Video: North Korea warns foreigners to get out of the South

posted at 8:01 am on April 9, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Call this The Kimmityville Horrorwhere the message from the big evil House of Kim is – get out! North Korea warned today that nuclear war is coming to the peninsula, and foreigners and their businesses should leave South Korea or find good fallout shelters immediately.  Because, #caring:

North Korea is urging all foreign companies and tourists in South Korea to evacuate or find out where they can take shelter because it says the rival Koreas are on the eve of a nuclear war.

Analysts see a direct attack on Seoul as extremely unlikely. The warning Tuesday from the North’s Korean Asia-Pacific Peace Committee is similar to past threats that analysts call an attempt to raise anxiety in foreign capitals.

The warning from KCNA stressed Pyongyang’s concern for the well-being of foreigners below the 38th Parallel.  “We do not wish to see foreigners in S. Korea to be harmed,” the official statement read. Immediate measures should be taken in the South, they declared, to protect the “safety of foreigners … and tourists[.]”  The announcement specifically mentions Seoul.

The US isn’t terribly impressed:

The U.S. embassy in Seoul tells CBS News its security status is unchanged, despite Tuesday’s warning. It says it’s not telling Americans to evacuate, and Secretary of State John Kerry is still scheduled to visit Friday.

CNN’s Jim Clancy also has trouble taking this latest declaration seriously:

In one sense, we’re back on somewhat familiar ground.  North Korea wants to undermine the economy of the South by scaring off its tourists and investors.  The heightened tensions might erode the confidence of investors if this goes on for a long time, but ham-fisted threats veiled in laughably insincere claims of concern aren’t going to impress anyone, show just how badly Pyongyang misunderstands the enemies it insists on making.  If this is their last card to play, the South has little to fear — but that’s a mighty big if.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler takes a day off from fact-checking duties to remind us of our own illusions about leverage in this situation.  The US hopes that China will rethink its alliance with the Kim regime in the light of trade and simple sanity, but we’ve had that fantasy for quite a long time — as long as a decade — and China’s perceptions of its interests in North Korea remain as inscrutable as ever:

Perhaps the stars have finally aligned with a new Chinese president and young and untested North Korean leader. But recent history suggests that, once again, any Chinese movement will be frustratingly too incremental for U.S. officials — even though, in theory, China should have important leverage as North Korea’s biggest trading partner.

An interesting analysis by the Congressional Research Service shows that trade between China and North Korea almost doubled in the years immediately after its first nuclear test in 2006.

The Fact Checker closely covered diplomacy with North Korea during the Bush administration and the early days of the Obama administration. U.S. officials often expressed the hope that, this time, China would begin to take action against North Korea. But after a brief glimmer of success, the Chinese reverted to a favorite script — urging the United States to show “more flexibility” in negotiations.

As the Times article referenced above noted, “China has a history of frustrating the United States in its dealings with North Korea.”

Be sure to read it all, and reset your expectations accordingly.


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It’s time..
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Electrongod on April 9, 2013 at 8:02 AM

It is so considerate of them, to give us warning./S

neoavatara on April 9, 2013 at 8:03 AM

Pre-emption – now !

jake-the-goose on April 9, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Get out

cmsinaz on April 9, 2013 at 8:10 AM

I can only assume China wants Japan, South Korea and Taiwan to develop nukes. Enjoy.

Little Boomer on April 9, 2013 at 8:10 AM

I’ll say it again. Laugh at the roly-poly lil dictator at your own peril. I don’t think North Korea is on the eve of launching nukes but I don’t see how the lil bastard backs down either. It is going to end badly.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2013 at 8:14 AM

It is so considerate of them, to give us warning./S

neoavatara on April 9, 2013 at 8:03 AM

Hey, the Kims may starve and oppress their people but nobody has ever called them rude.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Sonuds to me like NoKo doesn’t want to engage war with more than 2 countries. Killing Russian nationals would probably be the end of Kim. This may be the start of the defusing (or maybe they are just batshit insane).

nobar on April 9, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Get Ed and Lorraine Warren up there stat!

