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Hmmm: North Korea pulls missiles from launchers

posted at 5:41 pm on May 6, 2013 by

And apparently, back into storage:

Two North Korean Musudan missiles have been withdrawn from a launch site in the eastern part of the country and sent to a storage facility, a U.S. official confirmed Monday.

The United States had been worried about the prospects of the regime firing the missiles.

Has Pyongyang suddenly tired of its sabre-rattling game?  Perhaps.  They offered a list of demands to reopen the joint industrial facility at Kaesong, but Seoul called the conditions “incomprehensible“:

South Korea yesterday dismissed an “incomprehensible” list of North Korean demands for reviving suspended operations at a jointly-run industrial park.

The Kaesong Industrial Complex, opened north of the border in 2004 as a rare symbol of co-operation, has been shut indefinitely with the withdrawal of all North and South Korean workers amid soaring military tensions.

On Sunday, the North’s National Defence Commission led by leader Kim Jong-Un said re-starting the complex would require the South to cease all “hostile acts and military provocations.”

It cited preparations for a joint South Korea-US military drill scheduled for August, as well as activists and defectors who use balloons to send anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border.

“The North’s demand, as you probably know, is completely incomprehensible and unfair,” said Kim Hyung-Seok, spokesman for Seoul’s Unification Ministry which handles inter-Korean affairs.

“We urge the North again… to come forward for dialogue instead of making such unfair demands,” Kim told reporters.

Maybe the missile retreat was an attempt to offer a good-faith sign to get Seoul to engage. After all, the main benefit of Kaesong is the hard currency it generates for Pyongyang. We’ll see if the Kim regime has any other concessions to offer.

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L’il Kim screwed up. He thought he could panic Obama into action.

Instead, he panicked Obama into inaction.

NeighborhoodCatLady on May 6, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Well Heck, what are the Henny Penny’s gonna’ squawk over now?

cozmo on May 6, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Starve the savages! Yes, I know that the people already are, but, since they were prepared to die for the setting up of their misery, then can do so for the destruction thereof.

OldEnglish on May 6, 2013 at 6:00 PM

I blame the d*mn Syrians for hogging the World Stage!!

Oh,good news,that the NK’s have seen da light,
or sumpins!!

canopfor on May 6, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Well, they have an American hostage they can jerk us around with.

ThePrez on May 6, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Obama capitulated.

Skywise on May 6, 2013 at 6:26 PM

I wonder what Obama paid him off with?

portlandon on May 6, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Secret bribes from Obama.

Wethal on May 6, 2013 at 7:01 PM

They forgot to turn them off and the batteries died.

BobMbx on May 6, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Obama did not capitulate because he does not care if people die. He would love to have every conflict in the world come to a head. He has spent his entire presidency tearing scabs off of old wounds at home and supporting chaos abroad.

Grunt on May 6, 2013 at 9:15 PM

I bet the little chunky midget got some delicacies from the West.

Cindy Munford on May 6, 2013 at 9:30 PM

L’il Kim screwed up. He thought he could panic Obama into action.

Instead, he panicked Obama into inaction.

NeighborhoodCatLady on May 6, 2013 at 5:51 PM

As Grunt noted, Obama could care less if people die screaming. Kimbo correctly ID’d him as a weakling but missed that fact.

You see, when a gutless Affirmative Action promotee is truly panicked, the natural reaction is to do nothing for fear of massively screwing up and wait for someone else to act.

MelonCollie on May 6, 2013 at 9:51 PM

but Seoul called the conditions “incomprehensible“

Well duh, you have to translate them from Korean, first.

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PXCharon on May 6, 2013 at 10:50 PM

It must be those phenomenal negotiating skills of Ambassador to North Korea Dennis Rodman.

/S

viking01 on May 6, 2013 at 11:05 PM

L’il Kim screwed up. He thought he could panic Obama into action.

Instead, he panicked Obama into inaction.

NeighborhoodCatLady on May 6, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Mmmm. I think Obama’s normal state is inaction.

trigon on May 7, 2013 at 1:27 AM

Anyone seen Fatty Whitewalls lately?

crosspatch on May 7, 2013 at 6:21 AM

DPRK is in a real pickle right now.
Whether it was Obama or not, they got NOTHING for all their bluster.

NOTHING

In fact, with the industrial park shut down with little chance of reopening, they acyually LOST ground.

This will not play well. I expect to learn of a shake up in the near future.

Jabberwock on May 7, 2013 at 7:07 AM

It must be those phenomenal negotiating skills of Ambassador to North Korea Dennis Rodman.

/S

viking01 on May 6, 2013 at 11:05 PM

I don’t think you’re giving this administration enough credit. I’m betting Lil Kim is backing down because Obama threatened to send Rodman back to negotiate. /s

GWB on May 7, 2013 at 9:23 AM

DPRK is in a real pickle right now.
Whether it was Obama or not, they got NOTHING for all their bluster.
NOTHING

Jabberwock on May 7, 2013 at 7:07 AM

You honestly think that?

I’ll say it again. Obama capitulated and this was Kim’s way of showing approval with the agreement.

Skywise on May 7, 2013 at 10:15 AM

They forgot to turn them off and the batteries died.

BobMbx on May 6, 2013 at 7:45 PM

And they can’t afford more D-cell batteries.

Ward Cleaver on May 7, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Apparently, lil’Kim thinks Israel might be more then bluster.

trs on May 7, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Worried? I wasn’t. It they who need to worry. China is probably sleeping better. Time for the U.S. to grow a new backbone.

johnnyU on May 7, 2013 at 8:42 PM