Seoul, Washington “highly confident” of imminent North Korea missile test

posted at 8:01 am on April 10, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

As Kim Jong-un ramped up tensions and rhetoric over the last few weeks in an attempt to shake off crippling sanctions and establish his bona fides with North Korea’s military clique, observers wondered how the new hereditary dictator could back down without starting an actual war.  The answer may come soon from a missile pad.  Officials in the US and South Korea are “highly confident” that North Korea will test one or possibly two of its medium-range Musadan missiles — in the direction of Japan:

U.S. defense officials are “highly confident” that North Korea is planing the imminent launch of a medium-range missile, echoing warnings from South Korea that the probability of Pyongyang carrying out its threat is “very high”.

Pentagon officials believe the rogue Communist state is preparing to fire one, if not two, Musadan missiles from its east coast. …

“According to intelligence obtained by our side and the U.S., the possibility of a missile launch by North Korea is very high,” South Korea’s Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se told a parliamentary hearing in Seoul, according to Reuters.

Musudan missiles could be launched “at any time from now,” he said.

U.S. defense chiefs have echoed that belief, acknowledging that North Korea has placed a Musadan missile – which has a range of roughly 1,800 to 2,100 miles, with a minimum range of about 400 miles - on its east coast.

The US Navy can respond “immediately” to any missile launch, the Senate was informed this week.  The question will be whether we want to do so.  If Kim is simply providing a fireworks show as an endgame to his brinksmanship, it might be better to let it fly, as long as it won’t hit anything but water. On the other hand, a demonstration of our missile defense system might not be a bad idea either, if for no other reason than to remind Kim and his military leaders that they don’t hold as many cards in their hand as they think.

NBC also reports that China has taken another step to remind North Korea of the same thing:

Meanwhile, Chinese authorities in the northeastern city of Dandong told tour agencies to halt overland tourism into North Korea, local travel agents said Wednesday.

“All (tourist) travel to North Korea has been stopped from today, and I’ve no idea when it will restart,” a travel agent in Dandong told Reuters.

That won’t help Pyongyang with its hard-currency shortage.  It’s most likely a temporary stoppage until tensions ramp down, but the timing is rather interesting. The US has begun to press China more firmly about North Korea, and this may be a subtle signal to Pyongyang that Beijing’s patience is coming to an end.  Or, it may just be a sop to the US.

Meanwhile, the timing on this is also … interesting:

NongHyup Bank, the banking unit of South Korean financial holding company NongHyup Financial Group Inc., said Wednesday its online banking system was paralyzed for an unknown reason.

The bank said that an error occurred at 6:30 p.m. at its operating system located in Anseong, 77 kilometers from Seoul. It plans to resume Internet transactions after 7:10 p.m., and identify the cause of the system failure.

NBC’s Brian Williams announced the start of the waiting game last night:

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Update: Commenter Unseen has a link that suggests North Korea ordered the border with China closed to tourists and other visitors, rather than the other way around. If so, this could be a snub aimed at Beijing rather than originating from there. Pyongyang had better be careful, because China’s the only friend they have, and the only one they’re likely to ever have.


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All (tourist) travel to North Korea has been stopped from today

Wait…what?

Let’s see here, Disneyworld, Six Flags somewhere, Wisconsin Dells….no no no. Hey kids, we’re going to North Korea for winter vacation! YAY!

Bishop on April 10, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Just to show off, we should shoot it down.

Liam on April 10, 2013 at 8:08 AM

This is nothing but a sabre rattling game on the part of that little tubby dictator, designed to jangle nerves and make the little creep an even bigger pain in the rear than he has been of late!

Frankly, we should have reduced North Korea to a big smoky hole in the ground back in the 1950′s when we had the chance!

pilamaye on April 10, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Bishop on April 10, 2013 at 8:08 AM

The tourist thing was yet another reason the nonwar crowd had given in the past for why there is no way North korea is going to go to war.

A number of travel agencies in China have reported that tourist trips into North Korea have been suspended.

One travel agent in the north-eastern city of Dandong told Reuters news agency: “All [tourist] travel to North Korea has been stopped from today and I’ve no idea when it will restart.”

unseen on April 10, 2013 at 8:13 AM

In a rare showing of cooperation and understanding China has passed out boxes of popcorn to anyone downrange.

Limerick on April 10, 2013 at 8:14 AM

All (tourist) travel to North Korea has been stopped from today.

