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Defense experts say North Korea's claims are purely bombastic and delusional

Kim Jung-Un, supreme ruler of North Korea (NK) and son of late dictator Kim Jong-Il, loves Dennis Rodman and American culture, but he hates the American government after they cut off his imports of luxury items due to his insistence on nuclear weapons development.  Now the dictator's bipolar attitude towards the U.S. has seemingly taken, with Mr. Jung-Un scrapping a six decades old armistice with America and South Korea (SK).

I. Kim Jung-Un: "We Should Mercilessly Strike the U.S. Mainland"

In an appearance on the state-controlled Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the young dictator is pictured leafing through documents surrounding by four military officials.  Behind him is a map of his plans to "attack" the U.S. with missile strikes.  The map indicates missile trajectories stretching from NK to the continental U.S.

The KCNA report describes recent stealth bomber tests over South Korea by the U.S. as "an ultimatum that they (the United States) will ignite a nuclear war at any cost on the Korean Peninsula."

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[Image Source: KCNA/Reuters (Top), bottom images modified by James Pearson of NK News]

The report continues, "If [South Korea and the U.S.] make a reckless provocation with huge strategic forces, (we) should mercilessly strike the U.S. mainland, their stronghold, their military bases in the operational theaters in the Pacific, including Hawaii and Guam, and those in South Korea."

II. Tensions Escalate

The threat is the latest in a series of jabs between the U.S. and the defiant Asian military dictatorship.  Following its decision to scrap the armistice, the U.S. conducted war games in SK.  NK responded by cutting a key phone line used as one of the only diplomatic channels between the North and the South.

In an apparent response to the line cutting, the U.S. proceeded with a test of B-2 Spirit stealth bombers over North Korea, which according to U.S. Forces Korea "demonstrates the United States' ability to conduct long-range, precision strikes quickly and at will."

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B-2 bombers fly over South Korea earlier this week. [Image Source: Sin Young-Keun/Yonhap]

Designed by Northrop Grumman Corp. (NOC), the B-2 is a fearsome weapon far beyond anything in North Korea's arsenal.  Its specialty is in standoff missiles (cruise or short-range ballistic) -- missiles that are launched at distance to avoid counterattacking fire.  The B-2 is the only known aircraft capable of engaging in standoff missile strikes while in stealth mode (most nations use ships for this purpose).  The bomber has a crew of two and carries up to eighty 500 lb (230 kg)-class JDAM GPS-guided bombs, or sixteen 2,400 lb (1,100 kg) B83 nuclear bombs.

Despite the back and forth Pentagon spokesman George Little called on NK to "dial the temperature down", accusing the nation of engaging in cycles of "provocative behavior".

He told CNN, "No one wants there to be war on the Korean Peninsula, let me make that very clear....  We have to deal with them. We have to be sober, calm, cool, collected about these periods. That's what we're doing right now.  And we are assuring our South Korean allies day to day that we stand with them in the face of these provocations."

China echoed the desire for peace, despite its growing frustration with its ally NK.  Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei told reporters that peace was a "joint responsibility, remarking, "We hope relevant parties can work together to turn around the tense situation in the region."

III. Despite Helping Hand From Iran, Danger Remains Low, Experts Say

After several failed tests, North Korea did succeed last year in launching a rudimentary ballistic missile into space.  The key appears to be support from Iran; sources say that shipments from Iran have been headed to NK and Reuters reported that Iranian observers were present at the December rocket launch.  Some reports indicate that North Korea may have paid Iran nearly $1.3B USD for its engineering expertise, allowing it to turn around its floundering missile program.

North Korea has also been successful in conducting small-scale nuclear bombs tests.  

According to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, NK's February's nuclear test measured "approximately several kilotons" while the first nuclear test in 2006 was under 1 kiloton and the second in 2009 was about 2-7 kilotons.  Those bombs would likely be capable of causing significant damage if they reached a populated area, but are smaller than the 16- and 21-kiloton explosives that the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki (respectively) at the close of WWII.

North Korea's nuclear weapons are about 1/2 to 1/3 the size of the nuclear bomb the U.S. used on Hiroshima in WW II [pictured].

Since WWII, there has been no nuclear act of war.

North Korea may have the ability, theoretically to strike at the U.S. mainland, at least before you consider interceptor capabilities.  However, defense experts say a successful strike on the U.S. by the hostile Asian nation is unlikely.  

ames Hardy, Asia-Pacific editor of IHS Jane's Defense Weekly told CNN in an interview, "Unless there has been a miraculous turnaround among North Korea's strategic forces, there is little to no chance that it could successfully land a missile on Guam, Hawaii or anywhere else outside the Korean Peninsula that U.S. forces may be stationed."

