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North Korea Launches Three Missiles Into Eastern Sea

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Five days ago, when describing the launch of the joint-US, South Korean naval military exercise in the East Sea, we said that "for all his endless posturing, North Korea's Un has done absolutely nothing. And if his inability and unwillingness to translate threats into actions continue, that will pretty much be it for North Korea's hope to even get a few loose pennies as a nuisance factor" be it from the US, Japan, South Korea, or anyone else who is listening. It seems the North Korean leader has taken the hint, and overnight escalated from merely constant jawboning into at least some variant of activity, when he fired three short-range missiles into the sea off the eastern coast of the Korean peninsula on Saturday, "once again stirring tensions that had appeared to ease in the wake of a recent series of bellicose statements directed at South Korea and the U.S."

WSJ reports that in a short briefing, South Korea's defense ministry said Saturday that North Korea had fired two guided missiles into waters off the Korean peninsula in the morning, followed by a third missile in the afternoon.

"In our judgement, the missiles are short-range guided missiles, not mid-range missiles such as the Musudan," defense ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said. "South Korea's military is on high alert to prepare for any hostile acts from the North following the guided-missile launch today."

This means the launched missile is most likely the appropriately named Nodong:

Is there a reason to be concerned? Hardly, especially for those who have been following the seemingly endlessly escalating rhetoric out of NK, whose only purpose is to extract a nuisance value premium from anyone, just so it shuts up.

Shin Jong-dae, professor at the University of North Korean Studies, said the launches were more likely a means of drawing attention from the international community than a test launch.


"North Korea is an expert at crisis diplomacy or crisis marketing," Mr. Shin said.


Kim Yong-hyun, professor at Dongkuk University's North Korean Studies department, said the North appears to hope that launching missiles will prompt an offer of dialogue from the U.S.

Which is why ignoring the country so far has worked, however like any irrational actor whose only mode of behavior is attempting the same failed action until there is a response (like the Federal Reserve, for example), at some point North Korea, for whom the opportunity cost of actual military escalation is declining with every day it gets no appeasement from the West, may just lash out. Especially if such overt provocations as a US nuclear carrier swimming in its back yard for "naval exercises" continue.


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Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:34 | 3575610 kato
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thanks and good morning

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:39 | 3575681 chumbawamba
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When it comes to attacking the ocean, NK missiles are deadly accurate.

I am Chumbawamba.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:55 | 3575706 BeaverFever
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I note a hint of sarcasm. Do you not realize that 3 fishies have been killed??? Oh the horror of the long dong!

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 11:29 | 3575766 Spastica Rex
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Comment redacted 'cuz ZH doesn't display Hangul.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 16:34 | 3576353 de3de8
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And oh the pollution.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 11:39 | 3575781 Dave Thomas
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I wonder if the North Koreans ever watch their missile launches in FLIR? I'm guessing they'd see some hellish white beam heating up the launch vehicle in one place. Ever notice that there is always a US Navy Destroyer loitering round the launches for "Observational" purposes? Snicker.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:41 | 3575683 rajat_bhatia
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Hey Tyler, do you think I should go short because of this news? After all I've been following your bearishness since 2009, and I've made tons of money being short on your recommendation, thank god for good Samaritans such as yourself. 

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 12:16 | 3575714 EhKnowKneeMass
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You Indians are incorrigible. Blame somebody else for the fuckups. First it was the Greeks, then Arabs/Persians, then Moguls, then the French, the Portuguese, the British. Now, China walks into your backyard and takes a dump, and your armed forces wet their pants. For once, think for yourself and stand up, you dumb fucking fucks.

dat's rayciss, by the way!


Dang, that was fast. The dudette got booted from ZH. Access denied, punanis!!

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 11:42 | 3575790 Sabibaby
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Hey! The slurpy machine isn't working and the bathrooms are dirty!

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 11:49 | 3575801 Quinvarius
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Because when ZH says pomo days are up days you shorted?  There is a difference between being bearish on the economy and being bearish on the stock market.  I think you need to work on reading comprehension.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 16:16 | 3576323 taniquetil
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Because ZeroHedge clearly markets itself as an asset manager.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 22:53 | 3577107 GMadScientist
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Shut up, asshole.