Guess that means the Travel Channel can kiss those plans for what was supposed to be the upcoming “Bizarre Foods: North Korea” episode bye bye, huh?

pilamaye on April 10, 2013 at 8:15 AM

I’m still thinking Ed isn’t taking this seriously from his posts. oh well maybe he is right and nothing will happen. Yet day after day the points people give for why NK won’t go to war are falling away. From closing the foactories, to stopping tourism, to telling embassies to get out of didge, to warning foreign nationals to leave the south.

well at least the South is taking it seriously:

South Korea has raised its alert level to “vital threat” amid indications the North is preparing for a missile test.

unseen on April 10, 2013 at 8:17 AM

All (tourist) travel to North Korea has been stopped from today

i can’t find who ordered this. Ed is implying it was China who stopped it but it could have been North Korea. Anyone see which country ordered tourism stopped?

unseen on April 10, 2013 at 8:19 AM

unseen on April 10, 2013 at 8:19 AM

BBB said the north…let me find link

Limerick on April 10, 2013 at 8:20 AM

unseen on April 10, 2013 at 8:13 AM

It just seems, well, crazy.

I mean it’s North Korea, you might as well take a shopping tour of Soweto or go on a swim vacation near saltwater crocodile nesting grounds.

Bishop on April 10, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Nope, you are right unseen, China. BBC

Limerick on April 10, 2013 at 8:21 AM

The border remains open to commercial traffic.

so neither side closed the border. wonder why they don’t want tourists.

unseen on April 10, 2013 at 8:22 AM

Just to show off, we should shoot it down.

Liam on April 10, 2013 at 8:08 AM

And then flatten the launch platform along with the surrounding area. Just to punctuate the point.

dogsoldier on April 10, 2013 at 8:22 AM

“All (tourist) travel to North Korea has been stopped from today, and I’ve no idea when it will restart,”

Oh brilliant, so what are honeymooning couples supposed to do now?

mudskipper on April 10, 2013 at 8:23 AM

unseen on April 10, 2013 at 8:17 AM

The Nork UK embassy packed up and left, in the last couple days. It was reported yesterday.

dogsoldier on April 10, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Nope, you are right unseen, China. BBC

Limerick on April 10, 2013 at 8:21 AM

just seems weird to close it off to toourism but not commerical traffic.

unseen on April 10, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Meanwhile, Chinese authorities in the northeastern city of Dandong told tour agencies to halt overland tourism into North Korea, local travel agents said Wednesday.

Man, can you imagine how bleak life in China must be if your idea of a vacation is to visit North Korea?

Cleombrotus on April 10, 2013 at 8:25 AM

If we do wind up in a shooting war with the Norks, I wonder how the MSM will react. Will they get all patriotic because Obama is in charge, praising him out the wazoo 24/7? Or will their comments and reports center around “Are Asians being discriminated against in America because of this new Republican war”?

Liam on April 10, 2013 at 8:25 AM

unseen on April 10, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Them generals need their bobbles for their brothels.

Limerick on April 10, 2013 at 8:27 AM

Guess that means the Travel Channel can kiss those plans for what was supposed to be the upcoming “Bizarre Foods: North Korea” episode bye bye, huh?

pilamaye on April 10, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Corn kernels salvaged from animal crap, sauteed in your own blood and garnished with human hair, that’s about what is left for the civilians to eat over there.

Bishop on April 10, 2013 at 8:27 AM

Frankly, we should have reduced North Korea to a big smoky hole in the ground back in the 1950′s when we had the chance!

pilamaye on April 10, 2013 at 8:12 AM

We didn’t do it back then because of the innocents that would have been collateral damage. The Norks were far better off then than they are now, and they had just come out of Imperial Japanese rule.

Boats48 on April 10, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Bishop on April 10, 2013 at 8:27 AM

Yeah, I’m afraid that when the story can finally be told it will be one of the Holocaust on steroids. Can’t imagine sixty some years of this not being one sick story.

Limerick on April 10, 2013 at 8:30 AM

North Korea closes China border to tourists

The biggest border crossing between North Korea and China has been closed to tourist groups, a Chinese official says, as nuclear tensions mounted, but business travel was allowed to continue.

“Travel agencies are not allowed to take tourist groups to go there, since the North Korean government is now asking foreign people to leave,” the official at the Dandong Border Office said.

