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SPOTLIGHT ON N. KOREA (Iraq War--Day 1) SUMMARY OF PRESS BY 'AMERICAN-IN-TOKYO' (4:45 PM Eastern)
Various Asian News Outlets in Korean/Japanese ("Freepranslated") ^ | 20 March 2003 | AmericanInTokyo

Posted on 03/20/2003 1:47:57 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo

"FReepranslation" by "AmericanInTokyo" (Iraq War: Day One)

Summary from original Asian sources (as of 16:45 Eastern Time)

Just took a brief tour of a number of reputable Japanese, Korean and English news websites, looking for any threatening action or threats made by communist North Korea in response to the ongoing Iraq conflict.

Asian news sources viewed were (from Korea): Choson Ilbo Daily, Hanguk Ilbo Daily, Dong-A Ilbo Daily, YTN TV, KBS TV, Yonghap News, Yahoo News Korea and (from Japan): Kyodo News, Yomiuri News, Mainichi News, Sankei News, Nikkan Fuji, TBS TV, NTV TV, Fuji TV, Yahoo Japan News.

Summary report below.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iraqwar; kimjongil; monitor; northkorea; provocations; pyongyang; spotlight
--No particular North Korean actions or problems reported at any location on the Korean peninsula nor in the Sea of Japan/Yellow Sea.

--No official comment yet, AT ALL, by North Korean media on the US/Allied attack on Saddam Hussein and Iraq.

--Scaled back statements on the KCNA Official News agency site. Usual, general daily anti-American vitriol.

--An assessment that, while Japan and USA forces are on high alert in the region, as well as ROK forces in Korea, they see no NK provocations at this point. It is assessed that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il is taking a 'wait and see' --and probably most nervous--attitude.

--Many comments that Kim Jong-il must for sure note that he is probably 'next' on President Bush's shopping list.

--Of particular interest (AIT analysis here) is the IMMEDIATE American military attack on specific locations where Saddam Hussein and the inner circle is thought to be hiding, most likely underground. This will indeed worry Kim Jong-il and his associates to no end.

[If anything adverse should 'break' regarding North Korean behavior during this sensitive time, please consider posting to this thread, as well as starting a new, specific thread. A new thread, "Day Two" will be up tomorrow, hopefully at this time. Any urgent North Korean news will be posted separately ASAP, though, for Free Republic.]

1 posted on 03/20/2003 1:47:57 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Wow, you've been busy. Thank you so much!
Hey, can you send me one of those Soot sprites from Totoro that when you pull the string it moves across the floor?
Just asking.
2 posted on 03/20/2003 1:51:15 PM PST by netmilsmom (Bush/Rice 2004- pray & fast for our troops this lent-Lansing 3/22-1:00-Support the troops.)
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To: netmilsmom
you'll have to wait, the orders have backed up for months. thanks.
3 posted on 03/20/2003 1:52:31 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Sorry if I can't answer everyone right away on Japan/Korea freepmail questions. I'm swamped! :-)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Thank you very much!
4 posted on 03/20/2003 1:55:11 PM PST by paolop
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Thanks for the info from the world-wide Freeper News Network.
5 posted on 03/20/2003 1:56:04 PM PST by RobFromGa (Real Americans Support our Troops 100%)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Thanks AIT. This one's for you...


http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/20/international/worldspecial/20CND-KORE.html?ex=1048827600&en=e69aa923effc304a&ei=5040&partner=MOREOVER
6 posted on 03/20/2003 1:57:44 PM PST by azhenfud
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Thank you for the information.

I had heard otherwise, so it's good to leave work on a positive note.
7 posted on 03/20/2003 1:57:47 PM PST by mabelkitty
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To: AmericanInTokyo
LOL!!!!!
I guess you're a little busy translating.
Well, keep my babies in mind after the war. My three year old thinks she is Mei.
8 posted on 03/20/2003 2:00:03 PM PST by netmilsmom (Bush/Rice 2004- pray & fast for our troops this lent-Lansing 3/22-1:00-Support the troops.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Do you think maybe the loud mouthed little sonofabitch in North Korea FINALLY realizes he is dealing with a 'Cowboy" -- and not that cowardly bastard Clinton?
Semper Fi
9 posted on 03/20/2003 2:00:42 PM PST by river rat (War works......It brings Peace... Give war a chance to destroy Jihadists...)
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To: azhenfud
Thanks. Yes, I had seen that one, too.
10 posted on 03/20/2003 2:01:28 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (JapanTV showed report on Kim Jong il. He watches CNN regularly. Imagine his thoughts watching Iraq!)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Thanks for the report AIT.
11 posted on 03/20/2003 2:02:04 PM PST by Just another Joe (FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
That's a real service -- thanks.
12 posted on 03/20/2003 2:03:41 PM PST by Interesting Times (Eagles Up! Join the Rally for America...)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Big Thanks Bump for this and all the other far-eastern info you've posted on FR in the past. It is appreciated.
13 posted on 03/20/2003 2:03:50 PM PST by putupon
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To: AmericanInTokyo
"Hey, can you send me one of those Soot sprites from Totoro that when you pull the string it moves across the floor?"

