South Korea On Heightened Alert As North Prepares For Major Army Event

Tyler Durden's picture

Just two days after China warned that April 25 is the "highest probability" day for a North Korean nuclear test, South Korea said on Friday that it was on heightened alert ahead of another important anniversary in North Korea, with a large concentration of military hardware amassed on both sides of the border amid concerns about a new nuclear test by Pyongyang.

Recall that on Wednesday, Boxun News cited a Chinese source who said that "China believes there is the “highest possibility” of a nuclear test on April 25, but “does not leave out the possibility it might take action in early May."

North Korea test-fired what the United States believed was a mid-range missile on Sunday. It blew up almost immediately. The failed launch came a day after the 105th anniversary of the birth of North Korea’s founding father, Kim Il Sung, the current leader's grandfather. Now, there is concern the North will use the next big day on its calendar, April 25, to show off its strength again.

"Although North Korea attempted a missile launch but failed on April 16, considering the April 25 anniversary of the Korean People's Army, there are concerns that it can make another provocation again at any time," South Korea's acting president Hwang Kyo-ahn told top officials on Thursday. He called on the military to maintain readiness.

Additionally, as discussed yesterday, Beijing is not taking any chances: U.S. officials said on Thursday there was a higher-than-usual level of activity by Chinese bombers, signaling a possible heightened state of readiness by China, although the officials played down concern and left open a range of possible reasons. At the same time a Kremlin spokesman declined to comment on media reports that Russia was moving military hardware and troops toward the border with North Korea, the RIA news agency quoted him as saying.

U.S. and South Korean officials have been saying for weeks that the North could soon stage another nuclear test in violation of United Nations sanctions, something both the United States and China have warned against. That test could likely take place on April 25, when North Korea marks the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its Korean People's Army, an important anniversary that comes at the end of major winter military drills, South Korea's Unification Ministry spokesman Lee Duk-haeng said.

As Reuters reports, top envoys from the United States, South Korea and Japan on North Korea are due to meet on Tuesday, South Korea's foreign ministry said, to "discuss plans to rein in North Korea's additional high-strength provocations, to maximize pressure on the North, and to ensure China's constructive role in resolving the North Korea nuclear issue". South Korea and the United States have also been conducting annual joint military exercises, which the North routinely criticizes as a prelude to invasion.

"It is a situation where a lot of exercise equipment is amassed in North Korea and also a lot of strategic assets are situated on the Korean peninsula because of the South Korea-U.S. military drills," Lee told a briefing adding that "we are closely watching the situation and will not be letting our guards down."

On Thursday Donald Trump praised Chinese efforts to rein in "the menace of North Korea", after North Korean state media warned the United States of a "super-mighty preemptive strike". 

Trump told a news conference "some very unusual moves have been made over the last two or three hours", and that he was confident Chinese President Xi Jinping would "try very hard" to pressure North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs. Trump did not provide details of what the moves might be.

Fanning speculation, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang referred questions about the air force to the Defence Ministry, which has yet to publicly comment. Asked about Trump's comment about Xi trying hard, Lu said Xi and Trump had had a full and deep discussion about North Korea when they met this month.

"I can only say that via deep communications between China and the U.S. at various levels including at the highest levels, the U.S. now has an even fuller and more correct understanding of China's policy and position and has a more rounded understanding of China's efforts. We feel very gratified about this."

An official Chinese newspaper said there was optimism about persuading the North to end its pursuit of a nuclear program without the use of force, "now that even the once tough-talking Donald Trump is onboard for a peaceful solution".


"Beijing has demonstrated due enthusiasm for Washington's newfound interest in a diplomatic solution and willingness to work more closely with it," the state-run China Daily said in an editorial.

It's not just China. As we showed previously, in Russia's Ear East, some media have cited residents as saying they have seen military hardware being moved toward North Korea but Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said deployment of Russian troops inside Russia were not a public matter.

Meanwhile, North Korea has said it would test missiles when it sees fit and a South Korean analyst said he believed they would do so.

