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NKorea delays SKorea entry to Kaesong industrial park (serious escalation)
Bangkok Post ^ | April 3, 2013 | Bangkok Post

Posted on 04/02/2013 7:11:33 PM PDT by Squidpup

North Korea on Wednesday delayed the entry of South Koreans to a joint industrial complex in a rare move amid high tensions on the Korean peninsula, the South's Unification Ministry said.

"North Korea has not yet given us the daily permission for the entry of 484 South Koreans into Kaesong today," a South Korean Unification Ministry spokeswoman told AFP.

The border crossing usually takes place at 8:30 am (2330 GMT), but there has been no word from the North's officials for almost an hour, she said.

The delay sparked fears the North could carry out its threatened shutdown of the Seoul-invested industrial estate, which has continued to run during previous crises on the peninsula.

Border crossings for Kaesong, which lies 10 kilometres (six miles) inside North Korea, have been functioning normally despite soaring tensions in recent weeks between the North and the South.

The operating stability of the complex is seen as a bellwether of inter-Korean relations, and its closure would mark a clear escalation of tensions beyond all the military rhetoric.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: dprk; kaesong; korea; rok
Apparently South Koreans are being held in North Korea as well
1 posted on 04/02/2013 7:11:33 PM PDT by Squidpup
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2 posted on 04/02/2013 7:13:37 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Squidpup

Reuters
7:51 p.m. CDT, April 2, 2013

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has delayed the daily opening of its Kaesong industrial zone with South Korea in a move that could represent a sharp escalation of tensions between the two countries and potentially trap hundreds of South Koreans in the North.

The daily entry clearance, agreed by telephone, to the joint complex had been delayed for over an hour early on Wednesday. The North had previously threatened to close the complex as part of a standoff with Washington and Seoul.

“We are waiting for access from the North Korean authorities,” a Unification Ministry official said. The ministry said 861 South Korean workers are in the industrial complex while 179 workers await entry.

The complex is a rare lucrative source of income for the impoverished North since it was established as a form of joint-Korean cooperation in the early 2000s.

The latest move comes after North Korea said on Tuesday it would revive a mothballed nuclear reactor able to produce bomb-grade plutonium in a standoff that has seen Washington shift military resources into South Korea.

Pyongyang has been ramping up its threats since it was hit by international sanctions following its third nuclear test earlier this year.

(Reporting by Christine Kim and Ju-min Park; Editing by David Chance and Dean Yates)

Copyright © 2013, Reuters


3 posted on 04/02/2013 7:14:21 PM PDT by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight of Faith")
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To: Squidpup

Kidnapping for ransom.


4 posted on 04/02/2013 7:16:11 PM PDT by Dallas59 (America died a little bit more on 11/6/2012)
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To: Squidpup

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/03/us-korea-north-complex-idUSBRE93200F20130403

(Reuters) - North Korea stepped up pressure on Seoul by delaying access to a joint industrial park in a move that could trap hundreds of South Korean workers on the northern side of the world’s most militarized border.

It was not immediately clear if the move was aimed at closing the Kaesong Industrial zone, which generates $2 billion a year in trade for the impoverished North and $80 million in cash wages that go straight to its government. North Korean delays to accessing the zone are very rare.

The delay came after Pyongyang said it would restart a nuclear reactor that it uses to produce plutonium for its nuclear weapons program and as Washington deployed military resources in South Korea amid growing tensions with the North.

As of 0054 GMT, 861 South Korean workers were in the zone that is home to 123 South Korean firms just inside North Korea. They employ more than 50,000 North Koreans to make low grade household goods.

The complex was established as a form of joint-Korean cooperation in the early 2000s.

“We are waiting for access from the North Korean authorities,” a Unification Ministry official said. The ministry said 179 workers were also awaiting entry at the border.

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5 posted on 04/02/2013 7:16:20 PM PDT by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight of Faith")
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To: Squidpup

This is only happening because of the Sequester. Obama warned us.

Raise taxes fast before we see Nukes landing in the US!


6 posted on 04/02/2013 7:17:59 PM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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DrJenGunter: RT @W7VOA: To clarify, #DPRK banning ENTRY into Kaesong Industrial Zone bt allow S. Koreans inside to return South. That’s happening right now.
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 10:13:25 PM


7 posted on 04/02/2013 7:23:44 PM PDT by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight of Faith")
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8 posted on 04/02/2013 7:24:33 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Squidpup
hans blix photo: Hans Blix HansBlixinTeamAmerica.jpg

Sounds like a job for Hans Blix...

