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. AAMAN21

    When will the North Korean government say "Enough" and get rid of mentally ill dictator? North Korea has suffered way too much because of this evil and selfish man. The rest of the world would recognize and support any responsible coup that would other throw this despot.

    August 7, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • KLR650

      Well, when you are indoctrinated *from birth*, and literally everything on the 2 tv channels you get is all propaganda about the "Dear Leader" – and you are not allowed access to the outside world, or even to have cellphones etc., you don't overthrow anything.
      People with that level of brainwashing do not question, they follow. Until they start seeing how the rest of the real world lives.

      August 7, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      As soon as the rest of the World does!!! Even the United States can't get things right yet...

      August 7, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. John Black Hills/SD

    North Korea is the model of a nation that rules through mental illness. Look at N. Korea, it looks like the interior landscape of Kim Jung Il's mind. Detachment, delusion, and paranoia are the clear signs of his defective mind...so why is he still in a leadership role? Those who make up the N. Korean leadership must feel an embarrassing humiliation every time they put their heads to rest every evening.

    August 7, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      Like the United States did when Bush Jr was in office???

      August 7, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • KB

      Larry, why don't you crawl back under the rock you came out from. You are a delusional tree hugging liberal who has the typical mindset that is destroying this country as I type.

      August 7, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelley

      Actually KB, you and Larry are like "birds of a feather." Nothing but generalizations. "My side is better than your side." Just think a little before you put pen to paper.

      August 7, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joe

    The threats of retaliation are probably meant more for the ears of North Koreans than the United States and South Korea. The regime is desperate.

    August 7, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ken in NC

    YOU GOTTA LOVE THIS !!!

    In addition to communicating with the local Air Traffic Control facility, all
    aircraft in the Persian Gulf AOR are required to give the Iranian Air Defense
    Radar (military) a ten minute 'heads up' if they will be transiting Iranian
    airspace.
    This is a common procedure for commercial aircraft and involves giving them your
    call sign, transponder code, type aircraft, and points of origin and
    destination.
    This is a conversation which was overheard on the VHF Guard (emergency)
    frequency 121.5 MHzwhile flying from Europe to Dubai . It's too good not to pass
    along.

    The conversation went like this.....
    Iranian Air Defense Radar:'Unknown aircraft you are in Iranian airspace..
    Identify yourself.'
    Aircraft:'This is a United States aircraft. I am in Iraqi airspace.'
    Air Defense Radar:'You are in Iranian airspace. If you do not depart our
    airspace we will launch interceptor aircraft!'
    Aircraft:'This is a United States Marine Corps F/A-18 fighter. Send 'em up, I'll
    wait!'
    Air Defense Radar:(no response ..... total silence)
    God bless our troops.

    August 7, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Scotty2010

      Love it. Just love it.

      August 7, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      You have to love it!!

      August 7, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. Scotty2010

    "Our warnings are not empty rhetoric." – Hah! They give 'strong warnings' about everything under the sun down there. I can't wait for the day NK falls. It's coming. I don't condone war, nobody wants to see war over there because it will be terribly messy, but it's going to happen sooner or later. May as well get it over with, then we can quit listening to their empty rhetoric.

    August 7, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      I really doubt it that Iran wants to start a war against either the United States are Israel!!!

      August 7, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. wowlfer

    Empty rhetoric is all South Korea is capable of blah blah blah heard it all before.

    August 7, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. wowlfer

    Oops typo I meant North Korea!

    August 7, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. What the ...

    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," --

    That the third or fourth time they said that...So what are they going to do?? Jump up and down vigorously until exhausted??? Do it or STFU!!!

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

      like! lol

      August 7, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. CSh

    Promises, promises....Since when does NK keep ANY of its promises?

    August 7, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  10. jon

    North Korea didn't sink the south korean ship. Weird how the ship sunk right before the reelection of the south korean hardliner president weird how they would not let north korean investigators even look at the evidence. ya north korea is a joke but south korea's politicians are no different then western politicians in that they take full advantage of all crisis and emergencys and pass rules and regulations to further there political party's interests and to get votes.

    August 7, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Kelley

      LOL ... are you for real??? Put down your crayons and go ask your mommy for a cookie before your nap!!!

      August 7, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Brian

    The sad thing is that the US will be involved in a nuclear war with N. Korea & Iran within 2-3 years.

    August 7, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      Israel can take care of Iran and the United States can handle North Korea with before they got nukes!!!

      August 7, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. steve

    Cross this line.....and you die!......oh OK now you cross this line you die!!.......OK wait.....now cross this line....

    August 7, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike C.

      HA HA HA That's good Steve. Best one I've read yet. LOL I like it, it's the truth!

      August 7, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ROK

    you guys talk exactly like Americans that don't know squat about our nations history past, present, and future... especially you Larry Valecia, Calif. jack ass North Korea is always going to make threats but kim jong il isn't the issue hes going to die soon from cancer besides he put his youngest son in power and hes a crazy SOB and obviously China is on their side because they haven't threatened or pressured the North . . . all you Americans care about is DEATH to other Countries but When the US is involved you have sympathy how pathetic . . . all you retards worry about your own Country and stop bashing on the North and South Koreas issues // stupid cowboys

    August 7, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • wood

      your an ass

      August 7, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      We don't like killing People!!! But let anyone do anything against Our Country they will pay a high price for it!!!

      August 7, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • free plaestine

      we all must face death.

      August 7, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • seriously?

      they are a bunch of cowboys.. and their day will come.. if it hasnt already.. they are just riding the last waves of their golden age.... they are living in a geocentric culture... but to them the universe revolves the only thing they know..the usa.. can't wait for reality to hit'em in the face

      August 7, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Faith

      If it wasn't for America, many countries would have fallen to their agressers. so you need to rethink your no factual remarks about us. Muslims are the lovers of DEATH. You are an idot!

      August 7, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelley

      Is ROC your name, or what resides inside your weak-minded little skull??

      August 7, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. up in arms

    "react with strong physical retaliation" is N. Korean for "I will vomit all over myself and annoy you with my smell"

    August 7, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. hf

    tHIS WAR IS GOING no place, NK is all stupidity and no guts.

    August 7, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      The rest of the World doesn't want North Korea to have a nuke not only the United States!!! So they have to worry a lot more than they did the first time they got involved with us...

      August 7, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
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