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Posted: 5/12/2003 3:11:59 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/12/2003 3:14:10 PM EDT by ArmdLbrl]
And it doesnt help that Japan and South Korea have diametrically opposite views either. South Korea wants to continue their failed "sunshine policy" Japan wants North Korea eliminated. Guess where the US State Department and US Defense Department side? [url]http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/11/international/asia/11KORE.html[/url] but concern over fighting ON the Korean penninsula may be misplaced
After decades of worrying primarily about how to protect South Korea from a military strike from the North, Washington now believes that if the North Korean leadership lashes out, its wrath could be directed first at Japan — and at the American forces based there. American officials and Korea experts point to evidence that North Korea is investing heavily in medium- and long-range missiles that would be able to reach Tokyo and other major Japanese cities — and eventually even the West Coast of the United States. There is growing fear here that the new North Korean threat may also include the sale of nuclear material to terrorists or states like Iran and Syria — longtime buyers of North Korean missiles and other weapons. "You've got two sets of challenges here," said one senior administration official who has been deeply involved in the Korea debate. "One is the challenge of maintaining a common front" with South Korea and Japan, he said, "given that people list the priorities in the different order: deterring war on the peninsula, preventing nuclear transfer to terrorists and preventing missile development." The second challenge, he said, is "coming up with the right mixture of a willingness to negotiate with a willingness to confront." The missiles that are of concern to Japan, American and Japanese officials say, have a political purpose far beyond their military capacity. They are increasingly viewed as a calculated effort to intimidate Japan and strike fear into its population to drive a wedge between Tokyo and Washington. One former Japanese intelligence official compared the North Korean strategy to the Soviet deployment two decades ago of SS-20 medium-range missiles able to reach Western Europe in an effort to pull NATO allies away from the United States, a comparison echoed within the Bush administration. The North Koreans know that "Japan has the potential to be a large logistics base for anything coming against them," said one American intelligence official. "From a military planning perspective, it's a rational decision to want to be able to deter or influence Japanese willingness to support a conflict, or even to attack U.S. military bases in Japan."
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Link Posted: 5/13/2003 1:25:43 AM EDT
Originally Posted By ArmdLbrl: And it doesnt help that Japan and South Korea have diametrically opposite views either. South Korea wants to continue their failed "sunshine policy" Japan wants North Korea eliminated. Guess where the US State Department and US Defense Department side? The North Koreans know that "Japan has the potential to be a large logistics base for anything coming against them," said one American intelligence official. "From a military planning perspective, it's a rational decision to want to be able to deter or influence Japanese willingness to support a conflict, or even to attack U.S. military bases in Japan."
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Kim Jung Il can talk crap to us & suck up to SK, but I would advise him to rethink his Japan thoughts. Japan, IIRC, is one helluva wartime country. Kicked hell outta [b]ALL[/b] their neighbors and even managed to bitch slap us once, and drug the fight out for awhile. The [i]only[/i] reason they stopped, was the imminent threat of total mass destruction. I would easily surmise they are prepared to assume a constructive offensive posture, and we will do whatever is necessary to assist them. Should they 'go postal' on NK, Kim should give his [i]seoul[/i] to Budda, cuz his ass will belong to Japan![;)] [b]ALL YOUR NK ARE BELONG TO JAPAN![/b]
Link Posted: 5/13/2003 1:43:27 AM EDT
Originally Posted By CavVet:
Originally Posted By ArmdLbrl: And it doesnt help that Japan and South Korea have diametrically opposite views either. South Korea wants to continue their failed "sunshine policy" Japan wants North Korea eliminated. Guess where the US State Department and US Defense Department side? The North Koreans know that "Japan has the potential to be a large logistics base for anything coming against them," said one American intelligence official. "From a military planning perspective, it's a rational decision to want to be able to deter or influence Japanese willingness to support a conflict, or even to attack U.S. military bases in Japan."
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Kim Jung Il can talk crap to us & suck up to SK, but I would advise him to rethink his Japan thoughts. Japan, IIRC, is one helluva wartime country. Kicked hell outta [b]ALL[/b] their neighbors and even managed to bitch slap us once, and drug the fight out for awhile. The [i]only[/i] reason they stopped, was the imminent threat of total mass destruction. I would easily surmise they are prepared to assume a constructive offensive posture, and we will do whatever is necessary to assist them. Should they 'go postal' on NK, Kim should give his [i]seoul[/i] to Budda, cuz his ass will belong to Japan![;)] [b]ALL YOUR NK ARE BELONG TO JAPAN![/b]
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i'm w/ you here CavVet, once again, i believe Kim is playing the bluffing game. look at the two countries....japan's technology and economy tips the scales in comparison to NK. most koreans hate the japs...reason being...japan occupied korea for 35+ yrs in the early 1900s. the japs took korea w/ ease, and would crush the north again if a conflict ever arose, and if the U.S. were not in the picture, the japs would probably take the south just for good measure.
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