N Korean nuclear strike could cause chaos in US

Last month the North Korean embassy in Spain was raided by a mysterious group who claim to wish to overthrow the government of North Korea. They tied up the embassy staff, allegedly tortured them, and made off with computer hard drives and secret documents.
North Korea calls raid on Madrid embassy 'grave terrorist attack' | CBC News
North Korea are demanding an investigation into it, calling it a "grave terrorist attack" and a violation of international law.
The Spanish are apparently doing some sort of investigation, but the details are still under wraps.
The Americans identified the group as "Cheollima Civil Defence".
The BBC have more information on them. The Spanish say they were armed with machetes, knives, and metal bars. The information taken was then handed over to the US.
Who was behind North Korean embassy raid?
The group apparently has a web site and a Youtube channel. I'm not about to visit either.
One of the known members is someone based in the US. According to the Spanish he was the ringleader of the raid on the Madrid embassy.
The Spanish press report that the group has links to the American CIA.
Just for the record, an ex marine has been arrested allegedly in connection with this incident.
Former Marine arrested in North Korea embassy attack in Madrid
The report is dated 22 April.
 
Ask any N Korean about the shortage of food and they will tell you they can’t complain.

Ask the fat kid and he will say it’s heaven on earth with so much around he’s had to go on a diet.
 
North Korea has reportedly conducted several test launches of short range missiles. These missiles travelled approximately 200 km before landing in the sea to the northeast.
www.cbc.ca/news/world/north-korea-short-range-missile-1.5123084?cmp=rss
The South initially reported a single missile was fired, but later issued a statement that said "several projectiles" had been launched and that they flew up to 200 kilometres before splashing into the sea toward the northeast.
A month ago North Korea said they had developed a new type of guided weapon. It is possible that this recent event was a test of it.
North Korea said last month that it had tested a new type of unspecified "tactical guided weapon."
The most interesting part of the report is that Japan downplayed the significance of the test, apparently because Japanese PM Abe is working to get his own summit with North Korea's Kim.
Japan's Defense Ministry said the projectiles weren't a security threat and didn't reach anywhere near the country's coast. Japan will likely avoid any harsh response as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks to secure his own summit with Kim.
 
The following story has more news on the recent North Korean missile test. The tests were shown in North Korean media on Sunday. These include both a short range missile and multiple rocket launchers.
www.cbc.ca/news/world/north-korea-short-range-missile-1.5123713?cmp=rss
North Korean state media on Sunday showed leader Kim Jong-un observing live-fire drills of long-range multiple rocket launchers and what appeared to be a new short-range ballistic missile, a day after South Korea expressed concern that the launches were a violation of an inter-Korean agreement to cease all hostile acts.
The rocket launchers were apparently 240mm and 300mm models.
In its updated assessment on Sunday, the JCS did not confirm whether the North fired a ballistic missile, but said a "new tactical guided weapon" was among the weapons tested by the North, which also included 240 millimetre- and 300 millimetre-calibre multiple rocket launchers. The JCS said the various projectiles flew from 70 to 240 kilometres before splashing into sea.
The guided missile appears to be similar to the Russian 9K720 Iskander and can manoeuvrer in flight.
The North Korean missile appeared to be modeled after Russia's 9K720 Iskander mobile short-range ballistic missile system, said Kim Dong-yub, an analyst from Seoul's Institute for Far Eastern Studies. The solid-fuel North Korean missile was first revealed in a military parade in Pyongyang in February last year and is likely the unspecified tactical weapon the North said it tested last month, he said. (...)

The missile is also likely designed to be manoeuvred during flight and warhead delivery, which would make it less likely to be intercepted by missile defense systems, he said.
 
