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“Russia has warned of tensions in North Korea slipping out of control, after Pyongyang said it was placing its missile units on stand-by.” – BBC News

All this reporting on the muscle flexing North Koreans could mean 3 things:

1) The MSM government propaganda wing is being utilised to deflect attention away from the public outrage at the benefit reforms and whitewashed Operation Yewtree.

2)Ying Tong Ying Tong Ying Tong Ying Tong Ying Tong Iddle I Poo is, as the MSM are suggesting, trying to force Washington to the negotiating table.

3) Ying Tong Ying Tong Ying Tong Ying Tong Ying Tong Iddle I Poo has had enough of the USA – and the UK for that matter – deliberately provoking them and like all lil fellas, feels he has something to prove.

Never the less. I am fucking sick and tired of Our governments needlessly putting us in danger. If it all goes off, those cunts shaking their handbags at each other will still be sipping their Champagne miles underground somewhere. Meanwhile the rest of us, who don’t want any of this shit will be busy gluing our skin back on.

Leave North Korea alone for fucks sake. They have done nothing to us.  

‘Stay away from North Korea – war is HOURS AWAY’: Kim Jong Un’s chilling message to British tour boss as it is revealed ten tourists including one Brit are on holiday in Pyongyang right now

  • Dylan Harris, of Lupine Travel, received worrying email this morning
  • It said: ‘The outbreak of war is probably only hours away’
  • Kim Jong-un has put missile units on standby to attack US bases

By LEON WATSON

PUBLISHED: 15:20, 29 March 2013 | UPDATED: 16:13, 29 March 2013

A British businessman has been warned to stay out of North Korea after the government announced nuclear rockets are prepared to strike at the U.S..

Dylan Harris, director of Lupine Travel, which specialises in holidays to unusual places like Iran, Chernobyl and Siberia, received a worrying email from Pyongyang this morning.

The message from North Korean authorities said: ‘The situation in Korea is now very serious as the U.S. have carried out a simulated nuclear attack on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea using B52 bombers and now B2A stealth bombers.

‘The DPRK has now ordered its rockets to standby to destroy US bases if the DPRK is attacked. The situation is now critical with the outbreak of war probably only hours away.’

Warning: Dylan Harris, 34, the director of Wigan-based unusual destinations tour company Lupine Travel pictured with a North Korean border guard at the Korean Demilitarised ZoneWarning: Dylan Harris, 34, the director of Wigan-based unusual destinations tour company Lupine Travel pictured with a North Korean border guard at the Korean Demilitarised Zone

Leader Kim Jong-un has put missile units on standby to attack U.S. bases marking a ‘turning point’ against American ‘imperialism’ and ‘opening a new phase of history’.

Mr Harris, 34, from Wigan, has been a visitor to North Korea since 2007 and organises golfing trips to the country up to four times a month.

At the moment, there is a group of 10 – one Brit and nine Chinese – in the capital Pyongyang who who are safe and well, according to Mr Harris.

 

 

They are due to fly out of the country tomorrow after a five-day break and the DPRK have confirmed that the border is to stay open for tourists.

Mr Harris said: ‘I contacted the Foreign Office and if they say it’s unsafe we will not travel or organise further trips to North Korea.

‘However, there is a group of ten golfers in Pyongyang, which is where the only public golf course is, who are due to fly out of the country tomorrow.

North Korean army officers punch the air as they chant slogans during a rally at Kim Il Sung Square in downtown PyongyangNorth Korean army officers punch the air as they chant slogans during a rally at Kim Il Sung Square in downtown Pyongyang

North Koreans gather at a rally at Kim Il Sung Square in downtown Pyongyang, North KoreaNorth Koreans gather at a rally at Kim Il Sung Square in downtown Pyongyang, North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un pictured giving instructions while inspecting the North Korean army's landing exercise on the eastern coast on MondayNorth Korean leader Kim Jong-un pictured giving instructions while inspecting the North Korean army’s landing exercise on the eastern coast on Monday‘One of them is British and nine are Chinese.‘I’m in constant touch with them and they are all safe and in good spirits.

‘My customers know what they are getting into and they are travelling to hostile locations with the treat of war in the air.

