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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

North Korea Threatens South Korea


May 27 (Bloomberg) -- North Korea threatened a military response to South Korean participation in a U.S.-led program to seize weapons of mass destruction, and said it will no longer abide by the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War.

“The Korean People’s Army will not be bound to the Armistice Agreement any longer,” the official Korean Central News Agency said in a statement today. Any attempt to inspect North Korean vessels will be countered with “prompt and strong military strikes.” South Korea’s military said it will “deal sternly with any provocation” from the North.

South Korean President Lee Myung Bak ordered his government to take “calm” measures on the threats, his office said in a statement today. Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary, Takeo Kawamura, echoed those remarks and called on North Korea to “refrain from taking actions that would elevate tensions in Asia.”

The threats are the strongest since North Korea tested a nuclear weapon on May 25, drawing international condemnation and the prospect of increased sanctions against the communist nation. South Korea dispatched a warship to its maritime border and is prepared to deploy aircraft, Yonhap News reported, citing military officials it didn’t identify.

“This rapid-fire provocation indicates a more aggressive shift in the Kim Jong Il regime,” said Ryoo Kihl Jae, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul. “Kim is obviously using a strategy of maximum force.”

The do also point out the little thug Kim Jong II is constantly issuing threats.

The New York Post calls this latest action from North Korea a kick in the teeth to Obama, stating "on the political front, North Korea's Kim Jong Il has challenged President Obama more in four months than he did President George W. Bush in eight years."

Obama spends his time apologizing all across the globe for America, making us seem weak because we have a weak leader and countries are not just "testing" us, as Joe Biden assured everyone before the elections that they would, but they are outright thumbing their noses at Obama, understanding that the actions taken by an Obama administration will not match the rhetoric and empty words he spews.

Biden's exact words:

"Mark my words, It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We're about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don't remember anything else I said. Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy."

"I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate. And he's gonna need help. And the kind of help he's gonna need is, he's gonna need you - not financially to help him - we're gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it's not gonna be apparent initially, it's not gonna be apparent that we're right."

Even Biden knew what would happen if Barack Obama was elected. He said, and I quote "Gird your loins."

Then adding insult to injury, YonHapNews reports that North Korea launched yet another short-range missile from its east coast Tuesday night.

"The North appears to have launched a ground-to-ship missile into the East Sea shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday," the official said, asking not to be identified. Pyongyang had launched two short-range missiles from its east coast earlier Tuesday, following its supposed nuclear test the day before.

Officials here believe the missile launches are partly aimed at preventing South Korean and U.S. reconnaissance planes from nearing the communist state to verify its claimed nuclear test.

Earlier reports said there were also signs of imminent missile launches on the North's west coast. The official at the presidential office said the North has yet to launch any missile from the west.

The quote of the day goes to Right Wing News who states it perfectly:

That being said, George Bush had something Barack Obama doesn't have at the moment: credibility. Like him or not, our enemies around the world knew that George Bush was a dangerous man -- and who was willing to deal with threats to his country. Obama, on the other hand, is like a baby lamb. Nobody is scared of him because they all believe he won't do anything but talk. To Obama and the Left, that's a huge feature -- but, I'd call it a major bug.

That's because that lack of fear is really what is making the situation in North Korea -- and for that matter, Iran and Pakistan -- considerably more dangerous. It's no coincidence that Iran, the Taliban in Pakistan, and North Korea have gotten bolder since Obama got into office. Every two bit dictator on the planet is thinking, "If I'm going to do something, now is as good a time as any because Barack Obama will keep America from interfering."

Any wagers on when Iran decides now is a great time to test Obama?

Gird your loins, indeed.