Gatsu on April 9, 2013 at 8:19 AM

this is what “circling the drain” looks like?

ted c on April 9, 2013 at 8:20 AM

I’ll say it again. Laugh at the roly-poly lil dictator at your own peril. I don’t think North Korea is on the eve of launching nukes but I don’t see how the lil bastard backs down either. It is going to end badly.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Well, if Lil Kim chooses the conventional war route, that can’t be too pleasing to China. Having a big war next door is bad for business. They must believe that he is just huffing and puffing but won’t blow any houses down.

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Behold the fruits of Dennis Rodman-style diplomacy! Where does Beyonce and her squeeze want to go next?? Can you rap the word “Pyongyang“??

ted c on April 9, 2013 at 8:22 AM

The chinese know that the NorKs piss us off and they think that is just fine and dandy.

ted c on April 9, 2013 at 8:24 AM

NORKOR is just the bratty child of the Beijing parent.

The father just lets the kid be disruptive to take the attention off what the parent is doing elsewhere (Australia, the Euro, Internet censorship, etc.)

PappyD61 on April 9, 2013 at 8:27 AM

They must believe that he is just huffing and puffing but won’t blow any houses down.

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Lil Kim has to save face. Dictators do not do well if they are perceived as weak. The only thing I can think of that might cause the lil bastard to stand down from all this saber rattling is if (via China or the US) the new UN sanctions suddenly get lifted. Which may be the point of all this since it targets the luxury items that make those in lil Kim’s world comfortable.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2013 at 8:28 AM

I’ll say it again. Laugh at the roly-poly lil dictator at your own peril. I don’t think North Korea is on the eve of launching nukes but I don’t see how the lil bastard backs down either. It is going to end badly.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2013 at 8:14 AM

they might just be waiting for good weather.

I don’t think a nuke is coming….maybe who knows. but this is going to spin out of control. As far as hoping China stops it are these people insane? Kim isn’t doing anything China doesn’t want him too.

unseen on April 9, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Question: If Romney had won, would North Korea be pulling the stuff they are pulling?

nazo311 on April 9, 2013 at 8:31 AM

It is so comforting knowing Kerry
will be arriving Friday
and Zero is our CIC.

bazil9 on April 9, 2013 at 8:31 AM

The big problem is that with the DPRK crying “nuclear wolf” over and over again, people now tend to do exactly what they’re doing – ignore them and write it off as yet more bluster. What will happen eventually is that one of the Kimbeciles will HAVE to press the button just to show the world he’s “serious.”

PJ Emeritus on April 9, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Having a big war next door is bad for business. They must believe that he is just huffing and puffing but won’t blow any houses down.

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2013 at 8:21 AM

tell me since when did communists care about what is good or bad for business? You are taking a cpaitalists POV to try to predict what communists will or won’t do.

Just look at North Korea shutting down the facility and putting 53,000 out of work. Did North Korea care about what was good for business. And people over here said he wouldn’t do it because of the “money” When will people understand communists don’t give a crap about money. china is building ghost cities you think they would do that if they cared about money?

unseen on April 9, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Question: If Romney had won, would North Korea be pulling the stuff they are pulling?

nazo311 on April 9, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Yes. Just like they pulled it under Bush and Clinton.

unseen on April 9, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Lil Kim has to save face. Dictators do not do well if they are perceived as weak. The only thing I can think of that might cause the lil bastard to stand down from all this saber rattling is if (via China or the US) the new UN sanctions suddenly get lifted. Which may be the point of all this since it targets the luxury items that make those in lil Kim’s world comfortable.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2013 at 8:28 AM

My thought process…
And being new to the thrown of evil-he has something to prove.

Boy, that visit from Rodman sure was helpful.
Do you still loooooove lil Kim, Rodman? Just a sweetie pie.

bazil9 on April 9, 2013 at 8:35 AM

or maybe they are just batshit insane).

nobar on April 9, 2013 at 8:17 AM

do you know any leftist/marxist/communist that isn’t? Just to believe in the crap you have to be batcrap crazy.

unseen on April 9, 2013 at 8:36 AM

can only assume China wants Japan, South Korea and Taiwan to develop nukes. Enjoy.

Little Boomer on April 9, 2013 at 8:10 AM

or they want to show them the USA can not be trusted to secure their defense.

unseen on April 9, 2013 at 8:38 AM

tell me since when did communists care about what is good or bad for business? You are taking a cpaitalists POV to try to predict what communists will or won’t do.

