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    I don't believe it.

    But something has to be done occasionally to keep the US public happy, besides hilarious presidential elections every four years.

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    Red face

    Granny says, "Dat's right - dat fatboy Kim lies like an oriental rug...

    North Korea Accuses US Soldiers of Provoking Border Troops
    Apr 29, 2016 — North Korea on Friday accused U.S. soldiers of trying to provoke its frontline troops with "disgusting" acts and encouraging South Korean soldiers to aim their guns at the North.
    A North Korean military statement warned U.S. soldiers to stop what it called "hooliganism" at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom or they'll meet a "dog's death any time and any place." "GIs hurled fully armed MPs of the South Korean puppet army into perpetrating such dangerous provocations as aiming at" the North Korean military side last week, said the statement carried by Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency. It said U.S. troops pointed their fingers at North Korean soldiers and made strange noises and unspecified "disgusting" facial expressions.

    North Korea occasionally accuses South Korean and U.S. troops of trying to provoke its border troops and vice versa. After North Korea's first nuclear bomb test in 2006, the U.S. accused North Korean troops of spitting across the border's demarcation line, making throat-slashing hand gestures and flashing their middle fingers.


    South Korean and U.S. soldiers at the Demilitarized Zone in South Korea face North Korea.

    The latest North Korean accusation came a day after South Korean and U.S. officials said two suspected medium-range missile launches by North Korea ended in failure. In recent weeks, North Korea fired a barrage of missiles and artillery shells into the sea in an apparent response to annual South Korea-U.S. military drills that end Saturday. The U.S. and South Korean militaries had no immediate official responses. About 28,000 American troops are deployed in South Korea to deter potential aggression from North Korea, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended in an armistice and not a peace treaty.

    Panmunjom, located inside the 4-kilometer- (2.5-mile-) wide Demilitarized Zone that bisects the Korean Peninsula, is where the 1953 armistice was signed. It remains one of the world's most dangerous flashpoints, but Panmunjom — jointly overseen by North Korea and the American-led U.N. Command — is also a popular tourist spot drawing visitors on both sides. Visitors from the southern side are often told by tour guides to be extremely careful about what gestures they make so as not to antagonize the nearby North Korean soldiers.

    http://www.military.com/daily-news/2...er-troops.html
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    UN says North Korea accusations against U.S. troops 'unsubstantiated'
    April 30, 2016 — The American-led U.N. command on Saturday dismissed as unsubstantiated accusations from North Korea that U.S. troops at a border village tried to provoke its frontline troops with "disgusting acts."
    A North Korean military statement Friday warned U.S. soldiers to stop what it called "hooliganism" at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom or they'll meet a "dog's death any time and any place." It said U.S. troops pointed their fingers at North Korean soldiers and made strange noises and unspecified "disgusting" facial expressions. It also said that American troops encouraged South Korean soldiers to aim their guns at the North.

    A statement from Christopher Bush, a spokesman for the U.N. command, said they looked into the allegations and determined they were unsubstantiated. North Korea occasionally accuses South Korean and U.S. troops of trying to provoke its border troops and vice versa. After North Korea's first nuclear bomb test in 2006, the U.S. accused North Korean troops of spitting across the border's demarcation line, making throat-slashing hand gestures and flashing their middle fingers.


    A sunrise is seen through a barbed-wire fence at the Imjingak, near the DMZ separating South and North Korea on January 8, 2016 in Paju, South Korea.

    The latest North Korean accusation came a day after South Korean and U.S. officials said two suspected medium-range missile launches by North Korea ended in failure. In recent weeks, North Korea fired a barrage of missiles and artillery shells into the sea in an apparent response to annual South Korea-U.S. military drills that ended Saturday. About 28,000 American troops are deployed in South Korea to deter potential aggression from North Korea, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended in an armistice and not a peace treaty.

    Panmunjom, located inside the 4-kilometer- (2.5-mile-) wide Demilitarized Zone that bisects the Korean Peninsula, is where the 1953 armistice was signed. It remains one of the world's most dangerous flashpoints, but Panmunjom — jointly overseen by North Korea and the American-led U.N. Command — is also a popular tourist spot drawing visitors on both sides. Visitors from the southern side are often told by tour guides to be extremely careful about what gestures they make so as not to antagonize the nearby North Korean soldiers.

    http://www.airforcetimes.com/story/m...ated/83749454/

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    A common every day occurrence. Diplomats meet on a regular basis and much of the meetings cover b.s. claims from the North about the conduct of the guards on the south side of the border. They accused us of doing to pretty wild things during my two tours on the DMZ.
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    North Korean soldier shot trying to escape across DMZ...

    North Korean soldier shot in escape attempt across DMZ
    Nov. 13, 2017 -- A North Korean soldier was shot by Pyongyang forces on Monday while trying to escape through the de-militarized zone between North and South Korea, officials said.
    The soldier left his post in the Joint Security Area and ran through the heavily fortified, 2.5-mile neutral zone, a statement from the South Korean military said. The escaping soldier was found, bleeding, near Freedom House, the reception building on the southern side. The soldier was hit in the shoulder and arm and was flown to a hospital in a United Nations helicopter after he was found. The United Nations operates the southern side of the DMZ.


