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PostSubject: N. Korea steps up rhetoric amid nuclear crisis   Tue Jun 09, 2009 5:06 am

N. Korea steps up rhetoric amid nuclear crisis

By JAE-SOON CHANG and KWANG-TAE KIM, Associated Press Writers

SEOUL, South Korea North Korea said Tuesday it would use nuclear weapons in a "merciless offensive" if provoked its latest bellicose rhetoric apparently aimed at deterring any international punishment for its recent atomic test blast.

The tensions emanating from Pyongyang are beginning to hit nascent business ties with the South: a Seoul-based fur manufacturer became the first South Korean company to announce Monday it was pulling out of an industrial complex in the North's border town of Kaesong.

The complex, which opened in 2004, is a key symbol of rapprochement between the two Koreas but the goodwill is evaporating quickly in the wake of North Korea's nuclear test on May 25 and subsequent missile tests.

Pyongyang raised tensions a notch by reviving its rhetoric in a commentary in the state-run Minju Joson newspaper Tuesday.

"Our nuclear deterrent will be a strong defensive means ... as well as a merciless offensive means to deal a just retaliatory strike to those who touch the country's dignity and sovereignty even a bit," said the commentary, carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

It appeared to be the first time that North Korea referred to its nuclear arsenal as "offensive" in nature. Pyongyang has long claimed that its nuclear weapons program is a deterrent and only for self-defense against what it calls U.S. attempts to invade it.

The tough talk came as South Korea and the U.S. lead an effort at the U.N. Security Council to have the North punished for its nuclear test with tough sanctions.

Seoul's Yonhap news agency reported Tuesday that South Korea had doubled the number of naval ships around the disputed sea border with the North amid concern the communist neighbor could provoke an armed clash there the scene of skirmishes in 1999 and 2002.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff declined to confirm the report, but said the North has not shown any unusual military moves.

Relations between the two Koreas have significantly worsened since a pro-U.S, conservative government took office in Seoul last year, advocating a tougher policy on the North. Since then, reconciliation talks have been cut off and all key joint projects except the factory park in Kaesong have been suspended.

Some 40,000 North Koreans are employed at the zone, making everything from electronics and watches to shoes and utensils, providing a major source of revenue for the cash-strapped North. The park combines South Korean technology and management expertise with cheap North Korean labor.

A total of 106 South Korean companies operate in the park. That number will go down by the end of the month when Skinnet, the fur-maker, completes its pullout.

A Skinnet company official said the decision was primarily over "security concerns" for its employees, and also because of a decline in orders from clients concerned over possible disruptions to operations amid the soaring tensions.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak with reporters.

The industrial park's fate has been in doubt since last month when North Korea threatened to scrap all contracts on running the joint complex and said it would write new rules of its own and the South must accept them or pull out of the zone.

The companies have also been concerned by the detention of a South Korean man working at the complex by North Korean authorities since late March for allegedly denouncing the regime's political system.

The two sides are to hold talks on the fate of the park Thursday.

Intensifying its confrontation with the U.S., North Korea handed down 12-year prison terms to two detained American journalists on Monday.

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PostSubject: Re: N. Korea steps up rhetoric amid nuclear crisis   Tue Jun 09, 2009 5:31 am

man, i'm no warhawk, but it seems like the only reasonable solution to this is to immediately invade with everything we've got and take out Kim Jong-Il's regime. The longer we wait the worse it would be in the long run.
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PostSubject: Re: N. Korea steps up rhetoric amid nuclear crisis   Tue Jun 09, 2009 8:27 am

I don't get why countries like Iraq and even Afghanistan are priorities with these nutbags hanging around.

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PostSubject: Re: N. Korea steps up rhetoric amid nuclear crisis   Tue Jun 09, 2009 6:12 pm

The problem is that you simply have to take them out in the first wave of attacks so you have to take out the dug in posiitons on the border which cant possibly be done even with bunker buster bombs because they are simply to deep down and to well protected if you can't do that it will be a masscare trying to cross that border very similar to what happend on D day when you think about.

Secondly to stop the South or Japan ( and they must have a say in any kind of attack) you have to take out the nucler areas not so much the missiles but the launch areas and the installations they are held at again we cant do that because we have no idea where they are of if they are mobile units. The thing is if we attack he WILL fire you do this to early or god forbid do it wrong this could develop into a nuclear world war.

The fact is that apart from the word offensive this is typical of Kim Jong he's is being a jumped up little punk as usual and as usual nothing will happen if we do nothing, if you see massive troop or artillery movement going to the border or if you see an increase in the production of ammunition etc a buliding of protective installations such as bunkers then you worry and draw up plans but none of thats happening. For him this is like a game of poker and he wants us to blink first.

Personally I think we should take the Chinese approach, yes they are friends but they have started condemnation of the North especially over the nuke tests but the approach they have to the North is that when they talk they let them rant and rave because they arent doing anything serious enough to worry about right now apart from the nukes which they wont fire unless we attack first whihch we are not going to do.
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