May 24th, 2010
12:54 PM ET

U.S. and S. Korea to do anti-sub exercises

The United States and South Korea will conduct both anti-submarine and maritime interdiction training exercises in the future, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said.

Whitman would not discuss details or timelines on the two exercises, but noted that they are being planned in response to the March 26 sinking.The South Korean government has said its probe of the incident concluded that North Korea fired a torpedo responsible for sinking the vessel. Forty-six South Korean sailors were killed as a result.

Whitman said the maritime interdiction exercise will be conducted as part of the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI), which is designed to prevent the trafficking of weapons of mass destruction and related technologies. North Korea is suspected of moving such material by sea.

The submarine exercises, Whitman noted, are designed to hone overall naval skills while testing South Korea's anti-submarine capability.

The Pentagon announcement came on the heels of a statement from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday that the U.S. government backs the conclusion of the South Korean probe into the incident. Clinton urged North Korea to reveal what it knows about the "act of aggression." She also said the United States' "support for South Korea's defense is unequivocal" and that North Korea should "stop its belligerence and threatening behavior."

President Barack Obama on Monday directed U.S. military commanders to work with South Korean troops "to ensure readiness and to deter future aggression" from North Korea, according to a White House statement.

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, meanwhile, announced Monday that his country was suspending trade with North Korea, closing its waters to North Korean ships and adopting a more aggressive military posture toward its neighbor.

Lee said his country was adopting a posture of "proactive deterrence" toward the North. He promised that "combat capabilities will be reinforced drastically" and that he will focus on improving national security readiness and military discipline.

"If our territorial waters, airspace or territory are violated, we will immediately exercise our right of self-defense," Lee said.

Lee said the alleged attack violated the armistice and nonaggression agreements between the two countries, and stated that he will refer the incident to the United Nations Security Council "so that the international community can join us in holding the North accountable."

North Korea's government has emphatically denied any responsibility for the incident. Last Friday, Pyongyang threatened to back out of the nonaggression pact with the South after Lee vowed "resolute countermeasures" against the North. On Monday, the North Korean government threatened to fire at South Korean loudspeakers if they resume broadcasting along the heavily armed border between the new nations, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

"Firstly, from now on (North Korea) will regard the present situation as the phase of a war ..." North Korea's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea said Friday, according to Yonhap.

Should South Korea take steps to retaliate, North Korea will "strongly react to them with such merciless punishment as the total freeze of the inter-Korean relations, the complete abrogation of the north-south agreement on nonaggression and a total halt to the inter-Korean cooperation undertakings," the committee's statement said, Yonhap reported.

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  1. patkd04

    you know, i'd love to know how many of these "war hawks" are/have been a member of the US armed forces, or for that matter would actually put their money where their mouths are and enlist should the nation need them. as i recall, the majority of the nation screamed for war in afghanistan and iraq, but recruitment numbers decreased as the wars dagged on until finally the recession hit.

    I'm not against freedom of speech, i'd just like these "war hawks" to quit spouting their rhetoric until they're actually willing to shut up and put up.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Roger Clemmens

    What's the point of even discussing the topic? Nothing will happen – all the politicians involved are just itching to get back to their golf game. Anything to placate the masses! It will be business and usual even after Kim Jung Il kicks the bucket. It's like Cuba- generation after generation.... the Communist banner still stands.

    May 24, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ruffnutt

    do they do drivebys on subway?

    May 24, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kerry

    ChairmanMao have you ever even been outside the US? Go ahead and start a war then, just say goodbye to at least 300-500 thousand South Koreans, and don't worry about buying a new computer either since almost all the ram as well as most (60% worldwide) of the monitors also come from SK.

    I would love to get rid of the north, it's just that the south koreans rebuilt there capital city so close to the border of north korea that having the latest US weapons is not going to make much difference when the north can shoot thousands and thousands of old WW2 junk into the capital (around 10 million people live there)

    Of course the US/SK will win the war but obviously you don't care about the loss of life.

    May 24, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jose Perez

    the best exercise are full body exercises like military press and also swimming.'":

    July 18, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mohammad Murphy

    i always exercise at leat 3 times a week to develope fuller muscles and cut down on body fat;:`

    October 11, 2010 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. Audio Switch :

    i always make sure that i take exercise at least 3 times a week:".

    October 22, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Polycarbonate

    i do a lot of heavy exercise twice a week and it really helped my health to be on excellent condition .*~

    December 13, 2010 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
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    Are you clairvoyant? You have to be since your blogging so perfectly matches all the questions I have in mind about this subject. I only put a few terms in the search results and I'm quite thankful your article jumped up.

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