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    By Jethro Mullen, CNN
    updated 5:33 AM EDT, Thu March 21, 2013


    (CNN) -- The North Korean military issued a fresh burst of ominous rhetoric Thursday, warning that U.S. bases in Guam and Japan are within its "striking range."

    The statement from the Supreme Command of the Korean People's Army, carried by the North's state-run news agency, follows the announcement by the United States this week that its B-52 bombers were making flights over South Korea as part of annual military exercises.

    "The U.S. should not forget that the Anderson Air Force Base on Guam where the B-52s take off and naval bases in Japan proper and Okinawa where nuclear-powered submarines are launched are within the striking range of the DPRK's precision strike means," the North Korean military said Thursday.

    DPRK is short for Democratic People's Republic of Korea, North Korea's official name.

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    North Korea threats meaning = Need more crap from the Chinese.
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    I would guess that would mean the NK bases are in range of Guam and Japan!

    They would probably try to tip over Guam first!

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    Well, according to new North Korea expert Dennis Rodman, Kim is not the problem, the hardliners are the ones making the threats.


    Rodman is not a diplomat, he's a bit of a whackjob, but there might be a little something to what he's saying-the kid who is now leader may just be a figurehead who has no real say in governing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post

    Rodman is not a diplomat, he's a bit of a whackjob, but there might be a little something to what he's saying-the kid who is now leader may just be a figurehead who has no real say in governing.
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    For the love of Pete we should just attack these assholes and get it over with so we can stop the incessant threats
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    Quote Originally Posted by Molon Labe View Post
    North Korea threats meaning = Need more crap from the Chinese.
    It's having the opposite effect. The Chinese don't approve of Kim's provocations and have cut off oil shipments and cooled their relationship. In February, Chinese crude exports to North Korea stopped completely, the first time since 2007 that this has happened. China is North Korea's sole supplier of oil, except for a few Russian companies that ship crude to have the North Koreans refine it, but that all goes through the same pipeline. This means that they had to draw on their stockpiles in order to sustain the current state of emergency and mobilization, without any replacements. This means that if North Korea is planning anything, they have a hard time limit, which is when they run out of fuel and food, which will trigger civilian rebellions and mass desertions of mobilization stations.

    Another indicator of the cooling is the diplomatic traffic between China and North Korea. In the last message from Chinese President Xi Jin Ping to Kim Jong Un, he used the phrase "friendly neighbors." This is not the traditional phrase that the Chinese use to describe the Chinese/North Korea relationship, which is "closer than gums and teeth." "Friendly neighbors" means that they are publicly distancing themselves. He also referred to "bringing peace and stability," which is a reminder of Chinese opposition to the nuclear tests and current provocations.

    The good news is that this is further isolating North Korea among its neighbors. The bad news is that it means that North Korea will become increasingly dependent on oil-exporting rogue states, like Iran.


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    Well, according to new North Korea expert Dennis Rodman, Kim is not the problem, the hardliners are the ones making the threats.


    Rodman is not a diplomat, he's a bit of a whackjob, but there might be a little something to what he's saying-the kid who is now leader may just be a figurehead who has no real say in governing.
    Part of the problem is that Li'l Kim is trying to consolidate power, as well as implement changes. He's not a figurehead, but he isn't secure in the post, either. When his dad took over, there was widespread rebellion among some of the generals, who expected to advance when Kim Il Sung died. Kim Jong Il had to purge the armed forces, and part of the deal that followed was the subordination of the Communist Party to the military, with KJI's newly appointed generals in charge. Now, Kim Jong Un has the same problem, but more so. KGS Nightwatch has some good open source information on this:

    North Korea watchers say there is growing public discontent with the young leader. There has apparently been a surge in disobedience and a lack of discipline in the military. Sources say military officers grumble at the appointment of Choe Ryong-hae as director of the People's Army General Political Bureau, a top military position, despite the fact that he has no military experience.


    Military morale of senior officers reportedly is poor because of Kim's continuing purges. Veteran officials in the Workers Party are unhappy about the young leader's confusing reshuffles and impulsive orders. They apparently complain secretly that the inexperienced leader is "running wild."


    The South Korean news service judged that Kim's efforts since June to improve the North's economy floundered on fierce opposition from party hardliners afraid of losing their grip on power. High-ranking party officials ignore Kim's orders and write them off as unrealistic, and are instead busy watching their backs or looking for ways to make money
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    Odysseus: I called this a year ago, remember? Uncle Kim has worn out his welcome, and now NK is an albatross they can do without...and cant afford.
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