Some of us still remember your ridiculously stupid calls from two years ago, dipshit.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 14:27 | 3576132 Wile-E-Coyote
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The US navy is very upset, a destroyer could not steam fast enough to get into the test area to get hit. Don't worry they have Walt Disney special effect people on board, time to break out the black matt paint and pull the stiffing out of some mattresses.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 09:55 | 3575611 ar01
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I don't really know why ZH wastes time covering North Korea -- it's the same story line time and time again. They launch, world/media gets into a fuss, world/media later realizes NK is just a joke, then we go back to ignoring them again. Rinse, wipe, repeat.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:40 | 3575682 New_Meat
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"... t's the same story line time and time again."

until it isn't.

- Ned

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 11:43 | 3575792 francis_sawyer
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Are you sure you're talking about NK?... Seems to me there's a little country on the Meditteranean that pulls the same typa shit...

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 18:45 | 3576564 Uncle Remus
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C'mon man...Cyprus has enough problems.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:47 | 3575691 Tulpa
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Last time we backed down and gave them what they wanted, and now they're back with nukes.  If we give them what they want this time, in 5 years they'll be threatening Japan and us again, only with missile-mounted nukes so they actually would pose a threat.

I say we take KJU up on his abrogation of the ceasefire.  No chance of this happening, of course, with President HoldMyUmbrella kicking every can down the road.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:59 | 3575720 BeaverFever
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It takes spunk to mock the Dictaster. But then he likes spunk.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 12:48 | 3575902 toady
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Thank you. I don't know why everyone always forgets that the US pays them off every time they pull this crap.

It's getting to be a yearly event. Every winter they want heating oil and wheat, and every year there going to nuke someone. Every year the US gives them heating oil and wheat, and every year they promise not to nuke anyone.

Until next winter.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 22:54 | 3577110 GMadScientist
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Sounds a lot less expensive than fighting China.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 11:40 | 3575784 Sabibaby
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Distraction from Syria and the Oblumbers of Benghazi

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 11:50 | 3575805 Quinvarius
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It is good to keep up on current events.  At least you will know why you are getting drafted and deployed before it happens.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 19:50 | 3576677 ar01
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If I get drafted for an Obama war, forget his birth certificate, I'm asking to see a copy of his Nobel Peace Prize.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 09:56 | 3575614 unrulian
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NoDong Bitchez

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:23 | 3575661 Agent P
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That's redundant.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:23 | 3575663 Pool Shark
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The missile that looks the most frightening is the tiny one shaped like a man at the far left...



Sat, 05/18/2013 - 14:34 | 3576149 Wile-E-Coyote
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Yeah if I saw him flying towards me I would naturally assume he was Superman, these orientals are cunning you know. They bring a new meaning to subterfuge.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 15:59 | 3576298 GoldForCash
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That missile is called " Man with SmallDong"

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 21:25 | 3576860 StychoKiller
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The CIA has a pic of him on file...

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 09:57 | 3575615 Crash Overide
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Sorry Kim the rest of the world is too busy falling apart to care about you anymore. Go call Rodman on your bat phone and have him FedEx you a bucket of KFC.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 09:57 | 3575616 W T F II
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Until "Chubby Boy" gets a new haircut, we have nothing to worry about.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 09:58 | 3575617 Silverhog
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Me Yawn

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:03 | 3575622 apberusdisvet
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With their economy tanking, the last thing the Chinese want is chaos in their backyard.  They own the little NK a-hole lock stock and barrel, and control the puppet strings.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:19 | 3575650 walküre
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perfect proxi war candidate

China has a few million people to get rid of. Unless they start a massive war to churn people into lawn feed, they can't continue to keep their population levels indefinitely.

Balls to the wall. China that is.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:43 | 3575685 Tulpa
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The PRC is absolutely not in a position to fight the US directly now.  And KJU's saber rattling is giving the US an excuse to flood the East China Sea with our navy, which I'm sure they don't enjoy happening.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:03 | 3575624 Smegley Wanxalot
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more North Koreyawwwn bullshit.

Put up or shut up, Un. Hit a city or fuck off.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:04 | 3575626 jmcadg
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Sounds like it was the NoWong(a) missile they launched.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:07 | 3575629 Ms. Erable
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Kim Jong Unstable is throwing a hissy fit because everyone's ignoring him again.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:08 | 3575633 Dr. Engali
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Maybe the Bernank should launch a missile full of fiat over there to shut him up. Hell he is giving it to every other country in the world, it's only fair that he gives porky some.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:08 | 3575634 Z_End
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Yes it's true... The North Koreans have Nodongs! ;-)

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:32 | 3575671 SilverRhino
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+1 Dr Venhkman

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:16 | 3575644 holdbuysell
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When Kim is squeezed from the people below should they become too hungry, upset, etc. to the point of fear of being overthrown thereby changing the status quo (or if a coup for other reasons is imminent), that will be when he lashes out toward the squeezing coming from outside, as he'll have nothing to lose at that point.

