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N. Korean Authorities Urge Civilians to Evacuate Near Site of Possible Nuke Test (Breaking)
Headline News Yahooo Japan (in Japanese) JIJI PRESS ^ | 19 August 2006 | JIJI Press, quoting Joongang Ilbo Daily

Posted on 08/18/2006 7:46:33 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo

Reports from Seoul Korea, (daily newspaper Joongang Ilbo in Seoul) via the Japanese Jiji press agency, that South Korean intelligence has intercepted radio messages/communications in North Korea, which were aired last month, to civilians in the Kilju County, Northern Hamgyeong Province area of northeastern D.P.R.K., to evacuate.

The source in the South Korean government said "our interpretation is that following North Korea's underground nuclear blast test, they wish to head off any escape of radiation that would be a threat to the nearby civilian population and are evacuating as such."


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The Japanese link to the story is here:

http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20060819-00000041-jij-int as well as above.

The province in question is Hamgyong Bukdo, and is the same province where the Taepodong 2 launch site is located, in Musudanri. In fact, Kilju is not far from Musudanri....

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/middle_east_and_asia/korea_north_admin_2005.pdf

And, from Global Security.org site:

"By late April 2005 there were reports that North Koreans were constructing a reviewing stand and filling in a tunnel, both signs that an underground nuclear test was imminent. Tunnels for underground nuclear tests are different from regular mines, since they have to be plugged up to contain the blast. Satellite imagery reportedly indicated the North Koreans were "stemming" the tunnel, taking material back into the shaft to plug it up. Satellite imagery indicated that North Korea was shipping concrete and grouting to the site, possibly to plug the tunnel. Although there were signs of continued activity near tunnels in the Kilju area, there was disagreement among intelligence agencies as to whether the recent activity indicated an impending nuclear test.

Other reports indicated that the satellite imagery showed the North Koreans had dug and refilled a significant hole at the suspected test site. The hole was said to have been dug in a manner consistent with preparations for an underground nuclear test, but there was no conclusive indication as to whether the North Koreans had deposited a weapon inside. These reports indicate that the shaft is a vertical shaft, rather than a horizontal tunnel. Imagery also detected frequent truck movement bringing cranes and other equipment. The presence of cranes is consistent with a vertical shaft, but not a horizontal tunnel.

Imagery was also reported to show recent construction of an elaborate reviewing stand for visiting dignitaries a few kilometers from the suspected test site. The reviewing stand was considered a significant indicator of a possible nuclear test. American intelligence had overlooked the reviewing stand built prior to the 1998 Taepodong-1 missile launch. The North Koreans had visitors from other countries invited to watch the launch.

1 posted on 08/18/2006 7:46:35 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Follow up here to The President in Camp David just today specifically--out of the clear blue--warning North Korea directly, NOT TO DO IT.

And further on ABC-TV news reports last night of satellite views showing pre-test type movements of equipment in the area of the underground test site(s) in North Korea.

2 posted on 08/18/2006 7:49:37 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (A few clever bones tossed on gay unions, flag burning & Iraq still don't absolve GWB over BORDERS)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

not good.

the missile tests were to show the iranians in attendance that they worked.

and now they are demonstrating the warhead for them too?


3 posted on 08/18/2006 7:50:15 PM PDT by oceanview
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Hey, can we test OUR BOMBS over there???

Just a thought........


4 posted on 08/18/2006 7:50:52 PM PDT by TheRobb7 (http://HeartofAmerica.bravehost.com....Interactive for Conservatives)
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To: oceanview; Dog; Cap Huff

Headfake. Still not good.


5 posted on 08/18/2006 7:51:35 PM PDT by ARealMothersSonForever
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To: oceanview

No. Not good alright.


6 posted on 08/18/2006 7:51:55 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (A few clever bones tossed on gay unions, flag burning & Iraq still don't absolve GWB over BORDERS)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Since when did North Korea care about the welfare of its citizens?


7 posted on 08/18/2006 7:52:25 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: AmericanInTokyo; garbageseeker; Wiggins

BUMP and PING


8 posted on 08/18/2006 7:52:28 PM PDT by Chena ("I'm not young enough to know everything." (Oscar Wilde))
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Why do they bother to evacuate the civilians? They're
starving them to death anyway.


9 posted on 08/18/2006 7:52:39 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: All

Ruh roh Shaggy....


10 posted on 08/18/2006 7:53:01 PM PDT by KevinDavis (http://www.cafepress.com/spacefuture)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
urges?

like North Koreans have ever been given a choice?

