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SOUTH KOREA CONSIDERS INTRODUCING US TACTICAL NUKES FOR DEFENSE IN VIEW OF N.KOREA (NEW) NUKE PLANT
Nikkei Shimbun (in Japanese) ^ | 22 November 2010 | Shimao Kitao, Journalist

Posted on 11/21/2010 10:14:28 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo

KIM TAE YON made the statement just now in S. Korean Parliament (budget committee) that this is due to the just released information that North Korea has been building a light water nuclear reactor at amazing speed, details just released to the world and satellite photos also revealed.

Minister of Defense of South Korea Kim stated that this is to put a halt to North Korean nuclear weapons ambition, and is now being considered, which will go back on South Korea's committment in 1991 under President Roh Tae Woo to never manufacturer, house or use nuclear weapons in South Korea.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bhoasia; bhonukes; dprk; kimjongeun; kimjongil; koreapeninsula; nknukes; nkorea; northkorea; nukes; proliferation; southkorea; tacticalnukes; yongbyong
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Just a synposis of what is running now in Japanese, on Nikkei, with a link to the original article. BREAKING....
1 posted on 11/21/2010 10:14:33 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: TigerLikesRooster
PING!

Yonhap went with it this afternoon. Now picked up by Japanese news services.

2 posted on 11/21/2010 10:15:13 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo ("Oh well then, I JUST WON'T FLY ANYMORE"...(Don't kid yourself. Airports are just their beginning.))
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To: AmericanInTokyo
North Korea 25-30 megawatt light water reactor being constructed at high pace. Sat photos from 4 November:


3 posted on 11/21/2010 10:20:46 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo ("Oh well then, I JUST WON'T FLY ANYMORE"...(Don't kid yourself. Airports are just their beginning.))
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To: AmericanInTokyo
South Korea Kim stated that this is to put a halt to North Korean nuclear weapons ambition, and is now being considered, which will go back on South Korea's committment in 1991 under President Roh Tae Woo to never manufacturer, house or use nuclear weapons in South Korea.<

Wonder how China will respond to this news? Let alone N.Korea Kim. This would change the equation just in the announcement.

4 posted on 11/21/2010 10:25:01 PM PST by caww
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To: AmericanInTokyo

South Korea will never again be able to count on the protection of the US with anything but talk. They should build it and far to the south where it couldn’t quickly and easily be overrun.


5 posted on 11/21/2010 10:29:25 PM PST by DWar ("The ultimate destination of Political Correctness is totalitarianism.")
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To: caww
Let alone Japan.

One thing is sure, weakness on the part of a good party (we have had it for two years in the form of Barack Hussein Obama -- and some would also say in the final two years of Bush 43 Part Two under Condi and Chris Jong Hill), will always invite WAR or agression on the part of the evil party, ironically. One would think humans throughout history would have learned this.

6 posted on 11/21/2010 10:30:32 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo ("Oh well then, I JUST WON'T FLY ANYMORE"...(Don't kid yourself. Airports are just their beginning.))
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To: DWar
Until Palin or John Bolton is President of the USA, this is precisely what I would do, too, if I were the Republic of Korea (South Korea). Wise advice. Obama cannot be depended upon. Japan is learning this, too.

It is creating a whole new power balance and scurrying for various actions out here by all the powers affected.

7 posted on 11/21/2010 10:32:03 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo ("Oh well then, I JUST WON'T FLY ANYMORE"...(Don't kid yourself. Airports are just their beginning.))
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To: AmericanInTokyo
From your keyboard to God's ear for a Palin or Bolton presidency. I fear it'll never happen, though. More likely another RINO that talks like a conservative while campaigning and becomes more interested in his ‘legacy’ which means he must become 'more reasonable and moderate' and suck up to the press and bureaucrats.
8 posted on 11/21/2010 10:39:17 PM PST by DWar ("The ultimate destination of Political Correctness is totalitarianism.")
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To: DWar

Better than even chance the GOP will field an absolute CENTRIST RINO LOSER against President Biden in 2012 is my take. If the Party Elite have any control over the situation, it may well be John McCain II all over again, w/ a somewhat conservative VP choice to balance things, but still a losing ticket.