Until then, just expect more of these paper tiger hissy fits.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 17:07 | 3576411 Row Well Number 41
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There will always be enough food in NK to maintain the level of stablity that China wants.


Sat, 05/18/2013 - 17:08 | 3576413 Row Well Number 41
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Dup Sorry.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:27 | 3575656 Atomizer
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Let’s see, NK allegedly shoots off a bottle rocket—Right? Yet no mention of China testing missiles to knock out satellites.

Rocket Capable of Destroying Orbiting Satellites Test-Fired by China


Submitted by Raoul Girard on Sat, 05/18/2013 - 05:05

As per reports, China has recently test fired a rocket that could easily destroy satellites in the orbit. The news was confirmed by the US intelligence assessments. It is a long range rocket that is capable of reaching as high as 10,000 km.

It emerged that the rocket can pose a serious threat to the US's military communications in the Asia-Pacific region. Reports affirmed that a rocket was sent into space from a launch centre in Sichuan province in Monday. The country has said that the launch was the part of a scientific data-collecting mission. However, an anonymous US defence source has said that it was ground based missile and was a first test of China to design an interceptor to go after an orbiting satellite. China has denied the claims saying that the rocket was an aggressive military development. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said that China has always made efforts for peaceful use of the outer space. "The rocket was launched at 9pm on Monday from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China to investigate energy particles and magnetic fields in the ionized stratum and near-Earth space", said the officials from the National Space Science Center. Chinese news agency Xinhua has affirmed that the experiment has given expected results


Oops/ laughter.


Who's missile launch is the media really reporting???

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 18:02 | 3576493 Element
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Spot on. The hypocracy in the MSM is mind blowing.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:22 | 3575660 Pairadimes
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Three missiles? What's that, about 5 percent of NK GDP? I'd say they are getting desperate.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:32 | 3575670 Urban Redneck
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Desperate would be overshooting a US carrier strike force or using a more expensive longer range missile.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:35 | 3575675 They trynna cat...
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The fact alone that a quarter of the population of both Koreas has the surname "Kim" should give you a hint that they are not playing with a full deck.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:56 | 3575709 Atomizer
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I concur, it’s the same way I feel about all those Smith, Johnson, Williams, Jones, Brown, Davis, Miller, and Wilson types. All them Kim names seem pretty suspicious.

If You See Something, Say Something™".


Report to duty comrade!



Sat, 05/18/2013 - 11:33 | 3575774 They trynna cat...
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Wow, I wasn't aware that any one of those European surnames comprised a quarter of any particular Western nation.  Can you enlighten me as to where it is that you're speaking of?

Oh, and btw: my statement wasn't meant as the surname Kim = suspicious.  My statement was that a quarter of the population being so closely related (South/North Korea are the most genetically homogeneous nations in the world) = worrisome about their mental condition.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 12:46 | 3575896 Rustysilver
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Well, in France and Germany your first name has to be on offical governemnt list. so no moon unit for you.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:59 | 3575716 DanDaley
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So, you're saying that they are the hillbillies of Asia?

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 11:46 | 3575798 Atomizer
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Apparently, you haven't travelled to S. Korea before. BTW, the answer is YES. As a lesson in other sectors of Asia; you’re addressed as Mr. Atomizer (Mr. + First name) or Atomizer san. The beat goes on…


Gim Hwang Huang Wang is my name, ask me again and I’ll knock you down



Sat, 05/18/2013 - 14:35 | 3576153 They trynna cat...
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Based on their extreme ethnocentricity, affinity for running overpriced businesses in poor areas (especially black areas), owning mass media in countries other than their own (see Japan for the best example), and all around shady business practices, I tend to lump Koreans in not with hillbillies but with another closely-bred ethnicity.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 18:51 | 3576576 Uncle Remus
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Wait - Sicilians?

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 18:57 | 3576592 nmewn
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Sat, 05/18/2013 - 22:58 | 3577115 GMadScientist
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British Royals?

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 11:18 | 3575751 ebear
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Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:46 | 3575686 Yen Cross
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     Let's strengthen the $ moar and really screw our exporters.

  Now the BLS has "limp dik kim" to blame soft numbers on.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:48 | 3575694 Inthemix96
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I can fully understand NK attacking the sea.

