November 23, 2010
N. Korean attempt to muck up another American holiday?
Kim Jong Il, Rad Report
Was the recent North Korea attack on South Korea another Kim Jong Il attempt to play mind games with Americans during an important American holiday? This time it’s Thanksgiving, the last time, last year shortly before the Fourth of July. North Koreans launched short range missiles off their east coast raising fears of a North Korean long range missile attack on Hawaii. Was the recent attack acombination of mind games related to the rumors Kim Jong Il is about to name as his successor his son ‘Comrade Youth Captain’ Kim Jong Un? Or, a far more deadly scenario, the news which stunned ‘experts’ and the world, North Korea has a covert uranium enrichment facility? News which was reported ‘hours’ before North Korea lobbed ’100 shells’ at S. Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island.
According to AOL News, crazy as a fox nutjob N. Korea dictator Kim Jong Il toured a soy sauce factory and medical facility with his third son and apparent dictator heir, ‘Comrade Youth Captain’ Kim Jong Un.
According to VOA News, the Pentagon doesn’t have any plans to ‘respond’ to the North Korea attack. The White House’s response, strongly condemning the ‘belligerent actions’ of North Korea.
The North Korea bombed South Korea incident at Yeonpyeong Island, a North Korean incursion on South Korea territory which killed two South Korean marines and wounded 18. At the end of March the South Korean warship Cheonan sunk in the Yellow Sea. The initial report, an ‘unidentified ship’ fired on the South Korean warship.
The incident occurred on March 26. On March 27, the news report Rescuers search for sunken S. Korea ship’s crew. According the AP, 46 South Koreans Marines were missing, North Korea temporarily ‘ruled out’ as the chief suspect by S. Korea’s Rear Adm. Lee Ki-sik of the Joint Chief of Staffs.
Despite early fears of an attack, there was no immediate indication that North Korea — which lies within sight about 10 miles from Baengnyeong — was to blame, the Joint Chiefs said. Still, troops were maintaining “solid military readiness,” Vice Defense Minister Jang Soo-man said.
According to MSNBC, the South Korea military investigation into what caused the Cheonan to sink could take weeks.
‘That could take weeks. In 2002, it took 17 days to salvage a 130-ton vessel struck in a surprise attack by North Korea, the Joint Chiefs said.’
On May 20, the conclusion of the investigation, a North Korean submarine fired a torpedo which sunk the Cheonan.
“The South Korean government on May 20, 2010 released the findings of its international investigation into the March 26 sinking of the Cheonan, a 1,200-ton South Korean naval vessel. The investigation team-composed of experts from South Korea, the United States, Australia, Britain, and Sweden-officially stated that: “The evidence points overwhelmingly to the conclusion that the torpedo was fired by a North Korean submarine. There is no other plausible explanation.”1
While the incident in March, the sinking of a S. Korea warship with dozens of casualties, resulted in a flurry of news reports and an investigation which could take ‘weeks’, the N. Korea bombing of Yeonpyeong Island, S. Korea territory, an instant response from world leaders. A reaction of condemnation.
The latest from CNN on the deadly North Korean attack on South Korea:
(CNN) — Nations reacted swiftly Tuesday in condemning a North Korean artillery attack that South Korea said killed two marines and wounded 15 soldiers and civilians.
The strongest reaction came from South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, who ordered his military to punish North Korea “through action,” not just words, the official Yonhap news agency said.
“The provocation this time can be regarded as an invasion of South Korean territory,” Lee said during a visit to the headquarters of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in central Seoul. “In particular, indiscriminate attacks on civilians are a grave matter.”
The United States also offered quick comment, with the White House saying it “strongly condemns” the “belligerent action” by North Korea.
An analysis of why North Korea bombed South Korea from Bradley K. Martin at NPR, Analysis: For North Korea, Timing Is Everything.
There is never anything random about North Korean provocations.
In recent days, North Korea fired shells at a South Korea island near the countries’ disputed maritime border and revealed its long-hinted-at uranium-based nuclear technology.
A large part of the answer has to be that the regime sees an urgent need to build a foundation of putative achievements for “Comrade Youth Captain” Kim Jong Un — recently promoted to full general — to justify plans for the youngster to succeed his ailing father, Kim Jong Il, as supreme leader.
