North and South Korea Conflicts

North Korea leader orders rocket units on standby to hit U.S. bases: KCNA

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The grand chess game begins…

Reuters

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un orders the country’s rocket units to be on standby to attack U.S. military bases in South Korea and the Pacific in an emergency meeting on Friday after the United States flew Stealth bombers in a show of force to Pyongyang.

The North’s official KCNA news agency said Kim signed off on the orders at a midnight meeting of top generals and “judged the time has come to settle accounts with the U.S. imperialists in view of the prevailing situation.”

“He finally signed the plan on technical preparations of strategic rockets of the KPA, ordering them to be standby for fire so that they may strike any time the U.S. mainland, its military bases in the operational theaters in the Pacific, including Hawaii and Guam, and those in South Korea.”

 

North Korea orders artillery to be combat ready, targeting U.S. bases

Reuters

North Korea said on Tuesday its strategic rocket and long-range artillery units have been ordered to be combat ready, targeting U.S. military bases on Guam, Hawaii and mainland America after U.S. bombers flew sorties threatening the North.

The order, issued in a statement from the North’s military “supreme command”, marks the latest fiery rhetoric from Pyongyang since the start of joint military drills by U.S. and South Korean forces early this month.

South Korea’s defense ministry said it saw no sign of imminent military action by North Korea.

of KPA Large Combined Units 324 and 287 and KPA Navy Combined Unit 597, as North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (not pictured) watches, in the eastern sector of the front and the east coastal area on March 25, 2013, in this picture released by the North's KCNA news agency in Pyongyang March 26, 2013. REUTERS-KCNA

Soldiers of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) take part in the landing and anti-landing drills

“From this moment, the Supreme Command of the Korean People’s Army will be putting into combat duty posture No. 1 all field artillery units, including long-range artillery units and strategic rocket units, that will target all enemy objects in U.S. invasionary bases on its mainland, Hawaii and Guam,” the North’s KCNA news agency said.

The North previously threatened nuclear attack on the United States andSouth Korea, although it is not believed to have the capability to hit the continental United States with an atomic weapon. But the U.S. military’s bases in the Pacific area are in range of its medium-range missiles.

South Korea’s defense ministry said it had detected no signs of unusual activity by the North’s military but will monitor the situation. The South and the U.S. military are conducting drills until the end of April, which they have stressed are strictly defensive in nature.

The North has previously threatened to strike back at the U.S. military accusing Washington of war preparations by using B-52 bombers which have flown over the Korean peninsula as part of the drills.

North Korea has said it has abrogated an armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War and threatened a nuclear attack on the United States.

North Korea State TV Says Kim Jong Il Has Died

If this is true, there should not be a significant regime change since Kim Jong Il’s  twenty-something mini me son will likely continue his father’s restrictive policies in North Korea…

TPM News

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has died aged 69 of a heart attack, state media announced Monday, plunging the impoverished nuclear-armed nation into uncertainty.

The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the leader “passed away from a great mental and physical strain” at 8:30 am on Saturday (2330 GMT Friday), while on a train for one of his “field guidance” tours.

It urged people to follow Kim’s youngest son and heir apparent Kim Jong-Un, who is aged in his late 20s.

“All party members, military men and the public should faithfully follow the leadership of comrade Kim Jong-Un and protect and further strengthen the unified front of the party, military and the public,” said the news agency and a weeping TV announcer.

KCNA said Kim died of a “severe myocardial infarction along with a heart attack”. It said an autopsy was performed Sunday.

The leader suffered a stroke in August 2008 which left him with impaired movement in his left arm and leg.

The North declared a period of national mourning from December 17 to 29.

South Korea’s government went on an emergency footing after the shock news, the South’s Yonhap news agency reported. It summoned a meeting of the National Security Council.

North and South Korea have remained technically at war since the three-year Korean conflict ended only in an armistice in 1953.

Source: AFP Global Edition

North Korea Attacks South Korea’s Populated Yeonpyeong Island

What part of “Ignore North Korea at our own peril” does the previous and current administration not understand?

The Bush administration ignored North Korea because they claimed it was one of the “axis of evil” countries and did not want or need to negotiate anything with them.

The Obama administration has basically ignored North Korea as well, not for ideological reasons, but mainly because of the attack on a South Korea ship earlier this year as well as a greater need to concentrate on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Huge mistake, in my opinion.

Comment from Huffington Post:

Not to mention the Nkoreans actually have a darn formidable military and a decent central authority. Fighting them wont be as easy as it was in Iraq 03. Im talking actual war not the subsequent occupation which went horribly wrong

Huffington Post

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea shot dozens of rounds of artillery onto a populated South Korean island near their disputed western border Tuesday, military officials said, setting buildings on fire and prompting South Korea to return fire and scramble fighter jets.

The skirmish came amid tension over North Korea’s claim that it has a new uranium enrichment facility and just over a month after North Korean leader Kim Jong Il unveiled his youngest son Kim Jong Un as his heir apparent

South Korea’s YTN television said two people were injured, several houses were on fire and shells were still falling on Yeonpyeong island. The station broadcast pictures of thick columns of black smoke rising from the island.

Yonhap news agency, quoting a military official, said four soldiers were wounded. President Lee Myung-bak ordered officials to make sure that the firing wouldn’t escalate, according to Yonhap, quoting a presidential official. YTN said between 1,200 and 1,300 people live on the island, citing an island resident.

A South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff official said dozens of rounds of artillery landed on the island and in the sea. The official says South Korea fired back. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of JCS rules, said South Korea’s military is on alert. He had no other details, and could not confirm the reports of casualties.

The firing comes amid tension over North Korea’s claim that it has a new uranium enrichment facility and just over a month after North Korean leader Kim Jong Il unveiled his youngest son Kim Jong Un as his heir apparent.

Tensions between the two Koreas also remain tense after the sinking in March of a South Korean warship in which 46 sailors died. Seoul has blamed a North Korean torpedo, while Pyongyang has denied any responsibility.

The countries’ western maritime boundary has long been a flash point between the two Koreas. The North does not recognize the border that was unilaterally drawn by the United Nations at the close of the 1950-53 Korean War.

North and South Korea have fought three bloody skirmishes near the maritime border in recent years, most recently in November 2009.