Video: North Korea shutting down Kaesong, moving missiles to two locations
posted at 9:56 am on April 6, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
So far, nothing seems to be deflecting Pyongyang from its march to … something. US intelligence confirmed that North Korea has moved missile components to two different locations in preparation for a launch, and now we may deploy drones to keep a closer eye on the DPRK’s movements. CBS News gives the latest update:
This report from the ground about the closure at Kaesong looks rather ominous as well:
At Kaesong, hundreds of South Korean managers have worked with thousands of North Korean workers to produce a variety of products for the past decade. There was a similar disruption in 2009 — also during U.S.-South Korean military exercises — but that was brief, and manufacturers fear this border shutdown could last longer.
The Unification Ministry said 92 South Koreans headed home Saturday. One manager interviewed as he left, Han Nam-il, said he saw North Korean security officials “fully armed” before he crossed the border.
Another man, Kim Jin-ho, said his factory had only enough raw materials to last for three or four days, as he spoke from the seat of his porter truck full of cardboard boxes.
North Korea is not forcing South Koreans to leave, so the companies are running out of raw material rather than managers. Sung Hyun-sang, head of an apparel manufacturer that employs 1,400 North Korean workers, said Friday that his factory will be “in real trouble” if supplies aren’t sent to his factory in Kaesong in a week or two.
As the worker in the video explains, they only have enough food for another two or three days, too. On the lighter side, diplomats around the world agree on the DPRK’s handling of their propaganda exercise:
On “CBS This Morning: Saturday,” former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Christopher Hill said the situation “bears close watching” but depicted North Korea’s actions as “buffoonery.”
Be sure to watch the BBC video at this link, too. The “bemusement” about warnings of dangers to diplomats is universal.