Clinton Waging Digital War On Kim Jong Il For Sinking Of South Korean Navy Ship

May 23, 2010

Clinton to wage digital war on Kim for sinking ship

Michael Sheridan, Far East Correspondent

SOUTH KOREA and America plan to step up psychological warfare against the regime of Kim Jong-il in retaliation for North Korea’s torpedo attack on a warship, according to reports in Seoul yesterday.

The plans include using mobile phone, MP3 and internet technology to spread dissident messages as well as cold-war tactics such as leaflets sent into North Korea by balloons and radio broadcasts.

Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, said North Korea would have to pay a price for its covert torpedo attack on the night of March 26 against the Cheonan, a South Korean frigate, which sank with the loss of 46 sailors.

She was meeting Chinese leaders in Beijing yesterday to emphasise that China cannot shield its protégé from the consequences of its erratic actions.

For the first time in years, America and the South Koreans seem to be in agreement that Kim must be punished. But with military options off the table, officials are looking at clandestine measures and financial sanctions to put pressure on the dictatorship in Pyongyang.

Defectors and refugees provide valuable resources for any campaign, while the spread of mobile phones and electronic equipment smuggled across the North Korean border with China makes it possible to exchange information.

“It could be a blessing,” said a veteran Christian activist who has helped dozens of North Koreans escape.

North Korea has denied sinking the ship, threatened war and demanded that Seoul accept a delegation of its own to investigate.

The mood of anger in South Korea has been deepened by details of how a midget submarine stalked the Cheonan.

Officials identified the submarine as a new class of vessel with night-vision equipment, high-technology systems and a unique design to make it a “stealth” weapon of naval war.


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