Yonhap News Agency & Sify News – 2010-12-14 23:26:23
Russian Armed Forces on High Alert Over North Korea
Yonhap News Agency
MOSCOW (December 14, 2010) — Russia announced Tuesday that its armed forces in the east are on high alert. This comes in light of what it calls an “inadequate situation” on the Korean peninsula as tensions have increased in recent weeks between the North and South.
The head of Russia’s military said they continue to follow what is happening and have taken measures to raise the forces’ combat readiness.
On Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov welcomed his North Korean counterpart to Moscow. In the meeting, Lavrov expressed concern with North Korea’s ongoing uranium enrichment activities. He also condemned North Korea’s attack on the South’s Yeonpyeong Island, which has been the source of the recent increased tension.
South Korea’s top nuclear official is on his way to Moscow to discuss the disclosure of North Korea’s newest uranium enrichment facility and the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island.
Russia joined the US and others in condemning the November attack, which killed four people and brought about the highest tension on the peninsula in years.
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Risk of War Rising in Korean Peninsula: Adm. Mullen
WASHINGTON (December 14, 2010) — Admiral Mike Mullen, the top US military officer, has warned that the danger of war or hostilities is rising in the Korean peninsula.
The warning of Mullen, who is the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has come following North Korea’s threat that cooperation between its southern neighbour and the United States could trigger a nuclear war.
According to Fox News, Mullen told troops in Baghdad that North Korea is preparing for a combat with South Korea amid preparations for Kim Jong Il to pass power to his son.
On November 23, North Korean artillery shells had killed two marines and destroyed several houses and other buildings on the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong.
After the attack, South Korea staged joint military drills with the United States and also pushed ahead with more artillery exercises, despite the North’s warning that they would aggravate tension.
In response, North Korea had warned that its army and people were ready for escalated conflicts and on all-out war that would not be confined to the peninsula.
“Should an all-out war break out again on this land, it will not be confined to the boundaries of the peninsula,” it added.
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