Talk about mixed messages! Does anyone see the dichotomy here?
President Obama’s national security adviser on Wednesday said that North Korea’s recent nuclear detonation and missile tests are not “an imminent threat” to the safety and security of the United States.
Retired Marine Corps Gen. James Jones, in his first speech on the administration’s approach to national security, said that the “imminent threat” posed by North Korea is that of the proliferation of nuclear technologies to other countries and terrorist organizations. [...]
South Korean and U.S. troops raised their alert Thursday to the highest level since 2006 after North Korea renounced its truce with the allied forces and threatened to strike any ships trying to intercept its vessels.
The move was a sign of heightened tensions on the peninsula following the North's underground nuclear test and its firing of a series of short-range missiles earlier this week.
In response, Seoul decided to join more than 90 nations that have agreed to stop and inspect vessels suspected of transporting banned weapons.
North Korea says South Korea's participation in the U.S.-led Proliferation Security Initiative is a prelude to a naval blockade and raises the prospect of a naval skirmish in its western waters.
On Wednesday, it renounced the 1953 truce that halted fighting in the Korean War. It said Thursday through its official media that it was preparing for an American-led attack. The U.S. has repeatedly denied it is planning military action.
"The northward invasion scheme by the U.S. and the South Korean puppet regime has exceeded the alarming level," the North's main Rodong Sinmun newspaper said in a commentary carried by the official Korean Central News Agency. "A minor accidental skirmish can lead to a nuclear war." [...]
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said North Korea must face consequences for its “belligerent and provocative behavior” after Kim Jong Il’s regime threatened military action against South Korea.
Clinton spoke in Washington after North Korea’s official news agency said Kim’s government would no longer abide by the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and may respond militarily to South Korea’s participation in a U.S.-led program that would block ships suspected of carrying nuclear weapons or material for export.
The U.S. takes “very seriously” its commitments to defend South Korea and Japan, its principal allies in the region, Clinton said. She called on North Korea to return to the so- called six party talks aimed at dismantling its nuclear arms program. [...]
The factuals of a small bit of information needs to be corrected here...the was no "armistice that ended the Korean War". There has been a State of War since 1950 and in 1953 there was a cease-fire agreed to. Anyway, if North Korea is not an imminent threat, why then did Hillary "get stern"; why are neighboring countries moving Troops to their borders; why are South Korean and US Troops on their highest alert ever in the region?
It's about time our Secretary of state, her Royal Thighness Hillary Clinton got off her rather expansive backside and issues at least a terse statement to the out of control and belligerent to say the least Pyongyang Gang led by the dementia suffering Kim Jung I'm IL before the region lights up like San FranFreako on gay pride day.
When the hardcore's up in Moscow start getting a little rattled and even their other neighbors to the North in China start maneuvering troops towards their borders for fear of some type of nuclear escalation I'd say we had better coordinate a precision air strike to protect our troops in the DMZ. [...]
More than likely, it will be Bush's fault even though the Clinton Administration started all of this lunacy with North Korea. Also more than likely, Obama and Hillary will write some more Paper Tiger letters written in stern sentiments. Writing letters is always easier, don't you know?
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