Just look at North Korea shutting down the facility and putting 53,000 out of work. Did North Korea care about what was good for business. And people over here said he wouldn’t do it because of the “money” When will people understand communists don’t give a crap about money. china is building ghost cities you think they would do that if they cared about money?

unseen on April 9, 2013 at 8:33 AM

The Chinese care more about money than the Norks because they’ve gotten good at making it. If they didn’t care about money to some extent, why have they embraced some level of capitialism at all? The Norks suck at it which is why they don’t care. I agree China wouldn’t care if the potential war wasn’t in their backyard.

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Breaking: Iran Earthquake at nuke site.

Limerick on April 9, 2013 at 8:40 AM

The Fact Checker closely covered diplomacy with North Korea during the Bush administration and the early days of the Obama administration. U.S. officials often expressed the hope that, this time, China would begin to take action against North Korea. But after a brief glimmer of success, the Chinese reverted to a favorite script — urging the United States to show “more flexibility” in negotiations.

Funny the ChiComs would mention “flexibility”.

Steve Eggleston on April 9, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Breaking: Iran Earthquake at nuke site.

Limerick on April 9, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Appears to be of natural causes (6.3 magnitude) and merely near Iran’s admitted reactor (55 miles away).

Steve Eggleston on April 9, 2013 at 8:43 AM

bazil9 on April 9, 2013 at 8:35 AM

He does have something to prove. The question is just what he is willing to do in order to secure his dictator street cred. He’s cut off communication with South Korea, closed down that joint venture, and put missiles on the coast. He’s going have to do something more dramatic than simply conducting “missile tests” over open water.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2013 at 8:44 AM

The Chinese care more about money than the Norks because they’ve gotten good at making it. If they didn’t care about money to some extent, why have they embraced some level of capitialism at all? The Norks suck at it which is why they don’t care. I agree China wouldn’t care if the potential war wasn’t in their backyard.

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2013 at 8:38 AM

to tamp down domestic unrest. they saw what happened to the USSR and the eastern bloc. China’s communist needed something to keep their people from revol!. It doesn’t change who they are communists don’t care about maximizing profits.

So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss.
If you only know yourself, but not your opponent, you may win or may lose.
If you know neither yourself nor your enemy, you will always endanger yourself.

unseen on April 9, 2013 at 8:45 AM

bazil9 on April 9, 2013 at 8:35 AM

He does have something to prove. The question is just what he is willing to do in order to secure his dictator street cred. He’s cut off communication with South Korea, closed down that joint venture, and put missiles on the coast. He’s going have to do something more dramatic than simply conducting “missile tests” over open water.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Unfortunately…I agree with you.

bazil9 on April 9, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Our entire Administration is run by incompetents, and now Kerry is going to Seoul to prove it. Maybe Obama can double down and send Carter to Pyongyang, just to make sure.

Liam on April 9, 2013 at 8:56 AM

…now that the Middle East is fluked up…it’s time to work on Asia.

KOOLAID2 on April 9, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Appears to be of natural causes (6.3 magnitude) and merely near Iran’s admitted reactor (55 miles away).

Steve Eggleston on April 9, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Jesse Ventura told me they did with HAARP. Jesse wouldn’t lie to me, would he? Especially not about them!

He’s going have to do something more dramatic than simply conducting “missile tests” over open water.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Nork TV has gotten a lot more militaristic over the last few weeks. It used to be soccer games in empty stadiums and film of Kim visiting industrial sites. It’s changed over and now there seem to be a lot more patriotic movies (Nork propaganda films) and a lot of video of military parades and Kim rabble rousing with the army. They look like they’re trying to generate a lot of nationalistic fervor. In preparation for what? I don’t know.

PetecminMd on April 9, 2013 at 9:03 AM

NoKo wants something and our prezzy and state dept have no clue what it is. That’s what is so dangerous about this situation. We lost one nutty dictator in Venezuela and gained another in NoKo. This is what we get for not finishing what we started in the ’50s.

Kissmygrits on April 9, 2013 at 9:03 AM

All your foreigners are belong to us…

workingclass artist on April 9, 2013 at 9:04 AM

2nd look at Ambassador Rodman?

hillsoftx on April 9, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Our entire Administration is run by incompetents, and now Kerry is going to Seoul to prove it.