11 posted on 08/18/2006 7:53:10 PM PDT by GeronL (flogerloon.blogspot.com -------------> Rise of the Hate Party)
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To: ARealMothersSonForever

would you buy a nuclear warhead from someone, without a demo?


12 posted on 08/18/2006 7:54:02 PM PDT by oceanview
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To: oceanview
I would not be surprised if there were a technical delegation of Iranian nuclear scientists and purchasing agents staying in one of the major Pyongyang Hotels at this very time, or maybe in a DPRK government guest house.

One could make up some common Iranian surnames, and call hotels looking for them; it would be interesting whom the front desk would patch one through to (although all calls in and out of DPRK are monitored and the Public Security Bureau could flip a switch at once to cut the conversation)....

13 posted on 08/18/2006 7:54:08 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (A few clever bones tossed on gay unions, flag burning & Iraq still don't absolve GWB over BORDERS)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
The reviewing stand was considered a significant indicator of a possible nuclear test. American intelligence had overlooked the reviewing stand built prior to the 1998 Taepodong-1 missile launch. The North Koreans had visitors from other countries invited to watch the launch.

What are Madame Albrights current travel plans?


14 posted on 08/18/2006 7:54:10 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: TheRobb7

Good thought. And we may just be doing that in the near future if Pyongyang continues to defy the International Community.


15 posted on 08/18/2006 7:54:53 PM PDT by phoenix0468 (http://www.mylocalforum.com -- Go Speak Your Mind.)
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To: Dog Gone

After all, what's the point of evacuating and diminishing the Productivity of New Socialist Labor until you are sure the test has failed. ;)


16 posted on 08/18/2006 7:55:34 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("When the government is invasive, the people are wanting." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

indeed.

this is one way for iran to jumpstart their weapons program. it may take too long to build one, so why not just buy one? they are rolling in oil money, a $10 billion dollar purchase of 5 warheads - is chicken feed to them.


17 posted on 08/18/2006 7:55:48 PM PDT by oceanview
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To: operation clinton cleanup
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18 posted on 08/18/2006 7:56:22 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Dog Gone

Probably most of the DPRK civilians in that area are family members of military all throughout that part of the Province, who themselves are involved in nuke warhead and missile propulsion technogies...or support personnel. They could not care less about them, yes, but they would evacuate them as the 'time' approached.


19 posted on 08/18/2006 7:57:01 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (A few clever bones tossed on gay unions, flag burning & Iraq still don't absolve GWB over BORDERS)
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To: nw_arizona_granny; Calpernia; Cindy; nwctwx; Godzilla; callmejoe

ping


20 posted on 08/18/2006 7:57:40 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: oceanview
would you buy a nuclear warhead from someone, without a demo?

Heck no. That is just me, though. I would also demand a proven delivery system, and make sure that there was sufficient blackmail of politicians. And make sure that there was huge military backing, ala China and Russia.

But that is just me.

21 posted on 08/18/2006 7:57:40 PM PDT by ARealMothersSonForever
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To: TigerLikesRooster; AdmSmith

pong


22 posted on 08/18/2006 7:57:47 PM PDT by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: AmericanInTokyo

I thot Kim Dong Ill was on his honeymoon.


23 posted on 08/18/2006 7:58:12 PM PDT by ArtyFO (I love to smoke cigars when I adjust artillery fire.)
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To: beethovenfan

Instant death bad. Starvation death euphoric.


24 posted on 08/18/2006 7:58:27 PM PDT by BykrBayb ("We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience. The White Rose will give you no rest." )
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Ruh roe!


25 posted on 08/18/2006 7:58:51 PM PDT by BulletBobCo
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Yikes


26 posted on 08/18/2006 7:58:58 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet-pray for Israel))
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To: oceanview

As i am made to understand it, representations from the Islamic Republic were in fact at Musudanri as invitees for the launch on 5 July. I wonder what they were told when the damn thing blew up shortly after launch, though.


27 posted on 08/18/2006 7:59:29 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (A few clever bones tossed on gay unions, flag burning & Iraq still don't absolve GWB over BORDERS)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

That explains this:

Gadhafi says he spoke with North Korea

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1686230/posts


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My guess is that GAdhafi was our last ditch effort to persuade NK that they would end up a lot better off, if they gave up their nukes, as G. wisely has done.

And I bet the idiot little NK dictator refused to listen.


28 posted on 08/18/2006 8:00:03 PM PDT by FairOpinion (Dem Foreign Policy: SURRENDER to our enemies. Real conservatives don't help Dems get elected.)
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To: digger48

That's been photo shopped! That's not his shade of eye shadow.


