11/27 Korean War Continued: US- SK Military Drills, DPRK 's Position

Digest commentary: US divide & destroy to conquer MO on very continent
A UN/US 1953 armistice stopped the US defeat in its 1950-53 imperialist war to prevent a communist- led socialist revolution like China's from spreading. Ever since, the US has sponsored war maneuvers with its militarily occupied proxy 'SK'. The 'two sides' created by fracturing Korea are legally still at war since no peace treaty was signed. US fears their reunification under the 'non-compliant north' DPRK regime it seeks to 'reunify' under US/UN domination. Controling the southeast Asian region is critical to its failing plan to dominate 'eurasia'. Needless to say, 'North Korea' does not recognize the borders drawn unilaterally by the U.N./US armistice, will not be intimidated by the bully, and despite US wetdream fantasy propaganda about its isolation, has conditional support at least from China and others opposed to US hegemony for their own national interests.

"... 'When the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce, rather than a permanent peace treaty, the warring militaries failed to agree upon a western sea border. The American-led United Nations unilaterally drew the “Northern Limit Line,” border the South Korean and United States militaries have enforced since the end of the war...North Korea never accepted it... a geopolitical fault line: Yeonpyeong Island is in disputed waters claimed by both countries, just two miles from the so-called Northern Limit Line, a maritime border the North has never recognized, and less than eight miles from the DPRK coast..."

The U.S. orchestrated this latest SOP massive military deployment of troops, ships and aircraft on the DPRK's border. Studying its trajectory reveals more than just the monstrous lies embedded by 'our' neoliberal friendly-fascist state in its 24/7 psychological 'information war'. It is a political microcosm of how US geostrategic goals are advanced through manufactured tactical crises, how 'strategic information' is actively promoted as 'news & information' by major media 'free press journalists', how 'miraculously' past and present crimes, false flag ops, other state subterfuge all get tied up in a neat package to 'justify' the next step in its expansion of state terror-
in the course of blaming those who resist its predations for necessitating US 'peacekeeping, stabilizing, humanitarian engagements'. It's a good lesson in why zooming in focus on apparently discrete 'events' - intentionally or deliberately disempowers resistance because it misleads, distracts and obscures the enemy's geopolitical agenda such tactical turns are aimed at advancing.

NB: Recent related geopolitical moves in old US war

from long history of war provocation-aggression
11/11/09 Korean Navies Skirmish in Disputed Waters
..One North Korean sailor was killed and three others injured as North and South Korean naval vessels exchanged fierce two-minute skirmish in disputed waters off the western coast of the Korean Peninsula Tuesday, leaving one North Korean vessel engulfed in flames... according to MBC South Korean television station.
The two Koreas accused each other of violating territorial waters, provoking the . It was the first border fighting in seven years between the countries, which technically remain at war after fighting in the 1950-3 Korean War ended in a truce rather than a permanent peace treaty. The clash underlined the instability in the region just days before President Obama begins a weeklong visit to Asia. North Korea’s nuclear weapons program will be a leading topic not only when Mr. Obama meets with South Korean president, Lee Myung-bak, in Seoul next week but also during bilateral talks American officials say will begin soon with the North...

12/22/09 North Korea Threatens to Fire Into Disputed Waters
North Korea’s threats came two weeks after Stephen W. Bosworth, President Obama’s special envoy, visited Pyongyang to try to persuade North Korea to return to six-nation talks on ending its nuclear weapons program. Both Washington and Pyongyang reported progress during Mr. Bosworth’s trip but said more talks were needed before being able to say whether the six-nation talks would resume.

10/9/10 US often weighed North Korea `nuke option'
NEW YORK — From the 1950s Pentagon to today's Obama administration, the United States has repeatedly pondered, planned and threatened use of nuclear weapons against North Korea, according to declassified and other U.S. government documents released in this 60th-anniversary year of the Korean War. Air Force bombers flew nuclear rehearsal runs over North Korea's capital during the war. The U.S. military services later vied for the lead role in any "atomic delivery" over North Korea. In the late 1960s, nuclear-armed U.S. warplanes stood by in South Korea on 15-minute alert to strike the north. Just this past April, issuing a U.S. Nuclear Posture Review, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said "all options are on the table" for dealing with Pyongyang — meaning U.S. nuclear strikes were not ruled out. The stream of new revelations about U.S. nuclear planning further fills in a picture of what North Korea calls "the increasing nuclear threat of the U.S.," which it cites as the reason it developed its own atom-bomb program — as a deterrent."This is the lesson we have drawn," North Korea's vice foreign minister, Pak Kil Yon, told the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Sept. 29...Korea specialists generally accept Pyongyang’s stated rationale that it sought its own bomb for defensive reasons — “as a response to the U.S. deployment of tactical nuclear weapons in South Korea,” says author Selig Harrison.
The new information is contained in Korean War documents released by the CIA to mark this June's anniversary of the start of the conflict; another declassified package obtained by Washington's private National Security Archive research group under the Freedom of Information Act; and additional documents, also once top-secret and found at the U.S. National Archives, provided to The Associated Press by intelligence historian and author Matthew Aid.[...]