You should have seen the way the sea was looking at them, very threatning and full of violence.  Nearly turned into a bar brawl.

Mind thats only what my mate JDAM told me.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:49 | 3575695 earleflorida
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How this 'Asian-Pivot' is unraveling, as in metaphorically flipping through the pages of 'War and Peace' for enlightenment, is quite benigned, and frankly, such a waste of time... juxtaposed to just peeling the outer layer of a sweet onion and letting the scent direct your nose?

SK has hatred for the JAP's-- ain't ever going away!

China has hatred for the JAP's-- ain't ever going away!

JAP's are in a predicament similar to the 1930's?... and, it's not exogenous this time, and yet... nothing really is?!

"Chinese opinion jars with policy on Korea" by Niklas Swamstrom and Kelly Chen [5/17/13]

"Japan's 'Secret' trip to North Korea disrupts united stance against Pyongyang"  by Justin McCurry [5/17/13]                                    

"Fox leads tiger into China's crosshairs"   by Peter Lee  [5/17/13]                                         

Question:  how long does one think China will put up with U.S. playing war games in it's own backyard without setting it's pitbull loose?


Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:56 | 3575710 Tulpa
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US is playing war games because of NK.  I don't believe that KJU is really on Beijing's leash anymore, if he ever was.  Pitbull?  Please.  The NK military hasn't fought a battle in almost 60 years.  They would come apart at the seams if they ever faced a modern army that wasn't tiptoeing around them like we've been doing for all that time.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 11:16 | 3575745 earleflorida
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back in the mid 80's, pakistan's aq khan and china were all collaborating with pyongyang. korean's already had plutonium and 1st gen. delivery system [very early stage] and wanting to get their hands on alternative nuclear fissile technology--  china craved for, and desparately wanted aq khan's fissile enriched uranium to enhance their already plutonium nuclear stockpile! as we have seen in china's highly advanced delivery systems going to NK in 'baby-step, how-to technical transcripts'?

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 12:48 | 3575904 Rustysilver
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Korean war was fought with Russian MIGs and Russian pilots. Chinese regular army was there also to help.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:50 | 3575696 ebworthen
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He must really need some rice and wheat gratis from the U.S. and U.N.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:55 | 3575697 Monedas
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They're just using their old inventory for propaganda porpoises !   A very astute capitalist style of resource management ?

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 23:00 | 3577123 GMadScientist
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Gangnam style.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:52 | 3575698 Tulpa
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So KJU has declared that the Korean War is back on, literally fired shots across our bow, and the only thing our Commander in Chief has Marines doing is holding his umbrella for him while he reads a Teleprompter.

We should evacuate Seoul and give KJU the fight he says he wants.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:52 | 3575700 IridiumRebel
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North Korea! We missed you! So many wonderful developments in this tinder box we call the world!

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:54 | 3575705 Sathington Willougby
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Circle of Life.

Doopy Do.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:56 | 3575711 Yen Cross
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  The Norks were hunting 'Jelly Fish'.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:59 | 3575717 Monedas
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Jelly fish served chilled in a dog's skull .... with just a touch of ginger !

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 11:04 | 3575727 Yen Cross
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  The breakfast of gulags. (FEMA camps)

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:57 | 3575712 Monedas
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Piers Morgan takes Norkoms off front page .... when he admits tyranny risk on ?

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 11:01 | 3575721 blindman
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perhaps the west needs north korea just the way it is
and may take to paying them to stay this way.
tony Montana explains.
scarface HD you need people like me

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 11:04 | 3575729 blindman
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to think if sanity, good mental health and peace
broke out the world economy would be plunged into
an instant and never ending depression, by some

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 11:13 | 3575740 Monedas
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Sounds as boring as being blind !

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 11:05 | 3575730 Monedas
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Why do the Norks eat dogs .... because they ate all the monkeys already !

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 11:15 | 3575743 the grateful un...
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Kim is an expert at crisis management? He could be our next Fed chief!

It seems the North Korean leader has taken the hint, and overnight escalated from merely constant jawboning into at least some variant of activity.

We call those three missiles POMO. They're not as long range as the QE rockets, but they do make a big splash. One thing you got right is the timing of the tapering off speech, which should always be late Friday after the markets close. The following Tuesday you launch your POMO. Don't worry you'll learn, it is the politicians whose help will make you an endearing legend, a maestro even


"for all his endless posturing, Obama has done absolutely nothing. And if his inability and unwillingness to translate threats into actions continue, that will pretty much be it for him to get a few loose pennies for his campaign as a nuisance factor" 

fortunately financial crisises come after the election in our country. and most voters are now while mumbling i shoulda voted for Romney, realize one thing, its the Fed chief who keeps their 401K safe and warm, so they can take vacations and buy new cars.