9 posted on 04/02/2013 7:24:39 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Squidpup

North Korea keeps poking the western tiger in the butt. If we were living in the days of Reagan or Bush the 2nd this would not be happening. However, Kim Jong-un knows that the western tiger (Obama) has no teeth.


10 posted on 04/02/2013 7:29:22 PM PDT by doc1019 (The rabbit hole that Obama is leading us down just gets deeper and deeper.)
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To: Squidpup

demanrisu: RT @W7VOA: #ROK says it has been notified by #DPRK that entry of S. Koreans into Kaesong Industrial zone now suspended.


11 posted on 04/02/2013 7:41:24 PM PDT by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight of Faith")
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To: Squidpup

That industrial park is the ONLY profitable enterprise in NK.

Talk about shooting yourself in the foot!


12 posted on 04/02/2013 7:45:43 PM PDT by 2111USMC (aim small, miss small)
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To: doc1019

You cage a rabid animal he will strike back. Just like Japan when we cut off their oil supplies.


13 posted on 04/02/2013 7:49:27 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: sickoflibs

Their intention won’t be to land nukes on US soil.

Now that they have achieved orbital capabilities, they will orbit one or two nukes of enhanced EMP design about 300 miles above the earth, and then detonate them as they pass over the continental US.

If they do one to cover the east coast and eastern US, and likewise for the western half of the country, we are back to the 1800’s for far too long.

No electricity. Welcome to camping out and raising your own food for the rest of your life.

It is estimated 200,000,000 will perish the first year after an EMP attack such as this.

N Korea now has the basic capability to wage such a hugely asymmetric war, and the fact that we could retaliate with our overseas forces means nothing when you are dealing with a nation led by whackos.

It is the international version of the recent shooter incidents who committed suicide as soon as confronted. They go in knowing they are not going to survive. The law doesn’t matter, nor does their survival.

One or two nukes hitting a city in the US? Obviously we can and will survive as a nation.

One or two overhead in space? Lights out.

A grim prognosis indeed.


14 posted on 04/02/2013 7:50:39 PM PDT by muffaletaman (IMNSHO - I MIGHT be wrong, but I doubt it.)
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To: Orange1998

The Japanese Empire had already struck by that point.


15 posted on 04/02/2013 7:51:32 PM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: muffaletaman
RE :”Now that they have achieved orbital capabilities, they will orbit one or two nukes of enhanced EMP design about 300 miles above the earth, and then detonate them as they pass over the continental US.”

Ping me when they get that to work and stop one circuit from working. Meanwhile he is looking up for drones in the air watching him.

16 posted on 04/02/2013 7:56:44 PM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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NeighborhoodFP: RT @Jefferson252: Bill Gertz: Nodong missiles, launchers seen in satellite imagery #DPRK http://t.co/qh3tfqQi3K
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 9:49:49 PM


17 posted on 04/02/2013 8:00:00 PM PDT by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight of Faith")
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To: 2111USMC

What does it matter to the North? The are determine to go to war so it will be cut off anyway. Baby face is about to get spanked.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaesong_Industrial_Region
excerpt
In 2012 wages were estimated at about $160 per month, about one-fifth of the South Korean minimum wage, and about a quarter of typical Chinese wages.

The firms are taking advantage of cheap labor available in the North to compete with China to create low-end goods such as shoes, clothes, and watches.


18 posted on 04/02/2013 8:01:15 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: SoCal Pubbie

It started with the scrap metal and then oil embargo. Japan was starving for oil so they attacked.


19 posted on 04/02/2013 8:12:17 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: Squidpup

If they shoot off one of those missiles in any direction (not that they can control them) I have a hard time seeing this situation settling down.

This is the worst that I’ve seen in along time, and I started paying attention in 1965.

It only takes two hot heads for trouble to start.


20 posted on 04/02/2013 8:21:51 PM PDT by oceanagirl
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To: Orange1998; doc1019

So you’re saing it’s the fault of the US that Nork is a communist terror sponsoring nuke equipped hellhole?


21 posted on 04/02/2013 8:46:17 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: sickoflibs

This prof says North Korea’s December 2012 ICBM satellite launch was more advanced than the media and US gov’t sources are saying. Watch his video starting around the 15:00 minutes mark.

