North Korea threatens terrorism to demolish South Korea gov’t in 4 minutes or less

posted at 2:01 pm on April 23, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Last week, we wondered how newly-installed Dear Leader Kim Jong-un would deal with the embarrassing spectacle of the disintegration of their ICBM after just 90 seconds in flight.  The answer?  Threaten to reduce the government in Seoul to “ashes” in less than four minutes — by “unprecedented peculiar means“:

North Korea regularly criticizes Seoul and just last week renewed its promise to wage a “sacred war,” saying South Korean PresidentLee Myung-bak had insulted the North’s April 15 celebrations of the birth centennial of national founder Kim Il Sung.

But Monday’s military statement, which vowed actions of “unprecedented peculiar means,” was unusual in promising something soon and describing a specific length of time.

The threat follows U.N. condemnation of North Korea’s launch of a long-range rocket that exploded shortly after liftoff April 13. Washington, Seoul and others called the launch a cover for testing long-range missile technology. Pyongyang said the launch was meant to put a satellite into orbit.

The North’s special actions “will reduce all the rat-like groups and the bases for provocations to ashes in three or four minutes, (or) in much shorter time, by unprecedented peculiar means and methods of our own style,” according to the statement by the special operation action group of the Korean People’s Army’s Supreme Command.

Clearly, Pyongyang is looking to distract its subjects from the military failure earlier this month.  However, this threat goes beyond their normal bluster, as the AP notes above.  Threats from the DPRK usually use more general terminology, and especially timeframes, as the Kim regimes attempt to force some concessions from their opponents in the rational world.

In this case, I’d guess that the issue is starvation.  Lee Myung-bak cut off food aid from the South in 2008 that didn’t get tied to concessions from Pyongyang, and now the latest missile test has ended the food shipments from the US as well.  The military needs that food aid to keep the rank and file from rebelling, let alone the unfortunate people of the DPRK.  Kim can’t afford to let the army starve, and he can’t domestically produce the food necessary to keep it from happening.  He needs that food aid to resume in order to keep his new position as hereditary dictator.

If the DPRK seriously tries terrorist attacks in Seoul, however, starvation will be the least of their concerns.  This could become a shooting war again, and it will take a mighty careful balance to keep it from expanding to China, Japan, and Russia all over again.  Right now it looks like bluster, especially since Pyongyang hasn’t moved any troops to the border after their announcement, but the threat of terrorist attacks won’t be taken lightly by Seoul or the US.


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Nice capital you’ve got there. Pity if something were to happen to it. Now, we’ve got this great insurance policy….

unclesmrgol on April 23, 2012 at 6:10 PM

I doubt that North Korea has the war stocks in reserve to sustain any war longer in duration than 30 days. Without rice, fuel, ammunition, etc., they’d naturally have to rely on the Chinese to save the North.

China wants to maintain the North as a buffer and will accept the lunacy of the NORK regime to keep that advantage. So, we’ll just have to wait for the North to implode by themselves.

Special Forces Grunt on April 23, 2012 at 6:21 PM

BUT if we announced serious talks with ROK and Japan about basing our nukes there and helping them with their own programs, the Chinese would sit up and take notice right away. And if the price of stopping that deployment was toppling the Kim regime, it would be done.

Adjoran on April 23, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Not sure about ROK, but it would be practically impossible politically to get US nukes openly based in Japan. This might be a flaw in your strategy.

DarkCurrent on April 23, 2012 at 7:12 PM

I’d be surprised if we didn’t have an SSGN off the Korean coast.

Count to 10 on April 23, 2012 at 7:52 PM

I knew of DPRK infiltrators doing their dirty deeds during the Carter years. Having ROK or American personal murdered in Seoul is nothing new. And the DPRK have been digging tunnels under the DMZ for even longer. Ones big enough for tanks ta boot.

But it did have its limits, I guess the DPRK wasn’t that crazy even then. But when you have a decade long famine combined with multiple military failures (even their “nuke” was a dud (no I haven’t forgotten the “dirty bomb” uses of it)), I can see how they could get desperate.

NullUnit60 on April 23, 2012 at 8:12 PM

“Dweeb”… It’s the only work that I can think of to describe this worthless POS (Kim Jong-un)

Bootleghooch on April 23, 2012 at 9:48 PM

A Napolean complex can be a bit unnerving when the person with it, like Napoleon, is actually in charge of something.

bmmg39 on April 23, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Just read the book “Escape from Camp 14″ about the only person known to have escaped and survived from a North Korean “no exit” political prison. Excellent book and highly recommended, but it also left me with no illusions about the sanity of the NoKo dictatorship.

SoRight on April 23, 2012 at 2:12 PM

I’m in the middle of it right now. It’s a stunning read. I highly recommend it and hope that it stirs some kind of awareness … even without the cause-endorsement of George Clooney or Bono or whichever empty head we look to for wisdom in this country.

The whole world knows of these camps and what goes on in them, and nothing is done … except sending aid to help prop up the government maintaining them.

I don’t get it.

cgoode777 on April 24, 2012 at 12:05 AM

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