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Mr. Tea
23-11-2010, 12:27 PM
First the sinking of the Cheonan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ROKS_Cheonan_sinking)...

...and now this: two SK marines killed as NK shells island base. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11818005)

To say nothing of the North's nuclear tests in 2006 and again last year.

Is anyone here watching NK in any detail? I just can't see how any of this is in the North's strategic interest, I mean even China seems largely to have washed its hands of this sad, mad little state. The combination of medium-range missiles with apparently viable nuclear weapons (the test of 2009 seems to indicate a device with a yield of a few kT - enough to make a nasty mess of a small city) is obviously worrying to South Korea, but surely any belligerent activity of that sort with an ally and trading partner of the US would be essentially suicidal?

baboon2004
23-11-2010, 12:49 PM
The GUardian is covering it as though it's the beginning of World War III, which is reassuring. (Very) Vague rumours that Kim Jong Il has died.

Mr. Tea
23-11-2010, 01:24 PM
We need a South Park episode with Ahmedinejad and the new Kim swapping parts from their chemistry sets...

Edit: the doom-harbinger-ing seems to come mainly from the people commenting on the Guardian's coverage (including someone called '2012TheEnd' :slanted:) rather than from its reporters. I can understand the paper's rolling updates, I mean this is a big story however you look at it.

crackerjack
23-11-2010, 01:58 PM
Edit: the doom-harbinger-ing seems to come mainly from the people commenting on the Guardian's coverage (including someone called '2012TheEnd' :slanted:)

What's the next end-time after 2012? I'm hoping we get a bit of a rest after this, or are we just fated to repeat it every 12 years?

Mr. Tea
24-11-2010, 11:41 AM
Two SK cilivilians killed in addition to the two marines.

craner
24-11-2010, 10:40 PM
This is mainly because Kim is about to die and North Koreans are starting to escape in a steady stream -- after decades of starvation and Nazi-style racial propaganda (about South Koreans!) and a few years of South Korean TV and Chinese pirate DVDs leaking inwards. Great -- except it's not, because Seoul, like Delhi, is vulnerable to annihilation.

Dr Awesome
24-11-2010, 11:55 PM
Hi guys.

swears
24-11-2010, 11:59 PM
Jimmy Carter putting things into perspective:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/23/AR2010112305808.html

baboon2004
25-11-2010, 11:41 AM
Jimmy Carter putting things into perspective:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/23/AR2010112305808.html

Possibly best not to send replies to this particular thread at 11.59 ;)

Mr. Tea
25-11-2010, 11:53 AM
Possibly best not to send replies to this particular thread at 11.59 ;)

You mean, like a minute-to-midnight nuclear-doomsday thang?

Guilhm de Peitieus
25-11-2010, 01:42 PM
this is germane:

http://www.korea-dpr.com/reunification.htm

Sectionfive
03-12-2010, 07:28 PM
good stuff

http://kimjongillookingatthings.tumblr.com/

Mr. Tea
29-08-2017, 12:53 PM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-41078187


North Korea has fired a missile over northern Japan in a move Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called an "unprecedented" threat to his country.

Errrr am I missing something here or is Japan the one country in the world for which this particular threat is not exactly 'unprecedented'?

muser
29-08-2017, 02:16 PM
I'm living up in hokkaido at that moment, managed to sleep through the sirens and phone alerts.

Mr. Tea
04-09-2017, 02:06 PM
Fucking hell, yesterday's test was about 100 kt!

droid
04-09-2017, 03:24 PM
Good primer on nukes and NK nuclear capability. https://medium.com/@garius/bombs-bullshit-and-idiot-cousins-understanding-nukes-and-north-korea-5b26d29f00a5

Mr. Tea
04-09-2017, 03:51 PM
Yeah, it seems hard to avoid the conclusion that they've tested a boosted fission device at least, although whether it's weaponized yet or not is a whole nother matter.


Please note that I am not your nuclear weapons expert. Please consult your actual nuclear weapons expert before forming policy or starting a nuclear war.

lol, v good