ROK Drop

Avatar of GI KoreaBy on March 12th, 2013 at 8:26 am

US Military Reportedly To Keep Nuclear Weapon Equipped Submarine In South Korean Waters

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This is likely just a demonstration of US resolve to protect South Korea because I cannot believe anyone is taking the North’s threats of launching a nuclear attack seriously:

After two Korea-U.S. joint military drills end, American vessels equipped with nuclear weapons will stay in South Korean waters to fully guarantee the U.S. “nuclear umbrella” in case North Korea attacks.

A high-ranking South Korean government official told the JoongAng Ilbo yesterday, “If North Korea makes a nuclear attack, retaliation can come from U.S. nuclear weapons stationed in Okinawa or Guam. But considering the time that might take, we need to have a nuclear weapon near the Korean Peninsula.

“By not withdrawing U.S. weapons participating in the Korea-U.S. military exercises, we decided to let them stay a while and see what happens in North Korea,” he said. [Joong Ang Ilbo]

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  • Bob
    6:49 am on March 12th, 2013 1

    Our subs are silent, I’m sure N. Korea tech is limited. We can easily keep a nuclear sub a few hundred miles off the coast of N. Korea with 144 warheads (that’s their capacity) without them ever knowing…A single sub has the ability to destroy N. Korea.

  • Bruce
    6:54 am on March 12th, 2013 2

    Sounds like a good plan to me. Placing a couple on m65 atomic cannons in Korea near the end of the War is what it took to bring the Norks to there sencens then.

  • Bob
    7:21 am on March 12th, 2013 3

    It just wouldn’t make sense to not keep nukes in our subs off the coast of N. Korea and by off the coast I mean 200-300 miles away. Still a very fair distance but nonetheless capable.

  • Mooseknuckle
    11:56 am on March 12th, 2013 4

    Knowing the philosophy of our leadership in the region, someone probably briefed this as a most preferred COA not because it would be a strategic deterrent but because it would at least keep the submarine crew out of trouble for another couple of weeks.

  • Leon LaPorte
    2:36 pm on March 12th, 2013 5

    LOL, like they are just now going to do it and there hasn’t been one around the whole time. LOL *guffaw* A real knee slapper. :lol: :lol:

  • Maui
    4:48 pm on March 12th, 2013 6

    @5 :shock: Say it ain’t so.. :oops: cough..chuckle.
    Boomer in the water. :twisted:

  • Mongoose
    6:39 pm on March 12th, 2013 7

    Yes. Keep the NKs and Chinese at bay – especially the Chinese. Nothing good will come out of them if they become stronger militarily than the U.S.

    If this sequestration thing continues and the U.S. becomes weak then you’d have stronger Japanese as well. We’re all back to pre-raid on Pearl Harbor days.

    Remember the history: the U.S. Isolationism never prevailed. Somehow, the U.S. always got themselves pulled into a global war one way or the other. You might as well take preemptive measures.

  • JoeC
    8:10 pm on March 12th, 2013 8

    Subs were not supposed to be show of force nuclear deterrents, like flying around bombers. You are generally not supposed to see subs or know where they are.

    The deterrence comes from knowing that they could be there and ready to put and end to your existence at a moments notice.

  • Leon LaPorte
    9:57 pm on March 12th, 2013 9

    7, 8. The sub is both there and not there. You can’t be sure until you look (or it launches). :razz:

  • Bob
    10:23 pm on March 12th, 2013 10

    Now is the time we need to walk with a big stick and be like “Ok Kim, you got a nuke but our nukes are bigger, faster, and better then yours. Not only that we have hundreds of them off the coast of your country. Now we have no intentions of using them unless you do something stupid. So go ahead, start the fight we’ll finish it”

  • Onezime
    11:37 pm on March 12th, 2013 11

    They know their armed forces are a joke. The latest story to come out of North Korea is that of an old codger, a supposed Korean War vet, who can’t wait to head to the trenches and fire the old bullets he had kept from the war. It serves to show that North Koreans are kept in the dark about reality. Their military is a joke. As if a war between South Korea and North Korea would be fought with bolt action rifles in the trenches.

    Despite its propaganda, it’s painfully obvious to the North regime that the gap between its military and South Korea’s is wide and is only getting wider. Developing nuclear weapons and missiles (i.e. buying old Chinese, Russian and Iranian parts and slapping them together) is far cheaper for them than training their soldiers (glorified farmers and construction workers) and trying to keep up with South Korea’s modern military.

    There won’t be a war. Every decision they (the Kim regime) has made has been to maintain and protect the standards of living that they’ve enjoyed as members of the ruling class. They wouldn’t jeopardize that with a war.

  • kcbill
    8:53 am on March 15th, 2013 12

    I’m getting really tired of senior ROK officials who can’t keep their mouths shut.


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