Retaliation: A map appears to show potential targets of the rocket attacks. Kim's order followed a drill by two U.S. stealth bombers over the Korean Peninsula the previous dayRetaliation: A map appears to show potential targets of the rocket attacks. Kim’s order followed a drill by two U.S. stealth bombers over the Korean Peninsula the previous day

'Deterrence': A B-2 stealth bomber (right) soars through the sky over a U.S. air base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, amid rising tension between the country and its neighbour the North‘Deterrence’: A B-2 stealth bomber (right) soars through the sky over a U.S. air base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, amid rising tension between the country and its neighbour to the North

Tensions: South Korean news agency Yonhap reported that it was the first confirmed drill for the bomber on the Korean peninsulaTensions: The drill involved the bomber striking a mock target, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap

‘I think a lot of it is Kim Jong Un just showing the world his power and I’m optimistic that there will be no nuclear war with the U.S..’

‘We had planned to organise a golfing tournament in May but with the current situation I don’t know if that will go ahead, some customers have already cancelled.’

Mr Harris, who has been to the state, said: ‘We’ve had warnings before but this is bit stronger than usual and seems a lot more serious this time

‘It’s never been much of a concern before but it has been in the back of my mind.’

In the early hours of this morning he received an email from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea warning him the outbreak of war could be ‘hours away’.

State news agency KCNA said leader Kim Jong Un had signed off on the order at a late-night meeting of top generals.

KCNA quoted him as saying the time to ‘settle accounts’ with the U.S. had arrived and the the B-2 flights signalling an ‘ultimatum’.

The DPRK has been unhappy about UN sanctions and felt antagonised over South Koream military drills.

Kim Jong Un reveals his ‘U.S. mainland strike plan’: Pictures inside North Korean leader’s war room show him plotting to attack America (with a map of target cities on the wall behind him)

  • Tens of thousands turn out for show of force in Kim Il Sung Square
  • It follows images of U.S. stealth bombers flying over Pyeongtaek
  • Tensions on Korean peninsula rising after Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test

By LEON WATSON

PUBLISHED: 09:34, 29 March 2013 | UPDATED: 15:03, 29 March 2013

 

North Korea today released photographs of Kim Jong Un inside his military command centre signing the order to put rockets on standby to attack the U.S. mainland.

The pictures, which appeared in the state-run Rodong newspaper, show Kim surrounded by his generals, large-scale maps and diagrams during an ’emergency meeting’ at an undisclosed location.

A chart marked ‘U.S. mainland strike plan’ appears to show missile trajectories that the NK News web site estimates targets Hawaii, Washington DC, Los Angeles and Austin, Texas.


War bunker: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un presides over an urgent operation meeting with his generals after the country put its rocket units on standby to attack U.S. military bases in South Korea and the PacificWar bunker: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un presides over an urgent operation meeting with his generals after the country put its rocket units on standby to attack U.S. military bases in South Korea and the Pacific

On a war footing: Kim Jong Un makes notes after ordering strategic rocket forces to be on standby to strike U.S. and South Korean targets at any timeOn a war footing: Kim Jong Un makes notes after ordering strategic rocket forces to be on standby to strike U.S. and South Korean targets at any time

Retaliation: A map appears to show potential targets of the rocket attacks. Kim's order followed a drill by two U.S. stealth bombers over the Korean Peninsula the previous dayRetaliation: A map appears to show potential targets of the rocket attacks. Kim’s order followed a drill by two U.S. stealth bombers over the Korean Peninsula the previous day
Trajectory: By superimposing a map of the U.S. onto the photograph of the North Korean strike plan researchers at the University of Alabama were able to chart its pathTrajectory: By superimposing a map of the U.S. onto the photograph of the North Korean war room, researchers at the University of Alabama were able to chart its predicted path

However closer inspection of the chart shows the flight path missing these targets as it cuts through California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.

The order from leader Kim Jong Un came after the U.S. flew two stealth bombers over the Korean peninsula.

 

Meanwhile, thousands of North Koreans turned out for a mass rally today in support of their leader Kim Jong Un’s call to arms.

Soldiers and students chanted ‘death to the U.S. imperialists’ and ‘sweep away the U.S. aggressors’ at Kim Il Sung Square in downtown Pyongyang.

The U.S. said the stealth bomber practice runs were designed to show its ability to conduct long-range, precision strikes ‘quickly and at will.’