11-21-10 S. Korea Could Seek Deployment of US Tactical Nuclear Weapons
U.S. diplomats, intelligence officers and other officials have rushed to Asia for consultations following North Korea's claim to have secretly constructed a uranium enrichment facility. Among the South Korean responses under discussion: bringing American nuclear weapons back into the country.
Provocative program...U.S. special envoy for North Korea, Stephen Bosworth, said "this is not a crisis."But he added Pyongyang's new uranium enrichment program is provocative."This is clearly a violation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1874. It is a violation of North Korea's commitments under the September 2005 joint statement. And it's a violation of other commitments that they have made to us and other partners in the six-party process," Bosworth said....

[S. Korean] Defense Minister Kim Tae-young raised the possibility Monday during talks with a parliamentary committee about North Korea's latest nuclear escalation. He said the issue could be raised when a joint U.S.-South Korean military committee meets next month to discuss North Korea's nuclear programs. The United States removed its last tactical nuclear weapons from South Korea in December of 1991. The Seoul government was prompted to consider the step by reports that North Korea has a sophisticated uranium enrichment program and claims to have 2,000 working centrifuges. A U.S. scientist who visited the facility said it appears to be designed to produce fuel for electricity-making reactors but could be adapted to make fuel for nuclear weapons. 11-22 http://www.voanews.com/english/news/South-Korea-Could-Seek-Deployment-of...

11/21/10 U.S. alerts Asian capitals to possible North Korean uranium enrichment program (Washington Post)

11/21/10 US asks China to curb N. Korea Nuclear Plans, FT, Daniel Dombey, Washington
The US urged China to help rein in North Korea’s nuclear programme after reports Pyongyang has built an extensive uranium enrichment facility which could add to the country’s stock of atomic weapons material. President Barack Obama sent Stephen Bosworth, special envoy for North Korea, to Seoul, Tokyo and Beijing in the wake of Pyongyang’s claim it has built a facility with two thousand centrifuges to enrich uranium. The process can yield both nuclear fuel and fissile material for weapons. The response from South Korean atomic negotiators was muted. They said they had no idea how far Pyongyang’s nuclear scientists had got or where they might be running their experiments.

11/21/10 US envoy heads to Seoul to discuss N. Korea nuclear activity day after US scientist reports seeing 'stunning' new uranium facility in Pyongyang
A new nuclear crisis was looming in Asia after it emerged North Korea had made far more progress than previously thought in enriching uranium. Despite North Korea's claims that the facility is designed to produce electricity, the news will [sic] trigger suspicions it is seeking to bolster its weapons capability and gain the upper hand in nuclear talks, as it reels from US and UN sanctions. * Siegfried Hecker, a Stanford University professor who was shown round the enrichment plant, said it contained an "astonishingly modern control room" overlooking 2,000 centrifuges."These facilities appear to be designed primarily for civilian nuclear power, not to boost North Korea's military capability," Hecker wrote in a report on his visit. But he added: "Nevertheless, the uranium enrichment facilities could be readily converted to produce highly enriched uranium (HEU) bomb fuel (or parallel facilities could exist elsewhere). Hecker, a former director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory... passed on his findings to the White House several days ago, according to media reports. He predicted they would cause "a political firestorm"...Hecker said: "It is clear that waiting patiently for Pyongyang to return to the six-party talks on terms acceptable to the United States and its allies will exacerbate the problem ... The only hope appears to be engagement...
"Washington's top envoy on North Korea, Stephen Bosworth, was dispatched to the region after a US scientist said the government in Pyongyang had shown him a "stunning" new uranium enrichment plant at the country's nuclear complex at Yongbyon. Chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Mike Mullen, said it provided further evidence of North Korea's increasingly belligerent behaviour. "From my perspective, it's North Korea continuing on a path which is destabilising for the region. It confirms or validates the concern we've had for years about their enriching uranium, which they've denied routinely," said Mullen....
Bosworth will visit Seoul on Monday, and go on to Beijing and Tokyo to discuss a collective response to the revelations. Six-nation talks over North Korea's nuclear programme – between the two Koreas, the US, Japan, Russia and hosted by China – have stalled, and some observers speculated that the Pyongyang regime gave Hecker and other scientists access in the hope of strengthening its position at any future multi-party nuclear talks.
North Korea has not proven it has a working nuclear weapon...Washington is expected to exploit Hecker's report to prove that the regime has continued to develop nuclear weapons, despite UN sanctions....The speed with which the plant appears to have been built and its sophistication suggest outside help, at least in acquiring parts.The news is the latest in a series of recent blows to Barack Obama's attempts to keep alive his vision for global nuclear disarmament.