Another answer to ‘Why now?’, the report North Korea has a secret uranium enrichment facility? A facility which ‘fooled the experts’? A report which occurred ‘hours’ before North Korea lobbed shells at S. Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island.
In June of 2009 the report from the Telegraph Kim Jong Un, 26, had become the head of the North Korean Secret Police.
Mr Kim ordered senior officials at the State Security Department in March to “uphold” his 26-year-old son, Kim Jong-un, as head of the secret police, the report said. He also took the opportunity to dole out foreign-made luxury cars worth nearly £50,000 each to the officials as gifts, Seoul’s Dong-a Ilbo newspaper reported.
North Korea may launch a long-range ballistic missile towards Hawaii on American Independence Day, according to Japanese intelligence officials.
The missile, believed to be a Taepodong-2 with a range of up to 4,000 miles, would be launched in early July from the Dongchang-ni site on the north-western coast of the secretive country.
Intelligence analysts do not believe the device would be capable of hitting Hawaii’s main islands, which are 4,500 miles from North Korea.
U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates said the additional defences around Hawaii consist of a ground-based mobile missile system and a radar system nearby.
Together they could shoot an incoming missile in mid air.
‘Without telegraphing what we will do, I would just say… we are in a good position, should it become necessary, to protect Americans and American territory,’ Gates said today.
A new missile launch – though not expected to reach U.S. territory – would be a brazen slap in the face of the international community, which punished North Korea with new U.N. sanctions for conducting a second nuclear test on May 25 in defiance of a U.N. ban.
North Korea spurned the U.N. Security Council resolution with threats of war and pledges to expand its nuclear bomb-making program.
U. N. sanctions, the ‘punishment’ which doesn’t seem to deter dictators intent on building covert uranium enrichment facilities.
The North Korea may fire a long range missile at Hawaii news occurred in July of 2009. Seventeen months later North Korea bombed South Korea territory, an attack which just happen to occur when the world and ‘experts’ discovered N. Korea has a covert uranium-enriching facility.
A covert uranium-enriching facility in North Korea, which carried out a deadly artillery attack Tuesday on its southern neighbor, confirms long-held suspicions of Pyongyang’s nuclear capabilities, experts say.
But the complex nature of the facility, revealed to a U.S. scientist last week, comes as a surprise, the experts told a forum in Washington late Monday, hours before North Korea bombarded a South Korean island, killing two marines in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953.
Speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Victor Cha—a senior adviser and chair of the Korea program at CSIS—described the facility as “much further advanced and much farther along than anything that any expert who has been following North Korea had suspected they were capable of doing.”
North Korean officials revealed the facility, located at North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear complex, last week to Dr. Siegfried Hecker, a Stanford professor who previously directed the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Hecker reported that the plant contained “hundreds and hundreds” of centrifuges designed to enrich uranium, a key material used in the production of nuclear weapons.
The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that various U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded ? on the basis of Hecker’s report ? that the centrifuges at the Yongbyon plant were of the so-called “P-2” variety.
This revelation has elicited concern among experts that Iran has ? or easily could ? secure such technology from the North. Some also worry that the North could enrich uranium for Iran, at a time when Tehran has run into problems producing nuclear fuel.
The behind-the-scenes cooperation comes as no surprise to the international community. Pyongyang and Tehran _ both under sanctions for nuclear activities _ are known to have cooperated on military technology since 1980 and are suspected of mutual consultation on their nuclear programs as well.
In March, Leonard Spector, head of the U.S.-based James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, wrote on its website that the North had shipped 45 tons of “yellowcake,” a kind of uranium concentrate power, to Iran through Syria and Turkey.
A recent U.N. report confirmed suspicions that the North is proliferating nuclear technology to Iran, Syria and Myanmar. The North is believed to have assisted Syria in building a reactor designed to produce plutonium for nuclear weapons.
Despite international sanctions and operational setbacks, Iran in recent months has continued to operate nuclear fuel production at its Natanz facility.
Tehran has been developing a uranium enrichment program since the mid-1980s. In August, it began operating a nuclear plant powered by enriched uranium.