August 24th, 2010
11:56 AM ET

S. Korea promises immediate response to N. Korea artillery

The South Korean dock landing ship Dokdo participates in anti-submarine drills in early August.

Any further North Korean artillery strikes south of the maritime boundary between North and South Korea will be met with shelling from the South, the South’s defense minister said Tuesday.

On August 9, North Korea fired more than 100 artillery rounds toward the Northern Limit Line, the sea border between the two Koreas set after the Korean War. Ten of those rounds fell south of the line, according to news reports from South Korea. At that time, the South did not return fire but sent warning messages through military channels to the North.

“Under the previous rules of engagement (near the NLL), we’re supposed to send warnings through hotlines and not return fire unless the North fires additional shots,” Defense Minister Kim Tae-young told a parliamentary committee on Tuesday, according to a report from The Korea Times.

New rules call for an immediate military response, but still require the North to be warned that the South Korean shelling is coming.

"If North Korea fires artillery rounds south of the NLL, we will respond by firing toward north of the NLL," the Yonhap news agency quoted Kim as saying.

Tension between the Korean Peninsula neighbors has been heightened since the sinking of a South Korean warship, the Cheonan, in March.

South Korea and an international inquiry found a torpedo fired by a North Korea submarine responsible for the sinking, in which 46 South Korean sailors died. The North has denied any role in the loss of the Cheonan.

South Korea has since staged military exercises - including anti-submarine drills with U.S. forces - which the North has called a provocation. It was shortly after South Korean naval maneuvers concluded on August 9 that the North fired its artillery barrage.

Last Friday, the U.S. military said it will conduct new anti-submarine exercises with South Korea next month.

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  1. renji1

    both sides just continue to blow smoke

    August 24, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • kunlexdroil

      you are absolutely right.all they do is talk talk and one is going to act. The reason is simple,North korea if provoked will not hesitate to use their nukes(they have some u know) and america being south koreas ally will also have to respond in kind.So what happens is an obliteration of the korean peninsulla.simple

      August 24, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ehsan

    .. and why is this a US problem???

    Why US is conducting military execrcises with South Koreans near North Korea... US is just one aggressive nation putting their noise in everyone's business.

    August 24, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gabe

      because South Korea is our ally and North Korea is full of maniacs, simple

      August 24, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patriot

      No, It is not an US problem, it is an international problem. Why don't you tell your country to send troops as part of an effort to stop North Korea and dictators like Kim? No one will do it except the US. We do stick our noses into things and try to turn things for our purpose but we also contribute heavily to the international community. None one else does, no one will send troops to another country to stop and invasion or to rebuild. They will only do so if the US or the UN pays them and that there is no combat situation.

      August 24, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • josh

      Well because our strategy of staying OUT of everybody's nose didn't work ex. World War I and World War II If the US were to pull out from everywhere and World War III started, the US would still be to blame!

      August 24, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • a90boy24

      we should just drop a big boy on north korea and be done with it (:

      August 24, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2cents

      If we are going to continue to conduct military drills off their coast then america shouldn't have a problem with Nkorea conducting drills off our oregon california coast..........................right.

      August 24, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • defender

      Please go back and read your history.

      August 24, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • mashpotato

      Since your probably from North Korea and born in the 1990s I'll to refresh you memory, the UN kicked butt in the 1950s Korean War. The US is a good guy member of the UN unlike your Northern buddies.

      August 24, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      Ehsan, please read your history. It's plain to those who read history.

      August 24, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christopher

      South Korea–United States relations have been most extensive since 1948, when the United States helped establish capitalism in South Korea and fought on its UN-sponsored side in the Korean War (1950–1953). During the subsequent four decades, South Korea experienced tremendous economic, political and military growth, and significantly reduced US dependency. From Roh Tae-woo's administration to Roh Moo Hyun's administration, South Korea sought to establish an American partnership, which has made the Seoul-Washington relationship subject to some strains. However, relations between the United States and South Korea have greatly strengthened under the Lee Myung-bak administration. At the 2009 G-20 London summit, U.S. President Barack Obama called South Korea "one of America's closest allies and greatest friends." [1]

      August 24, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christopher

      The South Korea and United States agreed military alliance in 1953.[6] They called as "the relationship forged in blood". [7] In addition, roughly 50,000 United States Forces, Korea troops are stationed in South Korea. In 2009, The South Korea and United States pledged to develop the alliance’s vision for future defense cooperation.[8]

      August 24, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • orenthal james

      it's nose you idiot, and there are us soldiers in S. Korea due to them being an ALLY

      August 24, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Li

      Because the United States is still at war with North Korea. The U.S. never signed a peace treaty formally ending the Korean War, and obviously neither did South Korea.

      August 24, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • teabag

      They are planned Military exercise that we do with South every year!!!

