Hmmm: North Korea pulls missiles from launchers
posted at 5:41 pm on May 6, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
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Two North Korean Musudan missiles have been withdrawn from a launch site in the eastern part of the country and sent to a storage facility, a U.S. official confirmed Monday.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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