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Ryongchon Explosion Occurred While Transporting Military Cargo? (Syria, WMD Connection)
www.independent.co.kr ^ | 05/07/04 | Yoo Hae-sung

Posted on 05/07/2004 7:15:07 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

/begin my translation

Ryongchon Explosion Occurred While Transporting Military Cargo?

Sankei Shimbun, a Japanese Daily, reported on 7th (of May, 2004), "In Ryongchon Blast, Syrian engineers were killed and wounded. A wagon carrying a large cargo had a particularly heavy damage, revealed on 6th (of May, 2004) by a military news source who has great expertise on Korean matters." According to the source, "the content of the cargo is unknown. However, after the accident, N. Korean military personnels in protective suits arrived at the scene, and recovered the remains of the destroyed wagon. We strongly suspect that the accident occurred while transporting a top-secret cargo between N. Korea and Syria."

The paper went on to say, citing the source, "Passengers in the wagon were engineers dispatched from Syria's Scientific Investigation and Research Center(CERS). CERS's goal is promoting science and technology. It is also suspected of a major involvement in the Syria's development of WMD's."

It also reported, "Engineers were in a separate compartment in a wagon from the cargo compartment. It is not clear whether the cargo was the primary source of the explosion or the secondary source after explosion from other wagons. However, it is true that this wagon had the most extensive damage. Close to 10 personnels of both Syrians and N. Koreans were either killed or wounded."

Syrian casualties went home via a Syrian transport plane on May 1st, which was there to pick up the cargo. All personnels involved in the transport (of Syrians), both Syrians and N. Koreans, were again wearing protective suits.

The paper further added, "The behaviors of N. Korea and Syria showed that this cargo is of utmost secret nature, which they never want to disclose. Countries like America suspect that N. Korea and Syria are cooperating the development of Syrian Scud D missiles or chemical weapons."

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: explosion; militarycargo; nkorea; nktrainwreck; northkorea; ryongchon; syria; wmd
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A really interesting development on this story.
1 posted on 05/07/2004 7:15:07 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Can you confirm this report from Sankei?
2 posted on 05/07/2004 7:16:09 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: OahuBreeze; yonif; risk; nuconvert; Boot Hill; Straight Vermonter
Ping!
3 posted on 05/07/2004 7:17:11 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Well this would support the conspiracy theory that it wasn't an accident.
4 posted on 05/07/2004 7:17:18 AM PDT by Bogey78O (I voted for this tagline... before I voted against it.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Hmmmmm . . .
5 posted on 05/07/2004 7:20:11 AM PDT by NaughtiusMaximus (This fatwah direct to you from the holy city of Skokie.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
.....things that make you go.....

.....hhmmmmmm.....

6 posted on 05/07/2004 7:20:37 AM PDT by cyberaxe (((.....does this mean I'm kewl now?.....)))
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To: TigerLikesRooster
WoW

Thanks for the ping
7 posted on 05/07/2004 7:20:43 AM PDT by nuconvert ("America will never be intimidated by thugs and assassins." ...( Azadi baraye Iran)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
bttt
8 posted on 05/07/2004 7:20:43 AM PDT by wouldilie
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Bttt
9 posted on 05/07/2004 7:20:44 AM PDT by DoctorMichael (The Fourth Estate is a Fifth Column!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Great find, bttt
10 posted on 05/07/2004 7:21:20 AM PDT by nwctwx
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To: F14 Pilot; AdmSmith
N. Korea Pong
11 posted on 05/07/2004 7:22:45 AM PDT by nuconvert ("America will never be intimidated by thugs and assassins." ...( Azadi baraye Iran)
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To: nwctwx
Anybody want to bet we took it out before it could leave country?
12 posted on 05/07/2004 7:23:16 AM PDT by eastforker (The color of justice is green,just ask Johny Cochran!)
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To: eastforker
you never know... such secrecy with this event (even more than normal with NK)
13 posted on 05/07/2004 7:24:22 AM PDT by nwctwx
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Heh, they really was an "Axis" of evil!
14 posted on 05/07/2004 7:26:06 AM PDT by The G Man (John Kerry? America just can't afford a 9/10 President in a 9/11 world. Vote Bush-Cheney '04.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Seems that the MOAB projects of both North Korea and Iran still need work.
15 posted on 05/07/2004 7:26:06 AM PDT by cripplecreek (you tell em i'm commin.... and hells commin with me.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster; StriperSniper; Mo1; Peach; Howlin; kimmie7; 4integrity; BigSkyFreeper; ...
Well well, what do we have here?
16 posted on 05/07/2004 7:26:10 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: Bogey78O
But where's Kim Jong-il? He hasn't been seen since the blast, has he?