The US START Treaty: What Does "Arms Control" Really Mean?
by Darwin BondGraham, http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2010/bg200510.html

Obama asks Congress for 85 billion to modernize nuclear weapons complex

West sees outside help in building facility
11/22/10 FT.com Black market networks based in Pakistan and China played a leading role in equipping North Korea's newly declared nuclear facility, according to western intelligence

11/22/10 South Korean Minister hints at Seoul hosting nuclear arms
South Korea’s defence minister Kim broke a taboo by suggesting it might host US nuclear weapons again, after revelations about a North Korean atomic facility

NB: u.s. 'expert' exercises pretext potential
11/23 South Korea Digests News of North’s Nuclear Site
SEOUL, South Korea — Revelations of a uranium enrichment facility in North Korea found the South Korean government and nuclear experts grappling for a response. Monday, South Korea’s foreign minister, Kim Sung-hwan, played down the new facility, saying, “It’s nothing new.”But some political analysts in Seoul were alarmed at an apparent lapse in intelligence gathering by United States and South Korean agencies...North Korean atomic officials recently told Mr. Hecker and a former American diplomat, Jack Pritchard, they had begun construction of such a reactor....Analysts, including Kim Seoc-woo, a proliferation expert and director of the Institute for Peace and Cooperation in Seoul, said the North Koreans would have had to have help. Traders using smuggling channels might have brought banned nuclear equipment into the North using an overland route — starting from Iran, then through Afghanistan and perhaps Pakistan, then into China and on to North Korea, the analysts said...“If this information is true, then this is a serious problem,” an official with the South’s Defense Ministry said on Monday, referring to the facility that was seen this month by an American nuclear scientist on a visit to North Korea. The defense official and other government officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the delicate nature of the issue and because the South Korean government was still formulating its position.“Our ministry is watching and monitoring North Korea’s nuclear activity,” said the defense official, adding that he was not permitted to say whether the military had known the facility existed before the American scientist, Siegfried S. Hecker, disclosed it. The revelations were first reported Sunday in The New York Times....Wi Sung-lac, Seoul’s chief nuclear issues negotiator, met Monday morning in Seoul with Stephen W. Bosworth, the United States special envoy for North Korea...Monday afternoon, they traveled to Beijing... China is North Korea’s only major ally.

11/23 N. Korea has potential to make more nukes: Gates
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday North Korea has the potential to produce more nuclear weapons by using its new uranium enrichment facilities.“My view is that the North Koreans have had an ongoing nuclear program for a long time and have -- and probably have some number of nuclear devices. An enrichment plant like this, assuming that’s what it is, obviously gives them the potential to create a number more. But I believe they have nuclear weapons.” The Institute for Science and International Security, a Washington-based think tank dedicated to nuclear issues, said chances are high that the North secretly installed centrifuges separately from the 2,000 centrifuges shown recently to an American nuclear expert.
Institute director David Albright and senior researcher Paul Brennan announced this through attachments to their report posted in the institute’s Web site Sunday, commenting on a report by Stanford University professor Siegfried Hecker, who visited the North’s nuclear facility in Yongbyon. ...

NB About that friendly visiting US scientist
Siegfried Hecker Nuclear Weapons, Energy, Proliferation and Terrorism
Spring 2010-2111 http://cisac.stanford.edu/courses

Siegfried S. Hecker, PhD
Co-Director of CISAC and Professor (Research), Department of Management Science and Engineering; FSI Research Centers Senior Fellow
*Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) http://cisac.stanford.edu/centers/ is dedicated to producing policy-relevant research on international security problems, training the next generation of security specialists, and influencing policymaking in international security.
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July 26, 2010 - KSP News Executive Summary from the 6/18/10 Fourth Korea-U.S. West Coast Strategic Forum
At Stanford, to discuss current developments in North Korea and North Korea policy, the future of the U.S.-South Korean alliance, and a strategic vision for Northeast Asia. Former senior government officials and other leading experts from the United States and South Korea participated. The forum agenda and the executive summary available.
Participants from the United States included:Siegfried Hecker, Co-Director of Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University; and Professor (Research), Department of Management Science and Engineering; FSI Senior Fellow

