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N. Korea: More Info on the N. Korean Explosion Site(is a major military supply node)
KBS1 Radio(AM) ^ | 04/23/04 | N/A

Posted on 04/22/2004 11:28:07 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

More Info on N. Korean Explosion Site(A recent defector's take)

KBS1 Radio around 1pm in S. Korean time interviewed a recent N. Korean defector(refugee) from Shinuiju, located 10 miles north of Ryongchon, where the massive blast was believed to have killed or wounded 3,000 people yesterday. He says:

(1) A lot of cargos are hauled in Ryongchon these days. Other established site like Yongju station does not have enough capacity to handle them all the time. Freight cars which cannot find their parking space are often parked in Ryongchon. Significant part of supplies destined for N. Korea from China went through Ryongchon station. Ryongchon station used to mostly handle agricultural products. However, lately, products from China, raw materials from Dukchon mines, and other industrial products are handled there. Its capacity grew steadily and it now rivals Yongju as a major transportation hub.

(2) There are military installations around Ryongchon. For example, N. Korean navy gets many of its supplies via Ryongchon station. Dasado Repair Center for tordedo boats and other naval bases are among them. There are also missile base(s) nearby.

(3) Trains arrive infrequently in N. Korea. As a result, around the train arrival/departure time, a large crowd is formed at the station to wait for trains. He suspects that a majority of casualties are from the train stration, not from neighboring apartment housing complex.

(4) Kim Jong-il reportedly passed the Ryongchon station some 9 hours earlier. However, this is a speculation based on the estimated speed of Kim's train. You won't be certain this is true, though.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 200404; china; crossborder; dandong; explosion; kimjongil; military; nknavy; nkorea; nktrainwreck; northkorea; ryongchon; torpedoes; trade
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(Note: You need to register in order to hear the radio program if you clicked the source link at the top. The interview with the defector(refugee) comes 29th minute into the program. He filled in many useful details about the train station in question.)

His comments gave some useful insights into reconstructing the possible situation at Ryongchon when the blast occurred.

After a long wait, a train with a number of ethnic Chinese or Koreans is bringing in goods from China. These are people engaged in cross-border trades. They made a tidy fortune in this niche market. There are many takers on N. Korean side and passengers, waiting for them at the crowded station, some for hours. Right next to the station, there are also housing areas made up of 5 storied apartments(according to another news report.) Then, a freight train filled with extremely flammable materials slammed into another train with similar cargos at the station, the ensuing explosion blowing up the entire station and its neighborhood. The sheer number of wounded Chinese citizens overwhelmed the N. Koreans, whose medical system has virtually collapsed in recent years. Since they were Chinese and mishandling them would provoke ire from China, which N. Korea cannot afford, they were sent to Chinese city of Dandong, across the border. This made it impossible to impose a total news blackout, even after cutting local phone lines to stem the spread of the news.

In my opinion, the city is now sealed, except that patients are sent to other locations for treatment. It is a standard operating procedure in N. Korea to flood such a potential trouble spot with a large number of soldiers and security agents, lest this disaster should touch off any civil unrest. Since military installations are said to be in the city, I guess that they only need to send in additional reinforcements. Any large-scale freak accident like this has a potential to snowball into a political catastrophe for N. Korean regime, the one in a slow terminal disintegration. They won't take any chances.

N. Korean train system is already battered enough. The destruction of a major transportation route and a station will make the shortage of goods and materials, which are already atrocious, much worse. Could it cripple the N. Korean economy?

Unresolved questions:

(1) Was it really a mere accident? Was Kim Jong-il physically affected by this in anyway? Considering the possibility that Kim Jong-il might have sent a decoy train first and come much later in another train, which is not unusual for a security-obsessed dictator like him , somebody might have gone after him, after finding out his real train schedule.

(2) Were those petroleum and LNG earmarked for the N. Korean military? I raise this question because the comments above mention Ryongchon as a key military supply node.

(3) If Kim Jong-il is alive and well, how would this accident will affect him psychologically? Would he turn more paranoid, hunker down and isolate his regime further whether this was an accident or an attempt on his life?

