Monday, 29 November 2010

Terkini Krisis Korea : 29 Nov 2010

SEOUL, Nov. 29 (Yonhap) -- South Korean and U.S. forces on Monday staged "high-intensity" naval exercises in the Yellow Sea, including live-fire training, to deter future North Korean provocations, as their four-day joint naval drills entered their second day, military officials here said.

The large-scale drills, involving about 10 warships, 7,300 troops and led by a U.S. aircraft carrier, come days after North Korea shelled a South Korean island near the tense Yellow Sea border, killing two marines and as many civilians.
SEOUL, Nov. 29 (Yonhap) -- Russia's deputy nuclear envoy will visit South Korea later this week for discussions on tensions over North Korea's deadly artillery shelling and six-party talks on Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions, Seoul's foreign ministry said Monday.

During a three-day trip starting Wednesday, Grigory Logvinov will meet with his South Korean counterpart Cho Hyun-dong and other officials to discuss the North's shelling of South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island on Nov. 23 as well as the six-party nuclear talks, foreign ministry spokesman Kim Young-sun said.
SEOUL, Nov. 29 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean military has increased its budget request for reinforcing military strength in five western border islands following North Korea's deadly artillery attack on one of them last week, lawmakers said Monday.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Defense Acquisition Program Administration has requested about 312.3 billion won (US$269.7 million) to be set aside from next year's budget to upgrade the military's defense capability at the islands, lawmakers said.

Seoul, South Korea (CNN) -- South Korea will "firmly" respond to future provocations from North Korea, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said Monday, declaring that his nation "cannot remain patient" in the face of continued hostility from Pyongyang.

"Fellow citizens, at this point, actions are more important than words," Lee said in a televised address Monday morning. "Please have trust in the government and the military and support us."

The divided peninsula -- tense at the best of times -- has been near the boiling point since Tuesday, when four people died in a North Korean artillery barrage that targeted the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong. Lee called that attack an "inhuman crime" that followed decades of previous attacks from North Korea, including the sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan in March.