Mounting Tension: North and South Korea ‘on the brink of war’

North Korea Missile
August 2015SOUTH KOREA North and South Korea appeared on the verge of war on Friday night after Kim Jong-un issued an ultimatum to Seoul to halt anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts by Saturday afternoon or face military action. Pyongyang ordered its military to full combat readiness as Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, declared a “quasi-state of war” after an exchange of gunfire across the border on Thursday.
The North also issued a 48-hour ultimatum to Seoul, announcing that it would conduct “military operations to destroy” the loudspeakers being used to broadcast propaganda across the border into North Korea. Seoul has until 5pm on Saturday (10am GMT) to comply. Monitoring of the North’s weapons indicate that a mobile Scud-C launcher is on the move close to Wonsan, situated on the east coast and about 60 miles north of the Demilitarized Zone that separates the two countries. The missile has a range of more than 300 miles. The second missile identified by radar operated by South Korean and US forces is a Rodong. The weapon is operating in North Pyongan Province, on the north-west border with China and has an operational range of nearly 750 miles.

North Korean TV

“It seems [North Korea] is weighing the timing of firing the weapons as part of its strategic intention to increase military tension on the Korean peninsula to the highest level,” a government source told Yonhap news. South Korea has responded by putting its own forces on the highest level of alert. Park Gueh-hye, the South Korean president, has ordered the military to retaliate forcefully against any provocations from the North. “We can never tolerate any North Korean provocations that could endanger the safety of our soldiers and people,” said Mrs Park, who wore combat fatigues during an unannounced visit to the headquarters of the Third Army near Seoul.

While clashes and confrontations are a frequent occurrence on the border between the two nations, analysts suggest the situation is on this occasion more critical. “Nobody knows what will happen when the deadline expires, but I get the feeling that this situation is more grave than previously,” Rah Jong-yil, a former head of South Korean intelligence, told The Telegraph. “There is a joint US-South Korean military exercise going on at the moment and, from my own experience, North Korea used to adopt a defensive posture on these occasions,” he said. “But now they are on the offensive, and that is disturbing to me. “There are countless ways in which the North can militarily provoke the South and the US, while we have no choice but to remain on the defensive. “North Korea can choose the time, the place and the method by which they can provoke us, and all we can do is to remain watchful.” –Telegraph

N Korea submarines

SEOULAug. 23, 2015 More than 50 North Korean submarines are apparently away from their bases for operations, a sign that the North is gearing up for combat while participating in high-level talks aimed at easing tension, an official here said Sunday. “Seventy percent of North Korea’s submarines left their bases, and their locations are not confirmed,” the South Korean military official told reporters. RT News also reports North Korea has doubled its artillery deployment in anticipation of a possible confrontation with South Korea.
The North is known to have around 70 submarines. The unpredictable communist nation has also doubled the number of its artillery troops on the border, with the command to be combat ready, according to the official. Top government officials from the two Koreas were supposed to resume their talks at the truce village of Panmunjom at 3 p.m. Sunday. It has not been confirmed yet whether they began the meeting as scheduled. –Yonhap News
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4 Responses to Mounting Tension: North and South Korea ‘on the brink of war’

  1. Yellow Bird says:

    8/24 12:45am Japan time: Many explosions this morning at US Military General Depot Sagami in #Sagamihara, #Kanagawa prefecture, Tokyo outskirts.
    This Japanese news service article also has a video of a few of the blasts
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20150824/k10010200001000.html
    there are a couple better, longer videos on YouTube.
    Rumors on Twitter @ShingetsuNews include:
    “…Initial explanation seems to be an accidental fire somehow broke out at storehouse that apparently had some explosive materials…”
    “…The explosive material inside the Sagami General Depot warehouse may have been oxide cylinders, though details remain to be filled in….” (oxygen? or oxide of what?)
    “…5 hours ago
    “… It appears US military called Japanese firefighters to scene of explosion, but then put restrictions on them; water not used to douse fire….”
    “…Local Japanese residents report Sagami General Depot explosions started at around 12:45 am and continued for about 10 minutes.”
    https://t.co/bcV9ZTqhAj

    thats all the info i can find. adding it to the rest of the explosions this month in China feels pretty unsettling:
    8/24 Sagami General Depot US Military, Kanagawa, near Tokyo Japan
    8/22 Runxing Chemical Co, Huantai Zebo (Zibo), Shandong China
    8/13 (unidentified) Steel Factory, Anshan, Lioning China
    8/12 RuiHai Logistics Chemical Storage & Shipping Firm, TianJin, near Beijing China
    7/16 (unnamed) Petrochemical Plant, Rizhao, Shandong China
    6/18 PLA Troops deployed to NK border crossing, permanent replacement of previous border guard.

    note brief period & geographic juxtaposition

  2. Dennis E. says:

    For over 15 years I’ve been reading that a hair raising event involving this country that could bring
    the nations to WWIII. as a matter of fact, this it has been reported that this country has enabled
    The Iranians in their program.

  3. Dennis E. says:

    One more time.
    Reports of 70 North Korean Submarines have left their port. Didn’t know they had that many!
    So you say, look at their fleet? So I say, it only takes one with an WMD to do major damage.

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