Seoul, which has been carrying out routine military drills with America, says it is closely monitoring movements in North Korea.

Many Western experts believe the aggressive posturing is part of a grand master plan to force Washington to the negotiating table and put pressure the new president in Seoul to change policy on North Korea.

Pyongyang is angry about a hike in sanctions, imposed after it carried out a third nuclear test in February.

A full-blown North Korean attack is unlikely. However, there are fears of a more localised conflict.

Threat: A large number us military bases are within range of the new missileThreat: A large number U.S. military bases in the Pacific are within range of the new missiles – shown here
Tens of thousands of North Koreans turned out for the mass rally at the main square in Pyongyang in support of their leader Kim Jong Un's call to armsTens of thousands of North Koreans turned out for the mass rally at the main square in Pyongyang in support of their leader Kim Jong Un’s call to arms

North Koreans gather at a rally at Kim Il Sung Square in downtown Pyongyang, North KoreaNorth Koreans gather at a rally at Kim Il Sung Square in downtown Pyongyang, North Korea

 

University students punch the air as they march through Kim Il Sung SquareUniversity students punch the air as they march through Kim Il Sung Square

 

Placards read: 'Let's crush the puppet traitor group' and 'Let's rip the puppet traitors to death!'Placards read: ‘Let’s crush the puppet traitor group’ and ‘Let’s rip the puppet traitors to death!’Narushige Michishita, director of the Security and International Studies Program at Japan’s National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, isn’t convinced North Korea is capable of attacking Guam, Hawaii or the U.S. mainland.
He says Pyongyang hasn’t successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile.

But its medium-range Rodong missiles, with a range of about 800 miles (1,300 kilometers), are ‘operational and credible’ and could reach U.S. bases in Japan, he says.

The country’s official KCNA news agency reported that Kim Jong Un has signed off on orders to train sights on bases in South Korea and the Pacific following a meeting with top generals.

The news comes just hours after U.S. stealth bombers with nuclear-capability took to the skies over South Korea on Thursday.

Relations between South Korea and its neighbor to the North have continued to deteriorate in recent days and KCNA reports that Kim Jong Un had ‘judged the time has come to settle accounts with the U.S. 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 standby for fire so that they may strike any time the U.S. mainland, its military bases in the operational theaters in the Pacific, including Hawaii and Guam, and those in South Korea.’

 

North Korea is said to have put missile units on standby to attack American bases in South Korea and the PacificNorth Korea is said to have put missile units on standby to attack American bases in South Korea and the Pacific

Mass anti-American rally: The placard here reads: 'U.S. forces, get out!'Mass anti-American rally: The placard here reads: ‘U.S. forces, get out!’

Pyongyang is angry about a hike in sanctions, imposed after it carried out a third nuclear test in FebruaryPyongyang is angry about a hike in sanctions, imposed after it carried out a third nuclear test in February

 

The soldiers and students are shown holding placards that read: 'Reunification of the motherland,' left, and 'Let's rip apart the puppet traitors,' centreThe soldiers and students are shown holding placards that read: ‘Reunification of the motherland,’ left, and ‘Let’s rip apart the puppet traitors,’ centre

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un pictured giving instructions while inspecting the North Korean army's landing exercise on the eastern coast on MondayKim Jong-un giving instructions while inspecting the North Korean army’s landing exercise on the eastern coast on MondayThe images – which show a pair of U.S. Air Force B-2 bombers soaring over an American military base south of Seoul – were taken after it emerged North Korea had digitally doctored a state photo of military hovercraft to make the fleet appear bigger than it was.The photo, issued by the Korean Central News Agency and widely carried in the international media on Tuesday, was said to show the hovercraft coming ashore on North Korea’s east coast the previous day.

But on closer examination the photograph seems to have been doctored, with images of two hovercraft each used twice and another pasted in.