“As far as I know, business people can enter and leave North Korea freely,” added the official, who declined to give his name, without making clear which country had ordered the move….
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/world/north-korea-closes-china-border-to-tourists-20130410-2hkpv.html#ixzz2Q3xfdNIt

….”It was absolutely North Korea’s [decision] because the travel bureau told us ‘North Korea is now no longer allowing tour groups to be taken in’,” the woman said.

If it was North Korea then that changes the entire post of ED. Far from it being a sop a subtle signal from China it is a major escalation.

unseen on April 10, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Them generals need their bobbles for their brothels.

Limerick on April 10, 2013 at 8:27 AM

true. hope the condoms get through.

unseen on April 10, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Man, can you imagine how bleak life in China must be if your idea of a vacation is to visit North Korea?

Cleombrotus on April 10, 2013 at 8:25 AM

What was the last time you took your kids to a zoo?

Archivarix on April 10, 2013 at 8:32 AM

yawwwwwwwn.

Send PSY up there to Pingpongyang. Once he gets Tubby to do it Gangnam Style all will be made well.

And where is SOS John Heinz Kerry on the talk shows discussing?

PappyD61 on April 10, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Frankly, we should have reduced North Korea to a big smoky hole in the ground back in the 1950′s when we had the chance!

pilamaye on April 10, 2013 at 8:12 AM

We didn’t do it back then because of the innocents that would have been collateral damage. The Norks were far better off then than they are now, and they had just come out of Imperial Japanese rule.

Boats48 on April 10, 2013 at 8:30 AM

I think it had more to do with Truman not wanting to use another nuke after Japan. McAuther wanted to use them on China.

unseen on April 10, 2013 at 8:35 AM

The NORKS are confused. “This always worked before!”

Now Kim will have to do something or the military will probably make him disappear. Something is going on internally in NK. That missile is probably a shell, more useless than a Hollywood prop, but still have to take it seriously.

Finish this dude and clean up Korea once and for all.

Jabez01 on April 10, 2013 at 8:36 AM

The bank said that an error occurred at 6:30 p.m. at its operating system located in Anseong, 77 kilometers from Seoul. It plans to resume Internet transactions after 7:10 p.m., and identify the cause of the system failure.

also not good. If North korea is carrying out cyberattacks on the banking system of the South it could easily be seen as an act of war.

unseen on April 10, 2013 at 8:37 AM

One missile launch then
Kim says to his people the US has surrendered and is sending bags of rice and video games to North Korea as tribute to Kim.

albill on April 10, 2013 at 8:37 AM

I may be a little dense this morning but I don’t see the connection where lil Kim shoots off a couple missiles and that somehow ends the brinksmanship and saber rattling.

It could, of course, but what about all the other stuff that has occurred over the last few weeks leads to the conclusion that this is the grand finale?

Happy Nomad on April 10, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Finish this dude and clean up Korea once and for all.

Jabez01 on April 10, 2013 at 8:36 AM

You do remember that Obama is in the whitehouse the nobel peace prize winner right? Ther eis no way Obama or the peaceniks in his admin will start a war that doesn’t further Islam. We should just be praying he has enough balls to fight back if attacked.

unseen on April 10, 2013 at 8:39 AM

It could, of course, but what about all the other stuff that has occurred over the last few weeks leads to the conclusion that this is the grand finale?

Happy Nomad on April 10, 2013 at 8:38 AM

It seems a little too little to me also. Not sure how Kim squares the circle. I guess it depends on what is on the missile.

unseen on April 10, 2013 at 8:40 AM

According to a CNN Poll, 4 in 10 Americans view North Korea as an imminent threat to the United States.

However, just as he proved during “Arab Spring”, Obama does not “walk softly and carry a big stick”.

This wuss of a president speaks loudly and carries autograph DVDs of his speeches as peace offerings.

God protect us.

kingsjester on April 10, 2013 at 8:47 AM

It seems a little too little to me also. Not sure how Kim squares the circle. I guess it depends on what is on the missile.

unseen on April 10, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Part of me thinks this started as shaking the money tree. Close the joint venture, cut off the hotline, put a couple missiles on full display; and somebody will offer up easing sanctions and/or foreign aid. But part of it too is that new hereditary dictators haven’t proven themselves to the military (i.e. the guys with the weapons necessary for repressing the people). And, of course, the people are still starving.

