August 7th, 2010
08:53 AM ET

South Korean maneuvers draw threat from North

A South Korean navy ship participates in drills in the Yellow Sea this week.

Just two weeks after joint drills with the U.S. Navy, South Korea's military is carrying out five days of military exercises in the Yellow Sea.

The South Korean navy, army, air force and marines are practicing techniques for detecting and evading North Korean submarines and guided missiles, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Saturday. The exercise involves 20 ships and 4,500 troops, according to Yonhap.
The sinking of a South Korean warship in late March, in which 46 sailors died, was attributed to a North Korean submarine attack. The North calls the accusation "a fabrication."

North Korea said Friday it would "react with strong physical retaliation to the anti-submarine drill to be staged by the group of traitors in the West Sea," according to the official Korean Central News Agency.

"Our warnings are not empty rhetoric," said Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the North's ruling Workers' Party, according to Yonhap.

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  1. kite005

    I would say to the north "fabricate this" or "this is not a fabrication"

    August 7, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • JS

      BJ, you make it sound like the two Koreas are at conflict because Americans are involved. They're at conflict because they're two completely different countries and have completely different ideals and governments. Not because Americans are involved. And last time I checked, Americans weren't waging war in Korea and that the ones being aggressive, like always, are the North Koreans. So I fail to see how your post makes any sense.

      August 7, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      BJ: At this point an American presence wouldn't hurt or heal relations between the two Korea's. In recent history this is all about Kim Jong and his reclusive, oppressive and insecure government. This is a very paranoid dictator we have here which is why the population of North Korea has no access to information (from tv to the internet) and it's also why they let the angry rhetoric fly whenever the US or S. Korea holds a drill.

      August 7, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • ryguy45

      Larry, you obviosly know nothing about North and South Korea's history. Korea historically has been invaded by other countries 3,000 times. That is going to change the mindset of these people. These Asian counties??? That would be like lumping Americans and Mexicans as North Americans. Just a ignorant American yelling out at the world. Take a seat.

      August 7, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arty0848

      BJ, From your perspective, and many others, the US does come across as an aggressor. It's quite possible that there is SOME truth to that because our nation is involved in many activities and actions around the world. Keep in mind that the governments of many of these countries ask for our help, so that is why we get involved. It is in the US best interest to help out, otherwise these types of actions tend to expand outside of their borders and affect innocent people, like the South Koreans. However, on the Korean Peninsula, the US presence there is to provide a deterrence to a very strange (to say the least) dictator in Kim Il Jung, and a very dangerous military government that still has the support of China. Quite frankly, South Korea, and it's ally the US, have exercised a tremendous amount of restraint to the provocative actions of North Korea shooting and sinking a ship, killing 46 (??) South Korean sailors. This is the definition of an act of war, and "technically", the Korean War has not ended, they only have an Armistice Agreement to end hostilities. I would say that based on these most recent activities by the North Koreans, they are not living up to their end of the agreement.

      August 7, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • b

      @larry, you are an idiot. get your historical facts correct before you say anything. why do you think they are the way they are? also, to ryan, read history to see why koreas got divided in the first place. you will see America there.

      August 7, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • b

      @larry, you are an idiot. get your historical facts correct before you say anything. why do you think they are the way they are? also, to BJ, read history to see why koreas got divided in the first place. you will see America there.

      August 7, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • frem

      RYGUY45 – The last time I checked Americans and Mexicans are NORTH AMERICANS because thats the hemisphere we both live in, same as Canadians.

      August 7, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      Comments made that the asians are war like just as the muslims are. Truth is war is a reality that still exsists as part of world including the USA and as the current world military powerhouse the US is pulled into and also gets unecisarily involved in some conflicts globaly. When we look at the lives some of these people in foriegn nations have to live I am glad to have US intervention to try and bring a better way of life, yet understand that when you fly over a strangers home and drop bombs on thier homes you will create some scathing hatered. But dont become one of these muslims or asians as Larry has so kindly refered to. PS Larry the US started killing muslims long before they started targeting the west.

      August 7, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joihn

      RYGUY, you are so full of crap. 3000 times...lol. So by that , they would have been invaded once a year for the last 3000 years. You are ignorant about the history of the region, and the rest of the world.

      August 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Oh please give us an excuse to drop an A-BOMB or 50 on N. Korea.

      August 7, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • The American

      @Larry: You sir are a dbag. I've never posted anything on this site before but your lack of any intelligence compelled me to do so. Please don't write anything again.

