North Korea Says Army Is "On Standby Waiting For An Order Of Attack"

Tyler Durden's picture

Global markets are closed for the weekend, so we will need to wait until tomorrow evening to see how investors react to the latest back-and-forth between the North Korean government and President Donald Trump. In North Korea’s latest salvo in its war of words, a state-run newspaper declared in an editorial that the country’s Paektusan army is now “on standby to launch fire into its [the US’s] mainland, waiting for an order of final attack."

The comments follow a Friday report from KBS World Radio, the official international broadcasting station of South Korea (which is owned by the Korean Broadcasting System), that "North Korean authorities have dispatched emergency standby orders to the leaders of the ruling Workers’ Party committees and civil defense units."

Here’s more from Fox News:

“North Korea took its turn Saturday in the country’s escalating, back-and-fourth with President Trump, with the state-run newspaper saying leader Kim Jung Un’s revolutionary army is “capable of fighting any war the U.S. wants.”

The assertion was made in an editorial that also states the Paektusan army is now “on the standby to launch fire into its mainland, waiting for an order of final attack."

 

The editorial also argues that the United States ‘finds itself in an ever worsening dilemma, being thrown into the grip of extreme security unrest by the DPRK. This is tragicomedy of its own making. … If the Trump administration does not want the American empire to meet its tragic doom in its tenure, they had better talk and act properly.’”

Late last week, in a response to domestic criticism about Trump’s bellicose commentary, the president said that his rhetoric concerning North Korea - particularly his now infamous promise to respond with “fire and fury and…power” if North Korean leader Kim Jong Un continues to threaten the US - may not have been “tough enough.”

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Fox also reported that Chinese leader Xi Jinping pleaded with Trump to tone down his rhetoric during a Friday night phone call with the US president.

“During Trump’s phone conversation Friday with Xi, the Chinese leader also requested that the U.S. and North Korea tone down their recent rhetoric and avoid actions that could worsen tensions between the two nations, Chinese Central Television reported.

 

‘At present, the relevant parties must maintain restraint and avoid words and deeds that would exacerbate the tension on the Korean Peninsula,’ Xi was quoted as saying.”

As we noted last night, it doesn’t look like Xi was able to sweet-talk Trump into once again delaying an investigation into China’s trade practices that many expect will lead to an all-out trade war between the world’s two largest economies. China is North Korea’s only major benefactor, and is responsible for 90% of the country’s foreign trade. Trump’s decision comes despite an IMF warning last month that “inward-looking” policies could derail a global recovery that has so far been resilient to raising tensions over trade. We also have noted the tendency, throughout history, for trade wars to blossom into the real thing…

Indeed, it seems that relations between the two world powers are deteriorating once again even after Trump praised China for signing off on the latest round of UN Security Council sanctions against the North – which are expected to reduce North Korea’s exports by more than $1 billion.

But despite Xi’s repeated jawboning and half-hearted promises to act, China has so far been reluctant to take meaningful action to curb North Korea’s nuclear program. Now any effort would probably be too little, too late, as the US and Japan now believe the North has developed a nuclear warhead small enough to fit inside on of its ICBMs. This newfound capability could allow the North to deliver a nuclear payload to the US mainland – a fact that was not lost on global markets this week.

The escalating tensions between NK and the US – particularly Kim Jong Un’s threat to launch a missile at Guam, a US island territory in the Pacific – helped keep the S&P 500 below its 50DMA for the longest stretch since April

…and the Chinese VIX to its highest level of the year.

On Monday, we will learn if US investors are sufficiently terrified to dump stocks…or if “buy-the-f**king-all-out-nuclear-war-dip becomes the mantra of the day.
 

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Internet-is-Beast's picture

No that will be a tattoo with the numbers 666. Everyone will think that we're fans of Google.

Arnie Fife's picture

North Korea is going to be destroyed if they keep it up.

They have gotten way ahead of themselves.

GoldHermit's picture

Actually, most of them are waiting for the order to run for your fucking life

BigCumulusClouds's picture

Is it possible that the US government has just made this nuclear Armageddon stuff up or has paid N Korea to say this shit just to create a nice distraction for the controlled media?

BigCumulusClouds's picture

What I see happening in the near future is a "settlement" of the situation which will drive gold and silver prices lower, allowing the banks to fully escape from their remaining short positions.

World citizen's picture

Another day, another pile of horseshit...

NK does not have any nuclear capability...

The U.S.is under to threat whatsoever...

Why do people still fall for this nonsense is beyond me

44_shooter's picture

One of the things I never understood about Iraq, was the utter stupidity in which Saddam, up until the end, kept his mouth running about his super elite Royal Gaurd and his arsenal of weapons his country had to defend itself.

