War and Rumors of War: North and South Korea exchange fire across border

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Signs of earthquake off North Korea prompts nuclear test fears The location and depth of the earthquake did not immediately suggest North Korean nuclear testing was the cause Korea_wargames_21_2868049k Korea_wargames_4_2867975k By Chad O’Carroll, NK News A magnitude five earthquake has been detected 132km (80 miles) from the Korean peninsula early on Tuesday morning, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) has said. The quake, which was said to have occurred at approximately 03:48 local time, took place at a depth of nearly 16km (10 miles) in the sea west of the Korean peninsula – just days after North Korea threatened to carry out a “new form” of nuclear test. While North Korean nuclear tests have previously been detected by the USGS quake monitoring center, the location and depth of the earthquake did not immediately suggest North Korean nuclear testing was the cause. Although its December 2012 test M5.1 shockwave was similar in size to Tuesday’s 5.0M event, it was detected by geological surveys in China and the US as having occurred in a North Korean mountain range well known for weapons testing, and at a depth of only 1km. On Sunday, North Korea threatened to carry out a “new form” of nuclear test, but did not clarify what it meant. Since then some observers have suggested that, angry with recent United Nations Security Council discussions about missile testing  last week, Pyongyang may test a fourth nuclear device in the coming months.Korea_wargames_7_2867982k

  Report: N. Korea fires on South during North’s military drills; South responds Korea_wargames__22_2868053k (CNN) — North and South Korean artillery batteries exchanged hundreds of shells across their western sea border Monday, a day after North Korea warned it was preparing to test another nuclear device. About 100 of the 500 shells North Korea fired into the Yellow Sea strayed across the line separating the two rivals’ territorial waters, the semiofficial South Korean news agency Yonhap reported. Yonhap quoted the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff as saying the South responded by firing about 300 shells into North Korean waters and dispatching fighter jets to the boundary, known as the Northern Limit Line. Korea_wargames_18_2868036k North Korean offshore firing appeared to have resumed after a lull, Yonhap reported, citing a resident of Baekryong Island, which is close to the Northern Limit Line. “Some (North Korean) artillery fire landed in (the) southern part of Northern Limit Line but in the water,” a South Korean Ministry of Defense spokesman said. “We counter-fired over the Northern Limit Line.” When asked what South Korea fired back at, the defense spokesman said, “We are not shooting at North Korea, just shooting into the sea.” The United States, South Korea’s leading ally, condemned the North Korean shelling from the White House and the Pentagon. Washington is working “in close coordination” with South Korea and Japan, White House spokesman Jay Carney said, calling on North Korea “to refrain from actions that threaten regional peace and security.” And Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters at the Pentagon, “The provocation that the North Koreans have, once again, engaged in is dangerous, and it needs to stop.” China, the North’s main patron, also expressed concern. “The temperature is rising at present on the Korean Peninsula, and this worries us,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters in Beijing. “We hope that all sides can remain calm and exercise restraint.” Korea_wargames_23_2868054k Warning fax The normally reclusive North took the unusual step of informing its neighbor of live-fire drills close in the heavily militarized western sea. Pyongyang sent a fax early Monday demanding that the South “control” its vessels in seven areas of the waterway near the Northern Limit Line. According to Wee Yong-Sub, a vice spokesman for the South Korean Defense Ministry, the scheduled tests mark the first time — in recent history, at least — that the North has announced live-firing exercises above the maritime border. “We consider such announcement as a hostile threat and so have activated crisis management operation in case of (military) provocation,” he said. “We stress that we are fully prepared for all situations.” Victor Cha, a leading Korea analyst, told CNN that the North may be “posturing” for attention in hopes bringing Washington back to talks over its nuclear program — or moving while the United States distracted by other global events. “They could be learning from Crimea that while the United States is distracted, the North Koreans can try to change the playing field and maybe slant it in their direction by pushing it back to talks while the United States is focused on other issues,” Cha said. The two Koreans never signed a peace agreement after the 1950-53 war that also pitted the United States and China against each other. Cha called it a “clearly a good thing” that Pyongyang notified the South of its military exercise. But if Northern gunners ended up killing someone across the border, “then we’re in a pretty bad situation.” “They are on a hair trigger, and because of the array of forces on the peninsula, you can get an action-reaction dynamic that escalates fairly quickly,” he said. “That’s something we want to avoid, of course.” North_korea_missil_2863020k Nuclear tests North Korea said Sunday that it “would not rule out” a new nuclear test as it defended its recent mid-range missile launch that triggered international condemnation. “(We) would not rule out a new form of a nuclear test aimed at strengthening our nuclear deterrence,” Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by the state-run KCNA news agency. “The U.S. had better ponder over this and stop acting rashly.” The statement did not specify what North Korea meant by a “new form” of test, and Wee said there are no immediate signs of nuclear tests being carried out by the North. Last week, Pyongyang launched two medium-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast, violating United Nations resolutions that prohibit Pyongyang from conducting such tests. The Security Council condemned the move and is considering an “appropriate response,” said Luxembourg Ambassador Sylvie Lucas, the council’s current president. The military exercises are the latest provocation by the North and come after a maritime dispute last week was seemingly swiftly resolved. On Thursday, a North Korean fishing boat was seized after an alleged incursion into South Korean waters and returned with its three crew members the following day. And while North Korea often upsets its neighbors by firing various rockets and missiles into the waters surrounding the Korean Peninsula, the country has at times engaged in more deadly military actions. A multinational 2010 report indicated that the sinking of the South Korean navy warship Cheonan, which killed 46 sailors in the Yellow Sea, was the result of a a North Korean torpedo. Later that year, North Korean artillery attacks on Yeonpyeong Island in the Yellow Sea killed two South Korean marines in what Yonhap called “the first direct artillery attack on South Korean territory since the Korean War ended in an armistice” in 1953.

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    Morris Herman April 01, 2014

    Here is some more insight into what the North Koreans can do:

    North Korea Party Rock Anthem ft. Kim Jong Il
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