UPDATE: Well F-me—Major Gen. Kim Yong-hyun, who heads the operations team of the South Korean Joint Chiefs, just warned that if North Korea launches a provocation, not only would the South retaliate against the source of the provocation and support units, but also against command elements. And yeah, we’re fully prepared to do it. The warning was made all the more menacing by the fact that Major Gen. Kim looks like a really tough mo-fo. Seoul had threatened to go after support units before, but this is the first time I can remember them talking about going after command units.
- North Korea’s throwing its poo around again, this time threatening to nullify the Armistice Agreement. OK, now I’ve heard North Korea threaten to void the Armistice so many times I can’t really take it seriously, but I did find the “diversified precision nuclear strike means of Korean style” bit mildly amusing:
North Korea has also vowed to take unspecified retaliatory steps if the Security Council imposed more sanctions against the country for its third nuclear test on Feb. 12, and its latest warning amplified on such threats.
“Now that the U.S. imperialists seek to attack the DPRK with nuclear weapons, it will counter them with diversified precision nuclear strike means of Korean style,” the North Korean statement said, using the acronym of the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. “The army and people of the DPRK have everything including lighter and smaller nukes unlike what they had in the past.”
They also threatened somewhere to “launch surgical strikes at any time and any target without being bounded by the armistice accord and advance our long-cherished wish for national unification.” With North Korea, anything is possible, and I wouldn’t count out some sort of provocation aimed at South Korea, both to get themselves in the news and to test new South Korean president Park Geun-hye.
- The UN is moving closer to slapping even more sanctions on North Korea, this one targeting, among other things, North Korean diplomats. China co-sponsored the resolution, which seems to me a good sign.
- What’s NOT a good sign is that according to the Chosun Ilbo, China is building five bridges across the Sino-North Korean frontier and expanding road and railroad connections between the two countries. Sources told the Chosun Ilbo that this could be to allow China to more quickly deploy troops to North Korea in an emergency. The North Koreans are reportedly spooked by the Chinese interest, too.