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N. Korea says world mistakenly interprets its "important measures" as nuclear test
Yonhap News ^ | 2013/02/10

Posted on 02/10/2013 6:20:26 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster

2013/02/10 14:08 KST

N. Korea says world mistakenly interprets its "important measures" as nuclear test

SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's planned important measures may not refer to a third nuclear test, a state propaganda outlet has suggested, adding to the confusion over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions.

"The U.S. and hostile forces jumped to conclusions that the republic is planning the third nuclear test, citing their hypothesis and argument," the propaganda weekly Tongil Sinbo said Friday in an article posted on a Web site operated by the North.

The weekly said the U.S. and other countries know little about what important state measures North Korea will take and whether the measures involve a nuclear test or anything worse.

The report came days after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un vowed to take "substantial and high-profile important state measures," amid tensions with the international community over its Dec. 12 long-range rocket launch.

Last month, the U.N. Security Council toughened sanctions on the North for carrying out a long-range rocket launch in December in violation of U.N. resolutions.

The North has claimed the launch was intended to put a satellite into orbit, but South Korea and the U.S. denounced it as a disguised test of missile technology.

The North's powerful National Defense Commission also said in late January that "a nuclear test of higher level which will be carried out by" the North will target the U.S.

The comments fueled speculation that the North could conduct another nuclear test.

South Korean officials have said North Korea has completed all preparations and could detonate a nuclear device at any time.

North Korea carried out its first and second nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009. Each time, the test came weeks after the U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution and condemned Pyongyang for a long-range rocket launch.

Still, the weekly said the North's planned important state measures "are aimed at safeguarding its national interest, not at threatening anyone."

"It remains to be seen what the important state measures are, though it is clear that any U.S. reactions to them may prove to be only irrevocable losses," the weekly said.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: nkorea; nucleartest; tacticalmaneuver
A familiar old tactical maneuver. When too much heat is on them, take a step back and wait until it cools down. In other words, if they believe that their adversaries are loaded to the bear and they may risk stiff reprisal, they wait until the adversaries lower their vigilance: massed enemy military assets disperse and attend to other matters, and similarly, hostile goverments shift focus away from N. Korea. Then they suddenly make a move and carry it out, placing their adversaries off balance yet again.

Since Feb. 16, the Chia Head's birthday, has big symbolic importance, they may still find a way to do it before the date or not long after it, despite the new evasive comments. Or they could plan elaborate deception as they did last time: dismantle test-monitoring equipments, and on-site experts go home. They can suddenly come back a month or so later.

1 posted on 02/10/2013 6:20:38 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster
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Not completely convinced that they would postpone the nuclear test widely exected next week or so, but then heat could be too hot for them.


2 posted on 02/10/2013 6:24:33 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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China probably back-channeled the Norks to ditch the nuke tests on pain of having their oil supply cut off. Kim Jong Fat Boy can't happy about it.
3 posted on 02/10/2013 7:26:42 AM PST by JPG (Stay strong.)
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A familiar old tactical maneuver. When too much heat is on them, take a step back and wait until it cools down. In other words, if they believe that their adversaries are loaded to the bear and they may risk stiff reprisal, they wait until the adversaries lower their vigilance: massed enemy military assets disperse and attend to other matters, and similarly, hostile goverments shift focus away from N. Korea. Then they suddenly make a move and carry it out, placing their adversaries off balance yet again.

Straight out of Chairman Mao:

"Fight fight - Talk talk"

4 posted on 02/10/2013 5:53:25 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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