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Korean Ship Sinking Escalation Update, As Washington And China Now Both Get Involved

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1.    N. Korea denies sinking S. Korea ship, warns that any retaliation will trigger 'all-out' war
2.    White House calls ship sinking a peace-challenging 'act of aggression' by N. Korea
3.    White House says North Korean action is challenge to international peace and violation of armistice pact

And from the FT:

South Korea officially announced that a North Korean submarine torpedoed one of its warships in March, a verdict that opens the path towards referring Pyongyang to the United Nations Security Council.

Shortly after the announcement, The White House issued a strong condemnation of North Korea’s attack and said it would support Seoul in its attempts to “secure justice for the 46 service members killed”. In response, Pyongyang threatened “strong measures”, including war, if the South attempted to ratchet up international sanctions.

China - North Korea’s only major political and economic backer - urged both North and South Korea to show restraint amid fears that the dispute could have repercussions around the region. Japan, a member of the six-party talks on denuclearising North Korea, joined others in condemning Pyongyang.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said his government had “noted” the official report, published by South Korea adding that Beijing would make its own assessment of the investigation.

Just as Greece with its tiny 2.5% of European GDP lead to the flash crash, will this "minor" transgression ultimately lead to something far worse?

 

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Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:15 | 362512 Debtless
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I miss M*SH. Classic. 

perhaps this next conflict will provide my future grandkids with hours of terrific programming.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:19 | 362517 lewy14
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Just as Greece with its tiny 2.5% of European GDP lead to the flash crash, will this "minor" transgression ultimately lead to something far worse?

No. Next question.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:48 | 362715 Martel
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South Korea is hell bent on avoiding a war. Nothing less than shelling Seoul will qualify as casus belli.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:20 | 362520 Instant Karma
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Not much anyone can do other than build another boat.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:24 | 362525 LoneStarHog
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/sarcasm on/ A nice addition to South Korea's GDP.  Maybe this is why our markets rallied on the news? /sarcasm off/

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:30 | 362530 FischerBlack
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Mommy, can we watch the war on CNN?

Oooooo! Pretty!

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:30 | 362532 abalone
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Fat fingers bitchez

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:00 | 362589 Headbanger
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Yea but we just better hope there isn't a fat finger nuke launch too!

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:33 | 362535 pragmatic hobo
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I just don't get it;

 

At the time of sinking, there were joint US/Korean navy excercise with bunch of Aegis and other radar systems on full alert. Unless NK have stealth submarine, how did they get close enough to laucn a torpedo?

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:40 | 362540 LeBalance
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When you do a false flag fratricide op, the tale just never makes evidentiary sense.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:20 | 362627 nonclaim
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Being alert does not mean you won't get hit. Period. If you read reports from multinational war exercises you'd be surprised how many things are marked as "need improvement", be it equipment or training or specific doctrines.

In a recent exercise, the British air carrier was "badly damaged" with missiles in the North Sea by a somewhat old warship, Brazilian no less.

I'm not saying the published NK story is correct either, truth is the first casualty in war.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:32 | 362665 spanish inquisition
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Good point. A torpedo matching the characteristics of those used by North Korea was used (I believe you can just buy one from the Chinese). So anyone with 650 tubes can fire one. Now, no one saw on radar or HEARD a NK sub, isn't that like trying to listen for an unbalanced washing machine. So my conclusion is it wasn't fired from a NK Sub.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:55 | 362731 TBT or not TBT
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Still, no harm in the NK's existing submarines at sea suddenly not reporting back, ever again.  It's a psychotic death cult up there, up to no good.   Maybe if their submarines kept not reporting back, ever, they'd give up building em in favor of FEEDING THEIR PEOPLE and stuff like that.   Just saying.  

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 09:03 | 362747 thisandthat
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Subs breaking through escort fleets and "sinking" CVNs (even by outdated diesel subs), Aegis frigates and even whole fleets of (NATO) ships are countless, in military exercises - not counting cold war incidents.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:38 | 362538 doomandbloom
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why is Al-qaeeda not claiming responsibility?

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:41 | 362542 LeBalance
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Tim Osman and Obamanation are huddling in the Oval Office discussing this at this hour.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:42 | 362543 jkruffin
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Even if NK did sink the ship, they are going to do nothing about it but promise more sanctions.  They are not going to start with KJI.  He has their asses right where he wants them and he knows it.  How long till we send aid and money?  Sink ships, get paid.  Oh yea, and also, blow up oil rigs and get bailed out by taxpayers to clean up your mess.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:25 | 362644 bingaling
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This actually could be the response to the fact they blew up the oil rig in the gulf or the suspicion they blew it up . They suddenly come out with proof NK blew up a SK ship . Now comes the payback . War would not be an unusal response to the oil rig disaster or the blowing up of a SK ship .

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:42 | 362544 saladbarbeef
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<Saruman standing on the roof of the White House portico>

 

"Waaaaaaaarrrrrrrrr!!!!!1!1!!!"

 

Whuping up on the brown sand people is too hard, so let's try the impoverished yellow ones.

 

"War is the health of the state."

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:16 | 362614 augmister
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Let the two slug it out.  The North Koreans need a punch in the head.  Political correctness sure does work in Greece and Bangkok, doesn't it?   Nazi Pelosi and Penis President Cliton surely have racing stripes for good reason, in their panties.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:15 | 362615 old_turk
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Oh, wonderful.

What's next?

Killer asteroids?

Killer plague?

Locusts?

Frogs?

What?

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 09:47 | 362860 Debtless
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killer oil blob is next. then frogs...

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:16 | 362620 metastar
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Iran has made some good chess moves in recent days making it more difficult to start war without staging some crisis.

N. Korea may be just the big break the politically corrupt needs to go to war.

Still, I suspect that Iran is the real prize as it and the region have the good oil drugs we want so bad.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:24 | 362643 Robb
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Fails smell test

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 09:41 | 362844 Grand Supercycle
Thu, 05/20/2010 - 10:54 | 362950 Shrimp Head
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Then this...

 

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 10:55 | 362953 Shrimp Head
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dammit.  somebody help my luddite ass out and post a picutre of the stay puff guy for TD's sake.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 11:46 | 363071 Winston Smith 2009
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This was either a training accident (they were shadowing the S. Korean ship for training, practiced targeting it and accidentally fired a live torpedo; to me, this is the most likely scenario; the US Navy does this kind of thing all the time to its own ships during training or readiness exercises) or someone is trying to set them up for some reason.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 11:48 | 363081 Winston Smith 2009
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"the US Navy does this kind of thing all the time to its own ships during training or readiness exercises"

I meant they shadow their own ships, not fire at them with live torpedoes. ;-)

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 12:58 | 363291 mkkby
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South Korea and Japan better be very careful with their rhetoric.  When the debt/funding crisis hits the US, they may very well have to defend themselves.  And they can't.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 13:33 | 363404 ZeroConfidence
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Sleight of hand at work?

 

As attention is drawn to the Korean peninsula what is it that we're not supposed to see happening elsewhere?

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