      August 7, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      you all are idiot for blaming the US, the Korean War was a U.N. conflict. if you people are European and complaining about overseas involvement you further place yourself as hypocritical idiots because if it wasn't for us you would be speaking German and eradicating your Jewish and other populations, along with your fantastic ability to colonize the world and mess up every native peoples population... its not Americas fault that we defend our allies

      August 7, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff C

      You citizens need to educate yourself before making such rash comments against one of the greatest countries in the free worls the USA. I am a U.S. Service memebr and my MOS is Combat Arms. I have been in for 21+ years, 4 deployments all over the world in many countries. First, the U.S. does not wage war all over the world, especially in North Korea. North Korea declared war against South Korea. Th U.S. Supported the views of South Korea and as a National Defence provided support to the South. Second, The WAR is not going to start all over again. It IS STILL ON GOING. There is an armesist between North and South which means just a temporary diplomatic pause. So hmmm surprised. And finally, the United States of America has never declaired war against another Country without the support of the people of the united states. We yes you and I elected the representatives in congress, even if you didn't vote. By not voting you made a secret agreement that you support the views of others. So, stop badgering the world and get educated. And...thats all I have to say about that.

      August 7, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • JBONE

      BJ the two koreas do not get along because one country treats their people like cattle slaves and the south has freedoms and opportunity. I would hate s. korea too for being so right about everything.

      August 7, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • JY

      Kim Jong Il needs to be unthroned.....and soon. North Korea needs to calm down, stabalize their government, and stop worrying about building weapons and start building relations condusive for free trade. Some replies on here are ignorant, such as Larry. You my friend are an idiot, plain and simple. "Muslin" is a fabric BTW, "Muslim" is a culture. America is not at war with Muslims, but rather with a select sect that choose to do stupid things to hurt others because they feel oppressed. BJ is right and wrong. American pressence changes the tide for countries, most of the time it's a bad change. I'm American and proud of it, but some times, I get so sick of seeing how our military is going to one place or another, spending all that money every year only to wind up with a larger problem than what we started with. Someone please push the reset button.

      August 7, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • rollins

      yeah this probably a fabrication.

      August 7, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • doc

      Why is this news? North Korea threatens everyone at least twice a day if not more. That's all that wacko does. Ignore him! The sun rises every morning and sets every night. And North Korea threatens about that many times a day. It's to be expected.

      August 7, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • rob

      get papers or go home!!!!!!!

      August 8, 2010 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      @Joihn sorry that you didn't take the time to look up facts because they blow away your tiny mind.

      September 23, 2010 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. citizenUSA

    They ALWAYS say things like that. Don't they know, that we know, that they do? I'm not looking for a fight but how pitiful...

    August 7, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sly

    North Korea won't do anything. They threaten and threaten and threaten, but they know that they'll be crushed in a war, and that China won't automatically go to war on their side.

    August 7, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      Ya, not like they'll sink a S. Korean ship with one of their subs or anything.

      August 7, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • wzrd1

      Frankly, I'd not be surprised if China steps on North Korea if they try to REALLY start anything.
      A resumption of the Korean war would only hurt Chinese interests.

      August 7, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      I agree completely. Neither the US or China want this war and they certainly don't want to go to war with each other. I can't of a full on physical war directly between two major powers since world war 2...results would be too catastrophic for all involved. That of course doesn't mean the US won't fight in some kind of capacity if N. Korea starts invading the South, but I think Iran is really the next target not N Korea.

      August 7, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmyk

      North Korea is playing what I like to call "the nation that cried war" game. No one is going to take them seriously until they do something that wakes up the world.

      August 7, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. phatslim

    Threats, threats, and more threats, No action. Aside from the sucker-punch downing of a ship. Lame and silly.

    August 7, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Right

      Ya, I'm sure the families of the dead sailors thinks it was just a bit lame and silly too, no big deal.
      Maybe after sinking a few more billion dollar ships, we'll think they ARE a threat now.

      August 7, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • phatslim

      I was calling the regime lame and silly. Not their cowardly act. Ease up on the troll-o-meter.

      August 7, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. Chris

    "Our warnings are not empty rhetoric," Oh so its a warning now? 2 weeks ago you threatened to use nuclear weapons. World is doing the right thing, time to ignore the tantrum child. Any attack from the North would be bloody but it would result in the end of North Korea as it is today. Eventually something will probably happen but not as a result of the threats and "warnings" being made.

    August 7, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      I don't think either side really wants war again!!! As far as a Nuke goes that will never happen in Our life time again I hope... It was to stop a war not start one!!! There are to many Countries that have them now... Iran is another story all together!!!

      August 7, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Larry from Valecia: I agree that the populations on both sides likely don't want another war, but I think there are some that would go for it. Remember the North is run not by elected officials, but by a brutal dictator. As if that weren't enough it seems obvious that this dictator is a little off his rocker and hopelessly paranoid. Scary combination.

      August 7, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Xasthur

      They threatened a nuclear response if the US and S. Korea went into the Yellow Sea. Those forces decided not to go in the Yellow Sea so the threat was not tested.

      August 7, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mike

    Poor little man. He has a size issue and tries so hard to look mean. Problem is, he is all talk and very little action.