Liam on April 9, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Here’s hoping that North Korea does indeed launch a missile tomorrow when Kerry is in Seoul. Be interesting to see just how the “smartest kids in the room” deal with real international diplomacy.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2013 at 9:07 AM

2nd look at Ambassador Rodman?

hillsoftx on April 9, 2013 at 9:07 AM

We don’t have a diplomatic post in Pyongyang. But I don’t think that should stop us from sending DR for another visit with his little friend. Like a play date for freaks.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Nork TV has gotten a lot more militaristic over the last few weeks. It used to be soccer games in empty stadiums and film of Kim visiting industrial sites. It’s changed over and now there seem to be a lot more patriotic movies (Nork propaganda films) and a lot of video of military parades and Kim rabble rousing with the army. They look like they’re trying to generate a lot of nationalistic fervor. In preparation for what? I don’t know.

PetecminMd on April 9, 2013 at 9:03 AM

That’s part of the reason why I don’t think lil Kim can simply say “nevermind” at this point. It would make him look like an Asian version of Urkel. He’s trying to whip up his people, he’s declared the armistice over, and even photo-shopped pictures of amphibious landings. Is this insane power projection or an attempt to shake down the US for more foreign aid?

I honestly think one of the many mistakes this administration has made vis-a-vis North Korea was last week when Chuck Hagel delayed a missle test in California so as not to escalate tensions with the lil dictator. That gives Kim Jong Un far more attention than he deserves.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Here’s hoping that North Korea does indeed launch a missile tomorrow when Kerry is in Seoul. Be interesting to see just how the “smartest kids in the room” deal with real international diplomacy.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2013 at 9:07 AM

I just hope they don’t let Kerry anywhere near a weapon like a hand grenade. He’s liable to hurt himself again.

Liam on April 9, 2013 at 9:21 AM

I just hope they don’t let Kerry anywhere near a weapon like a hand grenade. He’s liable to hurt himself again.

Liam on April 9, 2013 at 9:21 AM

You say that as if it would be a bad thing.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Believe the analysts at your own risk. Seems to me the analysts said the same thing about a rolly-polly tin pot dictator early in the 20th century. That didn’t work out so well.

chemman on April 9, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Believe the analysts at your own risk. Seems to me the analysts said the same thing about a rolly-polly tin pot dictator early in the 20th century. That didn’t work out so well.

chemman on April 9, 2013 at 9:24 AM

I don’t believe the analysts in this case because there is so little reliable intelligence. Satellite fly-overs and monitoring North Korean state media only provides so much data. And with the paucity of facts, we are to believe that analysts can get into the head of a 27-year-old dictator that just inherited the family franchise? That is a pretty tall order.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Well if 9/11 is any indicator what Kerry will do – he hid under his desk (literally)

PJ Emeritus on April 9, 2013 at 9:30 AM

I still say that the US ought to call Kim’s bluff and agree to one on one talks. The rhetoric keeps being ramped up because the North has backed itself into a corner, and they won’t duck out of it unless there’s a way they can do so while saving face. The US can offer that.

changer1701 on April 9, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Well if 9/11 is any indicator what Kerry will do – he hid under his desk (literally)

PJ Emeritus on April 9, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Oh! He was just looking for his medals.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2013 at 9:42 AM

I still say that the US ought to call Kim’s bluff and agree to one on one talks.

changer1701 on April 9, 2013 at 9:42 AM

That isn’t calling his bluff. That’s giving him credibility as a leader on a par with the President of the United States. Even though the office has been cheapened these last few years, lil Kim doesn’t deserve that kind of recognition. And it insults our ally South Korea.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2013 at 9:45 AM

That isn’t calling his bluff. That’s giving him credibility as a leader on a par with the President of the United States. Even though the office has been cheapened these last few years, lil Kim doesn’t deserve that kind of recognition. And it insults our ally South Korea.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2013 at 9:45 AM

No, it doesn’t make him on par with POTUS…I’m not suggesting Obama go talk to him directly. But, offering some high-level intermediary would allow them to save face and a way out of that corner they’re in. They don’t expect us to do that, so it would also throw them for a loop. The alternative is to continue to watch tensions escalate-possibly past the point of no return-and cross our fingers that China doesn’t decide to assist them in a conflict. And, pretty sure South Korea won’t have its feelings hurt by us trying to defuse the situation. That’s preferable to war.

