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    #61
    Our armed forces are diminishing on an almost daily basis, to such an extent that their ability to defend the UK itself against conventional attack by a determined opponent armed with modern equipment is now questionable.

    Talk of intervention in a putative conflict in Korea is risible, quite frankly.
    Last edited by Grey Area; 3rd April 2013, 16:02.
    You can't fool owls.

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      #62
      I wouldn't mind betting that the phone line 'tween Beijing and Pyongyang is white hot at the moment. I think that the surprise closing of the border crossing between the RoK and the Kaesong special economic zone in the DPRK, is significant. It is a another vivid example of the leadership, be it military or otherwise, shooting itself in the foot.

      That zone earns the DPRK billions of dollars annually, although I suspect that 99% of that, never finds its way to the long suffering citizens of that socialist 'paradise' Could we be edging a little into uncharted waters, as far as the latest DPRK threats and rhetoric is concerned?
      "Behold! The Wings of Horus"

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        #63
        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22021832

        I hope we don't get into a `I'm not backing down, you back down` scenario. It could escalate.

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          #64
          As soon as the South Korean/U.S. wargames are over, and the Americans go home, the North Koreans will be able to tell their populace that they've forced the opposition into a humiliating climbdown, and everything will go quiet again.

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            #65
            Originally posted by MSR777 View Post
            I wouldn't mind betting that the phone line 'tween Beijing and Pyongyang is white hot at the moment. I think that the surprise closing of the border crossing between the RoK and the Kaesong special economic zone in the DPRK, is significant. It is a another vivid example of the leadership, be it military or otherwise, shooting itself in the foot.

            That zone earns the DPRK billions of dollars annually, although I suspect that 99% of that, never finds its way to the long suffering citizens of that socialist 'paradise' Could we be edging a little into uncharted waters, as far as the latest DPRK threats and rhetoric is concerned?
            Indeed - as in most autocracies of whichever colour as long as the military and the police and the ruling elite are kept sweet the rest of the population can go hang.
            Charlie

            Keep smiling - it's never as bad as you think!!

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              #66
              Sounds a bit like the U.K. then?.
              Jim.
              Lincoln .7
              There is no such thing as a problem, just a solution!!

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                #67
                Well, perhaps that's stretching the point just a leeeeeeetle bit....!
                Charlie

                Keep smiling - it's never as bad as you think!!

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                  #68
                  Originally posted by Edgar Brooks View Post
                  As soon as the South Korean/U.S. wargames are over, and the Americans go home, the North Koreans will be able to tell their populace that they've forced the opposition into a humiliating climbdown, and everything will go quiet again.
                  I suspect you may be right, although April 15 (Kim Il-Sung's birthday) might be deemed a suitable day for a 'grand gesture' by the NK regime.
                  You can't fool owls.

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                    #69
                    What ,he is going to announce he is giving up power to become a pole dancer [ a much repressed life long ambition]
                    Last edited by Deano; 8th April 2013, 13:31. Reason: COC RULE 14

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                      #70
                      That would be unlikely, since he's been dead for about 20 years. Even so, he is still the official Head of State, making North Korea the world's only necrocracy.
                      "Quicquid agas age"

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                        #71
                        No surprise to some of us....

                        http://news.sky.com/story/1087754/no...missile-threat
                        Charlie

                        Keep smiling - it's never as bad as you think!!

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                          #72
                          Ah, the old moving the missiles away from the frontier ploy.....thats just what they want you to think!
                          WA$.

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                            #73
                            Until they move them back again in another fit of flouncing before withdrawing them again. And so it goes on........and on.....
                            Charlie

                            Keep smiling - it's never as bad as you think!!

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                              #74
                              http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26366700

                              Tensions with Russia scrambling fighter jets.

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                                #75
                                With such political turmoil on their doorstep, surely it's prudent for the Russians to be on high alert?

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                                  #76
                                  If Russia was to go into Ukraine in force, would the Us and Europe do anything about it other than economic sanctions? I think not.

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                                    #77
                                    I don't even think they'd go for sanctions. There would be a lot of 'huffing and puffing', it would be condemned, but nothing would come of it.

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                                      #78
                                      Originally posted by j_jza80 View Post
                                      With such political turmoil on their doorstep, surely it's prudent for the Russians to be on high alert?
                                      Rubbish - Putin posturing, that's all it is - hoping to put the frighteners on Ukraine. They have no need whatsoever to put troops on alert. Who is going to attack them?
                                      Charlie

                                      Keep smiling - it's never as bad as you think!!

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                                        #79
                                        Originally posted by charliehunt View Post
                                        Rubbish - Putin posturing, that's all it is - hoping to put the frighteners on Ukraine. They have no need whatsoever to put troops on alert. Who is going to attack them?
                                        You are talking about a ego maniac like Putin who seems to be losing popularity and the plot.He knows the EU and the world will do nothing so he MAY do something about it.

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                                          #80
                                          I think even he would realise that would be a step too far.
                                          Charlie

                                          Keep smiling - it's never as bad as you think!!

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