 

'Deterrence': A B-2 stealth bomber (right) soars through the sky over a U.S. air base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, amid rising tension between the country and its neighbour the North‘Deterrence’: A B-2 stealth bomber (right) soars through the sky over a U.S. air base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, amid rising tension between the country and its neighbour to the North
Tensions: South Korean news agency Yonhap reported that it was the first confirmed drill for the bomber on the Korean peninsulaTensions: The drill involved the bomber striking a mock target, according to South Korean news agency YonhapThe stealth bomber drill was carried out after North Korea declared it was severing its key hotline to Seoul, amid anger over joint U.S. and South Korean military drills and tough sanctions imposed in the wake of Pyongyang’s recent nuclear test.The South Korean news agency Yonhap said the drills were described by the U.S. as ‘deterrence missions’.

It quoted a military source as saying the drill involved the bomber – capable of deploying both nuclear and conventional weapons – striking a mock target.

This week Pyongyang, which is dealing with tightened economic sanctions following its internationally condemned decision to launch a third nuclear test last month, repeated threats to target U.S. military bases in response.

Enlarge Suspicious: North Korea's state-issued photograph purported to show eight military hovercraft storming a beach, but close inspection suggests some vessels were digitally addedSuspicious: North Korea’s state-issued photograph purported to show eight military hovercraft storming a beach, but close inspection suggests some vessels were digitally added

Propaganda: This image shows which of the hovercraft were added to the picturePropaganda: This image shows which of the hovercraft were added to the picture

The rhetoric from North Korea – which has threatened the United States with nuclear war and rehearsed drone attacks on South Korea – and Washington’s hardening reaction, has drawn more concern from China, Pyongyang’s only major ally.

China has described the situation as ‘sensitive’.

Pyongyang says United Nations sanctions, agreed after North Korea carried out a third nuclear test in February, are part of a Washington-led plot to topple its leadership.

‘From this moment, the Supreme Command of the Korean People’s Army will be putting into combat duty posture No. 1 all field artillery units, including long-range artillery units and strategic rocket units, that will target all enemy objects in U.S. invasionary bases on its mainland, Hawaii and Guam, the North’s KCNA news agency said on Tuesday.

The order was issued in a statement from the North Korea’s military ‘supreme command’.

The Pentagon condemned North Korea’s rhetoric, saying it was designed to ‘raise tensions and intimidate others’.

KIM JONG’S MASTER PLAN:  WHY NORTH KOREA’S AGGRESIVE POSTURING IS JUST A ROUSE TO BRING WASHINGTON TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE

Call my bluff? North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un appears to be trying to force Washington to the negotiating tableCall my bluff? North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un appears to be trying to force Washington to the negotiating table

Across North Korea, soldiers are gearing up for battle and shrouding their jeeps and vans with camouflage netting. Newly painted signboards and posters call for ‘death to the U.S. imperialists’ and urge the people to fight with ‘arms, not words.’ 

But even as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is issuing midnight battle cries to his generals to ready their rockets, he and his million-man army know full well that a successful missile strike on U.S. targets would be suicide for the outnumbered, out-powered North Korean regime. 

Despite the hastening drumbeat of warfare, none of the key players in the region wants or expects another Korean War – not even the North Koreans. 

But by seemingly bringing the region to the very brink of conflict with threats and provocations, Pyongyang is aiming to draw attention to the tenuousness of the armistice designed to maintain peace on the Korean Peninsula, a truce North Korea recently announced it would no longer honor as it warned that war could break out at any time. 

It’s all part of a grand master plan to force Washington to the negotiating table, pressure the new president in Seoul to change policy on North Korea, and build unity at home – without triggering a full-blown war if all goes well. 

In July, it will be 60 years since North Korea and China signed an armistice with the U.S. and the United Nations to bring an end to three years of brutal, bloody Cold War fighting that cost millions of lives. The designated ‘Demilitarized Zone’ has evolved into the most heavily guarded border in the world. 

It was never intended to be a permanent border. But six decades later, North and South remain divided, with Pyongyang feeling abandoned by the South Koreans in the quest for reunification and threatened by the Americans.

In that time, South Korea has blossomed from a poor, agrarian nation of peasants into the world’s 15th largest economy while North Korea is struggling to find a way out of a Cold War chasm that has left it with a per capita income on par with sub-Saharan Africa. 

The Chinese troops who fought alongside the North Koreans have long since left. But 28,500 American troops are still stationed in South Korea and 50,000 more are in nearby Japan.

For weeks, the U.S. and South Korea have been showing off their military might with a series of joint exercises that Pyongyang sees as a rehearsal for invasion. 