North Korea has tested two more short(er) range missiles. According to South Korea The first went 420 km and the other 270 km. www.cbc.ca/news/world/south-korea-north-fired-projectile-1.5128966?cmp=rss
The South's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the weapons fired flew 420 kilometres and 270 kilometres, respectively.
They were launched from an area which North Korea has long used as test launch site.
The South's military said earlier at least one projectile was launched from the Sino-ri area of North Pyongan Province, an area known to host one of North Korea's oldest missile bases where a brigade operates mid-range Rodong missiles. It said later the launch was made from the province's Kusong town, about 40 kilometres from Sino-ri, where the North conducted its first successful flight test of the Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile in May 2017.
North Korea described the previous tests on Saturday as being part of normal defensive military exercises.
North described its firing of rocket artillery and an apparent short-range ballistic missile on Saturday as a regular and defensive military exercise. The North also ridiculed South Korea for criticizing those launches.
South Korea's president Moon suggested that the tests may have been a form of protest against the lack of progress in recent peace talks.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said North Korea's latest missile launch was probably a subdued protest against the U.S. after a failed summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump in Hanoi in February.
"North Korea seemed to be discontented it could not reach a deal in Hanoi," Moon said in an interview with South Korean broadcaster KBS.
But the North appeared to have refrained from using weapons that directly threaten the United States, Moon said.
 
A North Korean cargo ship, the Wise Honest, was seized by Indonesia last year, apparently at the request of the US. It is apparently now in the process of being taken by the Americans to the US territory of American Samoa.
www.cbc.ca/news/world/u-s-seizes-north-korea-cargo-ship-sanctions-violations-1.5129611?cmp=rss
The U.S. has revealed it seized a North Korean cargo ship last year, after it was allegedly used to violate international sanctions, a first-of-its-kind enforcement action that comes amid a tense moment in relations between the two countries.
North Korea's second largest cargo ship, the Wise Honest, was detained in April 2018 as it travelled toward Indonesia and is in the process of being moved to American Samoa, U.S. Justice Department officials said.
The Americans claim the move of the ship was not a response to the recent North Korea short range missile tests.
Officials made the announcement hours after the North Korea fired two suspected short-range missiles toward the sea, a second weapons launch in five days and a possible signal that stalled talks over its nuclear weapons program are in trouble. The public disclosure that the vessel is now in U.S. custody may further inflame tensions, though U.S. officials said the timing of their complaint was not a response to the missile launch.
The ship had been used to export North Korean coal to China, Russia, and other countries (presumably Indonesia among them).
The 177-metre ship was used to transport North Korean coal to China, Russia and other countries, generating badly needed revenue to a country that is under UN sanctions because of its nuclear weapons program. It also delivered heavy machinery to North Korea.
The Indonesians intercepted and seized the ship in the East China Sea after it was photographed loading coal in North Korea. The captain has apparently been arrested but it is not clear what has happened to the crew.
Indonesian authorities intercepted and seized the Wise Honest in the East China Sea a month after it was photographed at the port of Nampo, North Korea, where it took on a load of coal. The captain of the ship was charged in Indonesia with violating that country's maritime laws and convicted, the complaint says. It was not immediately clear what happened to the crew.
The Americans apparently intend to sell the ship.
The U.S. has prosecuted people and businesses for violating sanctions but has never before seized a North Korean ship. The country will have an opportunity to contest the seizure in court. If the U.S. prevails, it will be able to sell the vessel.
 
We can’t feed ourselves but...we have rockets!!!!

...and cause chaos in the US...

...we think.

Terminal you are flogging a very dead horse. If push came to shove they could be reduced to glass ‘toute suite,’ as the Japanese... say?
 
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U.S. State Department approves possible $314 million sale of missiles to South Korea - Reuters
S Korea look set to acquire 94 more SM-2 missiles, guidance eqpt etc. in a $313.9M contract. They already use SM-2 and are apparently building more destroyers capable of using the missiles, which also has a secondary anti-ship role:
South Korea, a key Asian ally of the United States, asked to buy up to 94 SM-2 missiles used by ships against air threats, along with 12 guidance systems and technical assistance for a total cost of $313.9 million, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said on its website.
North Korea asks U.N. chief to address ship seizure by 'gangster' U.S. - Reuters
DPRK are complaining to Guterres regarding the ‘gangster state US’ seizing one of their ships back in April 2018:
“This act of dispossession has clearly indicated that the United States is indeed a gangster country that does not care at all about international laws,” the North Korean ambassador to the United Nations said in a letter sent to Guterres dated Friday, according to North Korea’s KCNA news agency.
The US say it was used for ‘sanction busting’ by importing coal:
The U.S. Justice Department said the North Korean cargo ship, known as the “Wise Honest”, was seized and impounded to American Samoa. The vessel was accused of illicit coal shipments in violation of sanctions and was first detained by Indonesia in April 2018.
 

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