In some ways, I hope that we didn't do this. After all, it was a terrible tragedy with thousands perhaps dead.
17 posted on 05/07/2004 7:26:50 AM PDT by dufekin (John F. Kerry. Irrational, improvident, backward, seditious.)
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To: NaughtiusMaximus
Axis of Evil!!

BTW your tagline is hilarious. I used to work in Skokie at the Old Orchard Montgomery Ward.
18 posted on 05/07/2004 7:26:55 AM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Freepmail me if you'd like to read one of my Christian historical romance novels!)
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To: eastforker
"Anybody want to bet we took it out before it could leave country?"

That was my first thought (and hope). I think of President Bush saying many of the battles of the War on Terror will take place in secret and never be known.

19 posted on 05/07/2004 7:28:19 AM PDT by Reo
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To: NCjim
Mark for later...
20 posted on 05/07/2004 7:30:48 AM PDT by NCjim
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To: dufekin
If it gets out to the press here, it will be 150 dead, not thousands. Or reports will be declared false?
21 posted on 05/07/2004 7:31:42 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: OXENinFLA
But but but .. I thought it was just gun powder that was in that cargo

Gee they wouldn't have lied to us would they? ../ sarcasm >

22 posted on 05/07/2004 7:32:36 AM PDT by Mo1 (Make Michael Moore cry.... DONATE MONTHLY!!!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
If it was shipped from Syria to N.K. via rail, it would had to have made one circuitous route to get there, crossing many different national borders.

You can bet China would not let a train transit cross country without knowing the contents.
23 posted on 05/07/2004 7:32:55 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: dufekin
Possible WMD's headed to syria to be used against us or other infidels and you hope we didn't do it???
24 posted on 05/07/2004 7:34:29 AM PDT by eastforker (The color of justice is green,just ask Johny Cochran!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
A very plausible scenario for me even if only 50% right.
25 posted on 05/07/2004 7:35:26 AM PDT by dennisw (Exposing John Kerry--> Swift Boat Veterans for Truth---> http://www.swiftvets.com)
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To: Rebelbase
Re #23

I think that it was being transported from N. Korean production facilities via rail and loaded on Syrian transport plane waiting at a N. Korean airport.

26 posted on 05/07/2004 7:35:56 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: Rebelbase
Reread the article, the Syrians was in NK deveoping the weapons and the plane was there to pick them up.
27 posted on 05/07/2004 7:36:30 AM PDT by eastforker (The color of justice is green,just ask Johny Cochran!)
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To: Rebelbase
Some Rocket fuels would require protective suits.

As would anything radioactive. The protective suits, in the second case, would only keep the contaminated dust off of the people and (if gas masks were issued) our of their lungs. They would still be radiated, like a bag of microwave JiffyPop.
28 posted on 05/07/2004 7:38:00 AM PDT by RockChucker
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To: eastforker
Do'h. Missed that.
29 posted on 05/07/2004 7:38:52 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Velly, VELLY intellesssSTINK!
30 posted on 05/07/2004 7:40:23 AM PDT by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions = Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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To: Mo1
President Announces New Measures to Counter the Threat of WMD

Security Council resolution 1540 (2004) Non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction

Maybe psycho Kim has been keeping up w/ the news.

31 posted on 05/07/2004 7:42:31 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: TigerLikesRooster
I figgered something like this would eventually come out.

I fwded the link to a native Korean speaker and will post any feedback I hear from them.

32 posted on 05/07/2004 7:45:39 AM PDT by Chieftain (To all who serve and support those who serve - thank you!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
I think that it was being transported from N. Korean production facilities via rail and loaded on Syrian transport plane waiting at a N. Korean airport

It seems that N. Korea is proud of her membership in the Axis of Evil, spreading more potentially dangerous weapons around the world

33 posted on 05/07/2004 7:47:25 AM PDT by george wythe
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Just more fodder for the mill.....

We will never be able to prove these connections and plans until they actually happen, I fear.

35 posted on 05/07/2004 7:48:25 AM PDT by Cold Heat (Politicians are interested in people. Not that this is always a virtue. Fleas are interested in dogs)
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To: eastforker
Let's put it this way. Remember the greatest explosion in history. It occurred on Reagan's watch in a remote part of Siberia. I don't recall all of the details, but I do know this: those were the glory days of the CIA--severely damaging the Soviet economy without firing a shot.

