Warning of war-game

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Warning of war-game

ตั้งหัวข้อ  sunny on Sun Jul 25, 2010 12:14 pm

Massive US aircraft carrier puts pressure on NKorea
By: Eric Talmadge

A massive nuclear-powered U.S. supercarrier began manoeuvrs Sunday with ally South Korea in a potent show of force, four months after the sinking of a South Korean warship. North Korea threatened the exercises could lead to nuclear war.

The military drills, set to run through Wednesday, involve about 8,000 U.S. and South Korean troops, 20 ships and submarines and 200 aircraft. The USS George Washington, with several thousand sailors and dozens of fighter jets aboard, was deployed from Japan.

The exercises will be the first in a series of U.S.-South Korean manoeuvrs conducted in the East Sea off South Korea's east coast, and in the Yellow Sea closer to China's shores in international waters. The exercises also are the first to employ the F-22 stealth fighter — which can evade North Korean air defences — in South Korea.

The American and South Korean defence chiefs announced last Tuesday in Seoul they would stage the military drills to send a clear message to North Korea to stop its "aggressive" behaviour.

Washington and Seoul blame Pyongyang for the sinking of the 1,200-ton Cheonan warship in late March near the Koreas' maritime border. A five-nation team of investigators concluded a North Korean torpedo sank the Cheonan, considered the worst military attack on the South since the 1950-53 Korean War.

North Korea, which denies any involvement in the sinking, has warned the United States against attempting to punish it. The regime called the drills an "unpardonable military provocation" aimed at preparing an invasion.

"Our military and people will squarely respond to the nuclear war preparation by the American imperialists and the South Korean puppet regime with our powerful nuclear deterrent," the North's government-run Minju Joson newspaper said in a commentary headlined, "We also have nuclear weapons."

The commentary was carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

The North's powerful National Defence Commission issued a similar threat Saturday, saying the country "will start a retaliatory sacred war ... based on nuclear deterrent any time necessary in order to counter the U.S."

Pyongyang's rhetoric regarding using nuclear deterrence was seen by most as bluster, but its angry response to the manoeuvrs underscores the rising tension in the region.

The North routinely threatens attacks whenever South Korea and the U.S. hold joint military drills, which Pyongyang sees as a rehearsal for an invasion. The U.S. keeps 28,500 troops in South Korea and another 50,000 in Japan, but says it has no intention of invading the North.

South Korea was closely monitoring North Korea's military but spotted no unusual activity Sunday, the Defence Ministry said.

Though the impoverished North has a large conventional military and the capability to build nuclear weapons, it is not believed to have the technology needed to use nuclear devices as warheads.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced Wednesday, after visiting the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas, the U.S. would slap new sanctions on the North to stifle its nuclear ambitions and punish it for the Cheonan sinking.

On Friday, the European Union said it, too, would consider new sanctions on North Korea.

In an apparent bow to China, the George Washington will participate in the exercise in the East Sea, but there are no plans for it to enter the Yellow Sea for subsequent exercises.

China, a traditional North Korean ally, has voiced concerns that military drills in the Yellow Sea could inflame tensions on the Korean peninsula and also fears exercises too close to its own shores could breach Chinese security.

The Nimitz-class George Washington had been expected to join in exercises — code-named "Invincible Spirit" — off South Korea sooner, but the Navy delayed those plans as the United Nations Security Council met to deliberate what action it should take over the Cheonan sinking.

The council eventually condemned the incident, but stopped short of naming North Korea as the perpetrator.
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Associated Press writers Kwang-tae Kim and Hyung-jin Kim in Seoul contributed to this report.

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Re: Warning of war-game

ตั้งหัวข้อ  sunny on Sun Jul 25, 2010 3:08 pm

U.S., South Korea Begin Large-Scale War Games Off Korean Coast

Steve Herman | Seoul

A large 4-day exercise involving U.S and South Korea forces is under way in the Sea of Japan.
It comes in response to the sinking of a South Korean warship, the Cheonan, four months ago. An international investigation blamed a North Korean torpedo attack for the incident.
The war games off the east coast of the Korean peninsula were called to send a strong message of deterrence to Pyongyang.

