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Re: S.Korea Says 4 Killed, 18 Hurt in Clash with North
Don't forget about the December 22nd sinking of the North Korean "spy
Surely the North Koreans have been exploiting the advantage of the Japanese
and South Korean
coasts being hard to defend against small ships dropping in special forces
to carry out recon ops
for a while. It seems like ROKN and MSDF vessels are catching on better.
The South Koreans have recently completed a new high-tech destroyer,
KDX-2. They are working on KDX-3 Aegis Cruisers.
I wonder if the South Koreans have been training to destroy SSNs or Coastal
Subs though? North Korea seems to like coastal defense hit and run tactics
from the equipment they use - missle gun boats and coastal subs.
Can the improved fire control systems on KDX-2 and 3 and their point
intercept the North Korean torpedos? They seem like they can handle missle
a lot better than the North Koreans.
----- Original Message -----
From: Mike Davino <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Saturday, June 29, 2002 12:59 AM
Subject: S.Korea Says 4 Killed, 18 Hurt in Clash with North
> It looks like things are heating up between the two
> Koreas again:
> S.Korea Says 4 Killed, 18 Hurt in Clash with North
> Sat Jun 29,12:30 AM ET
> SEOUL, South Korea (Reuters) - Four South Korean navy
> personnel were killed and 18 wounded in an exchange of
> fire with North Korean navy ships near their western
> sea border on Saturday, the South Korean defense
> ministry said in a statement.
> Two North Korean patrol ships briefly crossed the
> disputed maritime border -- the so-called Northern
> Limit Line -- 25 miles west of Yeonpyongdo, an island
> off the west coast of the Korean peninsula, a defense
> ministry spokesman said.
> One of the North Korean vessels was engulfed in fire,
> the ministry statement said.
> A later report from Reuters also says the ROK Navy had
> a ship sunk. I think that the north Koreans have been
> waiting for a chance to avenge the losses they
> suffered in the so-called "Crab Wars" in the West Sea
> during 1999. Those clashes also were in June and in
> the vicinty of Yeonpyongdo.
> We'll see how many protests there will be against the
> US in the next few weeks now that the Koreans have had
> a reminder of what the regime in the north is capable
> of. The smart citizens of the ROK know that the DPRK
> is their real enemy and the leaders of the ROK
> government will be less tolerant of anti-US incidents.
> Mike Davino
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