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N. Korea warns U.S. commander in S. Korea over drills

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:10 a.m. HST, Feb 23, 2013

PYONGYANG, North Korea » North Korea warned the top American commander in South Korea on Saturday (Friday in Hawaii) of "miserable destruction" if the U.S. military presses ahead with routine joint drills with South Korea set to begin next month.

Pak Rim Su, chief of North Korea's military delegation to the truce village of Panmunjom inside the Demilitarized Zone, sent the warning Saturday morning to Gen. James Thurman, Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency said, in a rare direct message to the U.S. commander.

The threat comes as the U.S. and other nations discuss how to punish North Korea for conducting an underground nuclear test on Feb. 12 in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions banning Pyongyang from nuclear and missile activity.

North Korea has characterized the nuclear test, its third since 2006, as a defensive act against U.S. aggression. Pyongyang accuses Washington of "hostility" for leading the charge to punish North Korea for a December rocket launch that the U.S. considers a covert missile test.

The U.S. and North Korea fought on opposite sides of the three-year Korean War, which ended in a truce in 1953, not a peace treaty, and left the Korean Peninsula divided by a heavily fortified border monitored by the U.S.-led U.N. Command.

Washington also stations 28,500 American troops in South Korea to protect its ally against North Korean aggression.

South Korea and the U.S. regularly conduct joint drills such as the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises slated to take place next month. North Korea calls the drills proof of U.S. hostility, and accuses Washington of practicing for an invasion.

"You had better bear in mind that those igniting a war are destined to meet a miserable destruction," KCNA quoted Pak as saying in his message to Thurman. He called the drills "reckless."

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, meanwhile, has been making a round of visits to military units guiding troops in drills and exercises since the nuclear test, KCNA said.

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localguy wrote:
"miserable destruction?" Oh puhleeze, more hot air from North Korea. While they may have a large Army and command structure with no, zero, nada, combat experience, US Forces would take them out in the end, decimating their military. How much you want to bet some of their military would love to defect to South Korea? just more shibai from clueless NK bureaucrats, the only surviving Jurassic nation on earth,.
on February 23,2013 | 05:04AM
Charliegrunt wrote:
Theoretically, you're correct, but take a look at what is happening to our country. All this nonsense could have been stopped if after first warning N. Korea that if they fired another missile at US forces or their allies, we would shoot their missile out of the air and drop one on their launch site, and did it. As usual, this administration likes to rant and rave and posture, while doing nothing. Now, to add icing to the cake, our so-called leaders are considering a military reduction in force, and putting military pay and benefits on the chopping block. What fool(s) would to this when our forces are already required to spend every other year or seven months in a combat zone? The military budget will make up 50% of the proposed sequestration cuts. I'd like to see BO lead a battalion made up of his administration and Congress on the DMZ, but I wouldn't want them on either of my flanks or covering my rear.
on February 23,2013 | 06:43AM
kaupena wrote:
Totally agree. We do nothing but talk, talk, talk...
on February 23,2013 | 07:53AM
kailuabred wrote:
Ridiculous comment. We are in enough wars already. Doubtful you have ever seen your friends die in combat. Screws you up for a long time. I know.
on February 23,2013 | 12:44PM
Charliegrunt wrote:
IRT kailuabred. If it will make you feel any better, I have four PHs. I was a company commander in Vietnam. On my first operation as a rifle company commander, we ran into the 2nd NVA Division, and they were our dance partner during my entire tour. On my last operation, I had to penetrate a reinforced NVA battalion to go to the aid of a company of another battalion with only 25 survivors including wounded. Later on that operation, we were ambushed in a NVA regimental CP. We accomplished both missions. I went in with an understrength company of 115 after a month and a half in a free fire zone. I walked out with 65, most of us had minor wounds. Yes, I held a 19 year old soldier in my arms as he died. Yes, my men retrieved the body of one of our own. What was left of him would have fit in a 5 lb. paper sack. All I could do was let the tears flow. That good enough for you?
on February 23,2013 | 07:49PM
hanalei395 wrote:
If "US Forces" invade North Korea, it will be the continuation of the Korean War. China will not have foreign troops just south of their border. This is why the U.S. did not send ground troops into North Vietnam.
on February 23,2013 | 04:55PM
manakuke wrote:
From article; “The U.S. and North Korea fought on opposite sides of the three-year Korean War, which ended in a truce in 1953, not a peace treaty, and left the Korean Peninsula divided by a heavily fortified border monitored by the U.S.-led U.N. Command. “
on February 23,2013 | 05:26AM
9ronboz wrote:
Chinese puppets
on February 23,2013 | 06:57AM
808warriorfan wrote:
I agree w/ "Localguy"...no wonder we have Global Warming...it's all that "hot air" from North Korea...not only would members of their military defect I'll be the civilian population would too. Ever wonder how many of them go along to get along and survive ?????
on February 23,2013 | 07:22AM
cojef wrote:
Just "sabre-rattling" for local consumption to placate the starving masses brought on by their military spending. Divert and deflect the criticism directed at their communist economic system. Just like the Soviet Russia of old.
on February 23,2013 | 08:17AM
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