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North Korea looks to outwit missile launch watchers: Report
The Economic Times ^ | 11 Apr, 2013 | AFP

Posted on 04/11/2013 12:29:37 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion

SEOUL: North Korea has been repeatedly moving multiple missiles around in an apparent bid to confuse outside intelligence gatherers ahead of an expected launch, Yonhap reported Thursday.

According to intelligence analysis cited by the South Korean news agency, two mid-range Musudan missiles have been repeatedly moved in and out of a warehouse facility on its east coast.

At the same time, at least five mobile launch vehicles have also been spotted swapping places and positions.

"There are signs the North could fire off Musudan missiles any time soon," an intelligence source told Yonhap.

"But the North has been repeatedly moving its missiles in and out of a shed, which needs close monitoring."

Another source suggested Pyongyang was hoping to "fatigue" South Korean and US intelligence gatherers who have been on a heightened state of surveillance alert since Wednesday.

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1 posted on 04/11/2013 12:29:37 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
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To: BarnacleCenturion

One of the reasons that the US has maintained a presence in Japan, Okinawa and South Korea for the past now nearly seventy years, is as a listening and intelligence-gathering outpost. There are few, if any, actual spies on the ground, but units of the various deployed military elements of North Korea and China communicate with each other via radio, and there are intercept operators on duty listening in to the chatter between these units. This activity is not exactly secret, as both sides engage in such clandestine listening and interpretation, but the actual intercept methods and the information derived are classified very highly. That is, of course, unless some member of Congress on any of the various Intelligence committees or subcommittees so chooses to disclose these sources and the raw intelligence derived from this endeavor, as has happened a number of times in the past.

I know, this is very close to “Loose Lips Sink Ships”, but nothing I have said here reveals anything not already known widely among the rival nations who also maintain such presence. “The information is classified so highly, only the enemy will ever find out”, is a statement often repeated within the intelligence community.

So when somebody asks why, a half-century or more after the end of WW II, American soldiers are still deployed at forward areas of potential conflict, that is the reason. Calls for bringing them home are actually providing aid and comfort to real and potential adversaries.


2 posted on 04/11/2013 1:54:58 AM PDT by alloysteel (Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Doesn’t matter if the Dork from Nork is playing a cat and mouse shell game, our Sat Intel can spot fat boy even lighting a Bic lighter and surely it can spot a missile lifting of the pad.


3 posted on 04/11/2013 2:04:59 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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4 posted on 04/11/2013 2:27:41 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

What a wonderful opportunity for a directed beam weapon.
If that missile disintegrated in midair with no radar signature of an intercept, what could N.Korea do?
Accuse but no evidence.


5 posted on 04/11/2013 3:27:07 AM PDT by Vinnie
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Why wait till a missle is “air-borne”?


6 posted on 04/11/2013 4:12:43 AM PDT by Progov (I'm for HONEST government)
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To: Vinnie

Why wait till a missle is “air-borne”?


7 posted on 04/11/2013 4:12:43 AM PDT by Progov (I'm for HONEST government)
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To: alloysteel

A late friend of mine was a “listener” in the US Army in Berlin back in the day. He spoke fluent German and could understand the slang.


8 posted on 04/11/2013 4:50:38 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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