So Kim for Fed chief, he'l learn, but he already has most of the skills required.


Sat, 05/18/2013 - 11:24 | 3575759 GrinandBearit
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And my "Bigdong" is in my pants.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 11:41 | 3575787 El_Puerco
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Supreme Leader of North Korea. Kim Jong Un. Advice a Mr. Obama that it’s very important to be prepared for eventual situation present himself with a dilemma...To be prepare, he Kim, strongly suggest to Mr. Obama have ready "K and Y lube", IN CASE HE IS NOT READY FOR PENETRATION ........THE NEW MISSILE READY TO LUNCH IN HIS DIRECTION, any moment now!...


Saludos....   :P

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 11:58 | 3575817 Divine Wind
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Song From Team America......

I'm So Ronery
So ronery
So ronery and sadry arone

There's no one
Just me onry
Sitting on my rittle throne
I work rearry hard and make up great prans
But nobody ristens, no one understands
Seems like no one takes me serirousryyyyyyy

And so I'm ronery
A rittle ronery
Poor rittle me

There's nobody
I can rerate to
Feel rike a bird in a cage
It's kinda sihry
But not rearry
Because it's fihring my body with rage

I'm the smartest most crever most physicarry fit
But nobody else seems to rearize it
When I change the world maybe they'll notice me
But until then I'rr just be ronery
Rittle ronery, poor rittle me


Sat, 05/18/2013 - 14:31 | 3576141 They trynna cat...
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Why don't you try your hand at ebonics next time, friend?  You seem to have a one-sided sense of humor.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 21:46 | 3576913 StychoKiller
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Check out the Dialectizer site...

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 12:09 | 3575832 q99x2
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Kibble for his bunker. Nothing more.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 12:28 | 3575851 Atomizer
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I’ll bet Kim Jr. remembers the day when his dad entered a contract to buy nuclear powered plants.

Rumsfeld was on ABB board during deal with North Korea


The negotiations to purchase GE’s new ESBWR Nuclear Reactor which was funded under the US taxpayer’s (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) stimulus bill. What does one do to close the deal? Report yellow cake production, missile launching abuses, and trafficking sex slaves to spawn humanitarian penalties thru the United Nations.  

If you think this IRS extortion morsel is bad tasting, just wait until we start peeling away into the inner onion layers.  Winks!

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 19:59 | 3576693 Bazza McKenzie
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You forgot to mention the article also says the deal was done in the 1990s as part of a 1994 agreement between the US (ie Clinton) and NK.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 12:50 | 3575912 edifice
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What are they going to call the eventual ICBM?  Longdong?

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 13:40 | 3576012 buzzsaw99
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He's been too busy eating whole briskets and porking that young wife of his lately. He is the only chubby person in that whole damn country.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 14:20 | 3576112 They trynna cat...
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You are all fools.  You have no idea who you are scoffing at.

Don't you know that Kim Il Sung single-handedly painted the ceiling of the Cistene Chapel?  Don't you know that he wrote all the books in the British library?  Don't you know that he invented the light bulb and the assembly line?

The Kims are the greatest family to ever walk the face of the earth.  You will all be sorry one day.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 15:20 | 3576232 jonjon831983
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Gee I guess despite all the media downplaying it after a while, they did do it.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 16:16 | 3576324 Stuck on Zero
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You don't build missiles of this persuasion with a 14th century industrial base.  Someone is steadily supplying North Korea with advanced machines, computers, and aerospace materials.


Sat, 05/18/2013 - 17:09 | 3576417 UGrev
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I told you guys to watch out.. you didn't listen.. We are in MAJOR DANGER here. These crazy fuckers.. They can BLOW UP WATER!!!!!!!! 

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 17:57 | 3576471 Element
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" ... when he fired three short-range missiles into the sea off the eastern coast of the Korean peninsula on Saturday, "once again stirring tensions that had appeared to ease in the wake of a recent series of bellicose statements directed at South Korea and the U.S."

Politicians and especially the MSM need to get a sense of proportion and reality about this stuff. Countries all over the world test missiles every other day, or every other week. Your country does it, my country does it, and no one says a damn thing about it.

Only the shallow two-faced Western MSM and ultra-hypocritical Western politicians and its numerous arms industry lobbyists, go disproportionately bonkers about it at every chance they can, to over emphasis and magnify the "threat". Then they'll propose to, "boost our missile defenses".

