North Korea demands apology, threatens retaliation after Seoul demonstration

posted at 10:41 am on April 16, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Pyongyang threatened to retaliate without warning if South Korea didn’t offer an apology for a demonstration in Seoul that featured the burning effigies of Kim Jong-Un, his father, and his grandfather. The new demand comes during a sudden reduction in hostile rhetoric from the North, and even this reaction seems relatively muted after the wild threats from the Kim regime over the last few months, says CNN:

CBS and the AP also noted the “prickly” new threats over the demonstration:

In the North, Pyongyang quietly marked a second day of celebrations for its first leader’s birthday Tuesday and issued prickly new rhetoric threatening retaliation for what it sees as provocations by South Korea and the U.S., who have been watching closely for signs North Korea will go ahead with a suspected plan to test a medium-range missile.

State media said the Supreme Command of the Korean People’s Army issued an ultimatum demanding an apology from South Korea for “hostile acts” and threatening that unspecified retaliatory actions would happen at any time. …

The angry ultimatum, relayed through the Korean Central News Agency, was sparked by a protest of about 250 people in downtown Seoul, where effigies of Kim Il Sung and his son and successor, the late leader Kim Jong Il, were burned. One protester carried a placard saying “Kim Jong Un Out.” Such protests are not unusual in South Korea and this one was likely more of a pretext for the North to react to calls that it join in dialogue with its neighbors than an actual cause for retaliation.

The main anniversary celebrations have come and gone in the DPRK, and still … no missile launch. None appears forthcoming either, as Pyongyang hasn’t alerted the maritime authorities to a test as is customary to avoid unintended injury and damage. Most of us assumed that a missile test was Kim’s face-saving end game.  At least for the moment, though, it looks as though the crisis may fizzle rather than sizzle.

CNN’s Jim Clancy is also perplexed:

Perhaps the missiles Pyongyang planned to test aren’t up for the task?  I’d still expect to see some fireworks, though, because a total climbdown after all this nonsense will be difficult to explain for the ruling clique in the DPRK.


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North Korea needs to understand that we are feeling a little crabby today. Perhaps twenty or thirty precisely placed Tomahawks would best illustrate that point.

M240H on April 16, 2013 at 10:45 AM

What was it Mom used to say about bullies? Oh yeah, they can dish it out but they can’t take it.

Is it time for Kerry to promise one-on-one unconditional talks if they’ll stop saying mean things?

Drained Brain on April 16, 2013 at 10:45 AM

So it turns out that Baby Kim’s nuts aren’t that big after all.

Ward Cleaver on April 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM

a total climbdown after all this nonsense will be difficult to explain for the ruling clique in the DPRK.

Not really. The Norks can just lie to their own people and even make a video of Seoul in flames. The people are obligated to believe it. Or else.

The Rogue Tomato on April 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM

featured the burning effigies of Kim Jong-Un

Lil Kim (aka the Chosen one) is lucky the ROK’s have shown so much restraint thus far.

The only thing holding them back is they understand the costs they will have to incur to unify the peninsula…a couple trillion over a decade or so. Repair the damage in the South, rebuild the North, and have to find a way to feed the remainders of what was once a population of 24 million…albeit sharply reduced.

coldwarrior on April 16, 2013 at 10:49 AM

North Korea demands apology

0bama obliges in 3…. 2…. 1….

UltimateBob on April 16, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Eh, the Phat Chunk needs anything he can get his sausagy fingers around to make himself look like a world leader, so of course they will make a big deal out of a few effigys being burned.

Rivers of blood, fields of bones, yankee pig dogs all die! Yeah yeah, settle down, Blimpie.

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 10:50 AM

I’ve got your apology right here.

50sGuy on April 16, 2013 at 10:53 AM

I’d still expect to see some fireworks, though, because a total climbdown after all this nonsense will be difficult to explain for the ruling clique in the DPRK.

North Korea doesn’t have a free press. State media can produce propaganda showing a successful test and there’s no way to contradict that claim. Indoctrination is a powerful tool.

blammm on April 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM

I’d like to apologize to him. Personally. In spades.

HiJack on April 16, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Best just to ignore NoKo.

rbj on April 16, 2013 at 11:06 AM

“We’re sorry we were only able to get 250 people to participate.”

The Rogue Tomato on April 16, 2013 at 11:10 AM

North Korea needs to understand that we are feeling a little crabby today. Perhaps twenty or thirty precisely placed Tomahawks would best illustrate that point.

M240H on April 16, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Hey! No need to be greedy…I’m sure we can share a few more than that.

Not to mention, don’t we still have a few Iowa-Class Battleships sitting at berth with nothing to do?

