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Hillary Clinton talks tough and tries to defuse the two Korea’s brinkmanship

[ Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says North Korea must face international consequences for the sinking of a South Korean warship. Clinton said there could no longer be “business as usual” in dealing with the matter. ]

The United States Secretary of State is traveling in the Asia region and while she though she would be dealing with other issues…she finds herself trying to take the South Korea’s anger to heart in warning North Korea that the sinking of the South Korea Patrol boat was provocative…..

She must also be carefull not have a shooting war break out between the two Korea’s….

American troops are based in South Korea and any military action could spiral out of control in the region…..

And would quickly pull the United States into it….

Which is not what the US military needs ..right now…..

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday vowed that the United States would not allow North Korea’s apparent deadly attack on a South Korean warship to go “unanswered” in an indication that the increasingly tense standoff on the Korean peninsula is threatening to overshadow her plans to spend the week focusing on U.S. relations with China.

In a blunt statement following a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada, Clinton said that the United States “strongly condemns” the attack and that both countries would push for not simply a regional response to the attack but an international one as well.

“Let me be clear,” Clinton said in her first public comments on the March 26 attack. “This will not be and cannot be business as usual. There must be an international — not just a regional — response.

“I think it is important to send a clear message to North Korea that provocative actions have consequences,” Clinton added. “We cannot allow this attack on South Korea to go unanswered by the international community.”

Clinton’s comments — made on her fifth trip to Asia as secretary of state — came two days after the South Korean government formally accused North Korea of launching a torpedo at one its warships March 26, sparking an explosion that killed 46 sailors and sank the 1,200-ton vessel, the Cheonan. An investigation by South Korean experts assisted by officials from the United States, Australia, Britain and Sweden concluded that the weapon that destroyed the ship was a North Korean-made torpedo in part because fragments of the weapon “perfectly match” schematics of a product that North Korea has been offering to sell abroad…..

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The challenge for the United States and its partners is to craft a response to the apparent attack that while tough would also not spark a violent response from North Korea. “It’s like the three bears. It has to be strong enough to deter but not too strong to start a war,” said Victor Cha, a former Bush administration official now at Georgetown University. “It has to be just right.”

Although Clinton declined to say exactly what the next steps could be, South Korea has indicated it wants to take the matter to the U.N. Security Council for punitive action. Both the United States and Japan have said they would back such a move.

However, it is unclear whether China — where Clinton is scheduled to spend five days before heading to South Korea — supports that idea. Beijing’s reaction to the attack was slow; it took China almost a month to express condolences for the loss of life. And Chinese officials have basically demanded incontrovertible proof of North Korean involvement before they would commit to tough action against their old ally…..

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May 21, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Boats, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , ,

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