Inside joke or have I been sleeping?

14 posted on 03/20/2003 2:09:21 PM PST by knarf (RA 11448419)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Kim Jong Il and company are likely glued to their TVs right now, well aware that the example being set in Iraq right now could be applied to them in the future. They'll likely keep quiet and take notes until the battle for Iraq loses some of its novelty before trying to cause more trouble.

North Korea may be out of the news, but they're still being watched very, very closely.

Good work on the research, AIT, you're all over it.

15 posted on 03/20/2003 2:09:43 PM PST by Steel Wolf
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Thank you very much, our friend, for taking time to digest and post this information. I hope you saw my last column on UPI. It discussed the (self-evident) fact that North Korea is next. If you missed that, the title is, "One, Twice, Three Times a Moron." It's on FR as well as UPI.

Congressman Billybob

Latest column, not yet up on UPI, and FR, "Don't Trust My Words"

Latest book(let), "to Restore Trust in America."

16 posted on 03/20/2003 2:12:19 PM PST by Congressman Billybob ("Saddam has left the building. Heck, the building left the building.")
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To: river rat
Yes. He knows it now. Kim Jong-il knows, already after Afghanistan, that Bush is no Clinton and he himself cannot count on a duped half-brother of GWB, or a blonde-haired naive Secretary of State, to come to Pyongyang to likewise be played as fools.

Of particular concern to the North Korean regime are the U.S. GBU-28 bunker buster/cruise missile capabilities, e-bomb prowess, and now, not only "MOAB", but the way we are narrowing in on a quick Saddam take-down in the early days of the Iraqconflict, Kim sharing Saddam's strategy of burrowing himself deep underground.

They really don't know WHAT to do, probably. I assume they are shitting their pants in Pyongyang today, quite frankly.

This is why, IMHO, they DARE not make any mention of the Iraq Liberation to their own North Korean people in their hermetically-sealed country, so as to hold off any such popular uprising or coup d'etat in their own country in light of increasing US pressure. What makes it uncomfortable for them to report this is they already went on and on and on in the propaganda press and in mass rallies and in posters about how Bush called Iraq, Iran AND NORTH KOREA as an 'Axis of Evil'. Accordingly, and quite ironically, North Koreans thirsting for liberation, just like the average Iraqis, will take any external news of such action as indications they will be free soon. These are exciting times.

17 posted on 03/20/2003 2:12:49 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (JapanTV showed report on Kim Jong il. He watches CNN regularly. Imagine his thoughts watching Iraq!)
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To: Congressman Billybob
Hey, that was good stuff you did. Thanks again for telling me about it!

"Kamsahamnida", :-)

18 posted on 03/20/2003 2:14:10 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (JapanTV showed report on Kim Jong il. He watches CNN regularly. Imagine his thoughts watching Iraq!)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
The silence, as they say, is deafening.

Either they are cautiously watching developments, or their work as a decoy is no longer relevant now that the bombs are falling and hostilities have commenced.

19 posted on 03/20/2003 2:14:40 PM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow
It got REAAAAALLLLL quite out of North Korea about 4-5 days ago.
20 posted on 03/20/2003 2:15:56 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (JapanTV showed report on Kim Jong il. He watches CNN regularly. Imagine his thoughts watching Iraq!)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Ah so, Tokyo ni AmericanInTokyo-san!

Is the rumor true that the Kim Il Sung has changed the Army uniform color to deep chocolate brown after the rumors started the Soddom lasted 13 minutes into the War?

doomo arigato gozaimasu!

21 posted on 03/20/2003 2:19:21 PM PST by chilepepper (Gnocchi Seuton!)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Maybe a little TOO quiet?

(Sorry, too many westerns growing up...)
22 posted on 03/20/2003 2:23:19 PM PST by L,TOWM (Liberals, The Other White Meat)
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To: L,TOWM
Yes, in a way I would prefer a little yapping and yammering away, rather than absolute silence.