"Without crossing the red line such as a nuclear test or a test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, until the April 25 anniversary of the Korean People's Army, North Korea is expected to continue to launch mid-range missiles," said Cheong Seong-chang, a senior research fellow at Sejong Institute outside Seoul.

The April 25 date would coincide with another key event: that is when the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group is expected to reach the Korean Peninsula. Additionally, the joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises are due to finish at the end of April.


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Haus-Targaryen's picture

Its all bullshit.  Nothing happens here except John McCain comes really close to ejaculation ... if he still can. 

VinceFostersGhost's picture



So we just launch some bombs from some F-22s.....and we don't tell anyone we did it. I have to come up with this crap for you guys?


This is easy peasy stuff man.

Looney's picture


It doesn’t matter who wins - Kim or Trump. I'm betting on the Point-spread.

 Now... Let's shave some points, boys!   ;-)


SomethingSomethingDarkSide's picture

Futures completely disregard NK now.

Add potential nuclear war to the list of things that no longer matter.

GDP, Interest Rates, Wages, Inflation, etc...

Max Hunter's picture

People need to ask themselves WHY the US needs a war NOW..  

john doeberg's picture

Oy Vey ! This not good !

Times are changing fast...need to hide my jew gold.

Maybe Norway also has too much gold that needs to be stashed away.


Jim Sampson's picture

Exercise equipment...  So we're freaking out about some treadmills and elipticals?

techpriest's picture

People need to ask themselves WHY the US needs a war NOW..

The PEOPLE don't need a war, but....

1) Trump needs a war because war gives enough Americans a war boner that his polls rise to safe levels, particularly among the media.

2) MIC needs a war to justify the outrageous amounts of money they get.

3) Chinese party men need a war because being tied to NK hurts their image as sophisticated leaders on the world stage.

The average person is a pawn in this game. If it were not so, there would be few wars.

Top Hat's picture

Geez, just do something already.  I'm tired of all the bullshit stories. 

nachochan's picture

It takes time to mobilize and prepare and army can only move on its stomach. 

JusticeTBuford's picture

I read Operation Gotham Shield is Monday-Tuesday.  Simulation drill of 10K nuke blast over NJ/NYC.

mc888's picture

Does that include simulation of all the Weehawken and Secaucus datacenters going offline?

If it does, a lot of companies will be testing their DR failover. Markets may not be open for a few days. I can't imagine the big boys going a day without their skim.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

I'm am having some Doom Fatigue myself

Giant Meteor's picture

That is usually when doom happens ..

e_goldstein's picture

"Its all bullshit.  Nothing happens here except John McCain comes really close to ejaculation ... if he still can."

I will show you fear in a handful of dust.

buzzsaw99's picture

you can tell the "markets" have REALLY gotten boring by the number of non financial posts on zh.

VinceFostersGhost's picture



I wasn't aware we were limited to that...


I'd like to see more sports.....but that's just me.


Specifically female beach volleyball.

SomethingSomethingDarkSide's picture

There isn't any financial drama when the banks put volatility in a box and tucked it into the back of the closet to be forgotten.  Just how it is in a Pulitburo driven economy like ours, drama is on que, not random.

Giant Meteor's picture

You noticed too eh? As mentioned, when everyone is all doomed out, and enough bullshit and misdirection is applied, expect actual doom.

Bill of Rights's picture

Opening another road?

IridiumRebel's picture

Stay frozen in fright Muricans.

Bill of Rights's picture

Trust me the attention span of the average American is 10 minutes...FEAR DOOM UNCERTAINTY PAIN passes real quick.

IridiumRebel's picture

Nothing a few red white and blue Buttweisers can't handle.

SomethingSomethingDarkSide's picture

Fear? Ever heard of TINR?  We're fucking fearless - and thereby retarded. 

Ever seen a retard fight a bear?

He should have had some fear to run the fuck away, instead look at him, all mauled and bloodied - like most pensioners/401k investors.

Giant Meteor's picture

Hopium and dip buyimg is a helluva drug ..

Beer and beer goggles, optional ..

cheech_wizard's picture

10 minutes? You are being overly generous. Try 8 seconds.