      August 24, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • simple

      US is just considering china and russia if they become weak usa will not consider anything on korea just they are using them for reason just like what usa did to middle east they just used them for example usa used iraq to attack iran then they destroyed iraq after using them what a crazy contury

      August 24, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edgar

      By the text book, this is a United States issue. When the Korean War armistice was signed, the United States agreed to come to South Korea's aid if North Korea and South Korea went to war again. So to answer your question, in the ink it is our problem but generally speaking, it has nothing to do with the United States.

      August 24, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Taylor D.

      Why does everyone think that the US is overly agressive? You think it is just the US that is upset with NK's actions? No. Most of the world is fed up with their threats, their violations of treaties, and their horrible treatment towards their own people. To say the US is overly agressive is just ignorant.

      August 24, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • X2Larry

      True enough the US needs to mind its own business but thats capitalism!

      August 25, 2010 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Senlinsu least it's good to have a big brother at home to take control of some important matters.

      August 26, 2010 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. donald lehmkuhl

    not to sound harsh but to me it seems like some inflated egos mauling each other, why are they even fighting, who started this "war", what would the winner of this war get all things im very curious about in the on going nonsense in the pasific ocean

    August 24, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • SL

      Read a book.

      August 24, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2cents

      Why I'm Depressed

      Over five thousand years ago, Moses said to the children of Israel , "Pick up your shovels, mount your asses and camels, and I will lead you to the Promised Land."

      Nearly 75 years ago, (when Welfare was introduced) Roosevelt said, "Lay down your shovels, sit on your asses, and light up a Camel, this is the Promised Land."

      Today, the U.S. has stolen your shovel, taxed your asses, raised the price of camels and mortgaged the Promised Land!

      I was so depressed last night thinking about Health Care Plans, the economy, the wars, lost jobs, savings, Social Security, retirement funds, etc . . . I called a Suicide Hotline. I had to press 1 for English.

      I was connected to a call center in Pakistan . I told them I was suicidal. They got excited and asked if I could drive a truck......

      August 24, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • NoMore2Cents

      @ 2cents : Save your opinion

      For crying out loud read an ethics book, do some studying, stop crying, live your life.
      Ethics says that you dont take something away because a few will abuse it. Welfare helps people, true some people take advantage but the majority do not. Check the stats, I'm sure you wont want to believe that. Stop crying about big government and in the same line be mad about your social security. SS is, btw, a GOVERNMENT RUN ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, just like firefighters and police officers. Would you prefer we left those services to the private market as well? Grow Up

      September 13, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rick from LA

    the additional drills are probably due to ineffective procedure noted by US commanders. They want to make sure the South Korean Navy is more the able to detect and prosecute any submerged vessels crossing their maritime border. I believe the US are using older model attack subs to act as a aggressor to fine tune the South detection systems. If the us wanted to they can give the south the new whale killer sonar system that returns a HD image of everything under water. The ping sent out is so powerful it will kill all sea life in a 1kilomter radius around the vessel sending it out, but even hi-tech subs which make less noise then a fish swimming can bee seen easily.

    August 24, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. londonjavid

    North Korea has strongly denied involvement in the sinking of the South Korean ship. I think that it was staged by the
    United States which probably has the capability of stealth submarines capable of sinking the ship and disappearing, in order to blame the North Koreans and provoke a war. The US started the Vietnam war by deception by staging an attack on one of its own ships in the Gulf of Tonkin incident and blaming it on the North Vietnamese. Oh how people forget! and are completely unaware of the deceitful nature of US policy behind the scenes.

    August 24, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom S

      The US has nothing to gain from an open war with North Korea, though, especially with us being so busy in Afghanistan and Iraq. Also it's probably never a smart idea to provoke a fight with a one-million-standing-army, nuclear power country, regardless of international support. There will be heavy losses on both sides.

      August 24, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Travellar

      Actually, the Vietnam war started between the French, unwilling to give up thier colonial possesions, and the Vietnamesse, unwilling to return to French colonialism. The US became involved much later to assist those who opposed the Communists after the French left. (US policy of opposing Communism? During the cold war? Shocking!)
      Your understanding of Korean matters is equally lacking.

      August 24, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ironman77


      Yes, that's exactly it. We've obviously profited so much from the other wars we are currently engaged in. Look how great our economy is doing. Go get an education instead of always reading media sites and wiki type sites and you might not sound so pathetic.

      August 24, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • DKJ

      londonjavid, the mentally ill North Korean leader has been spitting out threat since he took power and knowing the US is allies with the South. A person in his right mind wouldn't be spatting threats & firing weapons toward the South, thus ends threat of war.

      August 24, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Daveak47

    Wars these days.

    Country A "I will do this if you do that."
    Country B "I will do that if you do this"

    August 24, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Travellar

      UN "Stop doing that."

      August 24, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michele Gomis

      sounds like either free trade or a tantrum. 2 kids in the back seat on a long trip.....

