posted on Mar, 30 2013 @ 08:20 PM
This is conformation of what many here have been saying - that the loud noise is nothing more than posturing and rhetoric...
A senior Obama administration official told CBS News Friday that North Korea's belligerent words and war-like preparations are more bluff than
"North Korea is in a mindset of war, but North Korea is not going to war," said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to offer
insight into the latest administration thinking on the volatile situation on the Korean Peninsula.
The official said North Korea is doing two things that signal it is not spoiling for war: maintaining continuous and unfettered access to the Kaesong
Industrial Complex six miles north of the Demilitarized Zone and by continuing to promote tourists visits to North Korea, even amid its banging of war
"There is pot-banging and chest-thumping, but they have literature attracting tourists that explicitly says pay no attention to all that (public)
talk about nuclear war or another kind of war," the official said.
While analyzing what appeared to war maps, Kim looked at a target zone that appeared to include Asia-Pacific patrols of the 100-vessel-strong U.S. 7th
The administration official said the only way the 7th Fleet would be vulnerable would be "if Kim Jung Un has a 'Call of Duty' video game and it
includes a targeting of the 7th Fleet."
I realize that the doom patrol sometimes has a difficult time letting go of the fun of fear... but NoKo is not going to do anything IMO. I personally
agree that the rhetoric spewing out of Pyongyang is probably meant for internal consumption - possibly to build up the image of Dear Leader Kim Jung
Un... or maybe to squelch internal tensions brewing within the nation. North Korea is one of the most repressed economies in the world and her
citizens are deeply suffering, thanks to a policy called "sungun" - or "military first".
The following from Heritage.org spells it out pretty clearly.
North Korea is largely isolated and disengaged from the world’s economy. Data collection is extremely challenging, and reported statistics on the
economy remain largely speculative, requiring careful evaluation. North Korea’s economic freedom score is 1.5, making its economy the least free in
the 2013 Index.
North Korea remains an unreformed and essentially closed dictatorial state. Despite experimenting with a few market reforms over the past decade, the
world’s most repressed economy adheres firmly to a system of state command and control that upholds the regime’s long-standing songun (“military
first”) policy. The Workers’ Party tightly controls every aspect of economic activity. The impoverished population is heavily dependent on
government subsidies in housing and food rations, and the state-run rationing system has deteriorated significantly in recent years.
North Korea may be attempting to open its economy slightly by encouraging limited foreign direct investment. However, the dominant military
establishment and ongoing leadership transition make any substantial near-term economic policy changes unlikely. Normal foreign trade is minimal, with
China and South Korea being the most important trading partners.
You'll notice the above states that South Korea is one of the two major trade partners with North Korea. One of the two minimal lifelines into their
exceptionally poor coffers. They may be militant but I doubt they'd bite the hand that feeds.
Also there is this to consider...
Kaesŏng Industrial Park is being operated in the region, as a collaborative economic development with South Korea. It is located ten kilometres
(six miles) north of the Korean Demilitarized Zone with direct road and rail access to South Korea and an hour's drive from Seoul. Construction
started in June 2003, and in August 2003 North and South Korea ratified four tax and accountancy agreements to support investment. Pilot phase
construction was completed in June 2004, and the industrial park opened in December 2004.
In 2012, the Ministry of Unification was informed that 8 of the current 123 companies had received a tax collection notice. The notices were made by a
unilateral decision by North Korea. The eight companies were informed to pay ₩170,208,077 ($160,000 US) in taxes; two of the companies have already
paid $20,000 in taxes to the North Koreans.
Unilateral decisions by the Central Special Direct General Bureau (CSDGB) to amend bylaws is a violation of Kaesong Industrial District Law, which
requires that any revision of the laws be negotiated between the North and the South.
For the first time, in 2011, the companies in the KIR recorded an average operating profit of ₩56 million ($56,241 US), finally operating in the
black after years in deficit.
That's right - a western style operation happening in North Korea and being manned by South Koreans. This park has been operating normally throughout
this entire episode and will continue to do so.
In my earnest opinion this is just another case of North Korea throwing a tantrum with some agenda in mind... some goal that has nothing at all to do
with the tantrum or threats. Maybe they just want some of the UN sanctions lifted so they can have a bit more bread to first take the lions share of
and then to offer what's left to their starving citizens. Who knows?
What I do know is that the dozens of WW3 is HERE! threads are almost surely going to fall to the bottom of the ATS archives and be quickly forgotten
and disowned. At least until the next time that North Korea feels like acting out in the fashion of a sugar high toddler.