    A North Korean soldier was shot Monday as he ran across the de-militarized zone, pictured, toward South Korea, the first such incident since 2007.

    The two sides did not exchange gunfire, although the alert level along the DMZ was raised and South Korean troops entered into full readiness mode, Stars and Stripes reported. Though about 30,000 North Koreans escape to the south each year, it is rare for Pyongyang troops to leave their posts in the Joint Security Area. The last incident occurred in 2007, the South Korea Unification Ministry, which oversees defectors, said.

    In 1984, a gun battle erupted as a tourist from the Soviet Union attempted to sun across the demarcation line between the two countries. The shooting occurred on the same day that South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrived in the Philippines for the ASEAN summit of Pacific Rim countries.

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    Defecting North Korean soldier in critical condition, U.N. investigating
    November 13, 2017 - A North Korean soldier shot while defecting to the South has undergone several surgical procedures and is in a critical condition, South Korea’s government and military said on Tuesday, with doctors expecting to save him.
    “Until this morning, we heard he had no consciousness and was unable to breathe on his own but his life can be saved,” said Suh Wook, chief director of operations at South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, who was briefing lawmakers regarding Monday’s event. Five bullets had been extracted from the soldier’s body so far, leaving an estimated two inside, Suh added. Lee Cook-jong, the surgeon in charge of the soldier’s treatment, told reporters earlier on Tuesday his condition was critical due to intestinal damage caused by the bullets.

    The soldier had sped towards the border in a vehicle when a wheel came loose, forcing him to escape on foot under fire from four North Korean soldiers who shot around 40 rounds at him, Suh said. North Korea’s military took action when the defector was spotted in the four wheel drive heading towards the border alone, Roh Jae-cheon, a spokesman for the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a media briefing on Tuesday. The soldier took cover behind a South Korean structure within the Joint Security Area (JSA) inside the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas and was later rescued by South Korean and U.S. soldiers at the border, the United Nations Command (UNC) said in a separate statement. It said the soldier had been shot by several North Korean soldiers.

    He was found unarmed and taken to surgery while still in his uniform, which indicated he held a lower rank, Suh said. South Korean officials have yet to identify exactly where the soldier came from and what his intentions were. The military armistice commission of the United Nations said in the same UNC statement it had informed the North Korean military that the soldier, who was found about 50 meters (150 feet) south of the Military Demarcation Line, was undergoing surgery for his gunshot wounds.

    Suh also said the South had later informed the North on Monday of the soldier and his ongoing treatment via loudspeakers installed at the border. The United Nations Command said an investigation into Monday’s event was ongoing. It was the first time since 2007 a North Korean soldier had defected across the JSA. South Korean Defence Minister Song Young-moo, who was also at parliament said it was the first time North Korean soldiers had fired towards the South’s side of the JSA, prompting complaints from some lawmakers the South’s military should have also fired shots towards the North.

    Moon Sang-gyun, the South’s defense ministry spokesman said military operations at the JSA are usually carried out under the order of the United Nations Command, which is in turn under order from the U.S. military. Roh said no South Korean or U.S. soldiers were wounded during the incident and the defense ministry official said North Korea’s military had not shown any unusual movements on Tuesday.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-no...-idUSKBN1DE04N

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Obvious View Post
    Brave guy.
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    • If I pulled my socks, they'd cave in over there. lulz


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    Perhaps also a warning for those in the west, who vote thinking the government is the answer to all problems.








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    Quote Originally Posted by Rufus View Post
    It's a damned shame that Dennis Rodman has done more for diplomacy with NK than the US government, but we need a boogie man to keep our own citizens from seeing how bad we are getting screwed.
    And we have used so many boogie men we are down to recycling old ones and reporting NK's capablities are way beyond what our vaunted intellegence agencies told us a few months ago when we still had more boggie men in the ME .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Arrow View Post
    What kind of relations can be had with North Korea, exactly?
    Damn, now that Trump is POTUS, do you feel the same?

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    Quote Originally Posted by donttread View Post
    And we have used so many boogie men we are down to recycling old ones and reporting NK's capablities are way beyond what our vaunted intellegence agencies told us a few months ago when we still had more boggie men in the ME .
    But then the harsh lessons that some boogiemen are actually real...especially for those without deterrents like Japan, South Korea, Guam, etc. Easy to dismiss threats when you live in the lap of luxury, your home and lifestyle packed with corporate products and services.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ransom View Post
    But then the harsh lessons that some boogiemen are actually real...especially for those without deterrents like Japan, South Korea, Guam, etc. Easy to dismiss threats when you live in the lap of luxury, your home and lifestyle packed with corporate products and services.

    And why doesn't Japan have deterants of their own? Hummm

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