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N. Korea threatens to blow up Seoul over defamation of its leader
Yonhap News ^ | 04/19/12

Posted on 04/18/2012 7:24:35 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

2012/04/19 10:52 KST

N. Korea threatens to blow up Seoul over defamation of its leader

SEOUL, April 19 (Yonhap) -- North Korea urged South Korea Thursday to offer an apology over the alleged defamation of Pyongyang's milestone festival, a day after its military threatened to blow up Seoul.

The latest harsh rhetoric comes amid tensions following the North's failed rocket launch last week. The U.N. Security Council has condemned the launch and called on member states to find ways to tighten sanctions on the communist country.

The North Korean government accused South Korea of insulting the North's dignity over the celebrations marking the centennial of the April 15 birth of the country's late founder Kim Il-sung, the grandfather of current leader Kim Jong-un.

President Lee Myung-bak said last week the North's rocket launch is estimated to have cost Pyongyang about US$850 million, and the destitute North could have spent the money to buy 2.5 million tons of corn, an amount that is enough to make up for food shortages in the country for six years.

South Korea also estimated that the North separately spent some US$350 million on the milestone anniversary for propaganda purposes as well as renovating its landmark hotel, the equivalent of feeding its 24 million people for 100 days.

The North's government accused South Korea of fabricating the costs of the centenary anniversary, claiming Seoul's move is aimed at tarnishing the North's image and undermining its internal unity.

North Korea will stage a "sacred war to wipe out the group of traitors unless South Korea immediately apologize for insulting" the anniversary celebrations, the North Korean government said in an English-language dispatch carried by the country's official Korean Central News Agency.

A spokesman of the Unification Ministry, which handles inter-Korean affairs, was not immediately reached for comment.

On Wednesday, the North's military also vowed to mercilessly retaliate against South Korea for hurting the dignity of its supreme leadership. Some South Koreans have recently held anti-Pyongyang events in Seoul.

"As even the heart of Seoul is served as a base for provocative acts of hurting the dignity of the (North)'s supreme leadership, the (North) will take a special action to blow up everything there," the Supreme Command of the Korean People's Army warned in an English-language statement carried by the KCNA.

Seoul, the South Korean capital city of more than 10 million people, is within range of North Korea's artillery.

The North has long bristled at any outside criticism of its leader and has made similar threats against the South over the past several months, although no actual attack has occurred yet.

South Korea has repeatedly vowed to avenge any North Korean attacks following the North's two provocations in 2010 that killed 50 South Koreans, mostly soldiers.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: nkorea; provocation; seoul
There is also a strong possibility of N. Korea provocation after missile launch, especially because it had failed. I am somewhat worried that the threat is more specific. They could bomb some location in Seoul with heavy people traffic, such as a subway station or a shopping mall. One agent and one bomb, and scored dead or injured. I don't expect rocket attack on Seoul.

This whole exercise of figuring out NK intention is like LEO going over a cryptic message left by a serial killer.

1 posted on 04/18/2012 7:24:44 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo; Steel Wolf; nuconvert; MizSterious; nw_arizona_granny; ...

P!


2 posted on 04/18/2012 7:25:39 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

So an insult or perceived insult is worth the death of millions of innocent people?

Wow, they sound like a lovely bunch...


3 posted on 04/18/2012 7:29:00 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Is this not casus belli?


4 posted on 04/18/2012 7:30:26 PM PDT by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: LukeL

Yes. Not a full-scale war but some nasty provocation, probably of terrorist nature IMHO.


5 posted on 04/18/2012 7:33:11 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: chris37

...of coconuts.


6 posted on 04/18/2012 7:37:44 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Jonty30

Roll a bowl a ball a penny a pitch.


7 posted on 04/18/2012 7:42:02 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (Women and cats will do as they please; men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

“I fart in your general direction. Now go away or I will taunt you a second time”.


8 posted on 04/18/2012 7:44:04 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (Women and cats will do as they please; men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.)
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To: chris37

Nation of Looney tunes run by more powerful Looney tunes.


9 posted on 04/18/2012 7:45:32 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Seriously? They want to kill millions for dissing them? Wow, so Kim Jong Un has decided to go all gangsta?


10 posted on 04/18/2012 8:02:08 PM PDT by softwarecreator
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To: chris37
So an insult or perceived insult is worth the death of millions of innocent people? Wow, they sound like a lovely bunch...

They sound like muslims.

11 posted on 04/18/2012 8:18:33 PM PDT by Ethan Clive Osgoode (<<== Click here to learn about Evolution!)
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To: Past Your Eyes

perhaps an appropriate munition could be devised to effect..uh.. such an effect..


12 posted on 04/18/2012 8:19:42 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: Ethan Clive Osgoode

Maybe we could convince the Islamists the Norks are insulting Mohammed and convince the Norks the Islamists are insulting Kim.


