S. Korea president vows ‘strong’ retaliation on North

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South Korea's military conduct military drills near the border with North Korea as tension on the peninsula escalates. AFP


South Korean President Park Geun-Hye AFP FILE PHOTO

SEOUL – South Korean President Park Geun-Hye vowed “strong retaliation” Monday to any provocation by North Korea after Pyongyang declared it was formally at war with Seoul.

In a meeting with senior military officials and Defence Minister Kim Kwan-Jin, Park said she took the near-daily stream of bellicose threats emanating from the North “very seriously”.

“I believe that we should make a strong and immediate retaliation without any other political considerations if (the North) stages any provocation against our people,” she said.

Park, a conservative who had advocated cautious engagement with the North during her election campaign, has taken a more hardline position since assuming office in February, shortly after the North conducted its third nuclear test.

Military tensions between the two neighbours have been running high for weeks, with the North stepping up its hostile rhetoric against Seoul and Washington.

In protest at joint South Korean-US military drills, North Korea last month declared it was ripping up the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War void and threatened a “pre-emptive nuclear strike” on South Korean and US targets.

On Saturday, it announced that it had formally entered into a “state of war” with South Korea.

Seoul and Washington have warned of severe repercussions in the event of any aggression, with the US deploying nuclear capable B-52 and B-2 stealth bombers, as well as F-22 stealth fighters over South Korea as a “deterrence”.

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  • MonMayuga

    These intransigent North Koreans are raising the temperature of their bellicosity through fiery rhetoric in an obvious attempt to rattle the newly and first elected woman president of South Korea.

    • Marx Louis Wang

      That is to show their weakness. They undermine the power of lady rulers. (Take biblical Delilah as an example.)

  • rlo

    Well that “bellicose rhetoric” is to stave of the fact that the Nokor population can’t even find grass to boil as food. What’s worrying here is what is the response of the Chicoms. The Nokors were done for if not for the Chicom interferrence in ’53. This dog barks…..but can it bite. Remember boys – we’re under a treaty of obligation towards the Sokor.

    • $18209031

      Don t worry too much what these two Koreigooks are into . We have no obligation whatsoever to get involved unless attacked upon. Our main concern right now is to evacuate our Pinos in SK out of the danger zone. Time to order is now. Seoul will be leveled to the ground once war breaks out. Seoul is just a few miles from the DMZ .

      • rlo

        seriously, I might be vulgar but your username is outright retarded. Change it or you’re not welcome to respond to any of my post. Because I’m sure you don’t have much meat in your junk.

      • $18209031

        Remember remember boys ka pa, what are you a chupapa of the Koreanos?

      • Crazy_horse101010

        the sky is falling the sky is falling on my god the sky is falling

      • rlo

        Gamayutin – go some other place, like Korea and get our citizens out of there. Evac, evac, evac!

      • http://twitter.com/alfs_alfs Pons Corpuz

        .. and who told you that we are worrying? as far as I know, we are just reading a news article. That’s it.

      • $18209031

        Worry about the lives of Pino expats in SK right now . That should be your main concern. The warring Koreans must find their own destiny and not dictated by foreign powers.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        i just read on cnn that the people in korea its business as usual they arent worried. . south koreans are still working in north korea every day though the north said they were going to stop them they havent yet

      • MikeSmith8828

        Maybe our Pinoys are brave enough and do not want to lose their jobs in there by evacuating now.

  • joshmale2004

    South Korea, USA and its allies should take NK seriously. Even this is the hundredth time NK is doing rhetorics, they should not leave chances for NK to see a window opening. Off course, NK’s threat is unlikely to happen but it is a possibility this time they might miscalculate and get careless with a boy leader.

  • $5699914

    Ang bobo naman ng lider ng NKorea. Nag-declare gn war against SKorea?
    Technically, since the 1950’s they are still at war!

    • marienkind

      I wouldn’t expect you to grasp the idea of an armistice, but go ahead and try anyway. You’re welcome.

      • $5699914

        And who told you I do not know that these 2-Koreas signed an armistice, your grandma?
        LOL

      • marienkind

        Wow! Who’d have thought that you’re able to answer your own question? Now you just sound ridiculous.

      • $5699914

        what a troll!

    • Marx Louis Wang

      Ano ang maaasahan mo sa totoy na lider.

  • $18209031

    NK is under no obligation to follow what the UN says . They are in a state of war . US SK forces must make the first strike to prevent the NKs from leveling Seoul . They have to do it now and stop his forces from making a first strike. NK can set back the industrial might of the SKs once they hit all the cities . Dont underestimate their capablilities

    So the best scenario is to strike Nk first and degrade their capabiliities . First strike always wins the battle.

