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Two more Scud missile launchers moved to N. Korea's east coast: source
Yonhap ^ | April 21, 2013 | Kim Eun-jung

Posted on 04/20/2013 5:56:48 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar

SEOUL, April 21 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has recently moved two additional missile launchers believed to be for Scud missiles to its east coast, a military source familiar with the matter said Sunday, in yet another sign of preparations for a missile launch at a volatile time on the Korean Peninsula.

According to intelligence authorities, the North in early April moved two mid-range Musudan missiles to Wonsan, and placed seven mobile missile transporter-erector-launchers (TEL) in Wonsan and South Hamgyeong Province at its eastern coast.

Coupled with warning diplomats in Pyongyang to leave in case of war, the missiles fueled speculation of a possible launch before the April 15 celebrations of the 101st anniversary of the birth of late founder Kim Il-sung. But Seoul's defense ministry said the North Korean armed forces have not made any uncommon movements as of late.

However, satellite imagery released after April 16 showed that two additional TELs for shorter-range Scud missiles were moved to South Hamgyeong Province, a military source said, asking for anonymity citing confidential information, fueling questions over the North's true intention.

"The military is closely watching the North's latest preparations for a missile launch," the source said.

As Pyongyang celebrated the birthday of the current ruler Kim Jong-un's grandfather only with cultural events, military officials in Seoul believe the belligerent country could stage a show of force, such as a missile launch or a military parade, during the anniversary of the birth of the Korean People's Army, which falls on April 25.

On Thursday, Chief of National Security Kim Jang-soo told lawmakers that North Korea has shown no signs of preparing or is not even capable of conducting a full-scale war on the Korean Peninsula. But he said the communist nation can still carry out localized provocations at any time, including launches of shorter-range missiles, such as Scuds with a range of 300-500 km or KN-02s with a range of 120-160 km.

Seoul's Defense Ministry has reiterated Kim's remarks that the North is ready to fire at least one missile at any time and that the South is prepared to deal with any contingency.

Military officials still remain on high alert as the North Korean military's March 26 order that put the strategic rocket forces and artillery units on the highest level of combat readiness posture has yet to be lifted, another source said.

"As long as this order remains in place, there are possibilities that the North could fire off a missile," the source spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The North's latest move comes after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made a conditional overture in his April 12 visit to Seoul as part of his Asian trip in which he said Washington will not talk with Pyongyang unless it takes tangible steps to eventually abandon its nuclear weapons program.

U.S. President Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast Tuesday that his government will not "reward" the kind of provocative behavior exhibited by the inexperience North Korean leader, and he did not believe that the communist nation has the ability to miniaturize a nuclear weapon to fit atop a missile.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: bhoasia; missiles; nkorea; northkorea; scuds

1 posted on 04/20/2013 5:56:48 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

Oh no. The terrorist distraction is over.


2 posted on 04/20/2013 5:58:53 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - Shall not be questioned)
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To: ConservativeInPA

Scuds? We all know how well they work!
Is Kim using the Saddam Husein Manual of how to create and win a war?


3 posted on 04/20/2013 6:02:55 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: Jet Jaguar

Scud’s?

Ancient technology.


4 posted on 04/20/2013 6:03:03 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Jet Jaguar
He has not ordered a NEO alert. When, not if but when. If a US military Noncombatant Evacuation Order has not been issued and completed in time resulting the deaths of wives and children; Obama and his whole crew will be headed to, at a minimum prison.
5 posted on 04/20/2013 6:05:21 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Conserev1

I’m waiting for Baghdad Bob to show up.


6 posted on 04/20/2013 6:05:36 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - Shall not be questioned)
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To: Jet Jaguar

If any of them leave the ground...regardless of their intended (or unintended) destination we should shoot them down.Just to give our Navy/Air Force guys a few chuckles.


7 posted on 04/20/2013 6:06:25 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Kim Jung Un: Hey look at me, over here..the little midget..yeah me..I got nukes over here


8 posted on 04/20/2013 6:08:39 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: SandRat
Obama and his whole crew will be headed to, at a minimum prison.

You mean just like he was headed for involuntary retirement after Benghazi? A few dead kiddies? "What difference does it make?"

9 posted on 04/20/2013 6:08:45 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: ConservativeInPA

He is alive and well in the white hut


10 posted on 04/20/2013 6:11:41 PM PDT by easternsky
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To: Jet Jaguar

Scuds are explosive. They can level a house.


11 posted on 04/20/2013 6:12:40 PM PDT by lurk
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To: Gay State Conservative
You'll have P.O.’d soldiers, airmen, marines, & sailors, all armed, who know the correct order that things are supposed to occur, and headed for DC.
12 posted on 04/20/2013 6:14:51 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: ConservativeInPA

Well J Effin Kerry is just waitin for his ticket and he will suffice!
We didn’t know but Kerry was the 53rd card in the deck!


13 posted on 04/20/2013 6:15:19 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: Jet Jaguar

Who is Kim Jong-un? Oh yeah I remember. He was important before other things became more important.


14 posted on 04/20/2013 6:18:55 PM PDT by Starstruck (Don't rest. We came close to the 2nd Amendment being field tested.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Obamafail, Clintonfail, Carterfail.

Thanks Jet Jaguar.


15 posted on 04/20/2013 6:24:24 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Meanwhile we’ve got people freaking out when McDonalds runs out of McNuggets. Leave us alone, Kim, you’re distracting us from important stuff!


16 posted on 04/20/2013 6:28:53 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: SandRat

The Won is untouchable. You thinking is wishful.


17 posted on 04/20/2013 6:55:54 PM PDT by stboz
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To: Jet Jaguar
if he was smart Kid Korea shoulda launched while the US was on a terrorist hunt and really stressed the system/tested it's limits but i think he didn't cause he want's the spotlight all to himself when they do launch...
18 posted on 04/20/2013 7:02:12 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Jet Jaguar
If these missiles are fired and we do not shoot them down America is finished as a super power.
19 posted on 04/20/2013 7:02:57 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: Gay State Conservative
If any of them leave the ground...regardless of their intended (or unintended) destination we should shoot them down.

I'd shoot them down, but refuse to acknowledge that the Norks even fired a rocket.

20 posted on 04/20/2013 7:17:11 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: SandRat

When did South Korea become an accompanied tour?


21 posted on 04/20/2013 8:21:14 PM PDT by miele man
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To: miele man

It has been since the 70s.


22 posted on 04/20/2013 8:30:20 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SandRat

Thanks. I didn’t know it had changed.


23 posted on 04/20/2013 8:47:34 PM PDT by miele man
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To: SandRat

Yea right. He’s Teflon man.


24 posted on 04/21/2013 3:50:21 AM PDT by Old Yeller
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To: Caipirabob
distracting us from important stuff!

Correct you are.

I read here that some TV show I'd never watched was in serious trouble with ratings.

Something called 'American Idle' I believe.

25 posted on 04/21/2013 4:19:36 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Don't assume Shahanshah Obama will allow another election.)
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To: Logical me
America is finished as a super power and as a nation.


26 posted on 04/21/2013 4:25:18 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Don't assume Shahanshah Obama will allow another election.)
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