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S.Korean, U.S. Forces Raise Alert WATCHCON 2 In Effect
chosun.com ^ | 05/27/2010 | chosun.com

Posted on 05/26/2010 11:17:58 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour

South Korean and U.S. forces have raised by one notch the level of military alert against possible aggression from North Korea.

A high-ranking South Korean government source on Wednesday said the threat of North Korean provocation has risen as sanctions against North Korea take effect following the sinking of the Navy corvette Cheonan.

The source added the two militaries have raised the "Watchcon" (watch condition) level from three to two, which denotes "vital indications" of a security threat.

Watchcon is a five-stage surveillance system watching over North Korean military movements. The higher the level, the more spy satellites, reconnaissance planes and intelligence analysts are deployed on more frequent monitoring missions.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: korea; nkorea; obama
WATCHCON 4 is in effect during normal peacetime. WATCHCON 3 is in effect amidst indications of an important threat. WATCHCON 2 is in effect amidst indications of a vital threat. WATCHCON 1 is in effect during wartime.
1 posted on 05/26/2010 11:17:58 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

If the North Koreans are massing troops at the DMZ then there is trouble ahead. Massing troops at the border is a prelude to invasion.


2 posted on 05/26/2010 11:20:25 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ( "Fortes fortuna adiuvat"-Fortune Favors the Bold)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Amazing that Seoul and the other Asian markets can be up with a backdrop of such news.


3 posted on 05/26/2010 11:27:42 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Somebody’s gonna light this candle...if NK is going down the crapper, I wouldn’t be surprised if that kook didn’t try to take everyone with him...


4 posted on 05/26/2010 11:28:33 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

5 posted on 05/26/2010 11:29:12 PM PDT by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: WKUHilltopper
Well here is my worry--It wouldn't take much for NK to launch a missile to a point over the northern hemisphere and effect an EMP burst over the U.S. Here, it would be game over, 1873 here we come!

I do believe North Korea has that technology today and wouldn't put it past him. Hell, China is probably in kahoots cause they would re-take Tawain while we are stumbling around in the dark. Jeez...

6 posted on 05/26/2010 11:33:47 PM PDT by abigkahuna (Step on up folks and see the "Strange Thing" only a thin dollar, babies free)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Bump


7 posted on 05/26/2010 11:40:48 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (*)
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To: abigkahuna

I know NK fired a test missile a bit past Hawaii...but do they have range on the west coast?

Is it for sure EMPs do what they say? Is it just a theory or actually been authenticated? I seriously don’t know—but I’ve heard of EMPs all my adult life.

When we were selling all are debt to China, I said if I were Taiwan, I’d but $$$$ing bricks! China has us over a barrel.

Man, these are some wild times...good thing I know how to ride a horse.


8 posted on 05/26/2010 11:41:15 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour
This was kind of expected and was rumored all over (towns).

Obama will eventually cave and send an emissary all the way to Pyongyang, on bended knee, to "cool things down" and off the spoiled brat some "carrots", since it is widely known they have no "stick".

DPRK will threat to the point of Obongo getting the Hershey Squirts. This is just beginning.

9 posted on 05/26/2010 11:41:25 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (If war comes, it will be because Obama was perceived, and rightly so, by our deadly enemies, as WEAK)
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To: WKUHilltopper

are=our...holy smoke...I’ve lost it!


10 posted on 05/26/2010 11:42:17 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Two hot wars and the potential for a third and Congress is busy pushing DADT down our warriors throats without even bothering to study the matter or listen to what they have to say.

Take the time to make the call to your Senators today.


11 posted on 05/26/2010 11:53:58 PM PDT by Da Mav
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To: WKUHilltopper

Well, you better get your horse saddled up cause its a comin’


12 posted on 05/26/2010 11:59:19 PM PDT by abigkahuna (Step on up folks and see the "Strange Thing" only a thin dollar, babies free)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Maybe Ronery went to China to tell them it’s over and he’s gonna hit SK. Maybe the Chinese said ok but warned the SK and the US they could do nothing..


13 posted on 05/27/2010 12:04:40 AM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: WKUHilltopper

It looks like they have the range to hit anything west of a line that runs from Minneapolis to Phoenix. These long-range missiles, fortunately, have had a very high failure rate (100%). Unfortunately, their medium-range missiles would be able to hit Alaska and Hawaii without too much trouble and are much more reliable.