Standard Disclaimer: Fish Meal, Ground Brown Rice, Torula Dried YeastFeeding Oat MealShrimp Meal,Wheat GlutenSoybean Oil, Fish Oil, Algae Meal, SorbitolLecithin, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Vitamin C). Artificial Colors Including Yellow 5, Red 3, And Blue 2. Ethoxyquin As A Preservative.

All a human body needs!


serotonindumptruck's picture

Keep the masses frightened. They're easier to control and manipulate that way.

Giant Meteor's picture

This IS of course true. And has been played really well circa Sept 2001 and to date - Why it's been the primary play, along with the  totally rigged and failed economy, government statistics and bubblelized "market's."

On the other hand the veneer is wearing a bit thin, the Langley folks have lost their narrative, the MIC wants to be great again, and we're far deeper in the hole than previous  ..

No, sometimes ya have to expect a new game, backed up of course by force, and previous lying ..

I'm sure it's nothing ..

syzygysus's picture

I still like Looney's comment about "if my neighbor's chihuahua barks 24/7 do I have the right to drive a steamroller through his house?" (or somthing like that)


NK isn't a threat, just annoying.  NK has attacked how many countries in the last 50 years?

DuneCreature's picture

The Dot Mil is dying to proof test the triggers on a couple of old nukes.

What better place to test them than a couple of rice paddies around Kim's fireworks stand?

They might even get to test the bunker buster delay fuses on a couple of Tomahawks. ...... The contract for new ones is probably up for renewal and without field testing the old model the funding could be iffy. ............. Bust Kim's chop sticks 500 feet under ground and the Raytheon contract for the hard nose update fusing is a shoo-in. .. Ah, sooooooooo.

~~~~{{{{{{{{ Big Boys And Their Nuke Toys }}}}}}}~~~~

This nuclear war everyone keeps chattering about is already in progress. ........ Mostly countries nuke themselves but occasionally they try out their smaller nuclear weapons on enemy 'test subjects' or not enemy 'test subjects'.

Nuclear weapons do have a shelf life and you know how boys are around toys that go boom.

If you stick a nuke down in a hole under a big building you get interesting effects when you light the fuse.

~~~~~~~~~~ < !! ~~~~~~~~~~

Note the crane in this photo. .... That crane is sitting on a thin veneer of reinforced concrete (12 -24 inches) on top of undisturbed granite bedrock.

