North Korea Issues "Emergency Standby Orders" To Civil Defense Units: Report

Tyler Durden's picture

With markets about to close for the next 2 days, the question on every trader's mind is: "should i carry risk over the weekend, or should I dump it all in case North Korea fires another test, or non-test, ICBM launch which may be just the provocation Trump needs to give the green light to a squadron of B-1 bombers to begin a bombing campaign." After all, Trump himself tweeted this morning that "military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!" 

While we don't know if Kim will "find another path", late on Friday KBS World Radio, the official international broadcasting station of South Korea (which is owned by the Korean Broadcasting System), reports that according to Radio Free Asia (RFA), in a potential warning that Pyongyang may be preparing yet another imminent escalation, "North Korean authorities have dispatched emergency standby orders to the leaders of the ruling Workers’ Party committees and civil defense units."

More details:

Friday's RFA report quotes a source in Yanggang Province as saying that the Central Military Commission of the party delivered the orders via e-mail.


The e-mail apparently arrived even before the North publicly threatened to retaliate against the U.S. “hundreds of thousands of times” over newly approved U.N. sanctions.

A separate source in the North has reportedly told RFA that the state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper carrying the North’s statement was distributed by military helicopters in Jagang Province on Tuesday. The source said it was the first time military helicopters have been used to deliver the newspaper except when the paper carried new year's messages by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

And while the report has yet to be confirmed by other news outlets, traders are furiously hitting refresh on the website of for the daily satellite image update of North Korea's missile launch preparedness, which has yet to hit and which could mean the difference between another sleepy, boring open on Monday and a VIX surging above 20, 30 or more depending on what "path" Kim Jong-Un picks over the next 48 hours.

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Fisherman Blue's picture

Its on, like donkey Jon-kong

Looney's picture


It looks like the Norks time their news releases quite well.  ;-)


BaBaBouy's picture

I speculated 2 dayz ago Thump may be launching this weekend...
...(weekends always to protect the manipulated Markets, they can halt all trading)

Cooler heads Apparently are not prevailing...

MillionDollarButter's picture

Internal coup in 3... 2...

Raging bull market to follow.

Looney's picture


Cooler heads? Not to argue witcha, but there are no “cooler heads” in the government. Trump, no matter how good or bad he is, is surrounded by generals. Tillerson has to schedule an appointment with him 4 weeks in advance. Just a wild guess.  ;-)


Haus-Targaryen's picture

Everyone remember this post -- absolutely nothing happens. Zero.  Zilch.  Nada. 

BaBaBouy's picture

If I was in SK, I would still be booking a long holiday far away just about now...
JIC You Know...

Fake Trump's picture

SK is 100% safe. Not so sure about Guam.

skbull44's picture

I miss the Donald Trump that talked about draining the swamp and bringing the military home. It's really too bad he disappeared right after the election results.

general ambivalent's picture

You trusted a billionaire ziocon. You got what you deserved.

skbull44's picture

No, I'm not naive enough to trust any politician--especially a campaigning one. I simply miss that persona.
I've not voted for decades...

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Fake news. Radio Free Asia is another US government propaganda shop (like Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty) directed by the CIA and masquerading as a "non-profit" corporation. Its board is made up of the BBG (Broadcast Board of Governors) which should tell you everything you need to know.

JohninMK's picture

If you watch cable news or follow the president’s Twitter feed, you might be under the impression that the U.S. is heading to war with North Korea. But somebody, it seems, forgot to loop in the U.S. military.

North Korea is threatening to launch missiles toward Guam; U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted Friday morning that military options were “locked and loaded;” NBC News ran a story Wednesday claiming the U.S. had ”prepared a plan” to strike North Korean missile sites with B-1 bombers. 

But while the rhetoric is nearing a fever pitch in D.C., out in the Pacific you’d never know the world was on the brink of nuclear war.