We’ve seen missile launches before. I don’t see another launch as enough drama unless they actually try to hit something- at which point things could get very tense very quickly because I think most “analysis” is still making the assumption that there is rational thought behind these actions.

Happy Nomad on April 10, 2013 at 8:48 AM

MeanWhile,back at the NK Rice Paddy Ranch:

Ex-North Korea spy says Kim Jong-Un struggling to control military

By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 7:15 EDT
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A former North Korean spy who bombed a South Korean airliner said Wednesday that the North’s leader Kim Jong-Un is struggling to control his military and using war talk to shore up support.

Kim Hyun-Hee, who said she was ordered by Jong-Un’s father Kim Jong-Il to bomb the airliner in 1987 killing 115 people, said she believes the son is still trying to establish himself following his father’s death in December 2011.

“Kim Jong-Un is too young and too inexperienced,” she told Australia’s ABC television in an exclusive interview from Seoul, where she lives at an undisclosed location surrounded by bodyguards.
(More…)
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http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/10/ex-north-korea-spy-says-kim-jong-un-struggling-to-control-military/

canopfor on April 10, 2013 at 8:54 AM

According to a CNN Poll, 4 in 10 Americans view North Korea as an imminent threat to the United States.

kingsjester on April 10, 2013 at 8:47 AM

With all due respect to you KJ, I don’t really care what CNN polling has to say. For one thing, how many out of 10 Americans could even find the Korean Peninsula on a map, let alone have enough knowledge of the situation to come to a legitimate conclusion about the imminency of a threat?

The administration has proven itself feckless when it comes to foreign policy. In the Middle East, they’ve picked winners and losers in the “Arab Spring” with absolutely no coherency or connection to American interests. They’ve pretty much ignored Asia. They’ve done nothing to further foreign trade other than to bitch about Japanese tariffs on American automobiles. And they have weakened many of our traditional ties and alliances.

I have no confidence that if things on the Korean Peninsula explode that the rat-eared devil is up for the task beyond, perhaps, having Psy to the White House for a concert or something.

Happy Nomad on April 10, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Just to show off, we should shoot it down.

Liam on April 10, 2013 at 8:08 AM

I think that’s the point of the test. If we shoot it down, they’ll use that to escalate the threats even more.

Not that I think we shouldn’t. We should probably take out all their launchers before they get a chance to test anything.

The Rogue Tomato on April 10, 2013 at 9:03 AM

We’ve seen missile launches before. I don’t see another launch as enough drama unless they actually try to hit something- at which point things could get very tense very quickly because I think most “analysis” is still making the assumption that there is rational thought behind these actions.

Happy Nomad on April 10, 2013 at 8:48 AM

agreed which is one reason I think China is pulling the strings. Kim doesn’t get enough for this stunt. It’s not in his best interest and the hype is causing him to go past the point of no return. To push this far this fast for nothing but some concessions and some money doens’t seem at all logical. No however if NK’s major/only ally told Kim they have their back. Then it begins to make more sense.

unseen on April 10, 2013 at 9:06 AM

canopfor on April 10, 2013 at 8:54 AM

the “spy” has been out of north korea since 1987. I doubt she has more insight into what’s really going on then the rest of us.

unseen on April 10, 2013 at 9:07 AM

I think that’s the point of the test. If we shoot it down, they’ll use that to escalate the threats even more.

Not that I think we shouldn’t. We should probably take out all their launchers before they get a chance to test anything.

The Rogue Tomato on April 10, 2013 at 9:03 AM

That might be a tad provocative. However, maybe it is time to use military force to scuttle the USS Pueblo (AGER-2).

Happy Nomad on April 10, 2013 at 9:08 AM

imminency of a threat?

The administration has proven itself feckless when it comes to foreign policy. In the Middle East, they’ve picked winners and losers in the “Arab Spring” with absolutely no coherency or connection to American interests.
.

Happy Nomad on April 10, 2013 at 8:56

no but they did pick winners and losers with perfect coherency to advance Islam rule.

unseen on April 10, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Weather conditions at Seoul, South Korea at 21:00 KST (Korean Standard Time) on the 10th April 2013 were as follows: Temperature cold 6°C (43°F) with a wind chill of Cold and a light breeze 11 kph (7 mph) from the west. Sunrise at 06:05 and Sunset at 19:03 KST (Korean Standard Time).

Well Mother Nature says it is flying weather.

