stockpile of nuclear weapons and categorically refuses any inspections or other monitoring). If our goal were to create a world where Iran was incentivized to obtain nuclear weapons, we couldn't do a better job than we're doing now.
But regardless of one's views on that question, or on the question of what the U.S. should do (if anything) about Iranian proliferation, the first order of business ought to be ensuring that the reporting on which we base our views is accurate. A CNN poll from February found that 59% of Americans favor military action against Iran if negotiations over their nuclear program fail (see questions 31-32) -- and that's without the White House even advocating such a step. As the invasion of Iraq demonstrated, the kind of fear-mongering, reckless, and outright false "reporting" we're seeing already -- and have been seeing for awhile -- over Iran's nuclear program poses a far greater danger to the U.S. than anything Iran could do.

the 'suspicions' and propaganda on which USrael wars are sold
Agencies Suspect Iran Is Planning Atomic Sites
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/28/world/middleeast/28nuke.html?th&emc=th
United Nations inspectors assigned to monitor Iran’s nuclear program are now searching for evidence.... that there may be two new sites comes at a crucial moment in the White House’s attempts to impose tough new sanctions against Iran.... When President Obama publicly revealed the evidence of the hidden site at Qum last September, his aides had hoped the announcement would make it easier to win international support for a fourth round of economic sanctions, particularly from a reluctant China and Russia. Since then, however, the White House has been struggling to persuade those countries to go along with the toughest sanctions and the administration is now being forced to scale back its proposed list of sanctions.... According to American officials, in recent weeks Israel — which uncovered some of the evidence about Qum — has pressed the case with their American counterparts that evidence points to what one senior administration official called “Qum look-alikes.” ...
American officials say they share the I.A.E.A.’s suspicions and are examining satellite evidence about a number of suspected sites. But they have found no solid clues yet that Iran intends to use them to produce nuclear fuel, and they are less certain about the number of sites Iran may be planning...In any case, no new processing site would pose an immediate threat or change the American estimates that it will still take Iran one to four years to obtain the capability to build a nuclear weapon. Given the complexity of building and opening new plants, it would probably take several years for the country to enrich uranium at any of the new sites.... the disclosures may be intended, at least in part, to underscore the belief of Western officials that the Iranian efforts are speeding ahead, and the assertions could aid in efforts to press Iran to open up locations long closed to inspectors...
This article was based on interviews with officials of several governments and international agencies deeply involved in the hunt for additional nuclear sites in Iran, and familiar with the work of the I.A.E.A

not satire....
Clinton "deplores" any abuse of prisoners in Iran:
"We believe that it is imperative for (Iran) ... to release political prisoners and treat them appropriately and humanely."
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090729/pl_nm/us_iran_usa_clinton

The Obama administration now blocking efforts by U.N. human rights investigators to interview detainees at the Guantánamo Bay prison.
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2009/jul2009/guan-j25.shtml

Obama Ignores Torture
By Helen Thomas
Many heaved a sigh of relief last January when President Obama banned the torture of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It made the administration look more humane than the Bush-Cheney team. But that is not the whole story. http://informationclearinghouse.info/article23148.htm http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=824669&category=C...

IRAQ
Allawi win could curb Iran's influence
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2011468010_allawi29.ht...
The surprisingly [SIC] strong election showing by a secular, nationalist coalition in Iraq has provided a sudden opening for the mostly Sunni Arab world to curtail Iranian influence in Iraq, something that has been a source of serious alarm for the United States and its Arab allies since 2003... Sunni Arab governments have long kept their distance from Iraq's postwar governments. They have declined to send full ambassadors — first because of the U.S. occupation, then because of the precarious security and more recently because of their anger over perceived Iranian influence. But they have begun warming toward Iraq, and Allawi's ascension would likely tip the balance... Iran's main challenge to the region — building a sphere of influence extending from Iraq all the way to Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip — makes any Iraqi leader with an anti-Iranian policy a favorite for Arab governments. Allawi is no exception and has enjoyed friendly relations with Sunni powers like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates for years... he subsequent extent of Allawi's success in reducing Iran's influence in Iraq would depend to a large extent on who would be his partners in the next government. His most likely options are the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, a large Shiite party established with Iranian backing in Tehran in the early 1980s; and supporters of anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, also believed to be linked to the Iranians...

US' new 'Iraqi PM'
Douglas Valentine wrote in Counterpunch: “According to published reports, Allawi began his career in the killing business in the 1960s on behalf of Saddam Hussein; but in 1978, he switched to the CIA after Hussein tried to kill him. In 1991 Allawi co-founded an anti-Saddam, CIA-front organization, the Iraqi National Accord (INA), which the New York Times described as ‘a terrorist organization.’” When he assumed the office of interim Prime Minister, some European papers routinely refer to Allawi as a “former assassin,” or in similar term

RUSSIA
Biden on Eastern Europe:
VP Joe Biden talk with Wall Street Journal's Peter Spiegel July 23.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124846217750479721.html
"I don't expect the Russians to embrace -- particularly this government, particularly Putin -- to embrace the notion they should reject a sphere of influence. But I do expect them to understand we don't accept a sphere of influence."

