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North Korea Rockets 'Ready To Hit US Bases'

Posted by on Mar. 29, 2013 at 11:49 AM
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he country's KCNA news agency said Kim Jong-Un had signed off on the order to train sights on American bases in South Korea and the Pacific after a midnight meeting with top generals.

The move was followed by reports of increased activity at North Korea's mid to long-range missile sites, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

It comes after two American stealth bombers flew over South Korea in a show of force to Pyongyang, following an escalation of rhetoric from the North's young leader.

Both China and Russia have appealed for calm.

Moscow said the heightened military activity was slipping into a "vicious cycle" that could get out of control, implicitly criticising the US bomber flights.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov suggested that North Korea should also cool down, calling on "all sides not to flex their military muscle" and avoid the danger of a belligerent response.

A B-2 Stealth Bomber flies towards a refuel stop w
The US uses B-2 bombers as a 'deterrence' measure in the region

China's foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said: "We call on all relevant parties to make joint efforts to turn around the tense situation. Peace and stability on the Korean peninsula as well as Northeast Asia serves the common interest."

The two nuclear-capable B-2 planes flew a 13,000-mile round trip from an air base in Missouri, dropping a dummy bomb on a target range in the South.

The planes were taking part in a joint South Korea-US military exercise that has inflamed tensions with Pyongyang, which earlier this month threatened to unleash an "all-out war" backed by nuclear weapons.

"This .... demonstrates the United States' ability to conduct long range, precision strikes quickly and at will," the US military said in a statement.

"The B-2 bomber is an important element of America's enduring and robust extended deterrence capability in the Asia-Pacific region."

KCNA reported that Mr Kim had "judged the time has come to settle accounts with the US imperialists in view of the prevailing situation".

The agency said: "He finally signed the plan on technical preparations of strategic rockets of the KPA, ordering them to be on standby for fire so that they may strike any time the US mainland, its military bases in the operational theatres in the Pacific, including Hawaii and Guam, and those in South Korea."

Following their leader's call to arms, thousands of North Koreans turned out for a mass rally in the main square in the capital.

Chanting "Death to the US imperialists" and "Sweep away the US aggressors," soldiers and students marched through Kim Il-Sung Square during the 90-minute rally.

The US has denied its military exercise was provocative but said it was "committed to a pathway to peace" and "prepared to deal with any eventuality" in the region.

 

Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel and General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the B-2 bombers were a message intended more for allies than Pyongyang.

"The North Koreans have to understand that what they're doing is very dangerous," Mr Hagel said.

"I don't think we're doing anything extraordinary or provocative or out of the ... orbit of what nations do to protect their own interests."

The US, he added, must make it clear to South Korea, Japan and other allies in the region that "these provocations by the North are taken by us very seriously, and we'll respond to that".

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Mrs.Pedro
by Bronze Member on Mar. 29, 2013 at 12:06 PM
Being as Okinawa is pretty much the ring leader for the pacific region military operations, and its high ratio of military bases per sq. mile... I foresee that would be a more likely target. I can't say it doesn't give me the jeebies being in Okinawa with all this going down, including local protesting, but I believe in our military strength and readiness. They will not succeed against us.
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lkane81
by on Mar. 29, 2013 at 5:13 PM
I just heard an article on japan recently abou the recover frim the tsunami and nuclear plant melt down on NPR.
How are things there in okinawa? I heard there still quite a few displaced families and and ppl still scared of contamination esp near the nuclear plant.
hope they are doing better.dh was stationed there a while back and had some good frienda there.


Quoting Mrs.Pedro:

Being as Okinawa is pretty much the ring leader for the pacific region military operations, and its high ratio of military bases per sq. mile... I foresee that would be a more likely target. I can't say it doesn't give me the jeebies being in Okinawa with all this going down, including local protesting, but I believe in our military strength and readiness. They will not succeed against us.

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radioheid
by Libertarian on Mar. 29, 2013 at 6:49 PM
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 Pretty sure any missiles North Korea attempts to send our way will travel about 9 miles and land in the sea. And the world will facepalm.


"Roger that. Over."

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katinahat
by Member on Mar. 29, 2013 at 6:53 PM
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When isn't North Korea threatening to destroy the world/United States?

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Donna6503
by Platinum Member on Mar. 29, 2013 at 6:57 PM
I'll be honest, I'll start to be a bit more concerned when they; N Korea, learn how to aim their missiles and hit their target.

Two, when China says, we are afraid to tell them; N Korea, what to do.

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Cutenessmom
by Bronze Member on Mar. 29, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Lets kick ASS now they deserve it !

caito
by Silver Member on Mar. 29, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Even though I'm not really scared of NK at all, I'm still glad my cousin is home from South Korea. He was stationed there for a year.

Mrs.Pedro
by Bronze Member on Mar. 29, 2013 at 11:21 PM
Okinawa really wasn't affected much, because we are several hundred miles south I a different island. I've been keeping tabs on what is going on on the mainland, and there are still a lot of families displaced. The good thing is that the Japanese build quickly, so things are getting much better than they would had it been a US city. They definitely have every right to be worried about radioactive contamination... Just like our government lies to keep things peaceful, Japan's does as well... I doubt all the contamination is gone.

Quoting lkane81:

I just heard an article on japan recently abou the recover frim the tsunami and nuclear plant melt down on NPR.

How are things there in okinawa? I heard there still quite a few displaced families and and ppl still scared of contamination esp near the nuclear plant.

hope they are doing better.dh was stationed there a while back and had some good frienda there.




Quoting Mrs.Pedro:

Being as Okinawa is pretty much the ring leader for the pacific region military operations, and its high ratio of military bases per sq. mile... I foresee that would be a more likely target. I can't say it doesn't give me the jeebies being in Okinawa with all this going down, including local protesting, but I believe in our military strength and readiness. They will not succeed against us.

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turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Mar. 29, 2013 at 11:48 PM
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Quoting Cutenessmom:

Lets kick ASS now they deserve it !

You do know that the citizens of NK have no say in what their government is doing...dont you?

Much like those countries that the US has invaded under false pretenses...do you think the twin towers were a result of people who think like you?

lovinmykiddo07
by Bronze Member on Mar. 29, 2013 at 11:57 PM
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Exactly turtle. We can't punish a while country because they have a psychopathic leader. Way too many innocent lives would be taken in the process.

SO is in the military and doesn't think they are much of a threat. I'm not worried if hes not.


Quoting turtle68:


Quoting Cutenessmom:

Lets kick ASS now they deserve it !

You do know that the citizens of NK have no say in what their government is doing...dont you?

Much like those countries that the US has invaded under false pretenses...do you think the twin towers were a result of people who think like you?

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