CISAC Team Sees New North Korean Uranium Enrichment Facility
CISAC's Siegfried Hecker, Robert Carlin, and John Lewis recently returned from North Korea, where they visited the site of a new nuclear reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear facility. Hecker, co-director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation, will discuss the new 25 to 30 megawatt-electric light-water reactor and the recently completed industrial-scale uranium enrichment facility at the Korea Economic Institute (KEI) in Washington D.C. Tues., Nov. 23, at 10 a.m. He will be joined by Carlin, a CISAC visiting scholar, and Charles (Jack) Pritchard, president of KEI [Korea Economic Institute of America •http://www.keia.org/event.php?id=PRG10281 Washington DC, 20006 • 202.464.1982
* North Korea's Yongbyon Nuclear Complex: A Report by Siegfried S. Hecker +PDF+ * Robert Carlin and John W. Lewis in the Washington Post: "Review U.S. Policy Toward North Korea"

US forces to get our nod
The United States has confirmed it will expand its presence in Australia through combined military exercises and increased American access to ports, bases and test ranges in a move a leading analyst says is designed to counter the rise of China

US sets eyes on southern defence outposts
11/6/10 http://www.smh.com.au/world/us-sets-eyes-on-southern-defence-outposts-20...
The United States military will store equipment and supplies in Australia as part of a new regional posture to respond faster to natural disasters and other contingencies, and conduct more intensive training with Australian forces.The two militaries will also build a new space-monitoring facility in Western Australia, as previously reported in the Herald, to extend tracking of space activity, including missiles from rogue states like North Korea and orbiting debris.Washington and Australia will also step up co-operation in cyber security and warfare to counter what Defence analysts see as an ''emerging area of strategic risk''...The initiatives are expected to emerge from Monday's annual bilateral ministerial talks [AUSMIN]... Mrs Clinton and Mr Gates will outline a stepped-up American military presence across Asia into the Indian Ocean... The shift reflects an ongoing ''global posture review'' designed to counter a trend of deploying forces directly from bases in the United States or its external territories, and maintain a more ''visible and effective'' presence in key regions. There will be more American cruises through south-east Asia and more exercises with Australian and other regional forces, including those of Indonesia and Singapore, as well as joint aid efforts like a recent school construction effort in East Timor by US Navy engineers working from the amphibious landing ship HMAS Tobruk.
South-east Asia is seen as the nexus between the Pacific and the Indian oceans. Washington is showing greater interest in the Indian Ocean region and India itself
(US President, Barack Obama is about to visit), as well as greater awareness of the region's strategic connection with the Pacific. The ''pre-positioning'' of US military stores in places like Darwin and Townsville would allow faster aid in disasters and help with logistical problems in joint training. But it is likely to include large amounts of combat equipment for the typical US Marine taskforce involved in the bigger amphibious exercises. The new space facility likely to be added to the Northwest Cape joint communications base is designed to enhance ''space situational awareness'' in the southern hemisphere, where coverage is relatively thinner than over the north. It will track missiles, warheads, satellites and debris, and would be a passive monitoring facility rather than an advance into space warfare, which is restricted by international treaty. But more than helping space stations and satellites dodge collisions, it will have a defence role, as threats like the North Korean ballistic missile program have made US and Australian defence agencies more concerned about the ''southern trajectory''

NB: exercising gunboat diplomacy war
7/25/10 U.S., S. Korea start military drills; North protests
25 Jul 2010 Reuters
...U.S. naval vessels, including the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington, began the drills by setting off from South Korean ports where they had called last week in a show of force timed with a high-level meeting between the two allies. The drills involve more than 200 aircraft, including the F-22 Raptor fighter, and three destroyers, including the USS John S. McCain, part of the 97,000-tonne USS George Washington's strike group.Four Japanese military officers will be on board the carrier to observe the drills.
Pyongyang warned that the drill pitched the peninsula onto the brink of war. Pyongyang has routinely been shrill in voicing its anger in the past when the allies conduct exercises. Saturday the North's foreign ministry said it was ready for dialogue but vowed to respond by force if it had to....North Korea has called for the resumption of six-party nuclear disarmament talks... North Korea has called for the resumption of six-party nuclear disarmament talks...But U.S. officials say further provocations are possible in coming months...

NB: The dying, desperate tyrant, ravaging the world dying to escape its bloody clutches, only digs its imperial grave deeper
11/27/10 US - South Korea Begin Military Exercises

Urgent: Stop the U.S./S Korean Attack - Know the Facts - Take Action
International Action Center
Nov. 23, the government of South Korea mobilized 70,000 troops for a week of military maneuvers just off the border of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea. The DPRK said that these military maneuvers simulated an invasion of the north. The military deployment was provocatively held right off the sea borderline between the north and the south. This is an area considered to be disputed territory.
Nov 23, at 1:00 p.m., South Korean forces fired many shells into waters right off the DPRK an area that the north has a longstanding claim to be within its territory. A claim accepted by prior south Korean governments. An hour and a half later, the DPRK retaliated to what it saw as an attack on its territory by firing shells at the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong. And now the U.S. has announced plans to send the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington and its battle group including war ships, destroyers and hundreds of fighter jets back into the area to participate in new war maneuver provocations.
all who stand for peace and justice, make plans for immediate protest actions in the days ahead.