changer1701 on April 9, 2013 at 10:04 AM

But, offering some high-level intermediary would allow them to save face and a way out of that corner they’re in.

changer1701 on April 9, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Sorry but I don’t see where it really is incumbent on the United States to make the first step in propping up a rogue dictatorship. When they stand down from the saber rattling then there may be room for talk. But you don’t stage these events in a way that it appears the only reason the United States is coming to the table is because we fear North Korea.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2013 at 10:10 AM

If Americans actually believe any of this, then as a person who is currently living in South Korea, I can happily say that they are all COMPLETE IDIOTS!

We Americans who live in Korea are NOT leaving, we haven’t been asked to leave, and it’s less likely Kim Gone Crazy ain’t gonna bomb us. It’s more likely they’ll bomb ED’s house rather than mine. That’s how silly this all is.

Cripes, can this website get a HOLD OF ITSELF PLEASE?!!?!?

UODuckMan on April 9, 2013 at 10:26 AM

It would be better if our admin opposed north korea on ideology grounds but Kerry and Obama believe more in communism then they do liberty. Hell if Kerry and Kim got together I wouldn’t be surprised if the two sides ended up as socialist brothers for the new world order.

unseen on April 9, 2013 at 10:29 AM

We Americans who live in Korea are NOT leaving, we haven’t been asked to leave, and it’s less likely Kim Gone Crazy ain’t gonna bomb us. It’s more likely they’ll bomb ED’s house rather than mine. That’s how silly this all is.

Cripes, can this website get a HOLD OF ITSELF PLEASE?!!?!?

UODuckMan on April 9, 2013 at 10:26 AM

hope you are right but the government would not ask you to leave even if war is ongoing. Governments lie Obama’s more than most. If you are waiting to leave until the government tells you too its too late. And I’m not just talkign about NK. If you waited to leave until the government told you in things like Katrina and Sandy it was too late. Government’s main function in this types of crisis is first caquse no panic. For some reason governments always think giving people the truth will cause a panic when its the exact opposite. they withhold the truth until the last possible moment and cause the panic they were trying to stop.

Chances are there will not be a nuke hitting SK. but if there were the government wouldn’t tell you until AFTER the bomb drops.

unseen on April 9, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Sorry but I don’t see where it really is incumbent on the United States to make the first step in propping up a rogue dictatorship. When they stand down from the saber rattling then there may be room for talk. But you don’t stage these events in a way that it appears the only reason the United States is coming to the table is because we fear North Korea.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2013 at 10:10 AM

It would be much better for the USA to ask China what it would take to stop their support for NK. I doubt it but maybe the chicoms will sell their communist brothers down the river.

other than that at some point in the future NK will start a war.

unseen on April 9, 2013 at 10:37 AM

I think it’s more I’m trying to tell the American people, my brethren back home, to stop panicking and let us who live over here take the reigns. We’ll be fighting alongside our South Korean brethren if we have to.

The media needs to do a favor and take a chill pill before we come back to America, go to MSNBC and CNN, and deck each anchor for being an idiot.

Except Jake Tapper. Who is not an idiot.

UODuckMan on April 9, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Kim boy is just waiting for someone to double-dog-dare and then look out. Atoms will be splitting!!

Deano1952 on April 9, 2013 at 10:49 AM

North Korea to ‘launch missile TOMORROW’ after warning foreigners to evacuate South

NORTH Korea has completed preparations for a mid-range missile launch tomorrow from its east coast, officials in Seoul have revealed – just hours after foreigners living in South Korea were warned to quit the country.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/390452/North-Korea-to-launch-missile-TOMORROW-after-warning-foreigners-to-evacuate-South??

unseen on April 9, 2013 at 10:50 AM

The worrying warning came as speculation heightened that North Korea is planning to pull its ambassador out of the UK after a shipping container was pictured outside the London embassy.

Boxes were seen being loaded onto a large lorry parked outside the pariah state’s embassy – an ordinary home in Ealing, west London.Seoul revealed today that foreign nationals in South Korea were told by the North to evacuate in case of a “merciless” war.