Limerick on April 10, 2013 at 9:09 AM

That might be a tad provocative. However, maybe it is time to use military force to scuttle the USS Pueblo (AGER-2).

Happy Nomad on April 10, 2013 at 9:08 AM

yeap one of the black spots on the Navy’s record. to think the shipo is still commissioned and POW after all these years.

unseen on April 10, 2013 at 9:10 AM

“Kim Jong-Un is too young and too inexperienced,” she told Australia’s ABC television in an exclusive interview from Seoul, where she lives at an undisclosed location surrounded by bodyguards.

canopfor on April 10, 2013 at 8:54 AM

This is why we need some good old-fashioned HumInt. There is no way to know what is really going on from state-run media and overhead imagery.

Happy Nomad on April 10, 2013 at 9:11 AM

After all the blustering, it would be great if we said: “With all the NK threats, we will view at this time any launch of a missile as an attempted attack on the U.S. or it’s allies, and will respond with force and accept it as an act of war”.

right2bright on April 10, 2013 at 9:17 AM

There is no way to know what is really going on from state-run media and overhead imagery.

Happy Nomad on April 10, 2013 at 9:11 AM

very true. all of the comments and news reports (besides those pushing facts(which are few and far between)) are nothing more than hotair. We don’t know. I don’t think the governments of most countries know either with 100% certainity. It could be all Kim wanting some attention, it could be a power play by China using NK as a puppet. It could be a prelude to all out war as NK has reached the end of its rope and its either conquear or die. BUT I think those that laugh it off while they may turn out to be correct this time are playing with fire. The consequences of being wrong about something like that are too grave.

unseen on April 10, 2013 at 9:17 AM

After all the blustering, it would be great if we said: “With all the NK threats, we will view at this time any launch of a missile as an attempted attack on the U.S. or it’s allies, and will respond with force and accept it as an act of war”.

right2bright on April 10, 2013 at 9:17 AM

We should do that. NK has stated they will fight a nuclear war against us how can we NOT react as you say. it would be a grave direlection of duty from the CiC.

unseen on April 10, 2013 at 9:19 AM

The Norks (and the Chicoms) have always preferred and used the ankle biter attack be it the Pueblo, various RC aircraft, the S.Korean frigate, etc. so as to make their point without suffering any real reprisal due to our self imposed stupidity. I’ll bet the Chicoms would love to test their new carrier killer missile guidance capability…………

dmann on April 10, 2013 at 9:29 AM

If we had a real President, he’d get on all the networks for a statement from the Oval Office saying:

“Any missile launched from North Korea, or North Korean Naval forces, targeting the United States or our allies, will be assumed to be nuclear, and will be met with immediate and overwhelming nuclear retaliation. Pyongyang will be a smoking hole in the ground. You may now return to your regularly scheduled programming.”

Dexter_Alarius on April 10, 2013 at 9:31 AM

**Another Hit!!
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Yonhap News Agency Yonhap News Agency ‏@YonhapNews 1h

KBS Website goes offline for unknown reason http://bit.ly/ZgZ2wp
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2013/04/10 21:08 KST
KBS Website goes offline for unknown reason

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) — The Website of South Korea’s public broadcaster KBS suffered a series of malfunctions on Wednesday for an unidentified reason, officials said.

The broadcaster’s Website went off line from 8:00 p.m. to 8:18 p.m. for a third time on Wednesday, following two malfunctions reported earlier in the evening, according to company officials.

http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2013/04/10/0200000000AEN20130410012700320.HTML

canopfor on April 10, 2013 at 9:36 AM

All (tourist) travel to North Korea has been stopped from today

Beyonce and Jay-Z hardest hit

Roy Rogers on April 10, 2013 at 9:39 AM

canopfor on April 10, 2013 at 8:54 AM

the “spy” has been out of north korea since 1987. I doubt she has more insight into what’s really going on then the rest of us.

unseen on April 10, 2013 at 9:07 AM

unseen:Sorry for the late response,chasing after my grandson,
anywho,I thought it was a tad interesting,noting the
rumours about possible power-grabs!:)

canopfor on April 10, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Wait…what?

Let’s see here, Disneyworld, Six Flags somewhere, Wisconsin Dells….no no no. Hey kids, we’re going to North Korea for winter vacation! YAY!

Bishop on April 10, 2013 at 8:08 AM

If you wanted this to be more effective, you should have left out Wisconsin. I’d visit North Korea on vacation before I’d ever go to Wisconsin.