Let’s remind the runt about how gun-crazy Americans really are…and the Navy can get in some extra range time to boot!

Win-Win!

BlaxPac on April 16, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Not really. The Norks Democrats can just lie to their own people voters and even make a video of Seoul in flames Paul Ryan pushing an old lady off a cliff. The people voters will are obligated to believe it. Or else.

The Rogue Tomato on April 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM

This tactic works even easier with Obama voters.

Alabama Infidel on April 16, 2013 at 11:12 AM

BlaxPac on April 16, 2013 at 11:11 AM

I would pay to watch that!

OldEnglish on April 16, 2013 at 11:13 AM

I expect John F’n Kerry will have to make further concessions to Red China to get North Korea to back down from their threats. Funny how that works.

slickwillie2001 on April 16, 2013 at 11:15 AM

It’s time for someone to turn the tables on NK and start threatening them. Unlike Iraq circa 2002, I think North Korea knows how precarious its position is and would quickly comply.

blink on April 16, 2013 at 11:08 AM

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I can’t get the notion out of my mind, that this is all an “orchestrated” distraction between Barack, and Kim.

listens2glenn on April 16, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Oh, those NorKs. They be crazy!

madmonkphotog on April 16, 2013 at 11:18 AM

I would pay to watch that!

OldEnglish on April 16, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Already paid for by your tax dollars for Defense.

Thank You US Navy!

BlaxPac on April 16, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Apparently people have the right to free speech in South Korea, and they aren’t crazy about Krazy Kim III. If the North Korean population had the right to free speech, their adulation of Krazy Kim might be rather muted.

So Krazy Kim is now telling free people in a foreign country, “Ruv me or I’ll kill you!”

I remember effigies of George W. Bush being burned in Tehran several years ago. What if GWB had had the same reaction as Krazy Kim?

Steve Z on April 16, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Perhaps the missiles Pyongyang planned to test aren’t up for the task?

I think that is a distinct possibility. And little chubs knows that a failure is likely. Heck, they’ve only had one that really worked. Having another one get 3/4ths of a mile downrange before it craps out would be, well, embarrassing.

iurockhead on April 16, 2013 at 11:26 AM

North Korea needs to understand that we are feeling a little crabby today. Perhaps twenty or thirty precisely placed Tomahawks would best illustrate that point.

M240H on April 16, 2013 at 10:45 AM

No… nK has to serve, THEN we volley…

Khun Joe on April 16, 2013 at 11:38 AM

North Korea doesn’t have a free press. State media can produce propaganda showing a successful test and there’s no way to contradict that claim. Indoctrination is a powerful tool.

blammm on April 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Odd how the US media/populace is starting to conform to that mold, isn’t it?

Midas on April 16, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Odd how the US media/populace is starting to conform to that mold, isn’t it?

Midas on April 16, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Starting? Have you watched MSNBC & CNN (with a barf bag I hope)in the last 20 years?

Or listen to NPR in the last 100?

:snort:

BlaxPac on April 16, 2013 at 11:49 AM

screw that lil midget and the horse he rode in on!

Katfish on April 16, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Starting? Have you watched MSNBC & CNN (with a barf bag I hope)in the last 20 years?

Or listen to NPR in the last 100?

:snort:

BlaxPac on April 16, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Honestly, probably less than a single cumulative hour with any of those. :)

Midas on April 16, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Can’t the Norks just make bigger and more effigies, burn them wiht fanfare, and we’d be done with the episode?

Sir Napsalot on April 16, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Will li’l Kim become unexpectedly ill after not delivering on his fiery rhetoric? …or does the DPRK military leadership believe in him as the supreme authority?

freedomfirst on April 16, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Send Michelle over to slap this child upside the head and end this tantrum before the belt comes out.

meci on April 16, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Oh yeah, keep pressing their buttons. DPRK needs to jump the shark such that they can get a royal beat down.

jake49 on April 16, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Hey, Yung ‘un. Saddam Hussein has your apology for you.
We’ll arrange a meeting.

Dexter_Alarius on April 16, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Screw North Korea . . . it’s time to take that little puke to the woodshed.

rplat on April 16, 2013 at 1:14 PM

I’m figuring the wee Kim is still trying it find his wang under his dog filled gunt.

RovesChins on April 16, 2013 at 1:37 PM

And here unseen had me nearly convinced WWIII was already starting.

Maybe tomorrow.

DarkCurrent on April 16, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Come on Kerry! Paddle your little Swift Boat over there, shoot yourself a few times, claim you defeated them and run for prez.

trl on April 17, 2013 at 12:46 PM