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Thu Apr 4, 2013, 09:38 AM

North Korea Reportedly Just Moved Its Missiles a Little Closer to the U.S.

A number of sources have told South Korea's Yonhap news agency that North Korea just moved its mid-range Musudan missile to the east coast of the country. That's towards the United States. But don't worry. It's towards a lot of other stuff, too, notably the Pacific Ocean where many of North Korea's failed missile tests have landed.

Before getting into the specifics of this latest provocation, let us remind you that the escalation of North Korea's threatening rhetoric is just that: threatening rhetoric. Kim Jong-Un and friends have been slinging increasingly threatening threats at the United States and allies (read: South Korea) for weeks now, and yet, we're not swimming in a river of fire and our waists are not broken, as Kim Jong-Un promised they would be.

Things get a little more worrisome when North Korea actually starts moving its arsenal around. According to Yonhap's sources, a Musudan missile made its way by train to the country's east coast early Thursday morning. Japan's Asahi Shimbun published similar reports, signaling that this is no false alarm. It's so far unclear if had been moved to the spot on the northeastern coast where North Korea has launched many (failed) missile launches in the past. But it's never a good sign to see North Korea translating its trash-talk into arming weapons.


http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2013/04/north-korea-reportedly-just-moved-its-missiles-little-closer-us/63862/

Realize, the range of the reported missiles puts Guam more in range...the US west coast, not so much.

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Reply North Korea Reportedly Just Moved Its Missiles a Little Closer to the U.S. (Original post)
nadinbrzezinski Apr 2013 OP
B2G Apr 2013 #1
DustyJoe Apr 2013 #9
bigtree Apr 2013 #2
B2G Apr 2013 #4
bigtree Apr 2013 #6
nadinbrzezinski Apr 2013 #5
Botany Apr 2013 #3
Ligyron Apr 2013 #18
Coyotl Apr 2013 #20
AsahinaKimi Apr 2013 #26
Botany Apr 2013 #27
AsahinaKimi Apr 2013 #28
snooper2 Apr 2013 #7
nadinbrzezinski Apr 2013 #8
Renew Deal Apr 2013 #15
Comrade_McKenzie Apr 2013 #10
Coyotl Apr 2013 #11
L0oniX Apr 2013 #17
Iggo Apr 2013 #12
Renew Deal Apr 2013 #13
lapislzi Apr 2013 #14
nadinbrzezinski Apr 2013 #22
derby378 Apr 2013 #16
PD Turk Apr 2013 #19
Initech Apr 2013 #21
Warren DeMontague Apr 2013 #23
NightWatcher Apr 2013 #24
obliviously Apr 2013 #25

Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Thu Apr 4, 2013, 09:43 AM

1. Destroy it on the pad. n/t

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Response to B2G (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 4, 2013, 10:27 AM

9. agreed

That is the time to act. The Nork butterball knows that the US anti-missile capability can only intercept on the slower lift off stage. There is no anti-missile capability to intercept a ballistic sub-orbital payload at re-entry speeds. This is not a slow moving SCUD vehicle, but their medium range ICBM.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Thu Apr 4, 2013, 09:48 AM

2. and Hagel moved some interceptors to Guam

. . . any action on these threats by NK would be tragic.

Any 'measured,' military response would likely freak the N. Korean leader and risk HIS over-reaction. Totally worried about his (and his isolated and paranoid military leadership's) frame of mind. Sure, we're the dominant power, but the lives lost to this game getting out of hand would just be devastating and tragic.

I'll never understand why the younger didn't take advantage of his father's death and end all of this nonsense. A 'unified' and peaceful Korea would be a challenging economic power. What a waste.

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Response to bigtree (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 4, 2013, 09:51 AM

4. 'any action on these threats by NK would be tragic'

And what do you suggest we do if they fire off a missle? Just sit on our hands and hope it lands in the Pacific?

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Response to B2G (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 4, 2013, 10:00 AM

6. I think we'd do something like you suggested. That's what our defensive posture dictates


. . . that's why there's more worry than bravado among observers. There isn't a course which isn't going to be devastating and tragic if NK follows through on their threat to actually attack with their missiles. The closer we would get to some sort of decisive retaliation, the closer the NK leadership would likely move toward an 'all in' response.

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Response to bigtree (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 4, 2013, 09:51 AM

5. He is a living god.

Junche is powerful.

