Video: North Korea moving missiles to the coast

posted at 8:01 am on April 4, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Tensions continue to rise on the Korean peninsula, but the US may start telling everyone, “Relax.” Jim Clancy tells CNN that Pyonyang threatened today to close the Kaesong industrial complex down for good, putting 53,000 of its workers out of their jobs and killing one of the few legitimate sources of hard currency available to the DPRK. It has moved a missile system to the coast, which could either mean another UN-forbidden test or the prelude to an attack.
Still, Clancy reports that the US has begun to think that it might be best to start playing down the Kim regime’s moves rather than keep providing responses to it:

CBS has more on the missile moves:

North Korea has moved a missile with “considerable range” to its east coast, South Korea’s defense minister said Thursday, but he added that there are no signs that Pyongyang is preparing for a full-scale conflict.

The report came hours after North Korea’s military warned that it has been authorized to attack the U.S. using “smaller, lighter and diversified” nuclear weapons. It was the North’s latest war cry against America in recent weeks, with the added suggestion that it had improved its nuclear technology.

South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin dismissed reports in Japanese media that the missile could be a KN-08, which is believed to be a long-range missile that — if operable — could hit the United States.

Kim told lawmakers at a parliamentary committee meeting that the missile has “considerable range” but not enough to hit the U.S. mainland.

The range he described could refer to a mobile North Korean missile known as the Musudan, or Taepodong X, which has a range of around 2,000 miles. That would make Japan and South Korea potential targets, but little is known about the missile’s accuracy.

The US may want to downplay their response to this in PR terms, but the military reaction has already been significant.  The Pentagon is rushing a missile-defense system to Guam that wasn’t scheduled to arrive for two more years.  That doesn’t sound like the US thinks this is business as usual, nor does it appear that the Obama administration will simply allow North Korea to fire off missiles over the Pacific without an attempt to shoot them down, as we declined to do in 2009.

Ignoring the threat and shrugging off Pyongyang’s rhetoric may have been a better strategy a couple of weeks ago than it is today.  The threat to permanently close Kaesong suggests, though, that this isn’t simply the usual saber-rattling done to squeeze the six-nation group for a little more aid.  North Korea has a lot more to lose in closing Kaesong than does South Korea in terms of economics, which would make them even more dependent on aid. They aren’t going to close that down just to get a one-time boost in fuel and food supplies.  The longer Kaesong stays locked, the more it’s going to be clear that something new is happening in Pyongyang, and that ignoring them won’t address that new reality.


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I would like to here Jim Carrey’s take on this.

Electrongod on April 4, 2013 at 8:02 AM

North Korea has moved a missile with “considerable range” to its east coast, South Korea’s defense minister said Thursday, but he added that there are no signs that Pyongyang is preparing for a full-scale conflict.

What does this have to do with the most pressing issues of our time? Guns, gays, and illegals?

Seriously, the administration is moving stuff around but where is the comments from the rat-eared devil as he campaigns against the Second Amendment and goes to fundraisers telling the world that what this nation needs is more Nancy Pelosi as Speaker?

The filthy bastard is AWOL once again.

Happy Nomad on April 4, 2013 at 8:03 AM

hear…
That is

Electrongod on April 4, 2013 at 8:03 AM

The filthy bastard is AWOL once again.

Happy Nomad on April 4, 2013 at 8:03 AM

He never accepted the position..

Of course he took the oath..

But it was just for Chris Matthews..

Electrongod on April 4, 2013 at 8:05 AM

I would like to here Jim Carrey’s take on this.

Electrongod on April 4, 2013 at 8:02 AM

We really need to send our Canadian friend to North Korea for an extended period of time so that he can get a full understanding of the situation. It would be interesting to see if he comes out as adoring of Kim Jong Un as Dennis Rodman or if he will call the Norks Heartless Motherf—ers.

Happy Nomad on April 4, 2013 at 8:08 AM

But it was just for Chris Matthews..

Electrongod on April 4, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Oh, for crying out loud! You just had to mention Tingles. Thanks for making my day. NOT!

HiJack on April 4, 2013 at 8:10 AM

We need a new squirrel
-lsm

cmsinaz on April 4, 2013 at 8:12 AM

The real reason that the DOTUS is dialing it back?

It’s become a distraction for the media from their White House driven jihad on GAYS/ GUNS / AMNESTY !!!