Saakashvili to ask Biden for U.S. weapons to Deter Russia
By Philip P. Pan Washington Post Foreign Service
July 22, 2009
TBILISI, Georgia, July 21 -- Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili urged the United States on Tuesday to supply his country with advanced defensive weapons, warning on the eve of a visit by Vice President Biden that a decision not to provide such arms would encourage a Russian invasion....
Biden delivered the speech near the end of his two-day visit to Tbilisi, during which he and Saakashvili have discussed economic aid and a proposal for $16 million next year for military training and reorganization, officials on both sides said. Biden's national security adviser Tony Blinken and a senior Georgian adviser denied that Saakashvili had asked Biden for anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons and U.S. participation in an EU observer mission along its border with the disputed regions. The U.S. official who had told that to reporters earlier Thursday said later he had spoken in error. Saakashvili has previously expressed a strong interest in acquiring U.S. weapons as he seeks to rebuild his military after the war, and Georgian officials in recent days have said they wanted the U.S. to join the observer mission....
In Moscow, the government said it would not stand by while Georgia was resupplied with weapons. "We will continue inhibiting rearmament of the Saakashvili regime," Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said, according to the ITAR-Tass news agency.Georgia is one of the world's biggest recipients of U.S. foreign aid, receiving about $1 billion from Washington over the past year... http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/world/ap/51391547.html

US outrage over “rigged” elections does not extend to Kyrgyzstan:
The brazen rigging of an election, the repression of the opposition and the use of police violence and live ammunition against demonstrators has been met with silence by the Obama administration and the US media. http://www.wsws.org/articles/2009/jul2009/pers-j25.shtml

u.s. proxy suspected
Russia to probe Georgia’s alleged involvement in metro blasts
Voice of Russia
http://english.ruvr.ru/2010/03/31/5840163.html
Russian security agencies will make an enquiry into the possible involvement of Georgian Special Forces in terrorist acts in the Moscow metro according to a statement by Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev in an interview with the Kommersant newspaper... the Security Council was informed about contacts maintained by agents of the Georgian Special Forces with terrorist groups of the Russian North Caucasus. “We have to examine the case”, Nikolai Patrushev said... Mikhail Saakashvili, who once unleashed a war, may launch another one."

NYT Editorial: The Moscow Bombings
The horrific bombings raise fears of a renewed extremist campaign. But Russia’s leaders must not use the attacks as an excuse for more repression...
If Russia is to have any hope of defeating extremism, Mr. Putin is going to have to focus less on promoting his own power and more on the root causes of the conflicts in the Caucasus. He can start by heeding his protégé, Dmitri Medvedev, the current president who has urged that the Kremlin address the underlying inequities that feed militancy, including poverty, joblessness and official corruption. Brute force alone will not work this time either.

Moscow Attack a Test for Putin and His Record Against Terror
By CLIFFORD J. LEVY
The bombings confronted Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin with a challenge to his record on terrorism, and raised the possibility that he would again tighten his control over the government.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/30/world/europe/30moscow.html?th&emc=th

"I take my daily orders from Dr. Kissinger " National Security Advisor Gen. James Jones
Gen. Jones's Remarks to the Munich Security Conference Hotel Bayerischer Hof Munich, Germany February 9, 2009
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/02/jones_munich_conferenc......

James Jones: U.S. To Expand Eastern European Missile Deployments
President Barack Obama's National Security Adviser James Jones announced the US has launched a new phase of deploying its missile defence systems in Eastern Europe. According to Jones, the United States will interact on deploying antimissile missiles in Europe with all its partners, namely Poland, the Czech Republic and Romania, and also continue talks with Russia.... Moscow has repeatedly suggested that Washington interact with Russia in the missile defence area by using Russia’s radar base in Armavir and another one in Gabala, which Russia is leasing from Azerbaijan.... Pending the deployment of the first ground-based missiles Europe’s coasts will be patrolled by US warships with missiles on board. http://english.ruvr.ru/2010/02/06/4196575.html http://english.ruvr.ru/2010/02/05/4170388.html

