A dangerous situation at the Koreas with reports that North Korea has deployed SA-2 Surface-to- Air Missiles to launch pads near the Yellow Sea border with South Korea. The position is near the Northern Limit Line (NLL), all this as South Korea and the U.S. begin”drills” in the area but “far south” of disputed borders according to the South.
This comes quickly on the heels of North Korea’s shelling of the South’s Yeonpyeong Island last week, killing four and wounding eighteen – and seen as an invasion of the South. In today’s provocation (Nov. 27th in the U.S. and Nov. 28th in the Koreas):
The Soviet-designed SA-2 missile has a range of between 13 and 30 kilometers. Other missiles on the North’s west coast, such as the Samlet and Silkworm with ranges of up to 95km, have also been put onto launch pads, the source said.
South Korea says the Northern Limit Line is the legal boundary, while the North says the line is much farther south and includes numerous islands inhabited by the South. An unnamed spokesman says the North has deployed firepower near the NLL and “is preparing to fire.” South Korea says today their fighter jets are being targeted by the North, and their “marine commander” vowed “thousand-fold” revenge for the North’s attack on Yeonpyeong Island. Okay. I’m not sure I believe that.
The USS George Washington with 75 warplanes and a crew of over 6,000, along with 4 other U.S. warships, is drilling with South Korea. SA-2 Missiles pointed to South Korea’s position in their own territory and the South’s commander vowing revenge? How does North Korea pull out of this? And then there’s the U.S. standing “shoulder-to-shoulder” with South Korea. Has the time come for to dislodge the North Korean regime? If not, then what are we doing?