PappyD61 on April 4, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Now this is the Obama I know. Apparently he must be hearing rumors that this could get ugly before it gets better. So no more acting tough when the standard line of thought that this is only saber rattling may not be the case after all. Now it’s time for some good old fashioned appeasement!

NotCoach on April 4, 2013 at 8:24 AM

I’d feel more confident about this if we had competent leadership in the White House and Defense Department.

But we don’t.

Here’s to hoping this is just more sabre-rattling.

DRayRaven on April 4, 2013 at 8:28 AM

When nuclear weapons first entered the world stage, we had “mutually assured destruction” as a buffer. The Soviets wouldn’t nuke us because we’d nuke them. But today’s evildoers are less logical. We know the Islamists are eager to die for their cause. Now this new chubby-boy dictator seems to be eager for the entire torture-prison known as N Korea to die.

itsnotaboutme on April 4, 2013 at 8:29 AM

“We talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick.” – Barrack “Steven Seagal” Obama

NotCoach on April 4, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Thank you Dennis Rodman.

portlandon on April 4, 2013 at 8:32 AM

The reason we are dialing back is because the pentagon told chuck hagel there were no Jews in north Korea.

portlandon on April 4, 2013 at 8:34 AM

The filthy bastard is AWOL once again.

Happy Nomad on April 4, 2013 at 8:03 AM

No, he’s simply cowering in the corner again like on the Osama raid, while the adults in the room do the heavy work.

The decisions to send in anti-missile hardware and the flyover by Stealths didn’t come from his adolescent brain, you can count on that.

Cleombrotus on April 4, 2013 at 8:35 AM

As Glenn Reynolds would say “We’re in the best of hands…” Heh.

djl130 on April 4, 2013 at 8:36 AM

Thank you Dennis Rodman.

portlandon on April 4, 2013 at 8:32 AM

2 out of 22 hoops..
And our dear leader is awesome..

Dennis can’t hold a candle to dear leader..
/

Electrongod on April 4, 2013 at 8:37 AM

NotCoach on April 4, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Ha ha ha ha ha! What a load of you-know-what. That guy wouldn’t know what to do in a real donnybrook if his life depended on it.

Cleombrotus on April 4, 2013 at 8:38 AM

I wonder if Senate Republicans who voted to confirm Hagel as Sec of Defense feel good about their go-along-to-get-along vote these days?

DRayRaven on April 4, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Don’t worry. Obama is out fundraising for Democrats. That’ll solve everything.

The Rogue Tomato on April 4, 2013 at 8:40 AM

How long before BHO blinks?

diogenes on April 4, 2013 at 8:49 AM

“will somebody please inform the president we went to war with Korea 45 minutes ago”.

- chuck hagel

portlandon on April 4, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Odds are Obama will punt the whole thing to the UN and then claim his hands are tied.

PersonFromPorlock on April 4, 2013 at 8:56 AM

My take.

kingsjester on April 4, 2013 at 8:56 AM

“Tell me when it’s over. If everything is a success then I will take credit, if not then we need someone to blame it on, so have a name ready.”

-Dog Eating Jackwad

Bishop on April 4, 2013 at 9:02 AM

2 out of 22 hoops..
And our dear leader is awesome..

Electrongod on April 4, 2013 at 8:37 AM

I keep saying that he doesn’t remind me of any black guy I ever knew.

The threat to permanently close Kaesong suggests, though, that this isn’t simply the usual saber-rattling done to squeeze the six-nation group for a little more aid. North Korea has a lot more to lose in closing Kaesong than does South Korea in terms of economics, which would make them even more dependent on aid. They aren’t going to close that down just to get a one-time boost in fuel and food supplies.

I bet they have been following our immigration mess and now they want…(drumroll)….CITIZENSHIP!!!

Heck, who wouldn’t want to rip off someone as senile and weak as the USA? It is almost immoral to allow a girlie country this dumb NOT to get ripped off…

IlikedAUH2O on April 4, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Let’s just get this over with and surrender already.

Limerick on April 4, 2013 at 9:18 AM

kingsjester on April 4, 2013 at 8:56 AM

+1

IlikedAUH2O on April 4, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Pyonyang has read Schelling’s game theory summarized here:

You’re standing at the edge of a cliff, chained by the ankle to someone else. You’ll be released, and one of you will get a large prize, as soon as the other gives in. How do you persuade the other guy to give in, when the only method at your disposal – threatening to push him off the cliff – would doom you both?”