    Dapat ang gagawin sa Malacanang is to order the DFA to commence the full evacuation of Pino s in SK now . Do not dilly dally while there is time.

    • Timothy Te-Co

      Weh….di nga….pro-chinese ka kaya….who’s going to listen to you…ikaw dapat ang bombahin…ha, ha, ha…

      • Cano Manuel

        Look who’s talking! “Weh” is Chinese. Ikaw dapat ang bombahin na gamit ang mga nukes na made in China para tainted.

      • Timothy Te-Co

        So ikaw pwede kong sabihin amercano ka kasi Cano ang name mo e? Pedeng pseudo name dito di ba? wag tanga ha, wag tanga.

      • Hendot2012

        Hahahaha!

      • Cano Manuel

        Ayaw na kitang patulan baka kasi mahawa pa ako sa pagka-low quality mo.

        PS. H’wag kang tangengot. Canomanuel is not American. Ang utak mo ay ‘sing kitid din siguro ng mga mata mo.

      • Timothy Te-Co

        Look who’s posting about low quality…pinatulan ko lang ang low IQ mo….it’s below sea level kasi….dumb ass…di mo rin mapick up why I commented that way…ahahahahaha….kumain ka ng iodized salt, yung marami ha…

      • Cano Manuel

        Actually, kung below sea level, eh ibig sabihin malalim, hindi mababaw. Pag-iisip mo ang mababaw, hindi capable to think narrow and deep. Typical!

        Kahit gaano pa karaming iodized salt ang kainin mo, hindi na tataas pa ang IQ mo. It continues to decline as you grow old. Why don’t you read para next time na mag-post ka, may sense at hindi nakakatawa.

        I rest my case. May you rest in peace.

      • Timothy Te-Co

        Ahahahaha….slow ka nga talaga…,me? rest in peace? e mauna na family mo kesa sa akin…IQ or Intelligence Quotient is measured progressively, as in pataasan ng number…average IQ is at 90 – 109…so pano mo na connect ang depth ng dagat in measuring IQ? ahahahaha…below sea level talaga ang IQ mo AmerCano.tingnan mo comment mo, “Pag-iisip mo ang mababaw, hindi capable to think narrow and deep. Typical!” hindi dapat “narrow and deep” it should have been “broad and deep”, stupid…wahahahaha…

      • Cano Manuel

        OMG. Do you even read? Your passionate comment above shows how little you know of the things you seem to brag you know a lot. What’s even more pathetic is your “asal-kalye” way of commenting. I wonder where you graduated. Let me guess. Sa Divisoria? What’s you IQ anyway?

        Do me a favor. Will your rest in peace now! As in like drown yourself sa canal now.

        You are a piece of crap.

      • Timothy Te-Co

        ,

      • Timothy Te-Co

        papayag na akong bombahin ako ng nuclear bomb basta katabi kata at sampu ng pamilya mo…epal ka kasi e…maka-amercano ka…

      • Timothy Te-Co

        Next time don’t hit on your fellow pinoy, hit those chinese-butt lickers…

    • Crazy_horse101010

      i have never in my live seen someone so obsessed with war rumors of war as you. first you were rooting for the north now the south. japan made the first strike germany made the first strike now look at them. you need to take some meds before you explode

    • OleSapra aka ARGUS

      ‘Yan ka na naman eh. Naka-viagra ka ba, ha, Uten? Parang nakatutok ‘yang tarugo mo sa SoKor. O, ‘di ba?

      • Marx Louis Wang

        Ay, uu nga!

    • Marx Louis Wang

      The US and SK are trying to be in the defensive position. Once NK strikes, that will be their end like a suicide. Both US and SK are watching every milliseconds of whatever treats or any action from NK. They know they cannot win this. The US and SK are very cautious not to be blamed for the ones being the first aggressive. NK’s propaganda and treats are signs of weakness. They are nuclear weapons state because that is the dictate of your country which is China. Sorry, DaAkUt you are provoking trouble.

  • penoy2012

    Can’y the Seal Team 6 or the SAS, or the Mossad liquidate Kim jing un? Replece him with Psy ir any look-alike.

    • MikeSmith8828

      Already done. Just you did not notice it yet.

  • UrHONOR

    EXCELLENT response from SoKor!

  • w33k3nd3r

    If you want your enemies beaten down, you take them by surprise and nuke them flat to the ground. You’re a complete idi0t, Kim Jong Un.

  • Billy Moreno

    SoKor and US…make the Preemptive Serious STRIKE NOW! Disable all their Missile Sites and activate all CIA Sleepers in NoKor to assassinate their Pork Leader! Now is the time!

  • Cubano

    Just drop bunker buster bombs on NK’s nuclear facilities, tapos na agad ang giyera.

  • doublecross

    oh yeah…with the HELP of US warfare,makes no sense at all!