NB: while neither the DPRK or China, which was, is a revolutionary socialist country, their unity threatens u.s. domination which has continued the failed imperialist war it began in 1950 and has continued ever since it declared an 'armistice' in 1953

8/30/2010 Kim Jong Il Pays Unofficial Visit to China
Pyongyang, August 30 (KCNA) -- General Secretary Kim Jong Il paid an unofficial visit to the People's Republic of China from August 26 to 30 at the invitation of Hu JIntao, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and president of the PRC...four months after his last visit in May...Stronger Sino-DPRK cooperation is favorable for stepping up socialist construction in the two countries and firmly defending and promoting common interests of the two sides and regional peace, stability and prosperity, Hu said.

6/26/07 Truth behind "Northern Limit Line" Disclosed
Pyongyang, June 25, 2006 (KCNA) - Rodong Sinmun Monday carries an article contributed by a military commentator disclosing the truth behind the "northern limit line" and clarifying once again the principled stand of the DPRK on it in connection with the fact that the warlike forces of south Korea are perpetrating the intrusion into the waters of the north side in the West Sea of Korea not just as a mere provocation but are pursuing the brigandish purpose of bringing under control those waters invaded by them. Pointing out that the "northern limit line" is an illegal ghost line, the article observes that the U.S. imperialist aggressor troops unilaterally drew the line inside the inviolable territorial waters of the DPRK after occupying south Korea under the helmets of the "UN forces. The Korean Armistice Agreement (KAA) signed in July 1953 stipulated the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) on the ground and its extension in the East Sea of Korea but to everybody's regret it fell short of fixing the extension of the MDL in the West Sea of Korea. The U.S. imperialists, utterly exhausted after sustaining an unprecedented defeat in the Korean war, ordered Clark, the then commander of the 'UN forces', to fix the so-called "northern limit line" also known as "Clark line" in the West Sea of Korea in a bid to prevent south Korean fishermen from coming over to the north while checking traitor Syngman Rhee's reckless attempt at an "independent expedition to the north" and averting a war that may break out again accordingly. The 'northern limit line' was a 'final line for stopping the defectors to the north' and a boundary line banning the trespassing of ships unilaterally drawn by the commander of the U.S. imperialist aggressor forces to meet Washington's self-justified interests. It was precisely for this reason that the U.S. imperialists could not announce the existence of the 'northern limit line' for such a long time, much less informing the DPRK side of it... the 'northern limit line' is called an illegal ghost line can be explained by the fact it was unilaterally drawn without any agreement reached between the two sides and is in breach of the KAA as well as the universally recognized law of the sea, the article notes, citing specific facts to prove it.
The south Korean authorities, steeped in flunkeyism and submission to the marrow of their bones, seek to attain their political and strategic aims to put an end to the June 15 era of reunification and aggravate the north-south relations in a bid to please their American master at any cost working hard to achieve their sinister aim to maintain the 'northern limit line' come what may in utter disregard of the north-south agreement on fixing a boundary line of non-aggression in the West Sea, though the issue of establishing peace mechanism on the Korean Peninsula is high on the agenda. It is the fixed will of the Korean nation to force them to stop claiming the 'northern limit line'. The south Korean authorities should clearly understand that their moves of straining situation in the West Sea of Korea under the pretext of the 'northern limit line' would be as foolish an act as that of a robber claiming that other's yard belongs to him after drawing a demarcation with rotten straw rope without the owner's knowledge. The army and the people of the DPRK will never remain an on-looker to south Korean naval warships' reckless intrusion and movement in the inviolable waters of the north side and the south Korean military authorities' backstage manipulation. The south Korean authorities had better think twice over their behavior so that the patience and the repeated warnings of the Navy of the Korean People's Army may not touch off their resentment and just resolute actions. They would be well advised to pay heed to the warning of the KPA Navy that it is fully ready to go into actions to mercilessly punish the intruders by sending them into the bottom of the sea any moment as all the targets, big or small, are accurately sighted by all its strike means whose hit probabilities are fully guaranteed in any event.