“We do not wish harm on foreigners in South Korea should there be a war,” said the KCNA news agency, citing its Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee.

“The situation on the Korean Peninsula is inching close to a thermo-nuclear war,” said the statement.

“Once a war is ignited on the peninsula, it will be an all-out war, a merciless, sacred, retaliatory war waged by the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea),” it went on to say.

The remarks come as the communist country has repeatedly said it will turn Seoul and Washington into a “sea of fire” and launch pre-emptive nuclear attacks against its enemies at any time.

South Korea’s defense ministry has stated that the launch could come at any point, even tomorrow, and that the South Korean military is on alert for any scenario.

South Korean forces have been on high alert for an imminent missile launch by the communist nation, which was seen moving two Musudan missiles to its east coast last week and mounting

unseen on April 9, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Close friend of mine who is Korean has friends and family who love on the South. He says most South Koreans are blowing this tiny tyrants threats off.

jawkneemusic on April 9, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Soaring tensions on the peninsula have been fuelled by North Korean anger over the imposition of U.N. sanctions after its last nuclear arms test in February, creating one of the worst crises since the end of the Korean War in 1953.

same source.

mayb ethe North Koreas/china believe the time is favorable to restart the great communist revolu!ion world wide.

unseen on April 9, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Close friend of mine who is Korean has friends and family who love on the South. He says most South Koreans are blowing this tiny tyrants threats off.

jawkneemusic on April 9, 2013 at 10:54 AM

I wouldn’t doubt it. But since no one is taking it serious I tend to get worried. It just sets up a perfect “surprise”. None thought NV could do a TET either.

unseen on April 9, 2013 at 10:58 AM

He says most South Koreans are blowing this tiny tyrants threats off.

jawkneemusic on April 9, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Would love to see Ed head over to Korea to conduct some interviews with locals. And Erika to China of course.

DarkCurrent on April 9, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Its ok, we can absorb another attack.

~bho

BobMbx on April 9, 2013 at 12:40 PM

BREAKING!

City Council in Austin, TX orders evacuation, cites imminent threat from North Korea; sends letter to the WH demanding the US surrender.

BobMbx on April 9, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Analysts see a direct attack on Seoul as extremely unlikely. The warning Tuesday from the North’s Korean Asia-Pacific Peace Committee is similar to past threats that analysts call an attempt to raise anxiety in foreign capitals.

A direct nuclear attack on Seoul is unlikely, since Seoul is only about 50 km from the closest North Korean border, and radioactive fallout could blow back over North Korea.

Similarly, an attack using ground troops is unlikely, since the South Korean capital is probably heavily defended after 60 years of enemy forces so close to the capital.

But Seoul is within range of North Korean artillery, which could inflict heavy civilian casualties in a surprise attack. This would probably provoke a retaliation by the South Korean military, most likely by bombing the artillery batteries from the air, but Krazy Kim could claim a “moral” victory from the civilian casualties.

The question is, what is the US under Obama and Kerry (???) doing about this more likely scenario? If they were smart, they would order constant surveillance of the DMZ by US jets armed with smart bombs flying just south of the DMZ, ready to blow to smithereens any Nork gunner who dares fire on Seoul, which might convince them to think twice about firing even if Krazy Kim gives the order.

But that presumes Obama and Kerry are smart. So much for moot hypotheticals…

Steve Z on April 9, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Question: If Romney had won, would North Korea be pulling the stuff they are pulling?

nazo311 on April 9, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Probably not. Romney said during a debate that he would show Putin “backbone”, not flexibility, and Putin is a more powerful adversary than Krazy Kim. Romney probably would have Krazy Kim in the fetal position by now.

Steve Z on April 9, 2013 at 1:32 PM

This tiny corpulent man, with weird hands, is allowed to breathe/speak because Obama is weak duck.

The USA s/b ashamed of what they’ve done to their land.

Imagine a president Reagan, just close your eyes and imagine.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Deterrent
Fry the little bastard. No one will really care.
Unite the peninsula into one Korea under the flag of South Korea.
Give the infrastructure reconstruction contracts to China.
China will kiss off Lil Kim, the Koreas will again be united.
The World will be at ease and no one will mess with us for a long time to come.

jpcpt03 on April 9, 2013 at 6:09 PM