The joint military exercise is known as "Invincible Spirit." And while the forces of the United States and South Korea routinely conduct drills together, this war game is considered unprecedented in scope.

For the first time, the most advanced fighters of the U.S. Air Force are participating. They are the F-22 Raptors. U.S. officials say four of the stealth technology jets are taking part, along with nearly 200 other aircraft.

At sea is the strike group of the USS George Washington. The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is accompanied by three destroyers.

U.S. and South Korean top military officials say the exercises are a significant show of force intended to deter North Korea from further aggression.

South Korea originally said the U.S. aircraft carrier and other vessels would deploy in the Yellow Sea, where the Cheonan incident occurred. That announcement prompted strong protest from China.

South Korean Navy Rear Admiral Kim Kyung-shik denies pressure from Beijing was the main reason the war game was shifted from the western waters.
The admiral says planners considered the objectives for the exercise and what needed to be emphasized for training, as well as the required air and maritime space. That is why, he says, a decision was made to conduct it in the eastern waters, instead of the Yellow Sea.

The shift of location may have mollified China to some extent, but North Korea is reacting with rhetoric typically heard whenever the United States and South Korea conduct joint exercises here.
A North Korean TV newscast announcer Saturday evening quoted a statement for the National Defense Commission: the army and the people will counter the "nuclear war exercise" with atomic weaponry.

North Korea says the maneuvers could compel it "to start a retaliatory sacred war."

Analysts dismiss the statements as bluster and there is no indication of unusual activity among North Korea's forces.

The current escalating tension comes 60 years after North Korean forces crossed into the South, starting three years of combat that ended in stalemate. No peace treaty has ever been signed.

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ตั้งหัวข้อ  sunny on Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:16 pm

US want to place missile defence warning centre in Czech Republic
By: Karel Janicek

PRAGUE - The Czech prime minister said Friday his government has been negotiating a plan with the United States to place a warning centre in the Czech Republic as part of a reworked U.S. missile defence plan.

Petr Necas said the purpose of the centre was to gather and analyze information from satellite censors "to detect missiles aiming at NATO territory."

"It's not supposed to be a huge military installation," Necas said.

He said only several people will be needed to run the centre, and that they could be from the U.S., NATO member countries or the Czechs after undergoing training.

It is not clear yet where in the country the installation could be based or when it could become operational. Necas said Prague was an option.

The U.S. plans to initially invest $2 million in 2011 and 2012 for the centre, which is expected to become part of a joint NATO missile defence shield in the future, Necas said.

In September, the Obama administration scrapped Bush-era blueprints for basing long-range interceptors in Poland and a radar system in the Czech Republic as part of a missile defence shield designed to shoot down long-range missiles from countries including Iran.

It was strongly opposed by Russia and unpopular among the Czech public.

The new system is focused on short- and medium-range interceptors.

U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden won agreement from the Czech Republic and Poland to join Obama's reconfigured missile defence during his October visit to Prague and Warsaw.

To build the centre, no new Czech-U.S. deal or parliamentary approval will be needed, Necas said.
His government may support the new U.S. plan but opponents say they were ready to protest again.
"It's too serious to be silent," said Jan Tamas who organized numerous protest rallies against the radar base proposed by the Bush administration.

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Re: Warning of war-game

ตั้งหัวข้อ  sunny on Sun Aug 01, 2010 8:26 pm

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ตั้งหัวข้อ  sunny on Thu Aug 12, 2010 9:56 am

US sends Marine ship with 19 helicopters to help flood-ravaged Pakistan

TAMPA, Fla. - The United States is more than tripling the number of helicopters it is providing to help in flood-ravaged Pakistan, Defence Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday.

Gates said the USS Peleliu is now off the coast near Karachi, carrying 19 helicopters and a complement of about 1,000 Marines.

The six U.S. helicopters which were sent to Pakistan from Afghanistan earlier have been helping rescue people and deliver aid supplies. Gates said the Peleliu's complement will replace six combat helicopters on loan from the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan.

Gates said President Barack Obama has directed his administration to "lean forward" in offering help to the Pakistanis, which he stressed will be at a pace dictated by Pakistan's needs and its ability to handle aid.

"There's no point in having a lot of helicopters if we don't have the relief supplies to deliver," Gates told reporters travelling with him to Florida. He said the State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development and other areas of the government will have to be involved in helping Pakistan recover.

Gates and other U.S. officials say the Pakistani military has had to divert some troops and attention from fighting insurgents to help in flood relief. The U.S. is trying to lighten that load, but Gates said the overall impact of the shift ultimately will depend on how many troops are diverted.

"We weren't expecting them to undertake new offensives for some period of time anyway," Gates said of the Pakistani military's efforts against insurgents along its border with Afghanistan. He also addressed reports that extremist groups are helping in relief efforts, allowing them to appear to some parts of the population as a positive force.

"It does offer them an opportunity," Gates said.

Gates the U.S. in turn is pleased to offer Islamabad a way of showing the Pakistani population that its government and military and military are able and ready to care for their own people.

On Tuesday, the Pakistani Taliban said the flooding was God's punishment to Pakistanis for accepting secular leaders and urged Pakistanis to boycott foreign aid.

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ตั้งหัวข้อ  sunny on Thu Aug 12, 2010 2:45 pm

Clinton Urges Early Senate Action on Arms Treaty With Russia

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Wednesday that a Senate delay in ratifying the new strategic arms reduction treaty with Russia will "erode" U.S. national security. The treaty, finalized in April, has drawn heavy criticism from Republicans.

In a statement aimed at Republican treaty critics, Clinton says the New-START treaty will neither limit U.S. missile defense efforts nor the modernization of the American nuclear arsenal.

But she says failure to ratify will thwart the United States' ability to monitor Russia's strategic nuclear program, leading to uncertainty and instability.

Clinton's press appearance, with members of the State Department arms control team, reflected administration concern about the fate of the treaty, which has become the target of election-year Republican criticism.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry has delayed a vote on sending the treaty to the full Senate until mid-September with only one Republican, ranking minority member Richard Lugar, publicly supporting it.

The Secretary said the administration will work to resolve lingering questions about the treaty during the current Congressional break.

But she said the committee should act quickly upon return - noting that U.S. monitoring of the Russian nuclear weapons program ended when the previous arms treaty expired last December.

"When the Senate returns, they must act, because our national security is at risk," Clinton said. "There is an urgency to ratify this treaty, because we currently lack verification measures with Russia, which only hurts our national security interests. Our ability to know and understand changes in Russia's nuclear arsenal will erode without the treaty. As time passes, uncertainty will increase. With uncertainly comes unpredictability, which when you're dealing with nuclear weapons is absolutely a problem that must be addressed."

Under the new START treaty, each side agreed to reduce the number of deployed nuclear warheads to no more than 1,550 and set a limit of 700 operationally deployed strategic nuclear delivery systems such as intercontinental ballistic missiles and heavy bombers.

Clinton stressed support for the new treaty by Republican statesmen and arms control figures, and said she believes in the end, the treaty will get Republican support in the U.S. tradition of bipartisanship on arms control.

"I believe that this treaty is too important, and it will merit the most thoughtful and substantive response from members of the Senate," Clinton said. "It should not, in any way, be caught up in election-year politics. When I look back at the record of overwhelming support, 95-to-nothing, 98-to-three, just an enormous bipartisan commitment to continue arms reduction as a policy that is embraced by both sides of the aisle."

Officials here say they expect other Republicans on the Foreign Relations Committee to declare support for the treaty as the September vote approaches.

They are more cautious about a full Senate ratification vote, which will require a two-thirds majority or 67 votes, and whether action is possible before the November Congressional election.

VOA

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