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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  1. tomcat

    @phil lets see started chemo, kids and grandbaby good, still in Texas and you?

    November 28, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. phil

    I'm OK. Winter is here in Colorado. Chemo? as in chemotherapy?

    November 28, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tomcat


    November 28, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Protoman

    Ok American women are garbage except for Mariah Carey? Hmm didn't she get passed around a bunch of rappers? SILENCE! I KEEL YOU!

    November 28, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. phil

    Oh man...I'm sorry to hear that tomcat. This box probably isn't the place to discuss it but, geese man. As you probably can imagine, I've looked into cancer quite a bit. Anyway...I hope you will be OK buddy. I'll be pulling for you bro. and pls. keep me posted. maybe we could share email addresses somehow?

    November 28, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Thomas

    @ protoman. .haha! I love that guy. I KEEL YOU! Funny stuff. Thats kinda how I think that dr. Bad/cesar must be. A little terrorist wannabe.

    November 28, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. phil

    Cesar is just making fun of Dr. Bad. He really isn't that way.

    November 28, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. phil @ tomcat

    look me up next time you blog. I'll be around later too. ttl

    November 28, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Folsom Prison 4 Mehdi General Dr. Bad

    Inmate #6591

    November 28, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. andrew

    I have visited south korea three times and have many friends there. war would be absolutely devastating to the peninsula. war should be avoided if at all possible. however, the northen regime continues its atrocities against its own people. is it better to allow the regime to implode from forces within or to effect change from forces outside? the ultimate goal is two fold. 1. long term stability on the peninsula. 2. releaving the oppression that the citizens of the north experience.

    November 28, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Renae

    I've heard that China will not want to openly support North Korea because it would ruin trade with America. Not sure if this is true, what are your opinions on it?

    November 28, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Renae

    By the way – love the trashy language people are posting here :[

    November 28, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Protoman

    Geev me a quarter I'll tell you your fortune.

    November 28, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Renae

    Sorry we deal in cents and dollars here 🙂

    November 28, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Protoman

    Don't ask me why you just die. I just ate a McRib with fry.

    November 28, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
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