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so there is some conformation on your story...at least it seems to be a south korean instead of north Korean infiltrator so at least this incident is not likely to lead to war
A corporal in South Korea's marine corps has killed four fellow marines and injured another in a shooting rampage at an island base near the country's border with North Korea, according to a military spokesman. The corporal, identified by his surname Kim, opened fire in the barracks on Monday morning, killing three fellow marines at the scene, Colonel Kim Tae-eun, the marine corps spokesman, told Al Jazeera. The fourth marine died while being transported via helicopter to a military hospital in Gimpo, a suburb located west of Seoul, the capital, the spokesman said. The corporal, was taken into custody on Ganghwa island, located 70km west of Seoul, near the border and is currently being treated for injuries obtained from hurling a hand grenade in an attempted suicide, Kim said. He said an investigation team has been launched to probe the corporal's motive for the killing spree. Monday's shooting is the worst to happen in South Korean military since 2005, when a soldier killed eight colleagues and wounded several others after tossing a hand grenade and opening fire at a front-line army unit.
Discipline questions The soldier later explained his motive as rage against superiors who verbally assaulted him. The 2005 incident raised questions about the level of discipline in South Korea's 650,000-strong military. Two-year military service is mandatory for all able-bodied South Korean men, under a conscription system aimed at deterring aggression from North Korea.
while i don't agree that missile defense is an aggressive act i can at least understand why they don't want us to be able to stop their ballistic missiles
China has criticized a US plan to strengthen its missile defenses in response to North Korea's growing military capabilities. The move would "intensify antagonism", a Foreign Ministry spokesman said, urging the US to "act prudently".
so we will have to wait to see if this can be confirmed but if true it does not bode well for the situation
apan has seized aluminium alloy rods which can be used to make nuclear centrifuges from a Singapore-flagged ship which was carrying cargo from North Korea, a government spokesman said Monday. The five rods were discovered on the ship during its call at Tokyo port last August and were confirmed to be aluminium alloy through tests conducted over the past six months, said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga. “The aluminium alloy is extremely strong and can be used in centrifuges, that are products related to nuclear development,” Suga told a regular news briefing. The rods had been stored at a private warehouse and the Japanese government ordered the firm Monday to hand them over.
so this seems to be a show of force to intimidate NK
WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States is flying nuclear-capable B-52 bombers on training missions over South Korea to highlight Washington's commitment to defend an ally amid rising tensions with North Korea, Pentagon officials said Monday. Pentagon press secretary George Little said one B-52 flew over South Korea on March 8, and the deputy defense secretary, Ashton Carter, said during a visit to Seoul that another bomber mission is scheduled for Tuesday. B-52 bombers are capable of launching nuclear-armed cruise missiles, but Little said those participating in the Korean exercise are not armed with nuclear weapons.
SEOUL, South Korea -- A senior U.S. military official visiting Seoul is sending a message to both Koreas: warning Pyongyang over recent threats and reassuring South Korea that military backing won't be hurt by a U.S. budget debate. Read more here: www.fresnobee.com...=cpy
so if stuff pops off i would assume that b-52s,b-1b's and f-22's(if combat ready) will be the first respondents to north Korean aggression and i would not want to be on the receiving end of a payload of conventional let alone nuclear bombs out of those big beasts.add to that that i think only the Vietnamese have shot the b52 down in combat makes it a pretty intimidating platform to bring ordinance on to the target and also of note they are the only bomber of its kind since korea to score air to air kills either with missiles or in one case a tail gunner shooting down a mig 29
The ability to carry up to 20 AGM-69 SRAM nuclear missiles was added to G and H models, starting in 1971. To further improve the B-52's offensive ability, Air Launched Cruise Missiles (ALCMs) were fitted. After testing of both the Air Force-backed Boeing AGM-86 and the Navy-backed General Dynamics AGM-109 Tomahawk, the AGM-86B was selected for operation by the B-52 (and ultimately by the B-1 Lancer). A total of 194 B-52Gs and Hs were modified to carry AGM-86s, carrying 12 missiles on underwing pylons, with 82 B-52Hs further modified to carry another eight missiles on a rotary launcher fitted in the aircraft's bomb-bay. To conform with the requirements of the SALT II Treaty for cruise missile capable aircraft to be readily identified by reconnaissance satellites, the cruise missile armed B-52Gs were modified with a distinctive wing root fairing. As all B-52Hs were assumed to be modified, no visual modification of these aircraft was required. In 1990, the stealthy AGM-129 ACM cruise missile entered service; although intended to replace the AGM-86, a high cost and the Cold War's end led to only 450 being produced; unlike the AGM-86, no conventional (non-nuclear) version was built.
they may have gotten some new toys from china but as America has not lost air superiority since ww2(but the Vietnamese gave us the most resistance and are as far as i know the only country to shoot down a b52 in combat) in any war its fought in since then i have faith in our armed forces
The main weakness of the North's military is a chronic shortage of computers, modern command and control and electronic warfare assets -- in other words, much of what makes up the 21st-century battlefield. At the same time, South Korea has used its economic strength to modernize its armed forces: for example, building three $1 billion Aegis-class destroyers to counter ballistic missiles. The same applies in the air. North Korea's air force largely comprises aging Soviet MiG fighters (though it has some MiG 29s) that would be unable to compete with South Korean F-15 jets or the F-16 fighters of the U.S. 7th Air Force, based in South Korea. In addition, the North's air force has suffered fuel shortages, and Jane's estimated that the North's fighter pilots may get as little as 25 flying hours per year. The North Koreans also have a large fleet of Russian-design biplanes that would be better suited to crop-spraying but could be used to drop special forces behind enemy lines in the event of conflict. To compensate for obsolescence, the North deploys boots on the ground in great numbers. Jane's estimates that its standing army numbers just over 1 million personnel, with reserves estimated at more than 7 million. But North Korean soldiers are poorly fed, according to analysts and reports from defectors, and rarely train due to scarcity of fuel and ammunition
it seems as if a B52 could have 24 cruse missiles just a thought not proven, yet need time to find it. must be tired it is the B1B that can carry 24 cruse missiles www.globalsecurity.org...
Length 6.32 m (20 ft 9 in)
Wingspan 3.66 m (12 ft)
Diameter 62 cm (24.5 in)
Weight 1450 kg (3200 lb)
AGM-86C Block I: 1950 kg (4300 lb)
Speed 800 km/h (500 mph)
Range 2400 km (1500 miles)
AGM-86C Block I: 1200 km (750 miles)
Propulsion Williams F107-WR-101 turbofan; 2.7 kN (600 lb)
Warhead W-80-1 thermonuclear (5-150 kT)
AGM-86C Block I: 1450 kg (3000 lb) HE blast-fragmentation
AGM-86D: 540 kg (1200 lb) hard-target penetrator
from my wiki on the earlier post depending on type they can carry about 20 which is still nothing to laugh at so with just 5 b52's we could launch 100 cruise missiles with either conventional or nuclear warheads.....thats just 5 of our something like 95ish b52s we have not to mention what the b1b can do
AGM-86B/C/D missiles increase flexibility in target selection. AGM-86B missiles can be air-launched in large numbers by the bomber force. B-52H bombers carry six AGM-86B or AGM-86C missiles on each of two externally mounted pylons and eight internally on a rotary launcher, giving the B-52H a maximum capacity of 20 missiles per aircraft.