29 posted on 08/18/2006 8:00:42 PM PDT by BykrBayb ("We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience. The White Rose will give you no rest." )
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To: AmericanInTokyo

yes, but the shorter range ones tested - isn't that all they need for a theatre range weapon?


30 posted on 08/18/2006 8:01:36 PM PDT by oceanview
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To: digger48

Those images say it all.. no comment needed.


31 posted on 08/18/2006 8:01:38 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Just in time for "Islam Appreciation Month"
32 posted on 08/18/2006 8:01:56 PM PDT by BulletBobCo
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To: oceanview
would you buy a nuclear warhead from someone, without a demo?

Depends on whether I wanted to be sure it worked as advertised or I didn't care if it fizzled.

33 posted on 08/18/2006 8:02:32 PM PDT by steveegg (Let's make the deeply-saddened Head KOmmie deeply soddened in Nov. - deny the 'RATs the election)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Not to worry. I get these notices all the time in my neighborhood. "Notice: We may or may not conduct a nuclear test in your area today, so you may or may not wish to evacuate."


34 posted on 08/18/2006 8:02:41 PM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: ArtyFO
Well ( knowing the power of our GBU's), Hitler went out in a blast of fiery hot 'glory' deep in his underground bunker during his honeymoon.

Maybe this little dictator, too, will go the same way. There is a precedent.

35 posted on 08/18/2006 8:02:54 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (A few clever bones tossed on gay unions, flag burning & Iraq still don't absolve GWB over BORDERS)
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To: steveegg

why would you want to buy a dud?


36 posted on 08/18/2006 8:03:53 PM PDT by oceanview
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Could a North Korean nuke test be Ahmadinejad's August 22nd announcement? We're all looking for him to bomb Israel but he sends one off in the other direction?


38 posted on 08/18/2006 8:04:43 PM PDT by idkfa
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To: FairOpinion
Yes. This is what happened.

China might try, too, but they will have no luck with this nutcase at the helm in P'yang.

39 posted on 08/18/2006 8:04:52 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (A few clever bones tossed on gay unions, flag burning & Iraq still don't absolve GWB over BORDERS)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Cant you read the message my broach is sending, fool!


40 posted on 08/18/2006 8:05:04 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Would this be the August 22nd doomsday that Iran has been talking about?


41 posted on 08/18/2006 8:05:18 PM PDT by mom4kittys (If velvet could sing, it would sound like Josh Groban)
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To: ARealMothersSonForever
Headfake. Still not good.

What exactly are you going to say if the seismic sensors 8/22 record a seismic event?

He's had materials and talent on loan from Pakistan / China long enough for one to really get built. Hell the dang thing could be a giant plot by proxy by China.

42 posted on 08/18/2006 8:06:11 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (Islam is a subsingularity memetic perversion : (http://www.orionsarm.com/topics/perversities.html))
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To: oceanview

with modified scuds, or those nodongs, yes you are entirely correct on that, they can take out lots of Tokyo, as well as do some nasty damage to zainichibeigunkichi (places like Misawa, Yokota, Yokosuka, Zama, etc. etc.)


43 posted on 08/18/2006 8:06:12 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (A few clever bones tossed on gay unions, flag burning & Iraq still don't absolve GWB over BORDERS)
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To: mom4kittys

it fits.


44 posted on 08/18/2006 8:06:26 PM PDT by oceanview
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To: idkfa

Sorry, I was posting when yours came through. Great minds think alike?


45 posted on 08/18/2006 8:06:50 PM PDT by mom4kittys (If velvet could sing, it would sound like Josh Groban)
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To: oceanview; steveegg
why would you want to buy a dud?

Come on now oceanview, WE have a deal. What do you care if I weld up some crap that looks just like it, and finance it to steveeg?

There is NO honor among despots anymore......

46 posted on 08/18/2006 8:08:04 PM PDT by ARealMothersSonForever
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To: idkfa

My own armchair guess here is that he will do it on September 11th. Either way, that is within one month's time from today.


47 posted on 08/18/2006 8:08:18 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (A few clever bones tossed on gay unions, flag burning & Iraq still don't absolve GWB over BORDERS)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Mini-Me laid low during the fighting in Lebanon. Now we know why.


48 posted on 08/18/2006 8:08:48 PM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (Common sense will do to liberalism what the atomic bomb did to Nagasaki-Rush Limbaugh)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

How kind and caring of Dear Leader to evacuate the civies before turning their homes into a radioactive crater!


49 posted on 08/18/2006 8:09:16 PM PDT by lesser_satan (EKTHELTHIOR!!!)
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ping


50 posted on 08/18/2006 8:09:43 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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