November 24th, 2010
09:16 AM ET

Pyongyang: Koreas on 'brink of war' because of Seoul

North Korea on Wednesday blamed South Korea for driving them "to the brink of war," a day after the North shelled a South Korean island and killed four people.

South Korea provoked the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island by holding a military drill off their shared coast in the Yellow Sea, North Korea said.

Pyongyang made the accusation through its state media, referring to a military drill that Seoul holds every year.


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  1. Rocketship

    The trick here is to ever so slowly move the North back from the brink.
    The most elegant solution would be to send Tim Geitner to China where he could recommend a cash for clunkers program for North Korea.
    This would not be some half as sed program rolled out over days weeks monthes or even years.
    With approval from congress and financing from the Fed every North Korean could be offered a new car built by well paid union workers at General Motors.
    This offer could be made within hours.
    And by golly Tim could show those North Koreans that we really care.
    And also that you can never count out the American Worker.
    And keep the Fed on its toes and turning the crank magnificentlly.
    This would all be in the finest traditions of American ingenuity.
    We could avert a Nuclear disaster.

    November 24, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • kpg45

      Good idea, except for one small problem. With all the shortages in NK I would think gasoline would be in the fore-front. Without this necessary resource, their new toys would be rendered useless, unless they melted them down and turned them into more useful military hardware to use against their neighbor to the south, aka; South Korea.

      November 27, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jim Brieske

    Rocketship. You are not a funny person. You should try something else. Humor of the kind you wrote requires a possibility it could happen. There is zero possibility in what you wrote.
    Meanwhile North Korea's blackmail attempt to obtain rice, money and oil should be met with military muscle. They get nothing.

    November 24, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. Rocketship

    Ok Jim I'll do something else.
    Really had my heart set on being funny.

    November 24, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. Spartacaus

    Rocketship, I thought it was funny

    November 24, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rocketship

    But, just what is it that would be unusual about this Idea. Very willing to guarantee that
    1) Tim will go to China again
    2) Some form of appeasement will be made to NK
    3) Fed will print more money
    What is so hard to believe?

    November 24, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. Rocketship

    Oh,and at least one 68 camero is rolling around on some NK back road doing burnouts.
    Furthermore please get off your military muscle, conservative, nonsense, BS, high horse.
    Damn fox lover anyway.

    November 24, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. phil

    So who supplies N Korea with uranium? Jim? Anybody?

    November 24, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. phil

    So who supplies N. Korea with uranium is the qustion. No answer(s) so far, so here's a hint. While the guilty supplier remained the same, the route used to ultimatly get the uranium to N. Korea changed immediatly after fmr. Pres. Bush's first energy bill was passed.

    November 24, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. Reynardine Greencastle

    No peace was ever made in Korea; only an armistice was signed. Syngman Rhee and his successors were thugs, but at least they weren't nuts. The Kim dynasty, on the other hand, have every one of them been grandiose whack jobs. This was not only foreseeable, it was an emerging threat in the early part of this century, but the last administration postponed a necessary war through appeasement so they could pursue an elective one in Iraq, and we are now in a position of being forced to fight when we are overextended and depleted. A cease-fire is not a peace; the guns can blaze again at any time, and all other allocations of force must be made with the assumption that there is still a war in progress. But there is no putting the rose back on the rosebush, and here we are with the thorns.

    November 24, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jim Brieske

    phil. Bill Clinton.
    Rocketship. Go fuk yourself. You couldn't be funny if your life depended on it.
    Spartacaus. You always were stupid.

    November 24, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bill Webb

    I could not understand the reason for this incident, until I researched it somewhat. On Yeonpyeong Island, which is about 2 miles off the coast of North Korea, the South Koreans were firing their artillery into the ocean away from North Korea. This island appears to be about 20 miles north of the DMZ. The line doesn't extend out into the ocean. I would think that the South Koreans would choose a less controvertial location to hold their war games. I'm not siding with the North Koreans on this issue or any other, but i can see how to avoid any repeat of the incident.

    November 25, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. Vnonymous

    Yes, North Korea's repeated attacks and murder of South Korean's is pushing North Korea to the brink of war. Um...yeah.

    November 26, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. Scrodney

    It would be a shame if the Norths repeated attacks "provokes" a nuke to be dropped on Pyongyang !

    November 30, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |