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  • NKorea sinks Skorea ship

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36052055...ws-asiapacific

    Here we go again.....One more round.....

    SEOUL - South Korea's military scrambled naval vessels to the western waters near the disputed maritime border with North Korea late Friday after an explosion ripped a hole in the bottom of a military ship, officials and news reports said.

    South Korea's YTN TV network said the government, which met in emergency session in an underground bunker after the incident, was investigating whether the sinking was due to a torpedo attack by the North.

    The 1,200-ton ship -- reported to have 104 crew on board -- began sinking off the coast of South Korean-controlled Baengnyeong Island close to North Korea around 10:45 p.m. (1345 GMT, 9:45 a.m. EDT), an official at the Joint Chiefs of Staff said, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with department policy. There were unconfirmed reports it had already sunk.

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    "The ship appears to have begun sinking after an explosion at the rear of the ship," the South Korean Navy said in a statement, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap. "We have been unable to find the exact cause of the incident as of this moment."

    Shortly after the first reports of the sinking, Yonhap said that another South Korean ship fired shots toward an unidentified target in the direction of North Korea. Local residents reported having heard gunfire for about 10 minutes from 11 p.m., the news service said.

    The Joint Chiefs official said he could not confirm the shooting but said the military was strengthening its vigilance in the area.

    South Korean broadcaster SBS said many sailors were feared dead.


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    Aides said the South's President, Lee Myung-bak, had ordered the military to focus efforts on rescuing the remaining sailors, according to Yonhap.

    Lee convened an emergency meeting of security-related ministers at the underground bunker of the presidential office immediately after reports of the sinking, Yonhap said.

    "For now, it is not certain whether North Korea is related" to the incident, presidential spokeswoman Kim Eun-hye told Yonhap. "President Lee ordered the military to do its best to rescue the soldiers."

    "Finding the truth (behind the incident) is important, but saving our soldiers is more important," the president was quoted as saying.

    The incident comes amid heightened tension between the two Koreas, which remain in a state of war because their three-year conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty, in 1953.



    There have been previous clashes on the sea border between the North and South. In November, a South Korean vessel opened fire when a ship from the North crossed a disputed sea border. The North Korean ship fired back and the North dened the vessel had fired back.

    In recent weeks, North Korea has said it was bolstering its defenses in response to joint South Korean-U.S. military drills that were held this month.

    Earlier Friday, North Korea's military warned South Korea and the United States of "unprecedented nuclear strikes" over a report the two countries plan to prepare for possible instability in the totalitarian country.

    However the North routinely issues such warnings and officials in Seoul and Washington react calmly.

    Diplomats in South Korea and the U.S. have repeatedly called on Pyongyang to return to international negotiations aimed at ending its nuclear programs.
    Last edited by 7011USMC; March 26th, 2010, 01:38 PM.

  • #2
    Re: NKorea sinks Skorea ship

    For the love....

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    • #3
      Re: NKorea sinks Skorea ship

      I guess this is why you can't bring your family to Korea with you. WTF is up with sinking a SK ship, after all the aid SK has sent them. Will the SK have the balls to strike back, hope not, we do not need another war.
      Last edited by RandyB; March 26th, 2010, 01:47 PM.

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      • #4
        Re: NKorea sinks Skorea ship

        BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kim Jong Il Announces Plan To Bring Moon To North Korea

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZIgda01k6o&feature=fvw

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        • #5
          Re: NKorea sinks Skorea ship

          lol, is there any proof the north actually sunk this ship. Could have hit a mine.

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          • #6
            Re: NKorea sinks Skorea ship

            Kim Jong-Il's Approval Rating Plummets to 120%

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dn5f0...eature=channel

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            • #7
              Re: NKorea sinks Skorea ship

              Just heard on the news that the U.S. Navy said there was an explosion "on board" the S.Korean ship, but they were going to allow the S.Korean Government make an official statement.

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              • #8
                Re: NKorea sinks Skorea ship

                Sounds like the same old posturing..

                This seems to happen every few months.

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                • #9
                  Re: NKorea sinks Skorea ship

                  What the **** does North Korea think there going to prove? I mean everyone hates them

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                  • #10
                    Re: NKorea sinks Skorea ship

                    S.Korea just announced it was an accident - an on-board ammunition explosion and that N.Korea was not involved

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                    • #11
                      Re: NKorea sinks Skorea ship

                      Originally posted by RandyB
                      S.Korea just announced it was an accident - an on-board ammunition explosion and that N.Korea was not involved
                      Sure it was.....I wonder how much was paid to the government of S.Korea for saying that...

                      I'm sure our administration would deter any hostilities "we are tough" on our enemies.

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                      • #12
                        Re: NKorea sinks Skorea ship

                        we are fight two wars with an army on the brink. We don't need another.

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by RandyB
                          we are fight two wars with an army on the brink. We don't need another.

                          Your a pogue aren't you?

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                          • #14
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                            you think we could fight a ground war with NK with the troops we have and no draft your dreaming. I doubt NK sunk a SK warship without a large battle. It's just not likely. The North would have been crushed.

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                            • #15
                              Re: NKorea sinks Skorea ship

                              Was the U.S.S. Maine sunk in a large battle? Just saying, it exploded from the inside too...

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