I don't think North Korea realizes it's powerless though. I think Il thinks he's a superpower on rate with the US, since he has nuclear
I think this is what the NKorea population
thinks, hopefully not the leader. But sometimes leader are buying into their own propaganda.
I don't know about a coup. I remember hearing on CNNInternational yesterday that the NKorean military removed people what wanted to start a
That is really possible. The people in NK are brainwashed, the only ones who DARE to ask question are those who are in contact with the exterior, for
example, the NK soldiers at the DMZ.
I wouldn't say being able to kill double digit millions of people *powerless* but hey thats me...
I'm talking in military terms. Meaning invading, taking ground, maintaining ground... But yeah, they are not powerless in the sense of killing
millions of civilians, otherwise NK would already be under NATO control.
Although i personally believe this whole scenario will die down within a week.
Likely outcome. But we'll probably see more... we'll probably have a few shootout, TOP..like in 99 and 2002. The difference is that now there's a
hawk in Seoul... and Kim Jong Il is probably near death.
What is situation with US satelites above North Korea - and other surveillance systems now?
To respond to your question, they've increased surveillance activities, meaning UAVs, stealth aircrafts, satellite... everything. But yeah, seeing
everything is impossible. All NK military airports are UNDERGROUND. They have hundreds of tunnels all around NK for troops.... so yeah basically it
would be hard to see... They MAYBE would be able to pull off a surprise attack, but to go where? Seoul? Seriously?
In the 50s war, the UN/NATO was losing until the NK-China had no more air coverage.... today, they have NONE. And even if they have, F-22 and F-15i
would kick their butts in a few hours.
An important article... new interesting info...
US, SKorea militaries gird for NKorean provocation
Seoul moved a 3,500-ton destroyer into waters near the Koreas' disputed western maritime border while smaller, high-speed vessels were keeping
guard at the front line, South Korean news reports said. Yonhap said the destroyer has artillery guns, anti-ship guided missiles, ship-to-air missiles
and torpedoes. Air force fighters are were on standby, the report said.
So a destroyer...
The defense ministry said the U.S. and South Korean militaries would increase surveillance activities.
There you go, more surveillance.
Pyongyang, meanwhile, positioned artillery guns along the west coast on its side of the border, the Yonhap news agency said. The Joint Chiefs
of Staffs in Seoul refused to confirm the reports.
They already have a bunch of them... 12.000... at this rate, it doesn't matter if they put a few hundreds more.
Seoul has said its military would "respond sternly" to any North Korean provocation, and that it would be able to contain the North with the
help of U.S. troops.
SK troops are under US command BTW.
South Korea's mass-circulation JoongAng Ilbo newspaper said more anti-air missiles and artillery were dispatched to military bases on islands near
the disputed western sea border with North Korea.
Which NK threatenned to invade.
A Russian Foreign Ministry official said Moscow did not want to see Pyongyang further isolated. Andrei Nesterenko said Russia opposed sanctions
but did not object to a U.N. resolution.
There's conflicting reports on Russia and sanctions. From Japan, we heard they push the sanctions, and from US sources that they did not...
China being 'very helpful' on North Korea: White House
We'll see what's done in the end...
Update: Likely BS...
U.S. orders Non-Essentials off SK Bases
[edit on 28-5-2009 by Vitchilo]