Nevertheless we have their launch facilities and nuke plants and troop movements on candid camera 24/7, so they aren't going to pull off anything without us first having a hint. And as it is, they are taking a wait and see attitude.

23 posted on 03/20/2003 2:26:35 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (JapanTV showed report on Kim Jong il. He watches CNN regularly. Imagine his thoughts watching Iraq!)
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To: chilepepper
Yes, probably.

Even as we speak I am urgently searching for 'skid marks' in my English-Korean glossary guide.

24 posted on 03/20/2003 2:27:32 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (JapanTV showed report on Kim Jong il. He watches CNN regularly. Imagine his thoughts watching Iraq!)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
correction: for the WORD "skid marks"... not for the actual 'skid marks' in my dictionary!! :-)
25 posted on 03/20/2003 2:28:24 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (JapanTV showed report on Kim Jong il. He watches CNN regularly. Imagine his thoughts watching Iraq!)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
VERY interesting -- thanks and please keep it coming!
26 posted on 03/20/2003 2:35:26 PM PST by ellery
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To: L,TOWM
he has been huffing and puffing so long..maybe he just realized just how precise we can be with a surgical strike from miles away
27 posted on 03/20/2003 2:44:42 PM PST by RummyChick
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Thanks for doing all the work. Keep us posted and add me to your ping list, if you have one. I still highly doubt that N. Korea could accurately hit its stated targets of Chicago, NY and LA!
28 posted on 03/20/2003 2:45:07 PM PST by The Westerner
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Alert BUMP!
29 posted on 03/20/2003 2:52:56 PM PST by HighRoadToChina (Never Again!)
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To: RummyChick
An interesting thought. People like Kim and Hussein, though, usually buy into their own Barbara Streisand and think they can't ever get got.

Still, a nice visual image--Kim having lunch, seeing the spam hit the hit the fan on his Satellite TV hookup. Goes to call his buddy, hears "the number you have dialed is out of service, please try again". Has been in the bunker lavatory since then, with thumb in his mouth, whining 'Mommy' every few seconds.
30 posted on 03/20/2003 2:55:05 PM PST by L,TOWM (Liberals, The Other White Meat)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
That little bastard in North Korea, should also be told that he should NOT call any members of the FORMER FAILED democrat criminal administrations looking for help... Nor should he even request help from the U.N., France, Germany, Russia or the E.U.....
He should not call Clinton.
He should not call Richardson.
He should not call Carter....
He should not call Chirac..
He should not call Russia..
He should not call China..
He should not call the U.N..

He should take careful notice, that those former "champions" of leftist assholes are now ignored.....

He SHOULD call Condi Rice.....and BEG her forgiveness for breaking the "deal" brokered by Carter and Clinton...

He should then offer to IMPROVE that deal, and to come into complete compliance.... COMPLETE and UNCONDITIONAL

Our lunatic "cowboy" is really our Texas Ranger, and he is really really pissed off...
His posse is already armed and mounted....
The little communist bastard in North Korea MAY have one more chance to get right with the "Ranger" before it is too late...

Semper Fi
31 posted on 03/20/2003 2:58:02 PM PST by river rat (War works......It brings Peace... Give war a chance to destroy Jihadists...)
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To: knarf
I didn't know what that was. Did a search on google and found this

http://www.gwpiii.com/totoro/totorodesc.html
32 posted on 03/20/2003 3:09:34 PM PST by RummyChick
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To: AmericanInTokyo
The democrats pretty much shut up about then on the subject too... maybe they are afraid they might have to put up or shut up with their "what about North Korea" talking points if they can't distance themselves from their words soon.
33 posted on 03/20/2003 3:22:11 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Thanks much for the info. I was thinking the bombs in the bunker yesterday could have been for Jong-il's benefit.

Or maybe he is worried about leaflets getting dropped in N. Korea showing the masses there is an advanced world out there. Hmmm

34 posted on 03/20/2003 3:34:22 PM PST by LaGrone
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Thank you for your efforts.

Keep Smiling, folks will wonder what you're up to!!!

Many Regards

alfa6 ;>}
35 posted on 03/20/2003 3:39:55 PM PST by alfa6 (GNY Highway's Rules: Improvise; Adapt; Overcome)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Endangered feces.

36 posted on 03/20/2003 3:48:44 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Thank you for this post, bookmarking. Wanted to do my own searches but been busy w/other stuff.

Thanks again, put me on ping if someone gonna watch please.

37 posted on 03/20/2003 4:40:02 PM PST by Stopislamnow (Because tomorrow we'll all be dead and won't be able to)
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