That is my opinion on this...between Lois XV and Jim Jones

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Thu Apr 4, 2013, 09:50 AM

3. Little Kim keeps pushing his luck @ becoming a greasy spot on the Korean peninsula

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Response to Botany (Reply #3)

Thu Apr 4, 2013, 11:23 AM

18. Looks like Kim and many Republican congressmen get their $5.00 hair cut at the same place, no? n/t

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Response to Ligyron (Reply #18)

Thu Apr 4, 2013, 02:11 PM

20. That observation is the best thing I've seen come out of the saber rattling dialogue.

They share the same side of the political spectrum.

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Response to Botany (Reply #3)

Thu Apr 4, 2013, 07:55 PM

26. I have begun to see this photo frequently

I mean, how do we know he's just not checking out some cute little South Korean lady in a building window?

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Reply #26)

Thu Apr 4, 2013, 08:26 PM

27. I so hope you are right because if it "goes bad" America and South Korea will no

doubt have preemptive strikes against multiple targets and thousands of people
who want no part of Kim's war will die. The strange thing is he went to school
in Switzerland and so he must know the power w/which any strike against
him would bring ..... no planes or aircraft would get off the ground, the
command and control structure would either be all dead or on the run,
communications would not exist, any movement of troops or equipment
would be suicidal, his Navy would be sunk, missiles would be hit on their
launching pads, any artillery piece that fired would be targeted and hit w/ in minutes
of firing, and so many more lethal things. Not mention all the people in the
South that might be killed.

Although I am no fan of the military industrial complex but what would happen to N. Korea
would be staggering. i hope we just give them some food and they back down.

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Response to Botany (Reply #27)

Thu Apr 4, 2013, 08:30 PM

28. I don't think he is as nuts or crazy as most people think

Nor suicidal. I used to joke, that all he really needs to do is start requesting some South Korean Kpop girl groups come up and preform for him and he would mellow out like a kitten.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Thu Apr 4, 2013, 10:04 AM

7. keep in mind North Korea is a little smaller than Mississippi

Like moving them from Jackson to Meridian

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Response to snooper2 (Reply #7)

Thu Apr 4, 2013, 10:06 AM

8. Oh we know...

It just put Guam under easier reach.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #8)

Thu Apr 4, 2013, 10:36 AM

15. I'm not confident they can hit Guam

Guam is a very small target and I don't believe NK missles are very accurate, but maybe we'll find out.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Thu Apr 4, 2013, 10:28 AM

10. Thanks for the updates, no matter how much the kumbaya crowd tries to censor you... nt

 

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Thu Apr 4, 2013, 10:31 AM

11. How about we worry about how Congress is destroying the USA.

It seems we do a pretty good job of ruining our own country and economy from within by making bad decisions.

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Response to Coyotl (Reply #11)

Thu Apr 4, 2013, 11:12 AM

17. DU for the most part is not into introspect. n/t

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Thu Apr 4, 2013, 10:33 AM

12. Lemme check.

Nope, still not afraid.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Thu Apr 4, 2013, 10:35 AM

13. "Closer" is a relative term

NK isn't very big

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Thu Apr 4, 2013, 10:35 AM

14. Pardon my ignorance, but...

Why is China not taking a hand in disciplining its wayward child? I'm sure China does not want a shooting war in its front yard. Usually a stern word from China gets NK to back off.

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Response to lapislzi (Reply #14)

Thu Apr 4, 2013, 06:39 PM

22. for all we know they are

Though not publically

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Thu Apr 4, 2013, 10:38 AM

16. Right now, it just strikes me as the Supreme Leader waggling his "Li'l Kim" at our shores

Lots of tough talk, but North Korea hasn't done jack squat yet. They tend to be rather cowardly. But that could change.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Thu Apr 4, 2013, 11:49 AM

19. The Musudan missle

the Musudan misslie, AKA the "No-Dong" missle.....

I'm trying to take this seriously, but he's making it really difficult

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Thu Apr 4, 2013, 02:20 PM

21. I'm 150% against another trillion dollar stalemate.

However we're so far ahead of North Korea technologically speaking that we could wipe them off the map before they try anything.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Thu Apr 4, 2013, 06:41 PM

23. The good news is, North Korea isn't exactly full of Werner Von Brauns.

Their rockets aren't real reliable.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Thu Apr 4, 2013, 06:42 PM

24. How bad will the US spank lil Kim?

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Thu Apr 4, 2013, 06:56 PM

25. Increasingly threatening threats ?

Is that official journalist talk? I'm impressed!

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