Answer: You start dancing, closer and closer to the edge. That way, you don’t have to convince him that you would do something totally irrational: plunge him and yourself off the cliff. You just have to convince him that you are prepared to take a higher risk than he is of accidentally falling off the cliff. If you can do that, you win.”

See also Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

Terp Mole on April 4, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Someone called the local radio show yesterday and suggested that Emperor Nothing Sirius (Sirius 0 for those who get the reference) wants to hand over South Korea to Little Kimmy.

That couldn’t happen.

Zero, go call the ChiComs and offer them a 1000% tarrif on all their products. Or better yet, that all their products will require infinitely long inspections to clear customs. You know the kind of neat little games they play with OUR products…

Leadin’ is hard. I know hanging out with Beiber is cool and all that, but it’s time to do your job.

dogsoldier on April 4, 2013 at 9:25 AM

2 out of 22 hoops..
And our dear leader is awesome..

Dennis can’t hold a candle to dear leader..
/

Electrongod on April 4, 2013 at 8:37 AM

War or not, I’m confident that this is the last time Un copies Obama’s bracket.

Barnestormer on April 4, 2013 at 9:35 AM

I think it’s quite possible that we are doing exactly the wrong thing here. We’re rushing weapons to the scene, giving every indication that we weren’t seriously prepared to for the contingencies that we have been facing for many years. It’s taken us weeks to finally start reacting. Meanwhile Obama has not said boo about the situation, when it’s quite possible that this is all about Kim being taken seriously on the world stage and getting face time with the American President. Diplomatically Obama appears to be deaf, dumb and blind, and that condition seems to be spreading throughout the Administration.

claudius on April 4, 2013 at 9:44 AM

If North Korea nukes South Korea and/or Japan and/or Guam, do you think Obama might find it in his heart to take time off from campaigning and fundraising to address the issue?

The Rogue Tomato on April 4, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Time for Obama to pull out the heavy equipment. Send Kim a 200 disc set of rat ears speeches.

Deano1952 on April 4, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Someone called the local radio show yesterday and suggested that Emperor Nothing Sirius (Sirius 0 for those who get the reference) wants to hand over South Korea to Little Kimmy.

That couldn’t happen.

Don’t bet the ranch on it.

Zero, go call the ChiComs and offer them a 1000% tarrif on all their products. Or better yet, that all their products will require infinitely long inspections to clear customs. You know the kind of neat little games they play with OUR products…

GWB might have done that if China pissed him off sufficiently. The One is too deep in Beijing’s pocket over “stimulus” money to even think of doing anything that would even slightly offend the old men in the Forbidden City. And they know it.

The PRC wants ROK gone as a competitor for export markets. They’re counting on Mini-Kim to do it, and The One to make sure we don’t interfere. They’re massing troops along the Yalu, not to threaten Mini-Kim into not attacking, but just to remind him where his duty lies. Doing what they want, that is.

Leadin’ is hard. I know hanging out with Beiber is cool and all that, but it’s time to do your job.

dogsoldier on April 4, 2013 at 9:25 AM


He thinks that is his job.
Along with looking cool and gutting the Constitution.

Don’t expect rationality out of this man. In the words of Gertrude Stein re Oakland, “There’s no there, there”.

clear ether

eon

eon on April 4, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Cleombrotus on April 4, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Meanwhile Obama has not said boo about the situation, when it’s quite possible that this is all about Kim being taken seriously on the world stage and getting face time with the American President.

claudius on April 4, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Actually, now that I think about it, amend my first statement. Not to give Chicago Jesus any credit because it’s gotta be coming from his advisers, whomever they are, to keep his mouth shut and let them deploy the necessary hardware in case the mental case actually DOES do something stupid, but it seems the correct strategy.

You don’t give a kid throwing a temper tantrum the wrong attention he’s craving because he’ll just keep upping the ante, but you watch him and make sure he doesn’t break anything.

Cleombrotus on April 4, 2013 at 9:55 AM

-Dog Eating Jackwad

Bishop on April 4, 2013 at 9:02 AM

I like that. It has a ring to it. I may have to consider using it occasionally instead of my favorite “Jug eared jackass”.

Oldnuke on April 4, 2013 at 10:08 AM

china talks we scale back the response.
wusses.

losarkos on April 4, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Not to give Chicago Jesus any credit because it’s gotta be coming from his advisers, whomever they are, to keep his mouth shut

Cleombrotus on April 4, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Yeah, right.