      August 24, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jack

    NK can do this because they have China's assurance that the US won't do anything. If the US tries, China would immediately 1) sell all US dollar assets destroying the value of that currency and causing the US to go into a severe recession for the next 20 years. They could also sink the US warships with the same torpedoes that NK used to sink the Korean frigate. Then China would build 50 carriers of it's own: each twice the size and more advanced than the US ones.

    So the US knows not to do anything but make Naval demonstrations

    August 24, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joshua

      China is not in any position to help NK in a war. The US could hurt china in more ways than they could hurt us. All the US would do is ban all Chinese imports. Since they export 80% of the things they make to the US. China would then go into a recession if not a depression. They would not be able to sustain their country. Mass unemployment would lead to millions of people to revolt. China would go into martial law. The country would be tearing its self apart from within. Unfortunately I would not want this to happen. My wife is from China. I would want to see a peaceful solution to these problems, but I really think there is eventually gonna be a war. And a war china will stay far from. Of course they would put Chinese troops on the NK and china border to insure their safety. But there would be little if no support to NK from china unless its food and water.

      August 24, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • mashpotato

      Please China sell all of our bonds so we can get our jobs back in good old U.S.A.

      August 24, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • NIck

      @Jack, if you think China has even a remotely comparable navy to the U.S. then you should have your head examined. If you think that they could build 50 carriers twice as large and twice as tech. advanced then maybe you should just stop posting things on the internet.

      August 24, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom2

      dude we have the best navy in the world even if u put the next 12 navies combined we will still have the largest navy china can do ground war but us could do air and sea war ok and SK is an ally ok

      August 24, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • DKJ

      Would war with China benifit anyone in the world. The next WW will be nukes and the world as a whole will suffer.

      August 24, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. londonjavid

    well actually the us would stand to benefit by removing the last vestiges of socialism and the regime that represents it. The removal of North Korea would strengthen South Korea (and enlarge it) hence a stategic US ally right on China's doorstep. this is the huge benefit for US geo-strategic gain. Important for placing influence on China in the 21st century. If it came to war the north korean antiquated forces wouldnt stand a chance (like Iraq) and would crumble as it commmand and control is decimated.

    August 24, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. yogi

    send in the drones

    August 24, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. yogi

    All I keep hearing about the south and the north koreans: "stop it, I'm telling"

    August 24, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. CASU

    I think this is happening becasuse there are too many illegal immigrants in the US... I mean, everything and anything is b/c of the illegal immigrants, right people lol????

    August 24, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jp

    All these people that misunderstand money. China does own US assetts. BUT! This is useless as a weapon, as any act to destabilise the US market would see a boycott by the EU, US, Russia, and Australasian markets. This would cripple China in return, who is reliant on exports. They can't even feed their people of their own produce for more than 20 more years without western help. So stop raving on about China using those assetts. They're capitalists just like us, only under a communist govt.
    2nd, China wont defend N.Korea if they act first. China stands to loose to much and not enough to gain like in 1950. The only time China will come on down is if a coup within NK removes their leaders. China would move in to secure control.
    NK stands alone. It really is that simple. They know that all they can do is shell SK for the 1st days of the conflict. Aftet their gun positions are overrun they know they'll be wiped out. They also know most NK army units don't want a war. Most likely a war would see the prior mentioned coup.
    Either way NK will fall to a coup or leadership change in next ten years.

    August 24, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Keith Beresheim

    Why not turn to what James Cagney did in the 1958 movie "Sands Of time"? Simply send in a significant amount of dogs, poison those dogs, and you would wipe out the entire north korean country.

    August 24, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mashpotato

    South Korea kicks butt!

    August 24, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JKF

    It is very dangerous, to play stupid games by/against a nation like NK, because, they are lead by an administrative uncareing dictatorship, which collectively continues to make incredibly wrong choices. In every sphere of positive human development NK has screwed up. Their leadership, has demonstrated, time and time again, to be negligent of its people's needs; to be totally incapable of providing basic sustanance to its people, incapable to house, other than in jails, its people, incapable of getting itself out of a total mental/spiritual/economic rut.. and so on. On the negative economic side, NK has developed and proliferated very destructive weapons to regimes that terrorize their people. Those that are playing stupid games, need to clearly understand, that NK may once again, and as usual, make the wrong choices about these games. Are the gamers ready to pulverize, incinerate and vaporize NK? If not, they should not push NK into once again making their usual type of choice" WRONG CHOICE". As far as SK, as the games started, to have one of their fishing boats enter and be captured by NK, demonstrates that they too are fairly incompetent wrt their abilities to know what goes on around/near their borders; they were supposed to be awake and in a high state of alert, yet one of their own boats ended up in NK hands. Given the lack of competence on both sides, things could easily get out of control, and a new war could be on. Look at the results in Afg, there is no will to fight any wars, US/Allies have been disarmed/not allowed to fight by their own political leaders, to the point that even the Taliban are making heaway with very ruimentary weapons/organizations. Why look for another confrontation!

    August 24, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
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