Struggle for Peace against War
Pyongyang, June 25 (KCNA) -- 57 years have passed since the U.S. ignited the war against the DPRK on the Korean Peninsula. The foreign forces that provoked the disastrous war against the DPRK should never be allowed to repeat it. Peace is an ardent aspiration of the Korean nation and a vital issue decisive of the reunification of the country and the future destiny of the nation. Rodong Sinmun Monday urges this in a signed article. It goes on: As already known, the U.S. is escalating its provocative war maneuvers against the DPRK while massively shipping latest weapons and war equipment into south Korea and its vicinity.
Taking advantage of the U.S. moves for a new war, the south Korean military is putting spurs to the war moves against the fellow countrymen. The reality goes to prove that the reckless military moves of the U.S. and the south Korean bellicose forces may bring the same war disasters as what the Korean nation suffered in the 1950s. The struggle for peace against war is a just patriotic struggle to defend the cradle for the nation and a task common to the nation to pave the way for the security, independent development and prosperity of the nation. The banner of the struggle for peace against war calls upon all the Koreans at home and abroad to wage a nationwide struggle to defend peace against war irrespective of ideology, political view and religious belief.
The U.S. anachronistic hostile policy and moves for military confrontation with the DPRK are the basic factor of escalating the tensions on the Korean Peninsula and increasing the danger of war. It is impossible to ensure durable peace on the peninsula nor is it possible to completely remove the danger of war from it as long as the U.S. military presence and domination over south Korea go on. The struggle to get the U.S. forces withdrawn from south Korea is the positive struggle for peace against war.

Appeal for Struggle Issued in S. Korea
Pyongyang, June 25 (KCNA) -- The South Headquarters of the National Alliance of Youth and Students for the Country's Reunification (Pomchonghakryon) reportedly issued an appeal for the struggle in the "June 15-August 15 period of joint movement of Pomchonghakryon" on June 15. The appeal said the will and spirit of the Koreans to reunify the country under the banner of "By our nation itself" has been fully displayed for the last seven years but the U.S. and the Grand National Party of south Korea have worked hard to block the torrent of the vigorous reunification movement in disregard of them. It called on the youth and students to conduct the struggle against the GNP and the struggle for driving out the U.S. forces, who are chiefly responsible for the tense situation of the Korean Peninsula and a stumbling block in the way of developing inter-Korean relations, across south Korea in the period.

11/23/10 A Line in the Sea Divides the Two Koreas
Mark Valencia and Jenny Miller Garmendia, explained on The Times Op-Ed page in 1999 that the N.L.L. is “equidistant between five islands occupied by South Korea and the North Korean coastline. Since the line veers sharply to the north after leaving land, Pyongyang claims that it unfairly gives some of its waters to the South. The armistice agreement stipulates that the five islands are under South Korean control, but jurisdiction over the waters surrounding them is open to some interpretation. North Korea argues that its vessels have regularly fished in the waters claimed by the South, and that since the 1970s it has claimed under customary international law a 12-nautical-mile territorial sea in the area, which extends well south of the N.L.L. North Korean fishing boats and naval vessels have crossed the N.L.L. several dozen times a year since the late 1970s..."

11/25/10 White House Seeks Chinese Help With N. Korea
...“Beijing doesn’t want the collapse of the regime,” said Victor Cha, an Asia expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. China, said Mr. Cha, who worked at the National Security Council under President George W. Bush, “made the core strategic calculation that unification of the North and the South, with the United States is not in Chinese interests.” That puts the Obama administration and South Korea in the precarious position of trying to press Beijing to take a stand China’s leaders do not believe to be in China’s best interests... the carrier George Washington had been preparing to sail from its port in Japan to join the Japanese Navy in an exercise to begin Dec. 3. After the artillery exchange between the two Koreas, the carrier was ordered to drill with South Korea’s navy before joining the Japanese....administration officials said additional exercises could include naval and air exercises, or even exercises involving ground troops...Mr. Obama’s decision to accelerate the deployment of an American aircraft carrier group to the region is intended to prod the Chinese....

11/28 Asking China to Act Like U.S.
“Basically, the U.S. wants China to do what the U.S. wants it to do. We want to make sure the world stays as the United States would like to see the world. Which means making China subservient to us in some cases. In the case of North Korea, the Chinese see it as the United States pushing its policy on China and not allowing the Chinese to make their own policy, while removing from China one of the tools that it has decided it needs for its own interests.”
Rodger Baker, VP Strategic Intelligence at Stratfor
...Mr. Obama’s decision to accelerate the deployment of an American aircraft carrier group to the Yellow Sea for joint exercises with South Korea was meant in part to drive home a message to Beijing. Aware that China doesn’t like any kind of display of American military might in its backyard, Obama administration officials are hoping to change Beijing’s cost-benefit analysis until it decides that restraining North Korea is a lesser evil than seeing more American sailors playing war games outside its door. Coming so soon after the G-20 debacle, the North Korea impasse demonstrates the limits of American attempts to bend Beijing to its will, and a new reality that is emerging: a Sino-American relationship that, foreign policy experts say, must be carefully calibrated to balance American demands against what Beijing can be realistically persuaded to do...http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/28/weekinreview/28cooper.html?