Accuracy would be a likely issue, should North Korea attempt such an act of war.

Thus far the hostilities have not resulted in any direct violence.  However, digitally the nations are already at war in cyberspace. North Korea has been engaged in a war of cyber-attacks in recent weeks with the U.S. and its ally South Korea.

Sources: KCNA, CNN

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RE: Seriously?
By Spuke on 3/29/2013 3:51:51 PM , Rating: 3
The price of ammo in the US (assuming you're talking about here) is due to the irrational fear of Obama taking our guns away. Nothing more, nothing less. NK is not a "scrappy lad", they're the guy with the short mans complex. And did you actually mention Syria and Cyprus as supporters of NK? Was that as serious comment? Syria couldn't beat Israel with two other countries to help them. And Cyprus? Is that a misspelling or something? China doesn't even like NK's rhetoric, they're sure as hell not going to back them in a conflict especially if they fire a missile at someone.

What's your point anyways? I already said we're not going to be the one's involved here. Bet you Japan, S. Korea or maybe even China shoots down anything they throw out and S. Korea does the invading with China either turning a blind eye or secretly supporting it.

RE: Seriously?
By Lord 666 on 3/29/2013 4:38:51 PM , Rating: 2
Ammo prices are supply and demand mixed with some profiteering. However, availability is a different issue because civilians who do hoard ammo, they do via wholesalers like, not retailers. Local shops supply chains have simply dried up. In my parts, few people get the call from the wife on the way home, "Honey, can you pick up some .45 or .223."

I live in NJ, your gun laws (California) are even more strict than ours. Or were... NY state has seven round limit now. Its not Obama or just one person attempting to mandate gun control laws. Its pockets of nanny state cheerleaders that are doing it (Cuomo, Feinstein, Biden, etc)... with thunderous applause.

Never mentioned Syria and Cyprus supporting NK, plus I spelled it correctly. Just examples of leadership and global leadership loosing the ability to negotiate or mitigate conflicts through established means. This also happened in the 1930s during a period of similar global economic situations. Look how that turned out. Iran has been helping out NK not to mention China playing both sides of the ball to its favor.

With respect to Bubba, war and conflict is profitable, extremely profitable actually. However, no one cares about the population, its the area's natural resources (fuel, water, drugs, etc) that are the focus.

I'm interested in anyone on DT to translate not whats on the paper map, but written on the big stationary map behind it.

RE: Seriously?
By Spuke on 3/29/2013 5:11:53 PM , Rating: 2
Its not Obama or just one person attempting to mandate gun control laws.
You're not reading a thing I've posted. Pull what you think I'm saying out of your brain and READ what I've actually said!

RE: Seriously?
By Bubbacub on 3/29/2013 6:02:23 PM , Rating: 3
certain wars can be profitable - namely small ones in poorish undeveloped countries with wealth wrapped up in raw unprocessed primary exports.

these wars have been going on since ww2 without anyone getting unduly worried.

the large uncontained global conflict which you referenced in your original post has no purpose these days as the wealth of a modern developed nation is in the hands and minds of its population - its difficult to invade such a country without destroying its wealth generating capacity - thus making such conflict pointless - this is one of the main reasons IMO why global conflict has been meaningfully off the agenda since the 70s.

RE: Seriously?
By mcnabney on 4/1/2013 12:32:00 PM , Rating: 2
The ammo shortage is deliberate hype. If the demand for ammunition had actually increased you might think that some bright person/company might build a factory and cash-in on the high ammo prices. That hasn't happened. It is just fear and stupidity. Eventually it will end and ammo prices will plummet. That is why nobody in the industry is trying to expand production. Hell, even Lake City has dropped their third shift. The industry is just laughing at the stupid rubes as they hoard ammo that they will never shoot. The real victims are the regular shooters that have cut back or even stopped shooting because the costs of gone up so much.

RE: Seriously?
By Reclaimer77 on 3/29/2013 5:12:36 PM , Rating: 2
Actually it's the Government that started the ammo shortages and price spikes. Since Obama's first term they've been buying up billions of rounds of ammunition.

RE: Seriously?
By Spuke on 3/29/2013 6:31:21 PM , Rating: 2

RE: Seriously?
By Lord 666 on 3/29/2013 6:49:47 PM , Rating: 1
Told you so spuke and thank you Reclaimer.

What mre are we preparing for dinner?