9 posted on 11/21/2010 10:42:28 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo ("Oh well then, I JUST WON'T FLY ANYMORE"...(Don't kid yourself. Airports are just their beginning.))
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To: DWar

Even if SK can rely on US protection, she should build nukes if NK with China’s backing is building nukes. This puts China on notice that their nuke proliferation strategy just backfired on them. NK is demonstrating to the world that a small country can get its way and prevent super power invasion, well guess what minds in Taiwan are churning. If Taiwan builds nukes, China can never retake it. If Vietnam builds nukes, guess what China’s claims on the South China Seas and Spratley Islands just got complicated.


10 posted on 11/21/2010 10:43:50 PM PST by Fee
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Oh yes, of course Japan.

We will always have wars, however since Obama has been in office the worlds leaders are having a free for all. Each for himself, for the most part, and with that the eager anticipation of power. Unfortunatley the US has become such a laughingstock few if any are concerned with how the US Responds.

Interesting and noted during Obamas Asian Global meeting.....when they all met for the group photo... Obama was positioned in the “family photo” of leadership... way off to the side. Spoke volumes!


11 posted on 11/21/2010 10:47:15 PM PST by caww
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Makes me want to puke.


12 posted on 11/21/2010 10:48:53 PM PST by DWar ("The ultimate destination of Political Correctness is totalitarianism.")
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To: caww

This presidency is exponentially a greater failure than that of Carter already and its gonna get much worse.


13 posted on 11/21/2010 10:52:37 PM PST by DWar ("The ultimate destination of Political Correctness is totalitarianism.")
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To: caww
He is waaaay marginalized out here by now.

Which is fine with me.

Problem is, the US is marginalized along with him.

Which is not fine with me.

14 posted on 11/21/2010 11:01:50 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo ("Oh well then, I JUST WON'T FLY ANYMORE"...(Don't kid yourself. Airports are just their beginning.))
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To: AmericanInTokyo
a thousand centrifuges and most advanced technology, rivaling our own (fox news this am, scroll at bottom, nuke scientest who had toured facility) is not a good thing
15 posted on 11/21/2010 11:19:09 PM PST by blueplum
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To: blueplum

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101121/ap_on_re_us/koreas_nuclear
scientist’s name is Siegfried Hecker


16 posted on 11/21/2010 11:27:18 PM PST by blueplum
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To: blueplum; TigerLikesRooster

Oh, yeah, its a big deal out here alright.


17 posted on 11/21/2010 11:34:02 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo ("Oh well then, I JUST WON'T FLY ANYMORE"...(Don't kid yourself. Airports are just their beginning.))
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To: All

Bump!


18 posted on 11/21/2010 11:35:23 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (There is a lot "GOING DOWN" these days. But don't forget the Senate AMNESTY PUSH for next MONDAY!!!)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Problem is, the US is marginalized along with him. Which is not fine with me.

Exactly!

19 posted on 11/21/2010 11:36:24 PM PST by caww
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To: DWar

He has gone so much further than Carter there simply is little comparison now IMO. Obama is a different breed entirely...and filled with a different spirit than that of our country. It is not going to get better while he remains in office...rather worse.


20 posted on 11/21/2010 11:45:40 PM PST by caww
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To: AmericanInTokyo
I was watching follow-up reports on new uranium centrifuge revelation in SK media. One of reports was quoting an expert who suspected that N. Korea has more centrifuges stashed somewhere away from the site they revealed to Dr. Hecker. They just moved them ans reassembled at the site to show him.

I agree that they have more somewhere. When N. Korea shows something of this sensitive nature, there are more they have not shown outsiders. For one item revealed, there are a few more they still hide from us. I am not sure if this is a make-shift installation for just PR-show though. Another local report says that they can indigenously produce aluminum tubes for centrifuge for several years. They just have trouble getting some necessary electronic control equipments, which they cannot produce yet.

21 posted on 11/21/2010 11:46:02 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Kim Jong-il and Jong-eun both see signs of their regime wavering, and the bomb is the way out of this. They believe that "The bomb" is the way out of their current problem. Whether outsiders agree with it or not is beside the point.

With world financial market on the thin ice, they can now get more focused world's attention, and loud call for appeasement from banksters.

