N. Korea threatens “merciless counter-attack” over S. Korea-U.S. military drill
By End the Lie
Today the North Korean military issued a dire warning concerning an upcoming South Korean live-fire drill, going as far as to tell residents of the five islands near the border in the Yellow Sea to evacuate before 9 AM tomorrow.
North Korea’s warning seems to be focusing on a possible violation of North Korean territorial waters, which might be easier than one would assume due to the disputed nature of the border in the Yellow Sea.
The official North Korean Central News Agency carried the notice which warned residents to evacuate and the radio broadcast coming out of the North Korean capital of Pyongyang said that there will be “an immediate and merciless counter-attack if even a ‘single column of water’ is monitored in North Korean waters during the drill,” according to Voice of America.
There are regular military drills and artillery exercises carried out by South Korea from the forward-lying islands (relative to North Korea) near the highly disputed border just off of the west coast of the Korean Peninsula.
A similar drill to the upcoming one sparked a North Korean artillery strike back in November of 2010. This strike resulted in the deaths of some four South Koreans on an island called Yeonpyeong.
According to the semi-official Yonhap news agency out of Seoul, an anonymous official with the joint chiefs of staff said that the joint drill between South Korea and the United States will indeed proceed.
Despite the quite serious warning from North Korea, the live fire anti-submarine drill will reportedly move forward even though it could mean the killing of more South Koreans.
The focus on anti-submarine warfare is interesting, especially given the fact that Iran has recently made a repeated effort to highlight their subsurface warfare capability, saying that the United States has totally underestimated them in this regard.
Voice of America contacted unnamed analysts and American military officers who noted that the evacuation advisory out of Pyongyang is indeed quite unusual.
However, they claim that the threats of retaliation from North Korea over South Korean military exercises are common and thus should not necessarily cause alarm.
That being said, I think we should take note of the fact that the North Koreans are actually warning people and telling them to evacuate, which could very well be an indicator that they are indeed quite serious about their warnings.
I do not see any reason why South Korea, in concert with the United States of course, would put their people at risk in going through with this drill.
Just as is the case with China in the South China Sea and Iran in the Persian Gulf, it appears that the United States and its allies are attempting to push North Korea to strike, thus giving the green light for an offensive.
I cannot understand why any government would knowingly put their people in the line of fire over something as meaningless as military exercise, yet it appears that is exactly what the South Korean government intends to do.
Obviously the United States isn’t going to make any effort to stop them, as the government of the United States has made it clear time and time again that they value human life only as much as it can be leveraged for their purposes.
Therefore, if a few civilians die in the course of justifying a war with what George W. Bush infamously called the “Axis of Evil” it likely would be a small price to pay for these disgusting individuals.
UPDATE: It is now being reported that South Korea is holding the military drills despite the North Korean warnings. No action from North Korea has been reported as of yet and let’s hope it stays that way.