RE: Seriously?
By Spuke on 3/29/2013 6:57:30 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah but you know I don't believe anything anyone tells me. Rec had the good sense to put up some links. Although I'll have to verify that info too. No offense Rec. :)

RE: Seriously?
By ianweck on 3/29/2013 7:38:46 PM , Rating: 2
How have you not heard about this, by now?

RE: Seriously?
By Reclaimer77 on 3/29/2013 8:03:49 PM , Rating: 1
How have you not heard about this, by now?

Because aside from Fox News and some Internet sources, we pretty much have a Leftist State-ran media empire in America that absolutely refuses to call out Obama or even educate the public about what's going on.

RE: Seriously?
By Lord 666 on 3/29/2013 11:09:41 PM , Rating: 1

dhs rfp for 7000 units of select fire 5.56. They also picked up some colt 901 in 2010; a piece that can be switched between 5.56 and 7.62 with an upper change.

RE: Seriously?
By delphinus100 on 3/29/2013 11:37:44 PM , Rating: 1
"Because aside from Fox News and some Internet sources..."

And they, of course, are truly 'fair and balanced.'

Almost everyone's got an agenda. The enemy of your enemy is not necessarily your friend.

RE: Seriously?
By Reclaimer77 on 3/30/2013 7:55:35 AM , Rating: 2
Sometimes we don't need "fair and balanced". Sometimes the people of this country needs to be told "look this guy is doing some fucked up shit, let me break it down for you."

I think the people of this country should know our Government under Obama is engaging in the largest domestic buildup of the police state ever. Now they've made, in total secret, domestic drone strikes of US citizens legal. And you can call it whatever you want, but the simple fact is this would NEVER be brought up at MSNBC or the others.

So you would choose total ignorance over awareness, even if it might be presented with a slant? Do you not believe people are basically intelligent enough to form their own opinions if you've given them the basic information?

RE: Seriously?
By Reclaimer77 on 3/30/2013 8:05:16 AM , Rating: 2
You know it's funny but when Bush, or any Republican, is in office the man can't sneeze without it causing a major media controversy. Now that we have Obama, nope, nothing to see here folks move along!

And you want to talk about "fair and balanced"?

RE: Seriously?
By Lord 666 on 3/30/2013 9:21:43 AM , Rating: 1
The constant reporting on the DOMA case, social media campaigns to change pictures, and "skim milk marriages" are an intentional distraction for the masses as well.

This in addition to the timing of the sudden release of new Newtown and Loughner information, coincidentally after major legislation failed to pass. Its laughable that Mark "Michael Moore" Kelly staged purchasing purchasing an AR and then complain about how easy it was. Mark Kelly has compartmentalized clearance and no background check red flags!

RE: Seriously?
By Reclaimer77 on 3/30/2013 9:51:29 AM , Rating: 2
Its laughable that Mark "Michael Moore" Kelly staged purchasing purchasing an AR and then complain about how easy it was. Mark Kelly has compartmentalized clearance and no background check red flags!

And this is the biggest tool of the Leftist Liberal media, the half-truth. If you never mention this little tidbit, it changes the entire narrative of the story doesn't it?

Obama shamelessly exploiting the victims of Newtown on stage time and time again is sickening at this point. Background checks? Waiting periods? The Newtown shooter murdered his mother and used HER guns. None of those ideas would have helped. Hey Obama, explain to me how a Federal background check scheme would have prevented that shooting again.

RE: Seriously?
By Pavelyoung on 3/30/2013 5:53:35 PM , Rating: 2
Good luck getting a real response to that one

RE: Seriously?
By ianweck on 4/2/2013 1:44:38 PM , Rating: 2
I see a lot more balance on Fox than CNN, if you're talking about news casting. And yes I switch between liberal and conservative sources constantly.

RE: Seriously?
By Mint on 3/30/2013 4:32:16 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, that's actually suspicious.

I don't pay attention to Alex Jones because I'm not going to waste my time wading through a sewer of crap to find one gem now and then, but this conspiracy seems to have at least a bit of merit.

What on earth does the gov't need 1.6 billion rounds of ammo for? I'm not remotely close to buying the whack notion that it's going to war with the US populace, but more realistic possibilities - like handing them to rebels to overthrow a gov't they want ousted - don't exactly put my mind to rest...

RE: Seriously?
By Lord 666 on 3/31/2013 3:27:59 AM , Rating: 3
Two things to mention on the 1.6 billion;

1. It includes jhp and fmj .40 rounds. The US is the only nation to standard issue that pistol round; dhs, dea, FBI, etc. Its also the most popular state and local police pistol round. Yes, you can get a specific 100 yard carbine (storm) in .40, but its still a US sidearm load.

