If this report is true, this is very bad news.
S. Korean businessman claims N. Korea developed small nuclear
A South Korean businessman claimed Monday that North Korea has succeeded in mounting a nuclear warhead on a missile that can reach the United
Kim Young-il, the head of a small South Korean firm that has business ties with North Korea, said he heard the information from a person familiar with
the North's missile development about a month ago.
And it seems the SKorean intelligence has either no idea... or don't want to create panic.
Steve Herman, VOA journalist
#ROK intel agency declines comment on claim #DPRK has achieved capability to place small nuke weapon on missile. #Korea
As for the ``first use`` policy from NKorea... Analysts say NKorea wouldn't use nukes first... they would only used them if invaded. As for targets,
NKorea would probably not nuke their ``brothers`` SKoreans, but they would certainly nuke Guam/Tokyo/Okinawa or a passing US battlegroup...
Also more threats from NKorea :
Fresh warnings today directed at #ROK from #DPRK military. KPA to cut N-S military communication along east coast & Mt Kumgang liaison
#DPRK Nat'l Defense Comm. threatens "physical action without any notice any time against any target" in wake of ROK "psychological
Threats aired today on #DPRK Central Broadcasting Station newscast from Pyongyang at 1700 KST.
And NKorea will not talk to the South anymore :
N. Korea says it will not engage with South Korea anymore
Add this to the fact that Little Kimmy just came back from China... and just after, he starts with the threats and the propaganda... me thinks China
has given him some military backing/assurances/hardware.
Little Kimmy wants nuclear talks and food aid. But the US won't agree to talks and SKorea will not agree to let the US/EU give food aid to NKorea
unless they improve their relation...
And NKorea needs that food for the ``great year 2012``... which is supposed to be a year of prosperity, it will be the 100th anniversary since the
birth of Kim Il Sung, the founder of NKorea.
So they wouldn't be making all those threats if they didn't have some additional backing from China... which Kim secured in his trip...
And also this...
NK Nears Completion of Naval Base Construction
North Korea is known to be completing the construction of a naval base near the tense Yellow Sea border.
A high-level South Korean government official said that a ground facility to store air-cushioned vessels was spotted at the naval base, which is being
built in Goampo, Hwanghae Province.
He added that the construction is in the stage of completion.
Of course would be used to invade the contested border islands.
And this China backing might be due to this :
Taiwan welcomes US Senate push for F-16 sale
This is a BIG no-no for China.
And add that Taiwan is gonna have new elections in January 2012 and if the ``anti-China`` party wins, China is not gonna take it passively. Back in
The Chinese military was prepared to go to war should the
Beijing-friendly candidate Ma Ying-jeou lose the 2008 president election, Tsai wrote, citing Taiwan and US intelligence.
Also a new leader in China in 2012, a more aggressive one will take power.
They are already pretty aggressive.
New clash in South China Sea
Vietnam has accused China of escalating the long-running dispute over control of the South China Sea after three Chinese patrol boats confronted
and damaged an oil exploration ship operated by PetroVietnam, the state-owned oil and gas company.
China sets up military cyber-warfare team: report
China's military has set up an elite Internet security task force tasked with fending off cyberattacks, state media reported Friday, denying that
the initiative is intended to create a "hacker army".
2 Chinese jets enter RP skies, ‘harass’ PAF aircraft in Spratlys
Two Chinese jet fighters were reportedly monitored recently along the vicinities of the Philippine-occupied Kalayaan Group of Islands (KGI) and
allegedly harassed two Philippine Air Force (PAF) aircraft that were conducting reconnaissance patrol on the disputed South China Sea.
New China missile unit near Taiwan: spy chief
Taiwan's top intelligence chief said China had deployed a new missile unit near the island, a lawmaker revealed Thursday, sparking concerns about
the fragility of ties with the mainland.
The whole thing is a powder keg... we'll see. The food aid decision (coming in late June) could spark things off if it's negative.
Hopefully, this is not May 1950.
edit on 30-5-2011 by Vitchilo because: (no reason given)