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View Poll Results: What is the near-term future of the DPRK
It will fall into chaos as a result of renewed famine and poverty, resulting in military crackdowns. 3 15.79%
There will be a military coup that displaces the current leadership, hopefully soon. 4 21.05%
It will continue to remain a closed society, technologically dormant and otherwise insignificant. 12 63.16%
The leadership will eventually make a misstep, forcing military action from the United States. 0 0%
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Old 03-05-2014   #461
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Washington (AFP) - North Korea poses a mounting threat to the United States due to its pursuit of long-range missiles and nuclear weapons, the Pentagon said Tuesday in its latest strategy document.
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The release of the Pentagon's strategic review came as North Korea flexed its military might three times over the past week, firing short-range Scud missiles and rockets into the sea. The test launches were timed to coincide with joint US-South Korean drills that Pyongyang opposes.

The strategy document said the United States will seek to stay ahead of the threat of ballistic missile arsenals in Iran and North Korea, noting plans to bolster the number of ground-based interceptors on US soil from 30 to 44 while investing in better sensors.
http://news.yahoo.com/n-korea-poses-...004803319.html
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South Korean military gains authority to launch pre-emptive strike against North when necessary

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China declared a "red line" on North Korea on Saturday, saying that China will not permit chaos or war on the Korean peninsula, and that peace can only come through denuclearization.
China is North Korea's most important diplomatic and economic supporter, though Beijing's patience with Pyongyang has been severely tested following three nuclear tests and numerous bouts of saber rattling, including missile launches.
http://news.yahoo.com/china-says-not...032259434.html
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Default Paranoia in Pyongyang

Separate for maximum visibility and insight into what makes Dear Leader tick. Some of this is just too Orwellian to let languish in a larger thread.

North Korean intelligence official tells of aborted coups and assassination attempts
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One of only a handful of North Korean intelligence officials ever to have escaped the country paints a dark portrait of plotting and factions in Pyongyang
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In one plot, a group of officers hoping to provoke a Russian intervention against the regime planned to stage a bomb attack on the Russian consulate in the North Korean city of Chongjin. In another, a north eastern army unit planned a missile strike on key targets in Pyongyang. Both plots, said Mr K, were discovered before they took place.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...-attempts.html
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea on Friday accused the United States of being "hell-bent on regime change" and warned that any maneuvers with that intention will be viewed as a "red line" that will result in countermeasures.

Pyongyang's deputy U.N. ambassador Ri Tong Il also repeated that his government "made it very clear we will carry out a new form of nuclear test" but refused to elaborate, saying only that "I recommend you to wait and see what it is."

His comments came at North Korea's second press conference at the United Nations in two weeks, a surprising rate for the reclusive Communist regime.
http://news.yahoo.com/north-korea-sa...164854158.html
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North Korea will execute 200 supporters of Jang Song Thaek, executed uncle of Kim Jong Un: report
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The government made a list of about 200 high-ranking supporters and their family members, who have been declared followers of Jang Song Thaek, who was executed in Dec. 2013. The families will likely be sent to concentration camps, according to reports.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/worl...#ixzz2xyDuA0J4
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200 executions at a shooting range with an audience! And here I thought the only open gate to hell was in the Great Lakes region of Africa.
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200 executions at a shooting range with an audience! And here I thought the only open gate to hell was in the Great Lakes region of Africa.
How has this sub-human regime been allowed to remain in existence?

First Truman was not up to the confrontation with China over Korea then Chinese support has allowed the regime to survive up to today.

I suggest that when the regime eventually implodes that China and the US pony up $1trillion each to rebuild a destroyed nation.
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How has this sub-human regime been allowed to remain in existence?
The North Korean regime has survived partly due to external, now mainly Chinese support; historically the USSR provided some support and at the time of the Korean War 'Uncle Joe' was at the helm. Only after Gorbachev took power IIRC did Russia effectively turn away.

The real reason for survival has been the apparent strength of its military and ruthlessness. Plus the uncertainty over having WMD. South Korea has only been a powerful economy in the last thirty years, with democracy arriving late.

How will the world, let alone the neighbours, react to a regime change? Personally I don't think outsiders will have much impact. Anyone who emerges as the new leader is very unlikely to be different. Sadly.
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9/10 for Creativity.