2. That order is in addition to the many other large orders. The one before it was for additional 5 million rounds of .40, but over fiver years. That's sounds normal at quick glance, but taken into context, stands out as well.

So in short, unless the dhs plans on hosting a ton of 50 state ipda and three gun competitions, its preparing for something else.

I lived through sandy and still see the effects months later. People waited on 2-3 hour gas lines (not me thanks to the diesel) and fighting for bread/water. The town we eventually found shelter in had a mandatory curfew which could be viewed as martial law because looting set in. Plain and simple, the local cops were too overwhelmed and state troopers spread too thin. Even months, state troopers patrol seaside, same town as the roller coaster in the water. My whole point of this thread is never underestimate your enemies while at the same time of keeping your eye out for subtle but domestic changes.

RE: Seriously?
By Lord 666 on 3/31/2013 3:30:33 AM , Rating: 2
Wish there was an edit button. Meant idpa and some other grammar stuff. Oh well.

RE: Seriously?
By Lord 666 on 3/31/2013 3:40:07 AM , Rating: 2
RE: Seriously?
By craniumbox on 4/2/2013 10:48:47 PM , Rating: 2
How about all those rich, fat Egyptian tycoons bring their money back in from Switzerland and maybe perhaps help the country out that made them so FAT!

Yet the poor average joe gets bent over again...

LoL their answer...
Raise the taxes

What a joke.

RE: Seriously?
By Reclaimer77 on 3/31/13, Rating: 0
RE: Seriously?
By Ramstark on 4/1/2013 1:51:27 PM , Rating: 2
Damn, I agree with you totally.

You see, it's always a matter of opinions, not just fanboy bias...

The links were interesting too. I hope the Mexican and US "not official" media channels will cover some of that...

RE: Seriously?
By Schrag4 on 4/1/2013 6:29:27 PM , Rating: 2
A major Mexican news outlet put out an hour-long story about this in the summer of 2012, IIRC. There's a version with english subtitles available somewhere. I don't have a link but if you can find it, I would recommend taking the time to watch. It's a bit sensational (like every media story) but you'll be exposed to lots of facts that our media is refusing to cover.

RE: Seriously?
By Schrag4 on 4/1/2013 6:22:52 PM , Rating: 1
Not sure why you got rated down. We all know you're pulling hard for the right, but what you said is proven fact. The point of the gun-walking plan was never about tracking them, it was always about swaying public opinion about gun sales in the US. Early on they tried to say that 90% of all guns found at Mexican crime scenes were from the US. As it turned out, what they really meant was that 90% of all guns with US serial numbers could be traced back to US sales - really shocking, right? The true total of guns from the US was something like 2%.

So they set out to make their 90% claim come true. They told dealers in border states to ignore regulations put in place to prevent straw purchases. ATF agents who questioned the tactic were told that they would stop these guns from making it to Mexico, but they had no intention of doing so. THE ONLY WAY THIS PLAN WOULD WORK WAS FOR INNOCENT MEXICAN CITIZENS TO DIE AT THE HANDS OF CRIMINALS WHO OBTAINED THESE GUNS! So, yeah, the Obama administration's plan was for Mexicans to die in the hopes that public opinion here would change. Pretty sick stuff.

RE: Seriously?
By Reclaimer77 on 4/1/2013 8:24:27 PM , Rating: 3
Not sure why you got rated down. We all know you're pulling hard for the right, but what you said is proven fact.


DT is full of Liberals, I knew the second I typed that it would get a -1, and I didn't care. Still don't.

I'm not pulling for the right, I'm just telling the truth.

THE ONLY WAY THIS PLAN WOULD WORK WAS FOR INNOCENT MEXICAN CITIZENS TO DIE AT THE HANDS OF CRIMINALS WHO OBTAINED THESE GUNS! So, yeah, the Obama administration's plan was for Mexicans to die in the hopes that public opinion here would change. Pretty sick stuff.

That's what gets me. They haven't even tried to cook up a plausible story about what the goal of Fast and Furious was, even though it would be a lie, it would still be something. Instead they literally set out to intentionally facilitate the murders of innocent Mexican citizens, with the belief they were above the law and beyond being questioned.

But this Administration is all about the manufactured crisis. Healthcare, Sequester, Budget, name it.

RE: Seriously?
By poi2 on 3/31/2013 12:49:00 PM , Rating: 2
*Conspiracy theory
bama gonna sell it to SK,
still wait for the NK to *poke SK
meanwhile Xi gonna sell stuff to NK,
then giants mediacorp will have their moment so nobody gets bored.
Win-win solution for everybody. Yay!

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