In Yokosuka, Japan, the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed ready aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan sits peacefully pier-side, along with the U.S. 7th Fleet command ship Blue Ridge. On the Korean Peninsula, the State Department has not advised American citizens to leave the country and U.S. military family members are not being evacuated. No Marines are being loaded on amphibious ships; no sailors have been recalled off leave to prepare for emergency operations; and no ballistic missile defense ships have been sortied to North Korea, the waters off Japan or to Guam, three sources said.

HalinCA's picture

Trump at his finest ...

Praetorian Guard's picture

I just wish we had leaders that actually acted like men, not third grade kids, shouting back at each other about their moms, or ass kicking, or some other bullshit no one cares about. I am actually embarrassed for the guy... the world has officially gone bat shit crazy. Never thought I would live to see what can only be described as the last days of Rome. I wonder if the Romans actually had to endure similar bullshit before they imploded?


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winged's picture

Rome had Israel to thank for its demise. So will the US. That's why nothing will happen with N Korea.

Praetorian Guard's picture

You actually might be right... the entire verbal and twitter exchange is beyond ludicrous. Who even does that, except for bitchy teenage girls?

jeff montanye's picture

how about the north korean reheat is to distract the sheeple from noticing that the whole russia meddling with our elections thing, at least vis a vis the dnc emails to wikileaks, has been proven to be a dnc/cia disinformation operation?

Lore's picture

Exactly. This is just another dishonest hype-fest.  NK telegraphed another missile test;  that is all.  There's been no direct threat to Guam, but you sure as hell wouldn't know it to listen to the goddamned mainstream western news. 


jeff montanye's picture

first get imran awan back in custody and squeeze him hard for debbie wasserman-schultz.

then a very carefully crafted approach, including walkaway money and israeli residence if desired, for hillary and bill clinton.

step by step.

Bigern's picture

These would all be tell-tale signals that one would perhaps not want to give away, if one was actually planning for a first-strike. It would appear that Trump is handing Kim some of his own hot sauce, with the cognative dissonance. Say many things, show many other things, and actually do a tertiary set of things. Keep the enemy off balance, and do it long enough to remove any vestige of high alert defense posture.

Egypt did this preceding the Yom Kippur War, and regularly kept Israel off balance. When the water cannons opened up the berms, no one but Egypt believed a full-frontal assault was possible. As in that war, the nature of modern air defense weaponry will be the linchpin of action.

What is truly on North Korea's SAM launchers, and (as they were in Egypt) are Russian operators standing by once again?

Mr 9x19's picture

major element of victory in military strategies is the surprise.


you never tell the opponenet you gonna nuke  xxx,yyy location.

this basic  tells simply one thing, guam gonna be safe, but for sanfransisco or los angeles i can't be that sure :-X

Took Red Pill's picture

"military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded"


 Marine Corps orders 24-hour grounding of flights for all aircraft

Which is it?


null's picture

Doubt that. Just short of calling BS, maybe.

Anyone with half a sincere appreciation of what DJT said, would not dump on him six months into it, when he is outnumbered 1000:1.

How's he gonna get that stuff done when he supposedly (according to you) has such weak-kneed support?

jeff montanye's picture

i think things are looking up admirably, just as long as the neocon/spook armageddon is fended off.  

first, mueller (the drooler, can't find a zionist in all of 9-11 fooler) has his charge of ferreting out the russian meddling in the 2016 election.

second, that is all the u.s. electorate pretty much cares about; trump's business dealings with russia are secondary.

it has now been proven that the guccifer 2.0 release of the dnc emails, upon which nearly the entire "russian election meddling" is based and which has huge buyin from dem congressional leadership, hillary deadenders, the clandestine services and the legacy media, was a dnc/cia/nsa disinformation operation.  computer science does exist; it is science.  and it is going to make bob mueller puke blood or admit what he was hired to never say: the cia/dnc was guccifer 2.0 (found to be russian by cloudstrike).

oh and for that matter, the trump "steele" russian dossier may have been a product of russian intellegence, paid for by hillary clinton's campaign, the closest the russians got to actually meddling in our election.

redmudhooch's picture

Yeah, Trump doesn't do what he said the next transfer of power will be done at gunpoint. Sadly.