ADVISOR: “Mr. President, it’s probably a wise strategy to remain silent on the North Korea issue for now while…”

OBAMA: “What North Korea issue? Never mind, tell me later… I’m late for a fundraiser…”

The Rogue Tomato on April 4, 2013 at 10:23 AM

The only response I want to see is a cruise missile or two landing on Kim baby’s residence.

chemman on April 4, 2013 at 10:29 AM

I see Obama is treating NOKO threats as impediments to his attacks on our Constitution, and causing distractions to his most critical agenda for gays, guns and illegal ali…er!…undocumented Democrat voters.

In the grand scheme of things, I think our Barack is probably more of a danger to America than the tubby KOKO dictator.

Barack looks at Jong Un longingly and dreams of how he would enjoy absolute power.

Jong Un says that Obama needs to put on a couple of hundred pounds before he would call Obama a serious threat

dockywocky on April 4, 2013 at 10:33 AM

How long before BHO blinks?

diogenes on April 4, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Blinks? I think his natural response is to keep his eyes closed and hope the problem goes away…

affenhauer on April 4, 2013 at 10:34 AM

North Korea has moved a missile with “considerable range” to its east coast, South Korea’s defense minister said Thursday, but he added that there are no signs that Pyongyang is preparing for a full-scale conflict.

Does this mean we know exactly where they are? If so, sweet, it’ll be easy to demolish them if they aren’t all fired at the same time.

sadatoni on April 4, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Recent articles mentioned NK failure to close Kaesong proves that they aren’t serious about this escalation. That forced NK to close it. I don’t think it’s a strong indicator of their intentions.

FreeManOtis on April 4, 2013 at 10:35 AM

North Korea moving missiles to the coast

Ahhh, good. They’re so much easier to blow up there, heavily-defended airspace and all. Yet another PR tactic, raising the public pressure one more notch.

Archer on April 4, 2013 at 10:40 AM

You just have to convince him that you are prepared to take a higher risk than he is of accidentally falling off the cliff. If you can do that, you win.”

Or, if the other guy rushes off the cliff because he could give a rat’s patootie about the game — all he cares about is that YOU go off the cliff — you lose.

My strategy: Use the other guy as a toboggan.

unclesmrgol on April 4, 2013 at 10:40 AM

If North Korea nukes South Korea and/or Japan and/or Guam, do you think Obama might find it in his heart to take time off from campaigning and fundraising to address the issue?

The Rogue Tomato on April 4, 2013 at 9:51 AM

I am pretty sure that would signal it is time for our dear leader to support the UN efforts to enforce gun control on Japan, Guam, and South Korea. After all, if there were no guns, no one would ever get shot, amirite?

Lily on April 4, 2013 at 10:55 AM

How long before someone comes trotting out on the cable news circuit claimning that Kim Jung-un is racist for putting this kind of pressure on Ogabe?
Race card used internationally! Oh, wait…Marxists can’t be racist against fellow travellers…
Disregard.

freedomfirst on April 4, 2013 at 10:56 AM

“Tell me when it’s over. If everything is a success then I will take credit, if not then we need someone to blame it on, so have a name ready.”

-Dog Eating Jackwad

Bishop on April 4, 2013 at 9:02 AM

How about:

R E P-U B L—I C A N S
as in the tune
M I C-K E Y—M O U S E

timberline on April 4, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Meh, who gives a crap about North Korea?

How are O’Butthead’s NCAA brackets doing?

Who else wants to line up and ask Moochelle about her, ahem, “sex symbol” husband?

What does Secretary of State Rodman think of all this?

These are the pressing issues of the day.

Elections have consequences.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on April 4, 2013 at 11:11 AM

The Rogue Tomato on April 4, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Heh, more likely the case, actually. Yeah.

Cleombrotus on April 4, 2013 at 11:12 AM

This little twerp is being run by the old men in the milirary. They have him by the balls.
He is no more running N K than I am.
He is anouther Obama.

Delsa on April 4, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Terp Mole on April 4, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Make a deal to be mutual beneficiaries in each other’s wills.

Give up.

As soon as you are unlocked, push him off the cliff.

If he won’t make the deal give up.

Dancing on the edge of a cliff is going to get you both killed.

gh on April 4, 2013 at 11:19 AM

War or not, I’m confident that this is the last time Un copies Obama’s bracket.

Barnestormer on April 4, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Yeah, lil Kim would have picked Wichita State.