  • brandowando

    it’s funny to read the comments of readers here wanting a preemptive strike on NK targets. if people dont know, seoul is within NK artillery range and even if the combined might of SK and US eliminates 99% of the hardened artillery thousands of civilians will still die in seoul plunging not only the SK economy but the whole region as well.

    If SK and US will “invade” NK, CHINA will most likely intervene because they don’t want US and its allies to gain foothold in the region and become their neighbor (look at the geographic location of NK) , and by intervening this will drag CHINA, another superpower into the conflict and will escalate into something larger.

    • Billy Moreno

      When China is at its peak of economy, do u think they will interfere and risk economic difficulties. China is wiser than that. NoKor shud be stopped now!

      • brandowando

        Yes they will.

        China will NEVER allow US or any US-allied country to gain foothold in the region, and that is also the reason it has started to pool in more resources for its military in case diplomacy fails, they have their own aircraft carrier now and is currently in development of their own stealth fighters.

        Russia will also intervene, though indirectly, by supplying China with more weapons.

        Things like these are volatile and requires more grey matter to process than simply wanting a pre-emptive strike which is only for hollywood movies and for those addicted to starcraft and dota,

      • Crazy_horse101010

        1 against ten carriers. a navy bigger than the next 13 countries combine a 10 to 1 advantage in planes a ten to 1 advantage in subs. 5 to 1 advantage in missiles

    • Crazy_horse101010

      will amrecia wont have to give back the money china loaned them

      • Crazy_horse101010

        america

      • MC M

        America :p

      • Crazy_horse101010

        huh

  • Bobby Espedilla

    “Peace” The most powerful lethal weapon and can defeat even the most powerful thermo-nuclear known today!

  • Fulpol

    US will ask again the Philippine gov’t to send PH military personnel as reinforcements in Korea War II…

    BS Aquino-Makapili III will say, yes… who cares about Sultanate of Sulu Royal Army and Pilipinos in Sabah…

    • Crazy_horse101010

      i said this before 16 countries lost soldiers korea not just the philippines and america didnt ask it was the united nations

    • Cano Manuel

      We are bound to support them. That’s the kind of world we live in.

  • brandowando

    And let’s say that US and SK does invade NK, and CHINA doesnt intervene, who will feed the starving north koreans afterwards? Who will pour the necessary funds to rebuild the infrastructure in NK? How will people from the 2 different Koreas re-integrate?

    These are questions that narrowminded people didnt see.

    • magarito

      gaya ng ginawa ng mga americans noon sa japan. after bombahin, inayos ng mga americans ang sistema at saka binigyan na kalayaan.

      kung ang problema mo ay ung mga magugutom, hindi agad agad. magsisimula yan na gawin democracy ang north. actually madami na rin naman nagugutom sa north korea hanggang ngaun.

      • brandowando

        yup, millions have already died in NK due to famine over the years, people who read history and are socially aware, both u and me, know that :)

        but that’s not my point and certainly not my problem, actually im simply showing people who wants SK+US to bomb NK into the dark ages that there are repercussions and this isn’t as simple as their favorite PC game counterstrike.

      • MikeSmith8828

        NK has been in “the dark ages” for quite some time and continues to be so.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        in more ways than one pictures taken a night only show lights in one place the capital rest of the country is in the dark

    • Crazy_horse101010

      america like usual like after every war and im sure the south will do its share. that is one of the reasons america has a debt like it has it rebuilt the world after ww2 and one country ever repaid them finland. they even rebuilt japan and west germany

    • chingnarciso

      West Germany and East Germany for example. West Germany took and feed their East German brothers and sisters,and the South Koreans will feed and will take care of their brothers and sister till they can stand up for their own self.My suggestion to the Philippine government are. Start planning and create a job for all the OFW who will be displace when the two koreas will be united once again.

  • Juan Pablo Belardo

    Meron tayong kasabihan na “ang Asong kahol ng kahol ay duwag”….yan ang NK katulad ng mga Komunistang NPA…sabagay iisang kulay lng sila…

  • carlorocci

    Who will fire the first shot? No one should blink. Finger on trigger.
    Philippines is ready for OFW evac, that is all we can do.

    • Pedro

      Thats the only thing we should do. We dont want armed conflict. Plus, North Korean rockets wont reach us.

  • CmdrAdobo

    should attack now and punish the NK bulley.

  • Gil L. Gregorio

    It’s official now, coming from the mouth of a tyrant. At the moment, beefing up the war capabilities of Sokor should be a priority. This tyrant really mean what he says. He’s going to war as a protest not to the joint military exercises of Sokor and US, but to the sanctions that are slapped to his face by the UN which, in all likelihood, China voted.