Guess how many people that explosion killed? Zero.

All I'm saying is that there might have been an equally effective way of destroying this train or its contents that did not kill thousands of starving people. For example, a bridge failure might have sent the train into the water. (This "accident" might not have been acceptable because of the damage to the public water supply. Or because it might affect the endangered Korean suckerfish.)

May they rest in peace.
36 posted on 05/07/2004 7:50:11 AM PDT by dufekin (John F. Kerry. Irrational, improvident, backward, seditious.)
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To: Dog
Do NOT miss this development.
37 posted on 05/07/2004 7:50:15 AM PDT by Peach
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Curiouser and curiouser!

BTTT.

38 posted on 05/07/2004 7:57:30 AM PDT by Constitution Day (...victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be...)
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To: TigerLikesRooster; ThomasMore
Thanks for the post.
39 posted on 05/07/2004 8:01:18 AM PDT by no more apples (God Bless our troops)
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To: Rebelbase
If I may expand upon your doubt:

If they were sending anything to Syria via air, why would they send the train through the last station before China (I think the next train station on the line was 12-18 miles away IN China.)

Does anyone know if there is an airport anywhere near the explosion site. I know their economy is just this side of bear skin and stone knives level but why would they use an airfield so close to the border?

Does anyone know where this airport would be?

40 posted on 05/07/2004 8:05:57 AM PDT by nevergiveup (We CAN do it!)
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To: nevergiveup
Re #40

My guess would be that it is in Pyongyang.

41 posted on 05/07/2004 8:12:29 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Well, if the WMD thing is true, then just just blew up and burned all the evidence!
42 posted on 05/07/2004 8:15:31 AM PDT by RetiredArmy (We'll put a boot in your ass, it's the American Way! Toby Keith)
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To: RetiredArmy
"They All Blowed Up!!"
43 posted on 05/07/2004 8:24:01 AM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (Pat Tillman took a bullet for me and mine. RIP Ranger Tillman.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Let's not forget who the Syrians' best friend is......Iran.
And the Iranian regime has been talking with N.Korea about continuing their uranium enrichment project in N.Korea. A friendly joint effort.
44 posted on 05/07/2004 8:34:17 AM PDT by nuconvert ("America will never be intimidated by thugs and assassins." ...( Azadi baraye Iran)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Our President strikes again. I have no doubt that one of our Sneaky Petes made this happen.
45 posted on 05/07/2004 8:53:06 AM PDT by Flint
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Interesting question. Nothing out yet in Sankei, however there was THIS from Xinhua Net, China. Pay close attention to the bold faced part:

"PYONGYANG, May 1 (Xinhuanet) -- The last batch of assistance gratis goods provided by the Chinese government arrived late on Friday in Sinuiju, a border city of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). The relief goods included gasoline and diesel oil, glass and materials for plastic-steel windows as well as food. All the relief goods were transported to Ryongchon overnight, where a massive train explosion on April 22 killed at least 154 people and injured 1,300 others. Over 8,000 houses were damaged orruined to varying extent. China has so far provided the DPRK with 2,000 woolen carpets, 300 tents, as well as food, medicine, medical apparatuses and equipment, building materials and other relief goods. Two days after the train blast, the Chinese government promisedto provide relief goods worth 10 million yuan (about 1.2 million US dollars) to the DPRK. China stands as the first country to provide relief goods to the DPRK followed by South Korea, Russia and Syria. By the end of April, the DPRK has received over 18 million dollars worth of relief goods from around the world."

46 posted on 05/07/2004 8:55:35 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (As an overseas Yank, in all my years, I've NEVER seen such disdain toward Americans & the USA.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
You've got Freepmail coming to you shortly. Standby.
47 posted on 05/07/2004 9:01:03 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (As an overseas Yank, in all my years, I've NEVER seen such disdain toward Americans & the USA.)
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To: eastforker
My thinking was Israel or China. We probably had an intellignence hand in it. Intriguing in any event.
48 posted on 05/07/2004 9:03:57 AM PDT by B.Bumbleberry
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Re #46

Syria is one of the first countries helping out with relief efforts? That is interesting!

49 posted on 05/07/2004 9:05:26 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: nuconvert
Re #44

Yup. They are all in the same boat.

50 posted on 05/07/2004 9:10:05 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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