Red Cloud on April 10, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Happy Nomad on April 10, 2013 at 8:56

Read my blog today. I’m right there with you.

kingsjester on April 10, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Rooskies Weigh in:

North and South Korea tensions
North Korea threatens US with rocket strike

Russia agrees with US on North Korea but warns against military exercises in the region, foreign minister says – @Reuters

1 min ago by editor

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/north-and-south-korea-tensions

canopfor on April 10, 2013 at 9:50 AM

If the Norks fire a missile toward Japan, we should shoot it down, even if its trajectory looks like it will splash into the ocean. This would show Krazy Kim that we CAN shoot down his missiles to protect our allies, and that we’re not afraid of them, and he can’t get anything from us by nuclear blackmail.

Steve Z on April 10, 2013 at 9:56 AM

On the other hand, a demonstration of our missile defense system might not be a bad idea either, if for no other reason than to remind Kim and his military leaders that they don’t hold as many cards in their hand as they think.

yes, but if we miss…..the egg is going to be on our faces and we’ll be further reduced in the region.

ted c on April 10, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Obama has a bad habit of ordering a “Stand Down” at critical moments

Roy Rogers on April 10, 2013 at 10:22 AM

,I thought it was a tad interesting,noting the
rumours about possible power-grabs!:)

canopfor on April 10, 2013 at 9:40 AM

yeah its a possibility. Just was pointing out the source hasn’t been in NK for over 2 decades not sure how much insight the person has on the inner workings of the new leader.

unseen on April 10, 2013 at 10:41 AM

All (tourist) travel to North Korea has been stopped from today

Damn! I was so looking forward to taking pictures of a giant statue of Kim il Sung, I guess I’ll just have to go hiking along the Iran/Afghan border.

Wallythedog on April 10, 2013 at 10:42 AM

hell maybe Rodmann brought over a copy of Red DAwn and it gave Kim ideas .

unseen on April 10, 2013 at 10:43 AM

he can’t get anything from us by nuclear blackmail.

Steve Z on April 10, 2013 at 9:56 AM

He can always hire someone to backback one in over the southern border of the USA. with our insecure border it doesn’t take a missile anymore.

unseen on April 10, 2013 at 10:44 AM

He can always hire someone to backback one in over the southern border of the USA. with our insecure border it doesn’t take a missile anymore.

Much easier delivery system. Cheaper too. Just doesn’t inspire awe like an incoming nuclear missile would though.

hawkeye54 on April 10, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Some maniac is threatening war & shoots missiles towards our allies and or us, I would shoot down there missiles.

tommer74 on April 10, 2013 at 11:45 AM

that should be “their”

tommer74 on April 10, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Just doesn’t inspire awe like an incoming nuclear missile would though.

hawkeye54 on April 10, 2013 at 11:37 AM

true but the big mushroom cloud will inspire that awe for those of us you survive.

unseen on April 10, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Read my blog today. I’m right there with you.

kingsjester on April 10, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Great summary of Obama’s foreign policy (whatever it is).

AesopFan on April 10, 2013 at 1:24 PM

This is just a whole lotta nothing. The Obama administration meets secretly with the North Korean delegation a month ago and all of a sudden the little dictator (Kim Jong Un not Obama) starts saber rattling. It sounds like a plan was hatched that will in the end make Obama look good trying to be all foreign policyish and gives credibility to the little twerp in North Korea at the same time.

jaimo on April 10, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Man, can you imagine how bleak life in China must be if your idea of a vacation is to visit North Korea?

Cleombrotus on April 10, 2013 at 8:25 AM

With slightly more imagination you might get closer to the truth, namely that there are an awful lot of people in China who can easily afford to splash a bit of loose change to visit North Korea just to satisfy their curiosity or so that they can brag that they’ve been.

“Made in China”, made millions of Chinese people rich.

YiZhangZhe on April 10, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Man, can you imagine how bleak life in China must be if your idea of a vacation is to visit North Korea?

Cleombrotus on April 10, 2013 at 8:25 AM

See here.

DarkCurrent on April 10, 2013 at 9:07 PM

See here.

DarkCurrent on April 10, 2013 at 9:07 PM

..DC!…what do you shop for in North Korea?
(…the army hats?)

KOOLAID2 on April 10, 2013 at 9:57 PM