1 posted on 04/22/2004 11:28:08 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: AmericanInTokyo; OahuBreeze; yonif; risk
Ping!
2 posted on 04/22/2004 11:29:55 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster
bump
3 posted on 04/22/2004 11:31:12 PM PDT by yonif ("So perish all Thine enemies, O the Lord" - Judges 5:31)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Good post, Tiger. Thanks for the info
4 posted on 04/22/2004 11:31:17 PM PDT by bonfire
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To: belmont_mark; Coop; Travis McGee; archy; Squantos; Grampa Dave; Kaslin; JackelopeBreeder; ...
ping
5 posted on 04/22/2004 11:31:30 PM PDT by risk
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To: TigerLikesRooster
North Korea have an immigrant Muslim population?
6 posted on 04/22/2004 11:33:34 PM PDT by thoughtomator (Mahmoud Zahar, step right up! You're the next contestant on "Who wants to field test a Hellfire?")
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Henry Kissinger was on Greta's show tonight. H said that the trains don't go very fast in N. Korea. He seemed to be indicating that there may have been another cause for this explosion.
7 posted on 04/22/2004 11:33:49 PM PDT by FR_addict
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To: TigerLikesRooster; PhilDragoo; risk; AmericanInTokyo; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Travis McGee
Reminds one of the accidents in Syria before we changed the regime in Iraq.

The psycho dictator will become even more paranoid, reclusive and possibly dangerous.

He will have a long and severe attack of Bunker Fever. He probably will not come out of his bunker until the next groundhog day.

8 posted on 04/22/2004 11:42:06 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Question: "When does a Lying Lunatic Lib like Woodward or al Querry stop lying?!")
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To: TigerLikesRooster
I doubt Kim Jong ll could get any more paranoid .
The dude is a classic case history for DSM-IV !
He is probably the one perpetrating this rumor of an assasination attempt.
9 posted on 04/22/2004 11:45:05 PM PDT by Freesofar
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To: Grampa Dave
And the Axis of Evil thought it would intimidate us. For now, life is good here, but they're diving for caves and tunnels. On the flip side of this, if life becomes a terror here again like it was on 9/12/2001, we'll just bring them more pain. Much more. They really can't win unless we let them.
10 posted on 04/22/2004 11:45:09 PM PDT by risk (Evil triumphs when good men do nothing.)
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To: risk
They can't unless their buddy Kerry is elected president.

Our survival as a nation and as Americans depends on returning GW to 4 more years as president with as many R senators as we can elect and re elect.
11 posted on 04/22/2004 11:48:19 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Question: "When does a Lying Lunatic Lib like Woodward or al Querry stop lying?!")
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Yes it could possibly cripple the economy which is already feeling the impact of the slump in sales of renegade arms to Al Queda and Iraq.......(LOL ,sorry couldn't help myself)
12 posted on 04/22/2004 11:49:34 PM PDT by Freesofar
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To: Grampa Dave
I agree, Grampa Dave! By the way, my latest tool in the never ending arguments with the traitors out here in Kali who insist that we abolish the Electoral College (wouldn't want those crackers and hicks affecting the eleciton, you know), is this: http://www.multied.com/elections/elects/1960.gif
13 posted on 04/22/2004 11:50:51 PM PDT by risk (Islamists and Communists agree: Elect Kerry in 2004!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Have you seen any estimates of the power of this explosion? I wonder how it would compare to a MOAB, for example.
14 posted on 04/23/2004 12:02:58 AM PDT by Ken H
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Great post. Thanks. Timing is certainly suspicious. I'm thinking we'll see a lot more information seeping out in the next 72 hours.

15 posted on 04/23/2004 12:11:07 AM PDT by OahuBreeze
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To: Ken H
Re #14

No, not really. No outsider is allowed to take a close look at this time, as far as I know. However, we know that spooks are busy with analyzing data collected from various sensors deployed to watch N. Korea. They could provide some answers eventually.:)

16 posted on 04/23/2004 12:11:12 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster
(is a major military supply node)

Not any more after the reports of the size of that exlosion

17 posted on 04/23/2004 12:17:48 AM PDT by Mo1 (Make Michael Moore cry.... DONATE MONTHLY!!!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Satellites have definitely taken a look.
18 posted on 04/23/2004 12:19:16 AM PDT by DB ()
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Did you catch the pictures on a prior thread? http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1122937/posts (post #4)
19 posted on 04/23/2004 12:20:37 AM PDT by Ken H
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To: TigerLikesRooster
or could this be Kim's "Reichstag fire" ?
20 posted on 04/23/2004 12:23:35 AM PDT by isom35
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