“Professor of Astronautics Mike Gruntman uses principles of ASTE 520 Spacecraft Design to look at the North Korea satellite launch on December 12, 2012.”
Video: http://vimeo.com/60007637

Article:
“One does not need technology of 2010s to place a nuclear warhead half a world away…”
http://21stcenturywaves.com/2013/03/28/one-does-not-need-technology-of-2010s-to-place-a-nuclear-warhead-half-a-world-away/


22 posted on 04/02/2013 8:46:27 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: little jeremiah

Your reading comprehension must be at a public school level if you think that is what I’m saying. Sad, so very sad.


23 posted on 04/02/2013 8:52:09 PM PDT by doc1019 (The rabbit hole that Obama is leading us down just gets deeper and deeper.)
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To: Squidpup
PLEASE! Gay marriage and limiting guns in the hands of right wingers is far more important discourse. The left cant be bothered with trifling matters like this or the Mideast blowing up.
24 posted on 04/02/2013 9:10:35 PM PDT by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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To: sickoflibs

“Ping me when they get that to work...”

I won’t be able to... :-)

You are right that he is being watched, but what has that stopped?

Their last nuclear test WAS “low-yield” which is exactly the signature of EMP weapons.

The technology to do this has been “sold” to them. And they are not gonna do a NASA-style development program.

Their achieving an orbital launch even once is a big step toward having this capability.

And it is obvious that they cannot mount a conventional nuclear threat.

SO it is like an asteroid strike - devastating if it happens - except them doing this is a lot higher probability near-term.

Maybe we ought to announce as policy that we are quarantining their orbital launch capability, and then shoot down anything they launch with a ballistic or orbital launch trajectory with Aegis destroyers.

Oh yeah, we gotta have a real commander in chief for something like this... my bad...


25 posted on 04/02/2013 9:12:50 PM PDT by muffaletaman (IMNSHO - I MIGHT be wrong, but I doubt it.)
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To: Orange1998; doc1019

Doc, I was replying to what Orange said, not what you said that he replied to. I just included you in the To box since you were discussing with him. I aree with your comment. I was replying to this:


You cage a rabid animal he will strike back. Just like Japan when we cut off their oil supplies.


26 posted on 04/02/2013 9:27:26 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: little jeremiah

Understand.


27 posted on 04/02/2013 9:38:44 PM PDT by doc1019 (The rabbit hole that Obama is leading us down just gets deeper and deeper.)
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To: little jeremiah

Not saying that at all. But I will say this, Bush surrendered to NK by removing them from the list “Axis of Evil”. NK got oil supply and possible diplomat relations for “promising” to stop arms race.


28 posted on 04/02/2013 10:07:08 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: Orange1998

Then what did your comment mean? Sounds as though you are blaming the US for Nork’s behavior. Elucidate if you want.


You cage a rabid animal he will strike back. Just like Japan when we cut off their oil supplies.


29 posted on 04/02/2013 11:00:14 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: doc1019

I think many people are even more on edge than usual, and the “usual” is pretty bad lately as it is.


30 posted on 04/02/2013 11:00:46 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: Orange1998

Bullsh*t.


31 posted on 04/02/2013 11:50:19 PM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: Squidpup
Bizarro extortion: When the bad guy threatens to hurt himself if you do not give him money.
32 posted on 04/03/2013 5:40:12 AM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: SoCal Pubbie

What Bush did or my post?


33 posted on 04/03/2013 10:49:26 AM PDT by Orange1998
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To: Orange1998

Your post regarding the old canard that FDR forced Japan to attack by starting embargoes. That’s bullish*t.


34 posted on 04/03/2013 4:41:10 PM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: SoCal Pubbie

Most wars involved the supply of Oil. Japan relies on oil imports to exist. I am not saying US provoked Japan. Japans desire for oil caused them to attack. The same is playing out for NK, a rabid cornered animal.


35 posted on 04/03/2013 5:30:00 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: Orange1998

Japan had been aggressively moving to dominate Asia since the late 1800s, having started the Sino-Japanese war of 1894-1895 that lead to Japan’s complete control of Korea by 1910. The war with Russia in 1905 was designed to remove the next threat to their designs. That left only the US to challenge their power, and they knew war was coming long before 1941.

In the meantime the Japanese kept busy by invading Manchuria after staging a false flag attack. Maybe you’ve heard of the Rape of Nanking? The sinking of the Panay?

The last straw was the invasion of French Indochina. Only after ALL THAT did FDR move to apply pressure via embargoes.

Cutting off their oil was the excuse, not the reason.


36 posted on 04/03/2013 6:35:04 PM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: SoCal Pubbie

I agree completely. Sorry for the miscommunication. You know some of my good friends started out as a miscommunication. Good to know you.


37 posted on 04/03/2013 7:23:45 PM PDT by Orange1998
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