    August 7, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • cerebrum

      he actually did the action. the rest did the talking.

      August 7, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JC

    Bring it on......

    August 7, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      GOD forbid!!! Once was enough there already...

      August 7, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  8. john

    i think we will all be at war very soon

    August 7, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      We already have 2!!! We can't afford another one... Once was enough there anyhow!!!

      August 7, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Well we end combat operations in Iraq in just a few weeks, but we'll still have 50k troops there. Sound silly? That's because it is silly!!!! Unless of course you consider Iraq's lovable neighbor Iran or Iran's even more lovable neighbor Afghanistan. I think we're too bogged down in the Middle East as it is.

      That's not to say we can't laugh a precision air campaign though! Cruise missiles, stealth bombers and the force of troops we already have there to repel any invasion. I guess what i'm saying is that a N Korean ground invasion or occupation is probably off the table.

      August 7, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ken

    exactly just that empty threats i honestly dont see china getting involved in any war going on over there they have WAY to much to worry about right now – as we do as well. However Korea needs to be finazlied and should have been years ago. However as the other post's read and I aswell agree – if N Korea makes any move they will cease to exist in the fashion they do now – the dictatorship is crumbling – did you know his first son the one who should get the control of the land wont because he is in love with western civilization?

    August 7, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Ken in NC

      Two (2) Kens with two (2) different opinions. LOL. OK so you think China will not jump into a war if the North goes to war. Well China told the USA back in 1950 that if South Korea or the US crossed the 38th Parallel, they will come to the defense of North Korea. General Douglass McAuther didn't think China would do what they said and so he crossed the 38th and one million Chinese troops swarmed down from China through North Korea and drove South Korean and US troops back into South Korea. The war is still on going today as there never was a peace treaty signed. Tech. we are stilll at war with North Korea as only a cease fire is in place right now so do not think that China will not attack if we and South Korea cross over into the North. They did it before and I think they will do it again as North Korea is th only buffer between South Korea, US troops and the Chinese border so any advance by US and or South Korean troops would pose a threat to China.

      August 7, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. Rick

    They are so funny, Do it..Do it..Chickens. They are so full of it.

    August 7, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      Ken In NC: Things are a lot different today than they were back then!!! The United states can't afford to get involved this time around... China won't get involved because We are better Friends with Them now that We were back then!!! They have a lot invested in Our Country now...

      August 7, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. Steve

    "Our warnings are not empty rhetoric,"

    I'm glad we got that straightened out. It's pretty funny that NK has issued so many empty threats that they need to say this explicitly. When I say funny, I mean ha ha funny. Like if the international community were sitting at a table, and Kim Il Jong uttered this threat, the entire table would burst into laughter. Loud, hard, crying laughter. "That's Crazy Uncle Il for you!" they'd say, wiping a tear from their eye. "Where would the UN get it's laughs if not for him?" And then business would move on.

    August 7, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. bob

    I really really really really mean it this time.

    August 7, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      What do you realy,realy mean What this time???

      August 7, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • alan

      that's so funny it's just like when we were kids and that really anoying kid was saying I'm not touching you with his finger like an inch away from your arm

      August 7, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Leon

    Sounds like empty rhetoric to me

    August 7, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  14. bob

    I'm sure when the exercises are finished, I'm sure we'll hear another statement saying how lucky they are they heeded their warnings.

    August 7, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. derek

    for the love of god please nuke those idiots and get it over with so we don't have to read these absurd stories for another 50 years. North Korea is full of filthy, diseased morons. Who cares if we wipe them out. they'd be far better off dead.

    August 7, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      They are so small we would kill South Korea and the other Countries by them!!!

      August 7, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • seriously?

      its people like you who should be nuked... but i wouldn't wish it nor hope it... people who wish other people dead are the problem today... hate mongerers

      August 7, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • ryguy45

      Typical Republican response. See derek some people think that people from other countries are not "better" or "worse" than people from other countries. They believe we should all be treated as human beings and with equality. To think otherwise, and you would be a racist.

      August 7, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brantley

      Dude, that's the reason we're fighting Taliban and other Terrorist Organisations, they want to kill us United States Citizens. We'd be no different from them if we came to some foreign country and started killing their civilians or god forbid, nuked them, that would start World War 3. Nukes aren't the answer for ANYTHING...!

      South Korea is our ally by treaty, we can't attack them.. -_-

      August 7, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr Pepper

      I agree with seriously

      August 7, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • mrcisco

      Typical Republican response:

      Please leave both parties out of this. Anyone who supports either side of our government is delusional. If we were to leave SK... I think they would have a lot of threats at eachother and eventually NK would start a war by doing something stupid... like sinking a ship. They won't start a war unless China is willing to back them up.

      August 7, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr Pepper

      maybe not nuke them though just take away their PC

      August 7, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
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