The US and allies accused North Korea of being a danger to the region after it showed off advances in uranium enrichment, but Washington said it was still open to talks.
"CHINA MUST ACT" ...Washington and Seoul said they will only consider a return to the negotiating table when Pyongyang shows it is sincere about denuclearisation. By showing its nuclear hand, analysts say North Korea is seeking to gain leverage in any aid-for-disarmament negotiations in stalled six-way talks with regional powers China, Japan, South Korea, Russia and the United States....[Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. military's Joint Chiefs of Staff] said major powers must work together to put pressure on North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. In particular, China -- North Korea's closest ally -- would have "an awful lot to do with" future attempts to sway Pyongyang.Bosworth, who arrived in Tokyo later on Monday, is due in China on Tuesday. Beijing has yet to comment on the latest reports. But Zhang Liangui, a professor at the Central Party School in Beijing, said China saw the core dispute as being between the United States and North Korea, and that it was not up to China to exert pressure.

11/27 /10 Korea jitters grow; China warns U.S. to back off
By Ian Johnson and Martin Fackler, NYT
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BEIJING China engaged in a flurry of diplomatic activity Friday, three days after a North Korean artillery attack on South Korean civilians, but its most public message was directed at the United States, which is about to begin joint exercises with South Korea's navy. In a statement from its Foreign Ministry, China warned against "any military acts in our exclusive economic zone without permission," the state-run Xinhua news agency reported Friday. Virtually all the waters to the west of the Korean peninsula, where the United States said the exercises would take place, lie within that zone, but U.S. naval traffic is not uncommon there. Adding more tension to the situation, the North's state-run media warned the maneuvers could push the Korean peninsula closer to "the brink of war."...North Korea does not recognize the maritime border drawn by the United Nations in 1953 and considers the waters around Yeonpyeong Island, which is seven miles from North Korean shores, its territory....In addition to sending the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier George Washington to the region, the United States made another show of solidarity with the South on Friday when the commander of U.S. forces in South Korea, Gen. Walter Sharp, visited Yeonpyeong Island to survey the damage from the Tuesday bombardment said the attack was a clear violation of the armistice signed in 1953 at the end of the Korean conflict. "We at United Nations Command will investigate this completely and call on North Korea to stop any future attacks," he said... The U.S. keeps more than 28,000 troops in South Korea to protect its ally, a sore point for North Korea, which cites the U.S. presence as the main reason behind its drive to build nuclear weapons.
U.S. officials had hoped China would use its leverage as the North's traditional ally to press it to refrain from further attacks, but the Chinese statement Friday failed even to criticize the North for its shelling Tuesday of Yeonpyeong Island, home to a military garrison and about 1,600 civilians, mainly fisherman. The attack killed four people.The Chinese foreign minister, Yang Jiechi, met with the North Korean ambassador Friday and spoke by phone with his South Korean and U.S. counterparts, but few details emerged about the conversations. Xinhua reported that Yang emphasized China was "very concerned" about the situation, saying, "The pressing task now is to put the situation under control and prevent a recurrence of similar incidents. The renewed shooting and stern warning by the North Friday have raised concerns the North could respond violently to the naval exercises. The exercises, set to begin Sunday, were announced over the summer without a date being set. After North Korea shelled the island, President Obama announced the date.

Revised version of the original NYT article (above) posted in Seattle Times, not available at NYT online
China Addresses Rising Korean Tensions
By IAN JOHNSON and MARTIN FACKLER http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/27/world/asia/27korea.html?nl=todaysheadl...
The exercise was announced over the summer without a date’s being set; that announcement was expected around now. But after North Korea shelled the island, President Obama announced the date, making it a sign of Washington’s resolve to support its ally in Seoul...

NB: Preparing the provocation: No exact date was set for the next U.S.-S.Korea wargames... Obama announced it after the made-in-usa crisis
The US and South Korea are set to stage a second joint military exercises next month - the weeklong maneuvers have drawn warnings from NK and criticism from China.
11/15/10 U.S. and South Korea to Stage Another Military Exercise
Voice of America/VOA News
The United States and South Korea will hold a massive joint military exercise this week aimed, at deterring aggression.