There are strong reports that the North Koreans have been modifying several of their old Romeo-class submarines to carry the Musudan IRBM, a sub-launched ballistic missile based off the Soviet R-27 which was carried on Golf and Yankee-class ballistic missile submarines. If so, then the North Koreans potentially have the ability to hit targets anywhere in the Continental US. If they sortie all 22 of their subs, then we would have a hard time achieving the 100% kill rate needed in order to ensure that the one or two modified missile carriers don't leak through.

14 posted on 05/27/2010 12:09:36 AM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (Put your trust in God; but mind to keep your powder dry. - Oliver Cromwell)
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To: Stonewall Jackson

A higher kill rate than that is the scores of Scuds and Nodongs (intermediates) directly aimed right now at thousands of US troops and American civilians here in Japan, from Misawa (AB) in the north to Sasebo (Naval Base) in the south and further south to Okinawa. The names of young Americans, dead, would pour in one after another after another to every little town and village across the USA from whence they hail. It would make September 11, 2001 look like a picnic in the country. I hope Americans never forget all these other Americans that can indeed be hit with some level of accuracy, even if Norkies cannot hit continental USA that easily.


15 posted on 05/27/2010 12:14:53 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (If war comes, it will be because Obama was perceived, and rightly so, by our deadly enemies, as WEAK)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Don't forget that Seoul, the world's second largest metropolitan area, home to half the population of South Korea, is less than thirty miles from the DMZ, placing it within reach of North Korean artillery, rockets, and missiles.

Additionally, there are over 28,000 US military personnel stationed in South Korea. If the stinky stuff ever hits the rotary impeller, it would be a safe bet that the bases where these Americans are stationed would be high on the North Koreans' target list.

16 posted on 05/27/2010 12:34:01 AM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (Put your trust in God; but mind to keep your powder dry. - Oliver Cromwell)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour
Kim Jong-il looks very ill as of late. He may be looking for that last huraah.

If I figure that he doesn't have any thing to loose he is liable make a big move.

17 posted on 05/27/2010 12:45:38 AM PDT by oyez (The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has it limits.)
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To: Stonewall Jackson

Thanks so much for the map! That helps out.

BTW, Thomas J. Jackson was a childhood hero...still a hero in my book! haha


18 posted on 05/27/2010 12:47:52 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: abigkahuna

“Well, you better get your horse saddled up cause its a comin’”

I was afraid you’d say that...you think our main stream Blight House propaganda media will even give us a warning or will they be too busy reporting the latest American Idol winner?


19 posted on 05/27/2010 12:50:29 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour
its about to go hot on the Korean peninsula.
20 posted on 05/27/2010 12:50:44 AM PDT by Americanwolf (If you are going to comment on Arizona Law SB1070.... Read the bill before you open your mouth!)
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To: AmericanInTokyo; WKUHilltopper
A further clarification of my Post #16; the North Koreans have enough long-range artillery (primarily 170mm) to fire 2,400-4,000 rounds per minute into Seoul, from their side of the DMZ!

In addition, they also have +/-200 MLRS launchers within range that can launch @4,400 122mm & 240mm rockets into Seoul in each salvo, with a ten-minute reload time between salvos.

21 posted on 05/27/2010 12:54:48 AM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (Put your trust in God; but mind to keep your powder dry. - Oliver Cromwell)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

I served in the RoK for one year (2007) and I recall plans to move the headquarters out of Seoul and to the south. Anyone know how this is going?


22 posted on 05/27/2010 1:03:07 AM PDT by joseph20 (...to ourselves and our Posterity...)
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To: WKUHilltopper

Well, as they are announcing the latest American Idol results, the screen will go blank. That will be your clue to saddle up horsey....


23 posted on 05/27/2010 1:03:13 AM PDT by abigkahuna (Step on up folks and see the "Strange Thing" only a thin dollar, babies free)
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To: Stonewall Jackson

Holy smoke!

You think this “balloon” is going up?


24 posted on 05/27/2010 1:03:22 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: WKUHilltopper

I wonder if China has a secret assassination plan ready in order to prevent that situation.


