Obama tells military: prepare for North Korea aggression

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has directed the U.S. military to coordinate with South Korea to "ensure readiness" and deter future aggression from North Korea, the White House said on Monday.
The United States gave strong backing to plans by South Korean President Lee Myung-bak to punish North Korea for sinking one of its naval ships, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a statement.
The White House urged North Korea to apologize and change its behavior, he said.
"We endorse President Lee's demand that North Korea immediately apologize and punish those responsible for the attack, and, most importantly, stop its belligerent and threatening behavior," Gibbs said.
"U.S. support for South Korea's defense is unequivocal, and the president has directed his military commanders to coordinate closely with their Republic of Korea counterparts to ensure readiness and to deter future aggression," he said.
Obama and Lee have agreed to meet at the G20 summit in Canada next month, he said.
Late last week, a team of international investigators accused North Korea of torpedoing the Cheonan corvette in March, killing 46 sailors in one of the deadliest clashes between the two since the 1950-53 Korean War.
Lee said on Monday South Korea would bring the issue before the U.N., whose past sanctions have damaged the already ruined North Korean economy.
The United States still has about 28,000 troops in South Korea to provide military support.
The two Koreas, still technically at war, have more than 1 million troops near their border.
"We will build on an already strong foundation of excellent cooperation between our militaries and explore further enhancements to our joint posture on the Peninsula as part of our ongoing dialogue," Gibbs said.
Gibbs said the United States supported Lee's plans to bring the issue to the United Nations Security Council and would work with allies to "reduce the threat that North Korea poses to regional stability."
Obama had also directed U.S. agencies to evaluate existing policies toward North Korea.
"This review is aimed at ensuring that we have adequate measures in place and to identify areas where adjustments would be appropriate," he said.

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Will he fight or just muscle flexing???????
 

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I think him to be an appeaser like British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain
 

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The US needs a Indira Gandhi. :D And no it is not Hillary Clinton. :p
 

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Why should we go to war with NK? It wasn't our ship that was sunk and if any action is taken it will be up to SK to take appropriate action.
 

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Why should we go to war with NK? It wasn't our ship that was sunk and if any action is taken it will be up to SK to take appropriate action.
Because according to US they are non-felicitated Global Police.
US should not poke its nose in NK-SK issue. I don't understand how does Obama justifies his Nobel Peace prize when he along with its administration enjoys every chance to threat every possible country.

Anyways still I think pacific fleet has been briefed already.
 

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NKorea severs all ties with SKorea, as South launches psychological warfare over ship sinking

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea declared Tuesday that it would sever all communication and relations with Seoul as punishment for blaming it for the sinking of a South Korean warship.

The North also announced it would expel all South Koreans working at a joint factory park in the northern border town of Kaesong, the official Korean Central News Agency said in a dispatch monitored in Seoul late Tuesday.

Tensions were rising on the divided Korean peninsula in the wake of an investigation report blaming North Korea for a torpedo attack that sank the Cheonan warship on March 26, killing 46 South Korean sailors.

South Korea's military restarted psychological warfare operations — including blaring radio broadcasts into the North and placing loudspeakers at the border to blast out propaganda — to punish the North for the provocation. The South is also slashing trade and denying permission to North Korean cargo ships to pass through South Korean waters.

North Korea struck back by declaring it would cut all ties with the South until President Lee Myung-bak leaves office. South Korean ships and airliners will be banned from passing through its territory and the North will resume its own psychological warfare, KCNA said.

Earlier, one Seoul-based monitoring agency reported that North Korea's leader ordered its 1.2 million-member military to get ready for combat. South Korean officials could not immediately confirm the report.

The North flatly denies involvement in the sinking of the Cheonan, one of the South's worst military disasters since the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, and has warned that retaliation would mean war. It has threatened to destroy any propaganda facilities installed at the heavily militarized border.

A team of international investigators, however, concluded last week that a torpedo from a North Korean submarine tore apart the Cheonan.
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/05/25/skorea-resumes-psychological-warfare-pyongyang-deadly-warship-sinking/
 

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Why should we go to war with NK? It wasn't our ship that was sunk and if any action is taken it will be up to SK to take appropriate action.
If Usa's memory is short ...It was usa who went for war on korean peninsula against communists which resulted in the division of korea in 1950's.Usa has obligation to fight for its allies Japan and south korea and japan in asia pacific coz they provide bases for usa forces and they are under usa nuke shield.
 

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