N.korea places surface-to-surface missiles on launch pads in yellow sea.



MDaniel

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Apparently Chinese officials have been sent to North Korea and South Korea while in the meantime the Chairman (!?) of the North Korean parliament is supposed to go to China on a visit.
No indication on whether it's China who has made the request for a North Korean official to come or whether it's a whole put on to re-affirm the alliance between NK and China.


Hopes he can or wants to do something. China probably has no idea what to do. It already has 200 000 refugees on its side of the border with North Korea. And it does not want to share a border with an ally of the US.
For the first time South Korea has seen live pictures of the war and testimonies of victims. Its new president is far more combative and does not want to be caught in North Korea; giving it aid in exchange for promises to behave.
Maybe the solution is for the US to promise that, in the hypothetical situation that would see a reunification, it would not station troops less than, say, 100 km from the border with China. It could sign a treaty declaring the North a buffer zone.
It might even help Obama winning re-election.

On the other hand, apart from the possibility of a show-off because of the succession by Kim Jung-un, it could be that there are some rumblings from North Koreans because news do filter from the outside world through mobile phones and conversations with relatives in the South.
They have not called the IMF yetpetunia
 

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The "War Nerd" says there'll be no War. This makes him very, very sad:

The War Nerd: War & Weather…Plus: Hyundai vs. Autism: Whoop-De-Doo! - By Gary Brecher - The eXiled

Prediction: What’s going to happen? Nothing. Noise. B***S*** Kremlinology about what the artillery attack means: It’s Kim III’s way of asserting power, or it’s his enemies’ way of asserting power, or it’s the NKPA’s way of asserting power against the politicians…I say just blame autism. Why not? You can blame autism for anything these days. Just say, “You can’t blame poor NK, he’s autistic.” Always makes me laugh, that “He’s autistic” thing. Like somebody from Brooklyn talking about Picasso: “He’s autistic? Whyn’cha buy’im some paints an’a caaaanvas den, huh?”

NK has nothing to lose except its rep for being bad, being stone crazy. SK has everything to lose; the whole country is like that glass house, the one they say you shouldn’t throw rocks from. Even if the South didn’t have this pitiful “poor little autistic brother” attitude toward the north, they’d have cold hard reason to wimp out, no matter what the provocation. Hyundai’s just making its Toyota move, shifting from base-model up to the SUVs and luxury sedans where the real profits get made. They can’t afford to get blasted back to competing for third place as the world’s leading exporters of barley noodles.

It’s a watched pot, the Korean Peninsula, it’s never gonna boil and I’m sick of watching it.
 

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This conflict could very well be China's litmus test in world diplomacy, trying to reconcile its own policies of keeping America away from its border and at the same time calming down its unruly difficult friend, North Korea.:roll:
You may also see a situation where China is so peeved off with the actions of its "ally" that it annexes it Soviet Union style. This could peeve off the west even more.
 


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