A regional conflict made into an international conflict – Clinton: Support for South Korea unequivocal

As if the United States’ international relations weren’t strained enough, and for that matter, our military, the United States’ through the large mouth of Hillary Clinton has pledged unequivocal support for the South Koreans.  All of this coming in the wake of the sinking of one of the South Korean’s navy ships in which the North says that they were illegally in the North’s waters.

By stepping in the U.S. government will bring this conflict to a breaking point of which there maybe no return.  By stepping out the U.S. government can let this maintain to be a “regional conflict” and not an “international incident”.  Thusly, saving the American peoples tax dollars and our soldiers lives.  How would we like it if a country tried doing this to us?  We wouldn’t.  All this comes on the heals of the fact that North Korea is developing technology for WMDs, technology that the United States under Clinton and Bush gave them.  But Iran can’t have the same thing.

Is it the United States government that can be belligerent and harrass other nations?  I wonder what we would say if someone tried telling us we couldn’t have nuclear weapons.

Seoul, South Korea (CNN) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged Washington’s support for South Korea and called on North Korea to end belligerent actions after meetings with President Lee Myung-bak and Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan on Wednesday.

“We will stand with you in this difficult hour and we will stand with you always,” Clinton said at a news conference with Yu.

We call on North Korea to halt its provocations and its policy of threats and belligerence toward its neighbors and take steps now to fulfill its denuclearization commitments and comply with international law.”

The meetings come at a time of high tensions on the Korean peninsula after Seoul blamed North Korea for the sinking in March of the South Korean warship Cheonan.

An official South Korean report has accused the communist North of firing a torpedo at the ship, killing 46 sailors.

“This was an unacceptable provocation by North Korea and the international community has a responsibility and a duty to respond,” according to Clinton, who promised to push for possible sanctions in the U.N. Security Council over the incident. Clinton met this week with Chinese leaders in Beijing, but has so far been unable to garner their backing for action against Pyongyang.

Meanwhile, a North Korean military official accused the South of intruding into North Korean waters in the Yellow Sea from May 14 to May 24, the Yonhap news agency reported Tuesday.

“This is a deliberate provocation aimed to spark off another military conflict in the West Sea of Korea and thus push to a war phase the present north-south relations,” the official said in a statement, according to Yonhap.

Lee has already announced that South Korea was suspending trade with North Korea, closing its waters to the North’s ships and adopting a newly aggressive military posture toward its neighbor.

“The U.S. and South Korean militaries have announced plans for joint exercises and we will explore further enhancements to our posture on the peninsula to ensure readiness and to deter future attacks,” Clinton said. “The United States is also reviewing additional options … to hold North Korea and its leaders accountable.”

While in China on Monday, Clinton said the United States supports the finding on the Cheonan’s sinking and said the United States’ “support for South Korea’s defense is unequivocal.”

“We endorse President Lee’s call on North Korea to come forward with the facts regarding this act of aggression and, above all, stop its belligerence and threatening behavior,” Clinton said Monday.

U.S. President Barack Obama has directed military commanders to work with South Korean troops “to ensure readiness and to deter future aggression” from North Korea.


2 thoughts on “A regional conflict made into an international conflict – Clinton: Support for South Korea unequivocal

  1. Nate

    Yes, we absolutely must defend South Korea! And Japan, and Taiwan, and, to be truthful, China as well. Stability, be it military or economic or political, in the Western Pacific is 100% vital to the America way of life. That region of the world is tied to us in every way imaginable, and without stability and peace over there, our economy would take a major, near-fatal hit. So, yes, if the Norks go crazy and go to war, we HAVE to fight them back. To do otherwise would destabilize a region of the world that is paramount to our vested interests.
    Seriously, the days when a hegemonic superpower like America can just stay out of global politics ended in the 15th Century. If our way of life is to survive, we MUST look outside our borders to maintain the peace and stability that we need.
    But we’ve been here before 🙂

  2. What would be worse: A conflict in Asia that is allowed to progress without U.S. intervention, or the collapse of the U.S. dollar due to a $2 trillion deficit? Currently we spend over a trillion dollars on an empire of a foreign policy, and most of it has to be paid by debt.

    You know just as well as I do that military interventions and occupations have never worked to favor the United States, empires have fallen over this, so why continue to do it?

    In the midst of the government’s terror fear factor propaganda over North Korea, something is missing in the headlines – the fact that during the Clinton and Bush administrations the U.S. gave American taxpayer dollars for the North Koreans to develop “domestic nuclear technology”. Technology that some say can be used for weapons purposes.

    Call me a fool but I don’t see the point in arming a nation then going to war with them.

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