World North Korea Megathread - Dear Leader and his shenanigans

Will our great nation The Democratic People's Republic of Korea succeed?

  • Dear leader will guide us to glory

  • Everyone goes to the labor prisons

  • Trump nukes Kim Jong Un a new anus

  • DPRK starves to death before anything interesting happens


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BONE_Buddy

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Aren't both planes are just under half a million pounds max takeoff weight?
B-52H

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B1-B
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Though I think they referencing that the missiles are purely for anti-strategic bomber usage.

EDIT: the B1-B also as a significantly smaller radar profile. But now I am just sperging
 

BONE_Buddy

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GOD DAMNIT.

Pyongyang launches 2 probable missiles
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3062898&cloc=joongangdaily|home|top

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Korea JongAng Daily said:
North Korea launched two projectiles believed to be ballistic missiles from a site on its western coast Thursday afternoon, according to South Korean military authorities.

According to Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, the North fired two rockets believed to be short-range missiles from a site in Kusong, North Pyongan Province, at 4:29 p.m. and 4:49 p.m., which flew approximately 420 kilometers (261 miles) and 270 kilometers respectively in an eastern direction into the East Sea. The altitude was 50 kilometers for both.

An earlier statement by the South’s military said the launches had been made from a base in Sino-ri, only miles from its recently restored Sohae Satellite Launching Station in Tongchang-ri.

As of press time, it was not known exactly what type of rocket was fired, and the South’s military said it was trying to verify the facts with the United States. According to Kyodo News, Japan’s Defense Ministry said Thursday that the projectiles had not reached Tokyo’s territorial waters and did not directly affect its security.

The South Korean military’s assessment that the projectiles were ballistic missiles - a classification that it has avoided making for a test conducted last Saturday - may be based on the fact that they were fired from near the west coast in the direction of the East Sea, possibly going across the entire country.

The Blue House on Thursday expressed “grave concern” about the launches, saying they did not help alleviate military tension on the Korean Peninsula. South Korean President Moon Jae-in was due to make a live public address Thursday evening in commemoration of his second year in office.

In addition, Seoul may produce a joint statement with Japan and the United States reacting to the launches since top diplomatic and security officials were in consultation in Seoul when the North made its surprise launch on Thursday.

The launch came only five days after Pyongyang fired a host of projectiles from a base near Wonsan, Kangwon Province, on its eastern coast last Saturday that included what the U.S. Department of Defense on Wednesday labeled a “rocket and missile.”

Sino-ri is believed to house a regiment-sized military base equipped with Rodong-1 medium-range ballistic missiles (MRBM), identified last January through satellite footage by experts at Beyond Parallel, a program of the U.S.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

The experts called the base there “one of the oldest of approximately 20 undeclared missile operating bases” in the country, which apparently serves as a key site from which Pyongyang would, in the event of war, exercise nuclear or conventional first-strike capabilities at targets across the peninsula.

Rodong-1, also known as the Hwasong-7, missiles are ballistic weapons that the North developed in the mid-1980s as an adaptation of the Soviet Union’s so-called Scud missiles. According to a U.S. government estimate from 2006, Pyongyang is believed to own around 200 of these weapons, some of which have a range of about 1,200 to 1,500 kilometers - enough to target all of Japan.

If the projectiles fired Thursday were ballistic missiles, the North may have dialed up its provocations far beyond the level it displayed last week, which prompted alarm but also tolerant reactions from Seoul and Washington. That good will, however, may have gone up in flames with this latest launch.
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EDIT: more news
US Seizes N. Korean Vessel for Violating Sanctions
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VOA News said:
U.S. authorities have seized a North Korean cargo vessel for allegedly violating U.S. and U.N. sanctions by transporting coal from the east Asian country.

The Justice Department's National Security Division said in a statement Thursday the ship was approaching U.S. territorial waters after it was first confiscated in April 2018 by foreign maritime authorities in Indonesia.

"This sanctions-busting ship is now out of service," said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers.

The ship, known as the "Wise Honest," is one of North Korea's largest bulk carriers, the statement said. The seizure is the first time the U.S. has taken possession of a North Korean cargo vessel for violating sanctions.

U.N. sanctions monitors said the vessel was transporting 25,000 tons of coal valued at $3 million when it was detained last year. North Korea also used the ship to deliver heavy machinery.
now THAT is a big deal
 
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Exceptional Mafioso

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Is it safe to assume that diplomacy is no more now?
Not at all.

This is just to prove that the US is serious about its positions and meddlers like China and Russia won't be able to help Kim if push comes to shove. There are a finite number of ships like this in the world. Losing one is devastating to a country like North Korea that is currently entering yet another famine. It is also a sign to aforementioned meddlers that they need to get their shit together because down the road a nuclear North Korea with regional ambitions and a fat cock is very much a problem for China and Russia.
 

BONE_Buddy

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All said and done, this seizure of the Smuggling ship was a deft move by the Trump administration. It was a retaliatory measure that didn't bring us closer to war, and proved that we can actually enforce the sanction measures this aggressively.

Kim thought he had the US (and the rest of the world) playing by his book, this is proof he isn't in control.

Also, this vessel was doing ship to ship transfers, a formerly easy way of smuggling.

Finally, this was one of the largest transport vessels the DPRK had:

gCaptian said:
The 17,000-ton Wise Honest, which also was used to deliver heavy machinery to North Korea, is one of the Pyongyang’s largest bulk carriers, the U.S. Justice Department said.
 
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