NB: the great stabilizer will 'ease the tensions' it is prodigiously producing and promoting
7/26/10 As Tensions Rise, U.S. and S. Korea Begin Drills
SEOUL, South Korea — The United States and South Korea began their largest joint war games in years Sunday, with a nuclear powered American aircraft carrier prowling off the east coast of South Korea while North Korea threatened to retaliate and reportedly put its military on alert for war. On Sunday, in a show of the allies’ military power, a fleet of American and South Korean ships and submarines sailed into waters off the east coast of South Korea, led by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier George Washington, one of the biggest ships in the United States Navy. Japan, a historical rival of Korea but an ally of South Korea and the United States in their confrontation with the North, sent observers to the four-day exercise. The drills mobilized 20 ships, a combined 8,000 troops and an unusually large number of warplanes: more than 200 aircraft, including the F-22 Raptor fighter, which was part of an exercise in South Korea for the first time. The exercises this week are the first in a scheduled series of joint United States-South Korean maneuvers over the coming months.

11/23/10 Tensions high as North, South Korea trade shelling
...The skirmish began when North Korea warned the South to halt military drills near their sea border. When Seoul refused and began firing artillery into disputed waters - but away from the North Korean shore according to South Korean officials- the North retaliated by shelling Yeonpyeong island , which houses South Korean military installations and a small civilian population...

NB: U.S. peaceful cop vs. warmongering SK cop routine
11/24/10 After strike, SK leader calls for 'enormous retaliation' against NK
SEOUL, South Korea — Hours after North Korea's deadly artillery attacks Tuesday, South Korea's president said "enormous retaliation" is needed to stop Pyongyang's incitement, but international diplomats urgently appealed for restraint."The provocation this time can be regarded as an invasion of South Korean territory," President Lee Myung-bak said at the headquarters of the Joint Chiefs of Staff here, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency...Scott Snyder, director of the Center for U.S.-Korea Policy, a program of the Asia Foundation, called the act a "very serious provocation" and said it was "unprecedented in recent years [at least since the 1970s if not longer] in terms of artillery beyond the DMZ into civilian areas." The United States has about 28,500 troops deployed in South Korea warily watching the situation. A U.S. defense official said there are "more than 50 U.S. Navy vessels in the area, including a carrier strike group led by the USS George Washington....

11/24/10 U.S. Firm Support of South Korea
‘Crisis Status’ in South Korea After North Shells Island
Geoff Morrell, the Pentagon press secretary, stressed Tuesday the United States would “honor our alliance obligations to the South” and ensure peace on the Korean peninsula.
“This is a very concerning development but not, frankly, out of pattern for the North lately,” Mr. Morrell said on MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown.” He pointed to a conversation that the Defense Secretary, Robert M. Gates, had had with reporters on Monday in which the defense secretary said he could not explain the actions of the North Korean government. “They do things that could not possibly be predicted in a rational world". The White House statement, released early Tuesday morning, strongly condemned the North, calling on it to “halt its belligerent action and to fully abide by the terms of the Armistice Agreement,” which ended the Korean War in 1953.
The United States has nearly 30,000 troops in South Korea, and officials said as of Tuesday no additional American military personnel or materiel was being moved to the peninsula.
It remained unclear what if any action the Pentagon might take....Representative Ike Skelton, Missouri Democrat chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, released a statement saying: “The North Korean regime is more dangerous than most people realize. I join the administration in strongly condemning North Korea for its artillery attack against South Korea. This provocative attack is reprehensible and is in direct violation of the Armistice Agreement. Such behavior is unacceptable.”

NB: By Thursday its media whitewashes US, pretends SK proxy govt. is in charge... under 'advisement' to obey
11/26/10 With Limited Options, South Korea Shifts Military Rules
Responding to growing public criticism after a deadly North Korean attack, President Lee Myung-bak accepted the resignation of his defense minister on Thursday and announced changes in the military’s rules of engagement to make it easier for South Korea to strike back with greater force, especially if civilians are threatened....Friday President Lee appointed a security adviser, Lee Hee-won, as the new defense minister [clairvoyant scriptwriter - it's still Thursday]...Mr. Lee’s response to this week’s artillery attack is not the first time he has been criticized for sitting on his hands in the face of a deadly provocation by the North..South Korean officials said they would urge China to act more responsibly by pressing the North to refrain from further attacks. They also said they would ask Beijing to more closely monitor trade with North Korea by Chinese merchants, which they said has been a way for the North to bypass international economic sanctions.Mr. Lee and his advisers appear to have concluded that a less confrontational stance is the only way to persuade North Korea to end its provocations. ..
The South’s powerful neighbor is counseling restraint. The Chinese prime minister, Wen Jiabao, said Thursday Beijing opposed any provocative military behavior by either side on the Korean Peninsula, Xinhua, the state news agency, reported... North Korea warned through its official news agency of further military retaliation if provoked by South Korea ...making sanctions effective would require greater support from China, North Korea’s traditional protector, which has so far been reluctant to tighten the screws on the North.
In recent days, Mr. Lee and President Obama have agreed to make new appeals to Chinese leaders to put more pressure on the North