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A North Korean official has been executed with a flame-thrower, South Korean media has reported, amid a crackdown on loyalists of Kim Jong-un's purged uncle.

As many as 11 senior party officials with close ties to Jang Song-taek have apparently recently been executed or sent to political prison camps
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...e-thrower.html
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Clearly neither China nor South Korea/US want more instability.

But... it is the enslaved people of North Korea who deserve freedom.

The welfare of the North Korean people should come first... not the concerns of the powers that created the problem in the first place.


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The North Korean regime has survived partly due to external, now mainly Chinese support; historically the USSR provided some support and at the time of the Korean War 'Uncle Joe' was at the helm. Only after Gorbachev took power IIRC did Russia effectively turn away.

The real reason for survival has been the apparent strength of its military and ruthlessness. Plus the uncertainty over having WMD. South Korea has only been a powerful economy in the last thirty years, with democracy arriving late.

How will the world, let alone the neighbours, react to a regime change? Personally I don't think outsiders will have much impact. Anyone who emerges as the new leader is very unlikely to be different. Sadly.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Recent satellite images show two new North Korean frigates, the largest surface combat ships the nation's navy has constructed in a quarter-century, a North Korea-watching website reported Thursday.

The website, 38 North, says the frigates are designed to carry one helicopter each and appear to be designed to counter South Korean submarines and protect fisheries. The vessels appear to be equipped with anti-submarine rocket launchers.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/...te-images.html
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North Korea has threatened to reap "merciless" retaliation on the USA if they do not ban Seth Rogen and James Franco’s forthcoming comedy, The Interview.

The government issued a statement about the film, in which the actors star as two journalists ordered by the CIA to assassinate Kim Jong-un, saying that the country considered the movie "an act of war" and a "wanton act of terror". He also labelled Rogen a "gangster filmmaker".
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This will be worth another few million people going to see this movie. These idiots never learn.
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Best Korea thinks this is not Best OPSEC Practices.

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South Korea said Thursday it would create a combined army unit with the United States, reportedly tasked with destroying North Korea's weapons of mass destruction in the event of an all-out conflict.

The mechanised unit led by a US major general will be set up in the first half of next year, the South's defence ministry said, as part of elaborate preparations for any future war between the two Koreas.

"It will be the first combined 'field combat' unit to carry out wartime operations," a defence ministry spokesman said without elaborating on its mission.

If war breaks out, the unit would be tasked with eliminating weapons of mass destruction in the nuclear-armed North, Yonhap news agency said.
http://news.yahoo.com/us-korea-creat...091716404.html
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China Warns North Korean Nuclear Threat Is Rising

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Pyongyang could double nuclear-weapons arsenal by next year, according to latest Beijing estimates
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The Chinese estimates reflect growing concern in Beijing over North Korea’s weapons program and what they see as U.S. inaction while President Barack Obama focuses on a nuclear deal with Iran.

A well-armed North Korea may prompt the U.S. to adopt countermeasures, especially in missile defense. Adm. William Gortney, head of U.S. Northern Command, said this month that defense officials believe North Korea can now mount a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile called the KN-08. U.S. officials don’t believe the missile has been tested, but experts estimate it has a range of about 5,600 miles—within reach of the western edge of the continental U.S., including California.
I have to admit I'm surprised Beijing would reflect publically that they're concerned about U.S. inaction regarding North Korea. There could be a number of strategic reasons why they would make that comment, but putting conspiracy theories and sophisticated strategizing aside, could it be for plain ole economic reasons they want to the region remain stable?
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Citing Bill M. in part:
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I have to admit I'm surprised Beijing would reflect publically that they're concerned about U.S. inaction regarding North Korea. There could be a number of strategic reasons why they would make that comment, but putting conspiracy theories and sophisticated strategizing aside, could it be for plain ole economic reasons they want to the region remain stable?
China certainly has a great stake in regional and international stability, even more so as their economy becomes more dependent on exports. Stability has to include the rather quixotic regime next door in North Korea, which it appears they too do not understand enough.

If the USA has been focussing on Iranian nuclear matters to the detriment of shared Sino-American concerns over DPRK, then a public statement is a good way of reminding the USA other issues exist.
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