25 posted on 05/27/2010 1:05:44 AM PDT by joseph20 (...to ourselves and our Posterity...)
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To: abigkahuna

LOL! I said I could ride one, didn’t say I owned one. However, I do come from a long line of horse thieves...


26 posted on 05/27/2010 1:06:40 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: Stonewall Jackson; abigkahuna

So unless a sub gets thru, they probably don’t have an effective missile to detonate over the heart land...does anyone how deep in the US a nuke would have to go off for an effective EMP? In other words, could they do this over Alaska and effect all of North America?


27 posted on 05/27/2010 1:11:35 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: joseph20

I don’t know. I don’t trust those ChiComs one bit. I just read over on Drudge that “China may shield North Korea”.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?sid=awElM7vM4Vq4&pid=20601087


28 posted on 05/27/2010 1:13:48 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: WKUHilltopper

I hope and pray that it doesn’t. I live and work just a few miles from Fort Knox and quite a few of my customers are soldiers stationed there. We have been discussing the Korea Situation for the past week or so and quite a few of them are concerned about the mental stability of ChiaHead.


29 posted on 05/27/2010 1:24:23 AM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (Put your trust in God; but mind to keep your powder dry. - Oliver Cromwell)
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To: Stonewall Jackson

I’m not far from you...in Louisville. My dad, a Korean War vet told me along time ago...we never finished the job and will be fighting them again. But who knows with Zero in charge.


30 posted on 05/27/2010 1:26:51 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: WKUHilltopper

My grandfather was a Korean War Vet (he was actually in the Korean Military Advisory Group, or KMAG, before the war broke out) and he always was of a similar opinion.


31 posted on 05/27/2010 1:33:46 AM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (Put your trust in God; but mind to keep your powder dry. - Oliver Cromwell)
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To: Stonewall Jackson

I doubt it.

That would require @2000 guns/launchers of 170mm-240mm. Those are very big guns indeed.

The artillery counts I have seen include ALL artillery, which is everything from mortars to ordinary field howitzers/multiple rocket launchers up to the heavy artillery/long range rockets.

Only the heavy stuff would reach Seoul proper.


32 posted on 05/27/2010 1:46:10 AM PDT by buwaya
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

1 level below actual war?

yikes ...


33 posted on 05/27/2010 3:29:08 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Stonewall Jackson
A MOST INTERESTING Anti North Korea rally today in Seoul (video clip).

Seoul martial artists kicked the crap out of wooden planks written with "North Korea" on it; and also had humorous effigies of Chia Pet. All in all, I would say a HUGE CROWD there today in downtown Seoul.

LINK TO FUNNY VIDEO, JUST HIT WHITE TRIANGLE IN MIDDLE OF PICTURE TO STREAM

From Japanese TV.

34 posted on 05/27/2010 4:38:59 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (If war comes, it will be because Obama was perceived, and rightly so, by our deadly enemies, as WEAK)
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To: buwaya
Here's a copy of the paragraph from Globalsecurity.org containing this info.

The number of Koksan guns is not publicly reported, but it is reliably reported that North Korea has about 500 long-range artillery tubes within range of Seoul, double the levels of a the mid-1990s. Large caliber self propelled artillery pieces typically have a sustained rate of fire of between four and eight rounds per minute. This suggests a total rate of fire of artillery alone of between 2,000 and 4,000 rounds per minute. The DPRK's two hundred 240mm MRLs fire either 12 or 22 rounds, providing a maximum single salvo of no more than 4,400 rounds.

35 posted on 05/27/2010 8:17:12 AM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (Put your trust in God; but mind to keep your powder dry. - Oliver Cromwell)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour
The Inchon Seismograph is going nuts! Is something happening? or just equipt malfunction. Anyone on the peninsula know anything?
http://aslwww.cr.usgs.gov/Seismic_Data/telemetry_data/INCN_24hr.html
36 posted on 05/27/2010 12:30:08 PM PDT by Polynikes (Haakkaa Paalle)
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Just checked other seismographs. Worldwide they are showing high activity. Probably a system problem ie: a nothing burger
http://aslwww.cr.usgs.gov/Seismic_Data/heli2.shtml
37 posted on 05/27/2010 12:39:25 PM PDT by Polynikes (Haakkaa Paalle)
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