November 28th, 2010
02:10 PM ET

North Korea slams U.S.-South Korea military drills

South Korea and the United States started joint military exercises Sunday, U.S. Forces Korea spokesman David Oten told CNN, prompting a furious response from North Korea.

The naval operations are "no more than an attempt to find a pretext for aggression and ignite a war at any cost," North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency said, warning that the drills "are putting the Korean Peninsula at a state of ultra-emergency."

North Korea warned of unpredictable "consequences" if the United States sends an aircraft carrier to the Yellow Sea for the military maneuvers.

The divided peninsula, tense at the best of times, has been near the boiling point since Tuesday, when North Korea shelled a South Korean island, killing four people.

China called Sunday for an emergency meeting of the six major powers involved in talks about the Korean peninsula.

Top diplomats from the six nations need to meet soon to "maintain peace and stability on the peninsula and ease the tension" in the region, Beijing's special representative for the region, Wu Dawei, said Sunday.

South Korea said Sunday it did not think the time was right for a resumption of the Six-Party talks, then added that its comment was not a response to China's call for an emergency meeting, which Seoul said it would "bear in mind."

But Seoul was extremely cautious about the proposal, given what it called the North's "military provocation," and recent nuclear moves.

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soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Danny

    Enough of talking..its useless!! Bomb the light out of that God Forsaken place.. And you'll see how they'll get in line...

    November 28, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Are you sure you finished High School? It doesn't appear that way according to your blog above.

      November 28, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Numbaoneballa

      No, we need to pull our forces out of Korea and at most provide the south Koreans with air support.

      November 28, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. LOL

    The only reason why China is supporting the North Koreans is because North Korea is a lesser threat than US troops stationed right across China's border.

    South Korea is not going to remove US forces in Korea anytime soon, so do not expect China to acquiesce to South Korea demands for reasonable control of her vassal state.

    November 28, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. korean4peace

    The root of the problem is the continued state of division and state of war in Korea. Thousands of troops stand ready to shoot at each other along the DMZ every day. And war simulation exercises only add to the already tense situation.

    As a Korean American, I am deeply concerned about the situation in Korea which is dangerously close to all out war.

    It's not too late to stop the US-SK war games. China and North Korea are ready to talk. Why not the US and South Korea? We need to find a peaceful resolution through dialogue and finally end the Korean War with a peace treaty.

    November 28, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. webcam on Mehdi Dr. Bad

    He's pounding on his mom's keyboard again. Zooming in...he is on copying what he posted yesterday. Now he pasted it here! Clever boy. Here comes his mom, Deborah. She's yelling at him for leaving melted plastic GI Joe toy soldiers all over the place.

    November 28, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. phil

    All this Korea speak reminds me of Congressman Larry McDonald.(rip) He was one of a 36 member delegation of Americans who were going to S. Korea on the 30th anniversarry of the conflict. 35 members of the delegation arrived safely, and enjoyed the festivities. The Congressman, however, was transferred to flight 007 in Anchorage, Alaska. That flight got shot down after venturing well over 200 miles into Soviet airspace. McDonald was under subpoena to appear in Los Angeles district court for questions about one of his firms supplying illegal info to Ronald Reagan. (you remember Ronnie Raygun...the democrat actor who switched party's to become gov. of california) Only 2 news outlets covered this angle. The LA Herald-Examiner, one of the nations oldest newspapers, and HUSTLER magazine. How it came about that only the Congressman died on that flight is still a mystery. But the Herald-Examiner is no more, and Larry Flynt, Hustler's publisher, was shot.

    November 28, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. phil

    What didn't you understand Daniel? Are you referring to my punctuation, or lack thereof? The Statue of Libery is holding tablets. If a few words were not properly spelled, would you then not recognize her beauty? Would you tear her down as well?

    November 28, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Protoman

    Olberman! Lol 4 star Gerbil Marisa Miller?

    November 28, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. hsr0601

    Pretty sure North Korea = China in the different names of one country, or a military branch & a lapdog.

    November 28, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sarah713

    What the hell is this guy talking about? Get rid of this guy so we can actually comment in peace he makes no sense

    November 28, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Caesar

    Everyone who is going to prepare for the END, HAS prepaired. Enough talk, Let the War of all Wars begin. Vea usted mañana, Baby.

    November 28, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
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    November 28, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. andrew

    Civil dialogue is difficult when one or more parties refuse to engage intelectually.

    November 28, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cesar


    November 28, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cesar


    November 28, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
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