For weeks, the U.S. and South Korea have been showing off their military might with a series of joint exercises that Pyongyang sees as a rehearsal for invasionFor weeks, the U.S. and South Korea have been showing off their military might with a series of joint exercises that Pyongyang sees as a rehearsal for invasion

On Thursday, the U.S. military confirmed that those drills included two nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bombers that can unload the U.S. Air Force’s largest conventional bomb – a 30,000-pound super bunker buster – powerful enough to destroy North Korea’s web of underground military tunnels. 

It was a provocative play by Washington, a flexing of military muscle perhaps aimed not only at Pyongyang but at Beijing as well. 

In Pyongyang, Kim Jong Un reacted swiftly, calling an emergency meeting of army generals and ordering them to be prepared to strike if the U.S. provocations continue.

A photo distributed by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency showed Kim in a military operations room with maps detailing a ‘strike plan’ behind him in a very public show of supposedly sensitive military strategy. 

North Korea cites the U.S. military threat as a key reason behind its need to build nuclear weapons, and has poured a huge chunk of its small national budget into defense, science and technology.

In December, scientists launched a satellite into space on the back of a long-range rocket using technology that could easily be converted for missiles; in February, they tested an underground nuclear device as part of a mission to build a bomb they can load on a missile capable of reaching the U.S. 

North Koreans gather at a rally at Kim Il Sung Square in downtown Pyongyang, North Korea on Friday, March 28, 2013North Koreans gather at a rally at Kim Il Sung Square in downtown Pyongyang, North Korea on Friday, March 28, 2013

However, what North Korea really wants is legitimacy in the eyes of the U.S. – and a peace treaty. Pyongyang wants U.S. troops off Korean soil, and the bombs and rockets are more of an expensive, dangerous safety blanket than real firepower.

They are the only real playing card North Korea has left, and the bait they hope will bring the Americans to the negotiating table. 

Narushige Michishita, director of the Security and International Studies Program at Japan’s National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, isn’t convinced North Korea is capable of attacking Guam, Hawaii or the U.S. mainland. He says Pyongyang hasn’t successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile. 

But its medium-range Rodong missiles, with a range of about 800 miles (1,300 kilometers), are ‘operational and credible’ and could reach U.S. bases in Japan, he says. 

More likely than such a strike, however, is a smaller-scale incident, perhaps off the Koreas’ western coast, that would not provoke the Americans to unleash their considerable firepower.

For years, the waters off the west coast have been a battleground for naval skirmishes between the two Koreas because the North has never recognized the maritime border drawn unilaterally by the U.N. 

As threatening as Kim’s call to arms may sound, its main target audience may be the masses at home in North Korea. 

For months, the masterminds of North Korean propaganda have pinpointed this year’s milestone Korean War anniversary as a prime time to play up Kim’s military credibility as well as to push for a peace treaty.

By creating the impression that a U.S. attack is imminent, the regime can foster a sense of national unity and encourage the people to rally around their new leader. 

Inside Pyongyang, much of the military rhetoric feels like theatrics. It’s not unusual to see people toting rifles in North Korea, where soldiers and checkpoints are a fixture in the heavily militarized society.

But more often than not in downtown Pyongyang, the rifle stashed in a rucksack is a prop and the ‘soldier’ is a dancer, one of the many performers rehearsing for a Korean War-themed extravaganza set to debut later this year. 

More than 100,000 soldiers, students and ordinary workers were summoned Friday to Kim Il Sung Square in downtown Pyongyang to pump their fists in support of North Korea’s commander in chief. But elsewhere, it was business as usual at restaurants and shops, and farms and factories, where the workers have heard it all before. 

‘Tensions rise almost every year around the time the U.S.-South Korean drills take place, but as soon as those drills end, things go back to normal and people put those tensions behind them quite quickly,’ said Sung Hyun-sang, the South Korean president of a clothing maker operating in the North Korean border town of Kaesong. ‘I think and hope that this time won’t be different.’ 

And in a telling sign that even the North Koreans don’t expect war, the national airline, Air Koryo, is adding flights to its spring lineup and preparing to host the scores of tourists they expect to flock to Pyongyang despite the threats issuing forth from the Supreme Command. 

War or no war, it seems Pyongyang remains open for business.

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