He coulda been the best prez ever, right now hes working on an 0bama style legacy. Not good.

freedogger's picture

I miss that guy too. Still better than cankles though.

RU4Au's picture

Have you ignored the data? Look up how many Howitwer units are deployed north of the border. SK capital looks like Mosul in three days.

slwsnowman40's picture

Looking like Mosul after 3 days is being optimistic.  It'll look more like Hiroshima and not because the NKoreans will nuke it.

lowscorewins's picture

Guess you never heard of counter battery fire. The only guy with a shorter life expectency than a NORK artilleryman manning an ancient dugin howitzer is the tank commander who tries to drive down the Tongil-ro road from the DMZ to Seoul.


Horse Pizzle's picture

Guided artillery rounds have a one meter circular error probable. If they are dug in they better close the hole.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Mosul with a shitload of broken neon signs.  

AGuy's picture

"SK is 100% safe. Not so sure about Guam."

NK has tunnels under Seoul. Makes a easy way to sneak in a few nukes. Also NK has a few thouand artillery guns pointed at Seoul. In a few minutes NK can probably dump 50K artillery rounds into Seoul.

My guess is NK will go all out max in the first minutes they go to war. The will attack SK, Japan and whatever US assets they can, as well as attempting to launch at CONUS, if they can.

It will be devastating and probably shutdown global trade around Asia for months. Not sure how SK and Japan's Nuclear Power Plants will handle the war. There are a lot of unknowns and huge risks. Will China step in?

I am sure after the conflict the World won't see the US the same and likely distance itself from the US as much as possible.

Joe Davola's picture

How do you say 'duck and cover' in Korean

youngman's picture

In North Korea that is a 7 course meal...

The Cooler King's picture



That's  ~ a chicken, wrapped by a duck, wrapped by a turkey (which you cook in an oven, which is inside your kitchen, which is inside your HOUSE)...





PrezTrump's picture

That's silly.  Plently will happen.  We will have new ATH across the board next week!

SgtShaftoe's picture

If you mean in North Korea, agreed. Though I've seen this game before. They want the people staring and squinting at NK while they do something else. They wouldn't be lathering people up in a state of panic and fear for nothing. They have a scheme and it's certainly not one that ends with happy citizens.

Putrid_Scum's picture

You need to get out of the USA. Even if you survive the immediate Reset, the political result is hard Fascism. 

The unofficial leadership is prepping---a new enemy, a new war---and then Fascism.

Location is the most important thing. 


Hugh_Jorgan's picture

Bah. Just more rattle, rattle. Both sides posturing without committing to action. IMO, this will proceed sideways back and forth; again and again before an unforeseen outlier crystallizes the physical conflict if it happens before another of the 15 geopolitical scrums erupts first. This IS distracting everyone from the malicious Mueller witch-hunt after all.

Putrid_Scum's picture


It distracts idiots from the fact that our economic system is collapsing. Mueller and everything else serves the same goal.

That's what you guys don't get, the nobility own Mueller, Trump, Hillary, the MSM, everything. The division is an illusion. 

SgtShaftoe's picture

Do the math. They don't have enough enforcers. They have lost that game.

The Ram's picture

I agree.  A lot of Americans really do not see that there are far two many people in America for the government to control in a hard fascist state.  People often say, the government will take your gold.  MAYBE in a safe deposit box, but not in your home.  The logistics of having hundreds of thousands of military/police kicking in millions of doors to get a little gold and/or silver is staggering.  That's assuming you could get local, state police and military to openly move against the very people that they live with and among.  Just not going to happen en masse.  On a very small scale for a specific target, yes probably, but not on a large scale.  The more likely scenario is that the government just disappears oover a short period of time and the people will have to figure out there own path working on local levels.  

Advoc8tr's picture

".... government just quietly disappears oover a short period of time and the people will have to figure out there own path working on local levels."

That would be a fantastic result ... I doubt we would be so lucky.

Big Hugh's picture

Wrong, of course.

Hard fascism is not possible here. The plebs are too well armed, and have too little to lose.

general ambivalent's picture

Because those guns have really helped thus far...