  • billy gunner

    when NK launched its rocket last year:

    japan: we will shoot it down.
    s. korea: we will shoot it down.
    philippines: we will evacuate.

    • Pedro

      because North Korean rockets wont reach the Philippines so the logical thing for the government to do is to evacuate Filipinos in SKorea and Japan.

      • billy gunner

        those responses were in relation to the rocket entering the 2 countries’ airspace. rocket debris were expected so if it enters the airspace of both s. korea and japan, they’d shoot it down. if it enters the phils, we could just photoshoot it! lol

      • Pedro

        rockets going to South Korea and Japan wont reach the Philippines. How can there be rocket debris falling to the Philippine when rocket trajectory would not pass through our territory…

      • Marx Louis Wang

        What billygunner is trying to say is pinoy evacuation from SK.

    • Billy Moreno

      hahahahahahahaha. nakakahiya talaga ang pina…baka blame na naman nila si gma?

  • doublecross

    look at them, they are one country with different idealsm, this is the coz of US intervention. shoot down the US warfare!

    • joshmale2004

      Korea was divided in 1945 after World War II of which Japan was the occupant. Parallel 38 was established to divide North Korea which was allied with China and Russia and to the South which is supported by Allied countries. On June 25, 1950, North Korea (Communist Korea), sent 75,000 soldiers across parallel 38 and invaded South Korea occupying South up to Seoul. It was Communist Russia who wanted the whole Korea for Communist expansion. This led America to land American troops in Seoul and drive back Communist North Korea back to North and their side of Parallel 38. To avoid war confrontation with China, America did not push hard to North Korea until an armistice was signed in July 1953.

      Definitely, history tells that the communists were the aggressor in the Korean War. Know your history first before you take side.

      • lolo_Jose

        na google mo agad apo?

      • joshmale2004

        Opo Lolo.

  • farmerpo

    Asia can’t afford a full blown war. Take out the kid for a walk as discreetly as possible with the least collateral damage possible . US military technology is more than sophisticated enough to do the job. Then let the Koreans be united as amicably as can be done.

    • Billy Moreno

      very good idea.

      • Marx Louis Wang

        First, get rid of the bad elements.

  • Pedro

    kung ano man ang pinagsasabi ng north korea, utot lang yan.

  • brunogiordano

    Park, a conservative who had advocated cautious engagement with the North during her election campaign, has taken a more hardline position since assuming office in February, shortly after the North conducted its third nuclear test.

    GREAT!!!!

    Tignan natin kung sino ang kukurap.

    Ang lider ng NORTH KOREA ay malamang na tulad din ng ating mga lider na LALAKE,

    Walang BAYAG.

  • doublecross

    the US can defend the SK, bcoz of their vested interest and so on…..one against two nations, malabo!

  • lolo_Jose

    ”element of surprise” plays a vital role if you want to win..HINDI MO SINASABI SA IYONG KAAWAY KUNG ANO ANG IYONG MAGIGING AKSYON!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pablo-Fernan/100002182600817 Pablo Fernan

    Anong first strike eh kung lumihis papuntang China? Kung ma-short ang NK missiles papuntang Guam at US saan and bagsak beh eh di sa Pilipinas. Sana pag-nagkatotoo ito sa bahay ninyo babagsak para mapulbos kayo mga intregero akala mo laru-laru lang ang nuclear war!

  • Lorebea Tamparong

    Idaan nyo na lang yan sa sayawan…GANG NAM STYLE VS. KIM JONG UN HAIR STYLE

    PURO GIYERA PINAG-UUSAPAN NYO WALA NAMANG NANGYAYARI…SIGE MAG SAYAWAN NA LANG KAYO….bahala kayo sa buhay nyo!!!!

  • victor casquejo

    We all no that there is no beauty in war,but,NK has been provoking ever since and true to it’s closed curtain,it’s not adhering to any form of diplomacy.They are very arrogant,insolent and totally unreasonable.How could we deal with such uncivilized and inimical tendency of NK?As if they are vent to saw atrocity.Maybe,the only rational thing left is to cripple their capability to strike and cause serious damage,before we find ourselves inevitably affected by such imminent dilemma.

  • Noel

    What can South Korea do without the US’s backing?

  • Rogers Nelson Uy

    Kung ako sa S.Korea, binomba ko na ito tutal nag deklera na ng gyera eh, di ako papa una ano

  • doublecross

    why you heat NK, they are resourceful country and peaceful and loving country. they never one’s manipulative in their gov’t affairs.

  • Jianne Garcia

    Why declare war when they’ve been technically at war all along…
    An “armistice” is in all ways different from a formal “peace treaty”.

    Can’t Kim Jong-Un understand that?

  • SMEjhong

    Nuclear missiles?? Bring it On – Park Geun-Hye

  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    nokor wont attack. they don’t have the balls to.

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