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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Thom Paine's picture

South Korea should be telling USA to fuck the hell out of there.

There is NO good that can come from this idiocy, except make Kim look stronger when the US has no option but to go home.

Unless of course Trump wants to guarantee the destruction of much of Seoul by trying to attack NK.

Then there are unitended consequences.

Wonder Trump hasnt wondered why previous POTUS haven't nuked NK.

Then again maybe Trump just couldn't care about the destruction of Seoul, parts of SK, and maybe Nagasaki (again).

Aristofani's picture

Those in the south fo the Peninsula have indeed been trying to do that. But the powers that should not be there have their heads so far up the CIA and Pentagon arses, it isnt easy.

I predict the return of another military dictatorship there.

In the meantime, recommend Bruce Cumings' excellent books on the famous Peninsula.

c2nnib2l's picture

I don't really know what's there for us in North Korea ? anybody ? why taking such risk ? if you compare North Korea to any other western country like for example UK or USA etc... they are actually very peacfull creatures. 

PrayingMantis's picture

... orders from the (((Red Shield))) banking cartel ... only four countries left that are not yet part of Red Shield NWO ... they are North Korea, Syria, Iran and Cuba ... see the pattern? ... however, on-going and most-recent geopolitical tensions due to western bullying annoyed the other two super-powers, China and Russia, to the point of threatening to leave Red Shield's SWIFT system (they have a SWIFT alternative in place) and moving back to a gold-standard economy. They started creating their own consortium with Brazil, India, and South Africa dubbed BRICS which control half of the planet's economy.

North Korea also shares a common border with China and Russia and NK is the best place to park the THAAD missiles and hold military drills at C & R's doorstep for a quick land invasion if necessary. NK is the buffer as well as C & R's Great Wall to prevent the US, SK, Japan and other western allies from coming in by land. Strategically, NK is very important for both C & R which also protects the naval corridor areas on the Yellow Sea and Japan Sea.

This scenario gives C & R a good reason to protect all remaining non-Red Shield-central-bank-controlled countries to prevent an all-out ownership by the NWO.

Future conflicts will boil down to only two groups BRICS vs NATO ... good vs evil ... you get to decide which group is good and which one is evil.

Nevertheless, it' s a win/win for the (((Red Shield))) cartel funding both sides of the conflict ... unless C & R decides to dismember from Red Shield.

SHADEWELL's picture

Right...

But of course failing to counter Kim's idiocy...shows that one would be a paragpon of stength correct?

So, you just sit back and continue to watch NK  build their missle program to the point where they have become a real (ICBM) threat, and also continually just acccpt bellicose statements to be made that you are going to get nuked..yesiree that WAS Obama's "leadership", but "dat shit aint gonna fly no moe"

 

 

Xena fobe's picture

Japan too. Why no statements from Japanese and SK leaders about this?

spanish inquisition's picture

That NK kid sure know how to trigger everyone....

Colonel's picture

The goobermints are triggered, the people are trying to go about their business.

Giant Meteor's picture

In my safe space as I write this, all warm and fuzzy on a rainy day ..

Jeebs is bringing me coffee, lightly butted toast, with perfectly timed soft boiled egg , with orangy juice and of course the New York times. Life is exquisite ...

c2nnib2l's picture

what's the difference between North Korea testing their Nukes vs USA testing their Nukes ? North Korea is not really doing anything... anywhere apart from their own backyard.... :&

DuneCreature's picture

I'm sure Kim is preparing a gas attack against SK babies.

Or maybe babies right next door in New Jersey.

Live Hard, You Know How Triggered Persistent MAGA President Trump Gets About Baby Gas Attacks, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

I enjoyed watching the Doctors treating them with their bare hands.....which sorta proves it wasn't Sarin gas.

 

You don't want to treat a nerve agent with your bare hands....that stuff is dangerous.

rejected's picture

".which sorta proves it wasn't Sarin gas."

When government says it's so,,,,,,,,, it's so Mister.

And don't anyone forget it.

Fake Trump's picture

Ask Doris Day. Que Sera Sera.

tenpanhandle's picture

lyrics have changed to "Que Sarin Sarin"

Thom Paine's picture

So there they are, all the neocons, tucked away in a little room with the CIA, arranging a decent North Korea false flag.

Thinking that like their wonderfully competent Syria false flag, that it will give them the right to start bombing NK.

SO if the USA started using tomahawks on NK, and NK immediately retaliated with a barrage of artillery fire on Seoul - what would the US do next?

Double down, therefore NK double down on SK. Keep doubling down until they have to stop, and go back to USA having left SK in a total mess.

It is so great being a US ally in the modern world.  WHo needs enemies.

zeroboris's picture

U.S.-South Korea military exercises are due to finish at the end of April

And this is not a provocation, yes?

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sauldaddy's picture

Oh yeah North and South Korea have 50 nuclear reactors between them. So even that regional war would destroy all life on the planet. All would melt down in the event of a nuclear war.

Herdee's picture

What's amazing about all this is none of the politicians are being forced to sit down together and look at each other eye to eye. If the Kings of Europe were forced to do this before WW1 do you think WW1 would have happened if you said to them " It's OK to go to war if you agree between yourselves that you are going to murder and kill 20 Million innocent people." So, don't get the flag waving, war beat going with the drums, it's a dirty business and if you talk to anybody that was in Vietnam or WW2 you'll find out that there's nothing glorious about it. It stinks and the war spirit sucks bigtime and it's bankrupting America.

barysenter's picture

They will be conducting an exercise when the attack the exercise drills for happens. Worked everywhere else...

Archive_file's picture

I just spoke 5 minutes ago to 2 young men in BDU's loading their car here in San Francisco. They were in an officer training program at a local university. I asked if they knew whether the national guard was being activated. One of them replied,"Oh yeah, I saw that. Yeah, national guard has until July 1st to get ready." I asked if that was just California or nationwide. He responded "nationwide." I haven't seen or heard anything about troop call ups so he may have slipped up and divulged some "insider" information.

Shits about to get real.

*NSA: I can be reached in the van I live in down by the beach with all the other deplorables. Unfortunately, it looked pretty glassy and offshore, so bring your surfboard along with your handcuffs. You'll have to paddle for me.