Skip to comments.Two more Scud missile launchers moved to N. Korea's east coast: source
Posted on 04/20/2013 5:56:48 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
SEOUL, April 21 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has recently moved two additional missile launchers believed to be for Scud missiles to its east coast, a military source familiar with the matter said Sunday, in yet another sign of preparations for a missile launch at a volatile time on the Korean Peninsula.
According to intelligence authorities, the North in early April moved two mid-range Musudan missiles to Wonsan, and placed seven mobile missile transporter-erector-launchers (TEL) in Wonsan and South Hamgyeong Province at its eastern coast.
Coupled with warning diplomats in Pyongyang to leave in case of war, the missiles fueled speculation of a possible launch before the April 15 celebrations of the 101st anniversary of the birth of late founder Kim Il-sung. But Seoul's defense ministry said the North Korean armed forces have not made any uncommon movements as of late.
However, satellite imagery released after April 16 showed that two additional TELs for shorter-range Scud missiles were moved to South Hamgyeong Province, a military source said, asking for anonymity citing confidential information, fueling questions over the North's true intention.
"The military is closely watching the North's latest preparations for a missile launch," the source said.
As Pyongyang celebrated the birthday of the current ruler Kim Jong-un's grandfather only with cultural events, military officials in Seoul believe the belligerent country could stage a show of force, such as a missile launch or a military parade, during the anniversary of the birth of the Korean People's Army, which falls on April 25.
On Thursday, Chief of National Security Kim Jang-soo told lawmakers that North Korea has shown no signs of preparing or is not even capable of conducting a full-scale war on the Korean Peninsula. But he said the communist nation can still carry out localized provocations at any time, including launches of shorter-range missiles, such as Scuds with a range of 300-500 km or KN-02s with a range of 120-160 km.
Seoul's Defense Ministry has reiterated Kim's remarks that the North is ready to fire at least one missile at any time and that the South is prepared to deal with any contingency.
Military officials still remain on high alert as the North Korean military's March 26 order that put the strategic rocket forces and artillery units on the highest level of combat readiness posture has yet to be lifted, another source said.
"As long as this order remains in place, there are possibilities that the North could fire off a missile," the source spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The North's latest move comes after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made a conditional overture in his April 12 visit to Seoul as part of his Asian trip in which he said Washington will not talk with Pyongyang unless it takes tangible steps to eventually abandon its nuclear weapons program.
U.S. President Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast Tuesday that his government will not "reward" the kind of provocative behavior exhibited by the inexperience North Korean leader, and he did not believe that the communist nation has the ability to miniaturize a nuclear weapon to fit atop a missile.
Oh no. The terrorist distraction is over.
Scuds? We all know how well they work!
Is Kim using the Saddam Husein Manual of how to create and win a war?
I’m waiting for Baghdad Bob to show up.
If any of them leave the ground...regardless of their intended (or unintended) destination we should shoot them down.Just to give our Navy/Air Force guys a few chuckles.
Kim Jung Un: Hey look at me, over here..the little midget..yeah me..I got nukes over here
You mean just like he was headed for involuntary retirement after Benghazi? A few dead kiddies? "What difference does it make?"
He is alive and well in the white hut
Scuds are explosive. They can level a house.
Well J Effin Kerry is just waitin for his ticket and he will suffice!
We didn’t know but Kerry was the 53rd card in the deck!
Who is Kim Jong-un? Oh yeah I remember. He was important before other things became more important.
Obamafail, Clintonfail, Carterfail.
Thanks Jet Jaguar.
Meanwhile we’ve got people freaking out when McDonalds runs out of McNuggets. Leave us alone, Kim, you’re distracting us from important stuff!
The Won is untouchable. You thinking is wishful.
I'd shoot them down, but refuse to acknowledge that the Norks even fired a rocket.
When did South Korea become an accompanied tour?
It has been since the 70s.
Thanks. I didn’t know it had changed.
Yea right. He’s Teflon man.
Correct you are.
I read here that some TV show I'd never watched was in serious trouble with ratings.
Something called 'American Idle' I believe.