The only reason why North Korea is being singled out for a short-range missile test, is because North Korea is being singled out.

There's not a lot more to it, because the US has threatened a whole range of countries with nuclear attack for going on 70 years, even pre-emptive nuclear attack, and the Western powers test LONG-RANGE nuclear missiles whenever it wants and mostly does not give a fuck about what anyone says about it.

And these usual suspects are again pointing their finger at North Korea. What is good for the goose, is also good for the gander, so stop with all the faux bitching because your fingers should be pointing back at you.


EDIT: btw, have a look at how small North Korea actually is, overlay it over say Texas. It's tiny, so where are they supposed to test their missile systems, except over the ocean? ie. such missile tests will never cease being done like this. Would everyone please get the fuck over it.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 18:32 | 3576537 NuYawkFrankie
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I just launched 3 minature rubber ducks in my bathtub.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 18:38 | 3576547 Uncle Remus
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Those aren't rubber...

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 18:40 | 3576557 lesamourai
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ZH posted footage of the last NK missile launch.

Imagine three of these... *quail*

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 21:10 | 3576821 ableman28
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After the missile assault a triumphant march of the people's army into the Eastern Sea completed the defeat of this ancient enemy.

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 22:01 | 3576963 seenod2010
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"Is there a reason to be concerned? Hardly, especially for those who have been following the seemingly endlessly escalating rhetoric out of NK, whose only purpose is to extract a nuisance value premium from anyone, just so it shuts up."

Tyler, the situation is a bit more complicated than the simple bonus North Korea attains from time to time by esclating tensions with rhetoric and technological movements like the missile launches to nowhere:
First, we truly should bare in mind globalization benefits the two nations that North Korea needs to attain a 'go ahead' from to engage South Korea, Japan, and US or US and its allies in the region in particular. Russia and China certainly doesn't want North Korea to collapse, but they don't want the US and its allies to neglect the region either. This is about balance of power and shifting enough of it to prevent simply being rolled over; eventually, the balance of power is always fought for. I am also compelled to point out central to every war is good for the economy and the concept central to our foriegn policy around the concept of 'eliminating a potential rival before they can challenge us' is balance of power.
Second, Russia and China are the two nations North Korea needs 'go aheads' from to engage South Korea, US, and Japan. It's not going to happen unless the US and its allies crosses a major red line like collapsing Assad's Syria or forcing the Iranians to openly enter the fray on the side of Syria, or our lovely politicians get smart and say globalization is the worst idea in the history of modernization and reverses it. Or worse yet, Russia and China manage to reach the tipping point in trade agreements dropping the US Dollar in trade agreements, and I suspect that point is being flirted with. In laymen's terms, the US and its allies crosses a red line to prevent losing the capacity to wield the balance of power, or Russia and China shifts it away from the US entirely. Either way, both trends appear to be dangerously close to converging to me.
Third, North Korea's aim is most likely a roundabout way of I think the name is a holding manuever in which attempts to not react properly or react in a diasterously mistaken way like the US and its allies fail to react at all or launches an attack, or they can yes attain additional funding. Similarly, Iran is most vulnerable from the west, and Syria is the only non-Western friendly to counter a pincer from the west against Iran because Pakistan rests to the east with China declaring both a redline and Russia declaring Iran a redline. Syria and Iran are linked through their alliance and positioning, and Russo-Sino's UN Resolution vetos strongly indicates that this is fully acknowledged. If Assad collapses and threatens to enable the US and its allies to relatively unopposed threat to Russia's southern underbelly like it tried against the US with Cuba, it will have extreme trouble holding out against the US and its allies along with its round about ally in China who is also threatened in a similar fashion, which crosses in the east with North Korea.

Is there a reason to be concerned? I believe so because Russo-Sino can't afford to allow North Korea, Syria, Iran, or Pakistan to collapse. It also has to further erode the US Dollar as the world's reserve currency status to win another cold war, which this status is the main reason it won due to the economic boost it grants without severe consequences. I'm more willing to bet against the Federal Reserve than the real lesson ex-KGB Putin learned from the Cold War that Cold Wars favor the nation of the world's reserve currency. Destroy the status or destroy the economy are the options and only one is relatively peaceful. Similarly, there are only two ways to shift the balance of power being gradual and spontanous. Reversing policy decisions would be gradual. Knocking out those who defy the Dollar's or West's dominance, hegemony.

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