Happy Nomad on April 4, 2013 at 11:28 AM

How stupid of them. Now they can be wiped out by the global warming ocean raising. Who knew we would be saved by the AGW?

Old Country Boy on April 4, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Obama moves our military around like a kid playing war games. Only difference is the kids have a plan.
He should …..you insert the rest

Delsa on April 4, 2013 at 11:30 AM

When Barack said that he wanted to transform America, he meant into a post-apocalyptic wasteland where roving bands of gangs rob, rape and pillage at will. Meanwhile, Barack and Moochelle live in total luxury for the rest of their lives in the heavily fortified White House while the rest of us struggle to stay alive long enough to find something to eat.

Mahdi on April 4, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Recent articles mentioned NK failure to close Kaesong proves that they aren’t serious about this escalation. That forced NK to close it. I don’t think it’s a strong indicator of their intentions.

FreeManOtis on April 4, 2013 at 10:35 AM

The Norks original intentions are almost meaningless now. At this point what does it matter?

What I’m failing to see is a way for lil Kim to save face. They’ve been given a lot of room to stand down and, yet, they keep ratcheting up the rhetoric and provocation. Now, it seems almost certain that lil Kim is going to have to do something even if it is launching a couple of missiles and declaring the whole thing a military exercise.

Happy Nomad on April 4, 2013 at 11:32 AM

When Barack said that he wanted to transform America, he meant into a post-apocalyptic wasteland where roving bands of gangs rob, rape and pillage at will.

Mahdi on April 4, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Detroit ahead of the trends once again.

Happy Nomad on April 4, 2013 at 11:33 AM

“Answer: You start dancing, closer and closer to the edge. That way, you don’t have to convince him that you would do something totally irrational: plunge him and yourself off the cliff. You just have to convince him that you are prepared to take a higher risk than he is of accidentally falling off the cliff. If you can do that, you win.”

Terp Mole on April 4, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Or, if the other guy rushes off the cliff because he could give a rat’s patootie about the game — all he cares about is that YOU go off the cliff — you lose.

My strategy: Use the other guy as a toboggan.

unclesmrgol on April 4, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Or, the guy dancing on the edge believes that he will actually benefit (or at least not suffer) from going off the edge, cf. True Believers in the Twelfth Imam.

But I like the toboggan idea, if you have any way to make it work.

AesopFan on April 4, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Unless that coastal site is the only place the North Koreans can physically launch missiles from, I’d have to go with the move being more bluster than substance.

Of course, I could be wrong. Let’s hope I’m not.

Steve Eggleston on April 4, 2013 at 12:22 PM

When Barack said that he wanted to transform America, he meant into a post-apocalyptic wasteland where roving bands of gangs rob, rape and pillage at will.

Mahdi on April 4, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Detroit ahead of the trends once again.

Happy Nomad on April 4, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Gives a whole new meaning to the UAW Motors tagline “Imported from Detroit”.

Steve Eggleston on April 4, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Of course King Putt could get more done with SanFranNan Pelosi as Speaker of the House. Just look at the amazing progress we’ve made since 2006. Oh wait … never mind. Facts are hard things ain’t they?

You know folks in the five-side building have been pondering issues from the Korean Penisula for over six decades. I’d wager they have target lists for different schedules where they could make it the shortest conflict in history if Prezie Choomblow pays attention. (Assuming he isn’t thinking about his next tee time.)
But thanks to the go-along-to-get-along Little Party we have John Fin’g Kerry running State, Chuck (phucktheJews) Hagel running Defense and Brennan (where’s Libya?) running CIA. If that doesn’t make you want to cry, you’re NOT PAYING ATTENTION.

What, with the NorKos getting crazier by the minute, and the Iranians about to test a toy nuke, we are stuck with an Admistration that could populate a circus Clown Car with FOOLS.

Pay attention: It is GAYS, GUNS and IMMIGRATION that we care about. Or so says the Manure Spreading Media.

Missilengr on April 4, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Or, if the other guy rushes off the cliff because he could give a rat’s patootie about the game — all he cares about is that YOU go off the cliff — you lose.

My strategy: Use the other guy as a toboggan.

unclesmrgol on April 4, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Comment of the Day™

Steve Eggleston on April 4, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Campaigning is more important. Can’t wait to see where this all goes. Nice job Hillary. You really got a lot done when you were in there.

johnnyU on April 4, 2013 at 4:51 PM