US, S. Korea launch war games amid N. Korea threat

By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, February 27, 2011 21:23 EDT
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SEOUL (AFP) – The US and South Korean militaries Monday launched major annual land, sea and air exercises, amid North Korean threats to turn Seoul into a “sea of flames” in case of any provocation.

The Key Resolve/Foal Eagle drills are the first to be held since the North’s deadly artillery attack on a South Korean border island last November.

The US and South Korea said the exercise is defensive in nature but North Korea habitually denounces it as a rehearsal for invasion.

“If the aggressors launch provocation for a ‘local war’ the world will witness unprecedented all-out counteraction on the part of the army and people of the DPRK (North Korea),” its military said Sunday.

“It will also see such merciless counteraction as engulfing Seoul in sea of flames, whereby to smash every move for confrontation with unimaginable strategy and tactics.”

The North routinely issues such warnings before military drills in the South. But tensions are high after the shelling attack that killed two marines and two civilians.

The South also accuses its neighbour of torpedoing a warship near the disputed Yellow Sea border in March 2010 with the loss of 46 lives, a charge it denies.

Analysts say the North’s regime is also trying to block news of popular revolts that have swept away despotic regimes in North Africa.

The South’s military has been floating balloons into the North carrying news of the uprisings, a lawmaker said last week. Private activists also frequently launch propaganda leaflets that are suspended under the balloons.

On Sunday the North’s military threatened to open fire at sites from where “rotten videos” and other propaganda material are launched.

The drills involve 12,300 US troops and some 200,000 service members including reservists from South Korea, military officials from the two sides say.

There have been widespread media reports that a US aircraft carrier will take part but neither side would confirm this.

The US has 28,500 troops based in the South. A US military spokesman said the drills, which began Monday do not involve any extra activities on five frontline islands near the Yellow Sea border.

The 11-day Key Resolve drill focuses on computer-based simulations. The Foal Eagle exercise involves field training that will continue through April 30.

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  • NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    non-stop back to back ‘war games’
    who do they think they are fooling

  • Anonymous

    The war games by the USA and South Korea seem to be happening constantly which only provokes North Korea.

    So Lay Off!

    Work towards Peace not War!

  • Wyrdless

    These war games are meant to intimidate Kim Jong Il. I hope that lunatic doesn’t do something stupid like attack or bomb South Korea for a third time, becasue I don’t think South Korea will roll over again.

  • Anonymous

    “These war games are meant to intimidate Kim Jong Il”

    You are watching to much MSM.

    In fact the one provoking War is US and the new Puppet regime in S.Korea both want by force to bring down the Communist regime.


  • Mr. Neutron

    Maybe if the US and S. Korea kill 1 out of every 3 N. Koreans,
    things will be just fine.

  • Wyrdless

    Actually I don’t watch MSM. I don’t even own a TV. Also your link is to
    Russia Today, which is 100% propaganda and completely owned by the former

    You can prove that in america MSM is pro-establishment, but in Russia you go
    to jail for reporting anti-russian-establishment stuff. RT being
    anti-western establishment and obviously pro-Russia and hence
    pro-authoritarian, they want to help north Korea. So don’t tell me I
    believe propaganda and then use propaganda to support your argument.

    To the substance of your point. America has always wanted to get rid of
    North Korea. The difference is that now, after decades of extortion and a
    series of soft leaders, the South Koreans have put in power someone who
    isn’t going to take a bunch of crap from the sociopathic mass murderer who
    has enslaved the Koreans living to their north. That is democracy people
    put up with crap for only so long. The excercises are preparations for war,
    which will happen if North Korea attacks again.

    There is no doubt and it is undisputed that the North attacked South Korea
    when they bombed that island. Granted it is possible that the Cheonan (sp)
    sinking was a ‘false flag’ event. It happened in Vietnam, it can happen
    now. However…

    If the north was not actively provoking the South, Why would they bomb the
    island after the false flag event?
    If it was a false flag, the north would go out of its way to alleviate
    tensions, not ramp up tensions by physically bombing and killing and
    supporting the casus beli

    Make no mistake, Kim Jong Il is the bad guy here, he has starved an entire
    nation and killed millions. His policies are unsupportable by any empathic
    person. He is flat out evil as judged by his actions. If you disagree
    with that I would love to know why.

  • Mr. Neutron

    1) Propaganda is a form of communication that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position.

    As opposed to impartially providing information, propaganda, in its most basic sense, presents information primarily to influence an audience. Propaganda often presents facts selectively (thus possibly lying by omission) to encourage a particular synthesis, or uses loaded messages to produce an emotional rather than rational response to the information presented. The desired result is a change of the attitude toward the subject in the target audience to further a political agenda.

    What percentage of Fox News is propaganda ? 100% ? 90% ?
    What about NBC ? CBS ?

    2) RT gets much of its funding from the Russian Federal Budget (2.4 billion rubles in 2007). It also has advertising, about 4 minutes per hour on many shows.

    Are you implying the former KGB owns the Russian Federal Budget ?

    Yes, RT has different viewpoints than US “news”, e.g.
    US News programs have a very good, non-propaganda reason why they are not covering the protests in Iraq, but they can’t tell you what it is because of National Security.

    3) The US and South Korea started the Korean War in 1950.
    They refuse to sign a Peace Treaty, while keeping nuclear weapons (conveniently located offshore on ships and Japanese bases, so the West can call for a “nuclear free peninsula”) targeted on a small, isolated country (23 million people).


    Remember, Syngman Rhee, the US puppet (with a PhD from Princeton and BA from Harvard), was a hated dictator, just like Hosni Mubarak. He was eventually rushed out of S. Korea on a CIA DC-4 airplane as mobs of protesters descended on the Blue House April 28, 1960.

  • Wyrdless

    1> yes all of those contain propaganda and manipulated content. However no
    one dies if they go outside the box in America, they get fired. In Russia,
    you get jailed. That is a key difference.

    2> Yes I am implying that the remnants of the KGB including Putin “own” the
    Russian federal budget. Russia is an oligarchy not a republic controlled by
    the security establishment, just like every other modern country.

    3> I think South Korea is a lot better off as one of the worlds most
    powerful economies from the freedoms offered by a republic rather than the
    harsh and controlling dictatorship. The strategy has always been
    unification of Korea. otherwise China will annex it when the north falls.

    Regarding who started the war, both sides had been skirmishing for days the
    reason for the war is that Korea is one country and the political division
    wasn’t working for them so they are probably going to fight till they
    unify. The south is fighting to liberate the north. It SUCKS to live in
    the north. They don’t want to see their extended family tortured and

    Regarding who is better the leadership of South Korea or North Korea,
    Clearly any sane individual would choose to live in the South, so I don’t
    really think they are bad compared to the leadership of the north.