22 posted on 11/21/2010 11:50:16 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Financial Times, beat your appeasement drum again. You did when Cheonan was sunk. Please don't fail us and do it again./sarc
23 posted on 11/21/2010 11:51:37 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

They’ll do it every time.


24 posted on 11/22/2010 12:01:19 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (There is a lot "GOING DOWN" these days. But don't forget the Senate AMNESTY PUSH for next MONDAY!!!)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
From ISIS site:


Figure 1. November 4, 2010 DigitalGlobe satellite image of the fuel fabrication facility at the Yongbyon nuclear site in North Korea. In his report, Hecker noted that the new gas centrifuge facility has a blue roof and is approximately 120 meters long. ISIS assesses that this building is this gas centrifuge facility.


Figure 2. DigitalGlobe satellite image on Google Earth showing the same building at the fuel fabrication facility on February 18, 2007. The building was later repurposed to house gas centrifuges


Figure 3. Wide view DigitalGlobe satellite image of the Yongbyon nuclear site. To the north is the site of the disabled 5MWe reactor where North Korea is constructing a new experimental light water reactor. Towards the southern end of the site is the disabled fuel fabrication facility. This facility contains the new gas centrifuge facility.

25 posted on 11/22/2010 12:05:20 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

No, no - the last thing South Korea needs is nukes.

Nothing good will come of their “Cowboy Diplomacy”.

What they need is wimpy, French Homosexual diplomacy - like we have under Obama.

It’s doing great for us. :)


26 posted on 11/22/2010 12:50:48 AM PST by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: Quix; The Comedian

Ping


27 posted on 11/22/2010 2:53:00 AM PST by Whenifhow
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To: AmericanInTokyo

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization? What is it? Why Does it Matter?

http://newzeal.blogspot.com/2010/11/shanghai-cooperation-organization-what.html

Excerpt from the October 25, 2006 edition of the Communist Party of Australia’s Guardian:

“The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) countries are going to be the new powerhouse of the world. It is in India’s enlighten­ed interest that we understand its importance as we are a country which desperately needs energy”, CPI (M) General Secretary Prakash Karat says in a statement this month. “Trilateral co-operation between India, China and Russia has symbolic significance as it can dispel the notion that the 21st century is an American century.”


28 posted on 11/22/2010 3:08:48 AM PST by Whenifhow
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Thanks Whenifhow -

"Nuclear Terror" ping.

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FReepmail me if you want on or off The Comedian's "Nuclear Terror" ping list...


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29 posted on 11/22/2010 3:31:04 AM PST by The Comedian (I enjoy progressives, especially in a light cream sauce.)
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To: Whenifhow
Hmm... I wonder if the "Shanghai Cooperation Organization" is anything like the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere?
30 posted on 11/22/2010 3:55:31 AM PST by Johnny B.
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This is a problem? :’) Thanks AmericanInTokyo.


31 posted on 11/22/2010 3:59:16 AM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Mutually Assured Destruction
32 posted on 11/22/2010 4:10:33 AM PST by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: DWar

We’ve had tactical nukes in South Korea for a long long time. Everyone over there knows where they are.


33 posted on 11/22/2010 4:36:37 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Thread bump.


34 posted on 11/22/2010 4:51:15 AM PST by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013- The end of an error.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Thank you for all of your great posts. Really, they are of real value to this forum!


35 posted on 11/22/2010 5:02:07 AM PST by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Tzimisce

Nuclear proliferation is not a good thing, even when it involves a good country like South Korea.


36 posted on 11/22/2010 5:28:23 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver; AmericanInTokyo; TigerLikesRooster

Well, whether we or don’t currently have tactical nukes stationed on the peninsula, the official policy of not having then on the peninsula looks like it may be going to the wastebin.

But after the response (or lack thereof) from the Lee govt to the Cheonan sinking, I don’t hold out much hope that he is going to stand up to this gangsterism shown by the NORKs, other than some tough sounding words.


37 posted on 11/22/2010 5:50:07 AM PST by jhpigott
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Unless South Korea already has tactical nukes on hand I doubt that they’ll get anything from barry any time soon. The man is dedicated to the nuclear disarmament of the US and our allies...what makes anyone in Korea think he’ll change course for them? Does anyone lnow if the South Koreans already have tactical nukes? Besides what may or may not be on their soil under US control?