WOMEN 'TERRORISTS' TARGETED BY WHITE MALE SUPREMACIST SYSTEM
NYT: translates causes for political resistance to U.S. foreign occupations into Russia's problem!
OP-ED CONTRIBUTORS
What Makes Chechen Women So Dangerous?
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/31/opinion/31pape.html?th&emc=th
...Chechen suicide attackers do not fit popular stereotypes, contrary to the Russian government’s efforts to pigeonhole them. For years, Moscow has routinely portrayed Chechen bombers as Islamic extremists, many of them foreign, who want to make Islam the world’s dominant religion. Yet however much Russia may want to convince the West that this battle is part of a global war on terrorism, the facts about who becomes a Chechen suicide attacker — male or female — reveal otherwise. The three of us, in our work for the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism, have analyzed every Chechen suicide attack since they began in 2000, 42 separate incidents involving 63 people who killed themselves... The majority are male, but a huge fraction — over 40 percent — are women. Many Chechen separatists are Muslim, but few of the suicide bombers profess religious motives. Something is driving Chechen suicide bombers, but it is hardly global jihad. As we have discovered in our research on Lebanon, the West Bank, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and elsewhere, suicide terrorist campaigns are almost always a last resort against foreign military occupation. Chechnya is a powerful demonstration of this phenomenon at work.
In the 1990s, the rebels kicked out tens of thousands of Russian troops who had been sent to the region to prevent Chechnya, a republic within the Russian Federation, from declaring independence. In 1999, the Russians came back — this time with more than 90,000 troops — and waged a well-documented scorched-earth campaign, killing an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 civilians out of a population of about 1 million. Ordinary guerrilla tactics and hostage-taking — the keys to ousting the Russians the first time — now got the rebels nowhere. New tactics were employed and women were central from the start...“These women, particularly the wives of the mujahedeen who were martyred, are being threatened in their homes, their honor [is] being threatened,... They do not accept being humiliated and living under occupation.” ...
The Russians overreached...Suspected rebels were abducted and imprisoned, their families’ houses were burned, and there were widespread accusations of forced confessions and coerced testimony in trials. An investigation by The Times in February 2009 reported claims of extensive torture and executions under the Kadyrov administration, and detailed “efforts by Chechnya’s government to suppress knowledge of its policies through official lies, obstruction and witness intimidation.” ...
No political solution would resolve every issue. But the subway attacks should make clear to Russia that quelling the rebellion with diplomacy is in its security interests. As long as Chechens feel themselves under occupation — either directly by Russian troops or by their proxies — the cycle of violence will continue wreaking havoc across Russia.

KOREA
WHY NOW? An earlier version of this article was published in print in the International Herald Tribune Jan. 25, 2010, and nytimes.com on Jan. 24, 2010.
Mar 17, 2010 How North Korea military moves would raise tension ...
South Korea rules out navy ship sunk by North Korea ... If the North demonstrates improved missile technology, it increases the long-term ...
www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE62G20M20100317

US warns North Korea against raising tension with South
"We would urge North Korea to avoid any steps that increase tension on the ... accused the South's navy of sending more warships into the North's ...
www.spacewar.com/.../US_warns_North_Korea_against_raising_tension_ with_South_999.html

NKorea accuses South of psychological warfare
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100329/ap_on_re_as/as_koreas_tension
SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea warned the U.S. 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 U.S. 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 U.S. 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 U.S. 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 U.S., 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 U.S. and South Korea embarked on joint military drills in March and April....

US 'soft power' role in overthrowing 'uncooperative' governments
At least three of the five web sites receive United States Congress financing through the National Endowment for Democracy
North Koreans Use Cellphones to Bare Secrets
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/29/world/asia/29news.html?pagewanted=2&th...
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea, one of the world’s most impenetrable nations, is facing a new threat: networks of its own citizens feeding information about life there to South Korea and its Western allies. The networks are the creation of a handful of North Korean defectors and South Korean human rights activists using cellphones to pierce North Korea’s near-total news blackout. To build the networks, recruiters slip into China to woo the few North Koreans allowed to travel there, provide cellphones to smuggle across the border, then post informers’ phoned and texted reports on Web sites...The cellphones work on China’s cellular networks, so they operate only within several miles of the Chinese border...
“In an information vacuum like North Korea, any additional tidbits — even in the swamp of rumors — is helpful,” said Nicholas Eberstadt, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute who has chronicled the country’s economic and population woes for decades.... the now-steady leak of “heard-in-Korea” news is factoring into ever swirling intelligence debates about whether there is a possibility of government collapse,.. the Web sites appear to have inflicted damage. North Korea’s spy agencies, which almost never admit to weaknesses, recently warned that South Korea’s “plot to overthrow our system, employing all manners and means of spying, is spreading from the periphery of our territory and deeply inland.”
The informers’ networks are part of broader changes in intelligence gathering rooted in the North’s weaknesses. The first breakthrough came in the 1990s, when famine stoked by a breakdown in the socialist rationing system drove defectors out of the country and into the arms of South Korean and American intelligence agencies. The famine also led North Korea to allow traders to cross the border into China to bring home food, leaving them vulnerable to foreign agents, the news media and, most recently, the defectors and activists intent on forcing change in the North....

Jun 8, 2009 ...Tension between US and North Korea increases
A court in North Korea sentenced two American journalists to 12 years of hard labour in the gulag ...North Korean soldiers arrested Euna ...
www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2008/s2592427.htm