Now, note this photo. ........ That is a huge hole blown and 'melted' (turned to plasma) into the same granite bedrock the crane was sitting on.

~~~~~~~~~~ /!! >~~~~~~~~~~

Nuclear war has been on going since 1944. ...... It just hasn't been to your neighborhood (Unless you live in Yemen or Ukraine) since 09/11/2001.

Live Hard, Nukes Can Be Useful For High Rise Building Demo, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Trumpeters will soon be convinced, "Maybe we can win a nuclear war, nothing negative resulted from Fukushima..., Pineapples are $1.00 a piece."

DuneCreature's picture

NOTHING would make the MIC happier than a limited nuclear exchange with a tin pot dictator sitting on China's doorstep.

Live Hard, But, But, But, We Had To Nuke Him Because He's Playing With All The Tech We (Killary & Co.) Sold Him, We Didn't Tell Him He Could Actually Test It, That Costs Extra!, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

HowdyDoody's picture

"NOTHING would make the MIC happier than a limited nuclear exchange"

That's right up there with McCain viewing himself as a war hero. Reality != Dreams / Fantasies.

DuneCreature's picture

But think of the revenue generation. ... The underground bunker business will explode too.

Not to worry, the North Koreans can't field but just a few quiet subs and I don't 'think' they have submerged launch capacity so any missile launches from them would be surface launch 'suicide missions'. .... NK aren't going to risk not going home to mama san.

The MIC think tanks have this all figured out. ... The risk is worth great sales rewards. .. Nine out of ten analyst say so. ... And they ARE the (sales) experts.

Live Hard, Can We Lock Up All The MIC CEOs Yet Or Do We Need To Wait For The Baby Gas Attack FF Or NJ Nuke Dupe, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

Giant Meteor's picture

All that hardware sitting around collecting dust, that just won't do ...

X- x3's picture

"....This nuclear war everyone keeps chattering about is already in progress. ........ Mostly countries nuke themselves but occasionally they try out their smaller nuclear weapons on enemy 'test subjects' or not enemy 'test subjects'......".

You are 100% Correct D_C_.


Mini-Nukes have been used in Damascus:  ww3 syria get nuked with mini nuke - YouTube

Yemen: Israeli / Saudi Arabia Tactical Nuclear Strike on Yemen (Neutron Bomb) Saudi Nuclear Attack on Yemen using a Tactical Nuke

Donetsk, Donbass: YIKES! Did A Nuke Just Go Off In Ukraine?! Breaking Footage Of MASSIVE Explosion In Donetsk!

Irak in 1991: U.S. nuked Iraq during Gulf War - report — RT News


Let's not forget WTC #1 & #2 where everything was pulverized into dust in mid-air, leaving not the usual 12% volume debris in normal demolitions.


DuneCreature's picture

Gee, I don’t how you argue with a video of a giant ball of plasma streaking skyward because it’s thousands of degrees centigrade hotter than the ambient air but apparently a couple of viewers didn’t like what they saw and down voted you and your post and links.

That’s nuking the messager not the message or the real pirate perps.

Those people that think our overlords are too wise and caring to start WW III better wise up.

Down vote away, you dimwits. ……. That’s the very attidude the pirates are counting on to keep experimenting with the sleeple’s fleeces. ... Yea, your hide might be next.

They are testing these tactical nukes to A) make sure the nukes are still viable (Nukes and triggers degrade over time. B) check the effects on a real population (Goat herders, yes, but you and yours are next. C) see what they can get away with, without getting lynched.

So far so good for the bad guys,….there is barely anyone not in denial to date.

Thanks for the links, X x-3

Live Hard, You Should See What The Ass Wipes Inc Boyz Are Doing With Mini Nukes Underground, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

wmbz's picture

Fat Nork Kimmy is getting more attention than he has ever had. I'm sure the twisted little trud is loving every minute of it.

SoDamnMad's picture

Ever notice how many medals all the North Koreans wear. The generals must think it is their version of alligator skin armored vests. The soldiers got tons of medals too. They are too young to have been born after the Korean war. The medals for the Russian waltz into Crimea were produced weeks before the Little Green Men first appeared.  I guess it must be, give them a medal evey couple of months rather than give them pay or family care. 

Can't be for anyone they fought.  Best shined shoes, chest beating for little KIM???

begintowin's picture

Ever notice the generals and admirals who drive around Washington, DC in their chauffeured limousines don't have one purple heart on their ribbon rack between them?

Even the Secretary of "Defense", James Mattis, a.k.a. "warrior monk", "mad dog" etc., a career U.S. Marine Corps commissioned officer, doesn't wear a purple heart on his uniform. All of these flag officers were safe, "in the rear, with the gear" throughout their years of military service.

They have no problem beating the war drum as long as somebody's son or daughter continues to swallow the, "die for your country" drink of imperialistic poison. I hope they all drown in their own vomit one day.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

That Tariff on Mexico is gonna have to be more than 35%. 

VinceFostersGhost's picture



Just keep herding them up into Canada.......don't really care.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Bring the NK's in.  They work cheaper than Mexicans. 

VinceFostersGhost's picture



The NKs are also good at crying on cue.....don't know why we would need that.....but there you go.

trulz4lulz's picture

The NK wouldnt survive the living conditions. Shit hole ghettos, leaded water, fluoride, vaccines, GMO, fat and refined sugar laden foods, aerosolized aluminium falling on them from above, high fructose corn syrup and nutrient deficient foods would either send the poor bastards into toxic shock qithon a week or begging to back to North Korea.

NoWayJose's picture

The MIC will constantly make up and push these 'major events' until they get War!

Sonny Brakes's picture

With this latest development, should I even bother buying green bananas?