38 posted on 11/22/2010 5:52:22 AM PST by pgkdan (Protect and Defend America! End the practice of islam on our shores before it's too late!)
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To: jhpigott
Agreed. Lee is not really a tough guy. While his overall policy steered to the right from what happened during sorry days under Green Frog (Roh Mu-hyun) and Evil Penguin (Kim Dae-jung,) he is not the one who can take heat and prevail.
39 posted on 11/22/2010 6:06:50 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Tactical nukes! Douglas MacArthur’s ghost is knowingly smiling.
40 posted on 11/22/2010 6:52:37 AM PST by drpix
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To: TigerLikesRooster

‘Lee is not really a tough guy.”

Perhaps not, but what exactly do we expect him to do? If he gets up and pounds his chest it will only escalate the whacked out north.

If he takes some kind of limited military action the Whitehouse is surely going to condemn it.

Last time China stepped in to calm things down publically. meanwhile they still escalate the situation in public while BO is off on vacation.

We really really need a leader.


41 posted on 11/22/2010 6:59:40 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

‘meanwhile they still escalate the situation in public while BO is off on vacation.”

Should say meanwhile they still escalate the situation in private ...


42 posted on 11/22/2010 7:02:24 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

“We really really need a leader.”

Problem is we aren’t going to get one for at least a couple more years. That’s a long time for things to go from bad to horribly bad.

Fortunately, we haven’t had to deal with (yet) a new shooting war somewhere. Lord knows how Obumbum would deal with a real foreign crisis.


43 posted on 11/22/2010 7:05:41 AM PST by jhpigott
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Why would the ROK publicly state that it may have to introduce tactical nukes on the peninsula?

Now the DPRK has to respond publicly....


44 posted on 11/22/2010 7:12:22 AM PST by jhpigott
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To: AmericanInTokyo
S Korea and Japan need STRATEGIC nukes more than tactical ones.

The NORKS are Chicom puppets kept on life support just to intimidate the West.

China now has a massive inefficient business orientated infrastructure so interconnected with all the outs and ins of their huge economy the slightest disruption at any of the thousands of logistical bottlenecks would bring the entire Chinese imitation Capitalist society house of cards to a crashing smoking pile of paper.

The Chicom mob bosses know this and they also know a few Japanese Taiwanese and S Korean land based ICBMs pointed in their direction would cause a tremendous shift in their foreign policy--like curbing their rabid NORKies.

They would,of course,threaten and bluff,but without an operational ABM system MAD would restrict their behavior just like the Soviets and the USA.

45 posted on 11/22/2010 7:12:34 AM PST by Happy Rain ("GO GAMECOCKS--THE REAL USC!!!")
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To: AmericanInTokyo

bookmark to keep track


46 posted on 11/22/2010 7:24:48 AM PST by PatriotGirl827 (Lord Jesus, direct my mind, possess my heart, transform my life)
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To: jhpigott

Japan: N. Korea’s New Uranium Enrichment Unacceptable

11/22/10

North Korea’s latest claims to have a working uranium enrichment program are “absolutely unacceptable,” Japan’s top government spokesman Yoshiito Sengoku said Monday.

His comment follows disclosures by a US scientist that he had toured a modern uranium enrichment plant in the communist state, raising the prospect that Pyongyang is preparing to build a more powerful atomic bomb.

http://www.naharnet.com/domino/tn/Ne...2577E3001B8001


47 posted on 11/22/2010 7:35:11 AM PST by jhpigott
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To: jhpigott

They will go for 3rd nuclear test anyway. It will put to rest resurgent bout of appeasement fever: the campaign by some in Lee’s gov to send half a million tons of rice to NK.


48 posted on 11/22/2010 7:45:43 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

“Tactical nukes” are arguably a contradiction in terms, but this ought to send a message to China.


49 posted on 11/22/2010 8:07:01 AM PST by dr_who
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To: AmericanInTokyo

“Tactical nukes” are arguably a contradiction in terms, but this ought to send a message to China.


50 posted on 11/22/2010 8:07:05 AM PST by dr_who
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