13 posted on 04/18/2012 8:34:05 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: softwarecreator

“Wow, so Kim Jong Un has decided to go all gangsta?”

They must have CNN in Pyongyang - he sounds like The Messiah.


14 posted on 04/18/2012 8:39:47 PM PDT by Rembrandt (.. AND the donkey you rode in on.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster; All

15 posted on 04/18/2012 8:46:22 PM PDT by potlatch (~~And the truth IS what counts, RIGHT ? ~~)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
This whole exercise of figuring out NK intention is like LEO going over a cryptic message left by a serial killer.

Indeed. Except that the typical serial killer (even with a criminal mentality) often displays a certain set of ethical standards and appears to live by a moral code, unlike the thugs and goons in Pyongyang.
16 posted on 04/18/2012 9:18:25 PM PDT by mkjessup (Finley Peter Dunne- "Politics ain't beanbag")
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To: TigerLikesRooster

SonsofBitches. They make this noise ALL THE TIME. What is this, threat number 23,507? (Turn Seoul into a cauldron, punish the South Korean puppets, drive the Imperialist Americans into the sea?) TO HELL WITH THEM, I say because of this threat, start launching even MORE propaganda balloons into the South near Kaesong and Pyonggang, with insulting images of Kim Jong Un, some of them such as the one I posted here (a cartoon) of a huge birthday cake exploding in his fat face, with remnants of a failed DPRK rocket mixed into the cake. I say, ramp up the psy war. I would also say the joint command should say that ANY terrorist attack upon or in Seoul will require an immediate attack on downtown Pyongyang, particularly targeting the command and control centers of the KPA in addition to the known residences of Kim Jong Un. Let’s not split hairs here. Sorry for the hardline attitude but I have just about had my fill of these jokers.


17 posted on 04/18/2012 9:27:42 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Study closely socialist Hugo Chavez' usage of 'popular masses' in the streets to thwart 1992 coup)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Unification Ministry

Now, there's a lifetime job for someone.

18 posted on 04/18/2012 9:58:02 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Sounds good to me.


19 posted on 04/18/2012 9:59:26 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Just like moslems they all need to be removed. Bush had the idea, unfortunately all the true conservatives are all gone.


20 posted on 04/18/2012 10:01:29 PM PDT by sanescold (Time for the Hut cleaning!)
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Well, here is Pyongyang Patty making the threat on North Korean TV today. It is a wonder she did not spit out saliva onto the desk. Rabid!

LINK

Just hit the triangle over the center freeze frame photo to stream Japanese TV report mentioning the latest threat and how they were "insulted" at their big "birthday party" last Sunday. Sheesh, what soreheads!!

21 posted on 04/18/2012 10:04:52 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Study closely socialist Hugo Chavez' usage of 'popular masses' in the streets to thwart 1992 coup)
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To: Secret Agent Man
Check out these odd idiots in Pyongyang here, too: LINK
22 posted on 04/18/2012 10:17:00 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Study closely socialist Hugo Chavez' usage of 'popular masses' in the streets to thwart 1992 coup)
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To: Past Your Eyes
Roll a bowl a ball a penny a pitch.

Do you have a loverly bunch of coconuts? Merv Griffin did a good job of it.

23 posted on 04/18/2012 11:46:38 PM PDT by Mark17 (California, where English is a foreign language)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

I heard that she is virtually retired and only brought out to do some important special broadcast. Attempt raise threat value by picking a most senior anchor? Her body language shows that she is trying to make the presentation extra dramatic. One can’t afford to make the supreme leader get the wrong impression that she is not sincere. Even people far more powerful than she were purged.


24 posted on 04/19/2012 5:40:36 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: chris37

Nuke em and be done with it.


25 posted on 04/20/2012 5:52:15 AM PDT by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Does “Kim Jong Un’s hairstyle looks like two porcupines copulating” count as “defamation”????


26 posted on 04/20/2012 7:23:40 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (Ut veniant omnes)
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To: Notary Sojac

Just waiting for barbers to hear, “Give me the Kim Jong Un cut, please.”


27 posted on 04/20/2012 7:24:34 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

So when does “5 O’Clock Charlie” start flying his missions again?


28 posted on 04/20/2012 7:26:05 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
They make this noise ALL THE TIME. What is this, threat number 23,507?

This is something most Americans don't quite get. I dated a Korean for a while; when I asked her about one of these scary-sounding threats she just rolled her eyes and asked why I took any of NK's ramblings seriously.

NK knows that attacking Seoul would result in the obliteration of Pyongyang et al, so they won't do it. Likewise, NK has arranged to destroy Seoul in case of viable threat. M.A.D. policies, alas, work.

29 posted on 04/20/2012 7:48:14 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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