During his trial he was asked why he kept saying he had a stockpile of weapons and the answer he gave was something along the lines of if I let my neighbors know I had nothing to defend myself they would have invaded me.

The problem is when you run your mouth off to a guy who is obviously able to kick your ass, and you know you have nothing to back it up, it's never a smart choice to double down and make bigger threats or run at the guy pretending you are going to hit him or threaten to kill his kid etc. Any sane person knows this. Yet the insanity of other world "leaders" never ceases to amaze me.

Never threaten the only mother fuckers on the block who can project their fist across the world in a moments notice.

Never threaten the only mother fuckers on the block who created the fucking nuclear weapon, and had the balls to actually use it on someone.

How this doesn't make it to the brains of the shit beads in the world I'll never understand.

Last of the Middle Class's picture

Pull the trigger, el norko. Enough talking, lets dance!~

Griffin's picture

When i was a kid i used to go on exploration expeditions in the fjord where i grew up in Iceland.

On one of those trips, when i was 9 or 10 years old, i found a WW2 mine half buried in sand.  All the detonation pins above sand level were broken off and it had a huge dent in it.

I decided to throw rocks at it, from ca 10 meters range to see it it would explode, but obviously it did not.

The coast guard bomb squad destroyed it some decades later, and it was still a fully active bomb, containing some 2-300 kg of TNT.

 

I think that regarding N-Korea, it would at this point be more clever to try to defuse the situation, rather than trow rocks, because the leadership in that country seems to be quite unstable.

Maybe  since there some dialog between parties involved, and the lines have become clearer regarding where everyone stand in this matter, maybe someone could try to talk with the N-Koreans, like China for instance.

I guess it would be sensible to be calm and avoid conflict as much as possible. 

 

 

 

44_shooter's picture

What dialoug is there between the US and NK? Oh you mean the one where NK makes threats, hurls missiles towards US allies in the region, makes bigger threats, hurls missiles in a progressing distances - then when told to knock it off screams how it's the US being a bully and then says "for my next stage watch me hit the island of Guam"? That dialoug?

Your analogy falls quite short of our current situation.

Who is the mine and who is the petulant young boy throwing rocks at it? That all depends on your perspective doesn't it - and it makes for completely different lessons. Your analogy does show one thing - eventually someone has to come and take care of getting rid of that mine, and there was no negotiation, not talks, no council on sanctions against the mine - just a shitnload of firepower to make it sure it was gone, and wouldn't be there to hurt anyone in the future.

Let me ask you - did you hate the bomb squad afterwards?

Griffin's picture

There have been some changes in the situation, like tighter sanctions against N-Korea and less support from the main ally, who is China.

All the main parties involved in this conflict have made their position clearer, and N-Korea should know by now that what they are doing has no support from anyone anywhere.

In this analogy, the mine would be N-Korea, and unfortunately, this mine is placed in an highly polulated area.

If war breaks out, entire Korea would be on fire, like that mine was when the Coast Guard bomb squad burned it. lots of lives would be lost.

This would not be a positive thing for S-Korean industries, like Samsung,Hyundai and long list  of other companies. This would then affect the global markets, since there are many invested in those companies in one way or the other.

All the other countries who have interests to protect in this event would probably respond somehow. 

There is a huge potential for a snowball effect, where something that might seem relatively simple could spin out of control and flatten not only a entire country but global markets and start all kinds of problems in other places as well.

The N-Koreans are eventually going to have to come to terms with the fact that they can not be trusted with nuclear weapons, and if they dont want to be isolated from the outside world, this rocket nonsense is going to have to stop.

 

Those mines are sometimes washed up on the shores after storms, or trawlers get them into their nets.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNDqhtma2pc

Its incredible how long those things stay active.

http://www.visir.is/g/2016160109718/sjadu-tundurduflid-sprengt

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Hankey's picture

NK has nukes? Long range rockeys?Joo see that on tee-vee? Fat, stupid 'murican retard.

OutaTime43's picture

They have 4 days to take South Korea before all their ammo and food runs out. 

From_Under_Cheese's picture

Its time to buy the fucking dip! No war ...no interest rate hike.

Rinse and repeat.

truthalwayswinsout's picture

Nuke the until they glow. Or just boycott China.

New_Meat's picture
"North Korea Says Army Is "On Standby Waiting For An Order Of Attack"

Standing headline since 1950

dogismycopilot's picture

Very Good Martin Armstrong Blog on Fat Boy

https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/world-news/war/understanding-kim-jung...

 

ANSWER: Yes this is a window. What we must understand is while Kim Jung-un has everything to lose, he does not see it that way. What CNN and the Democrats fail to tell everyone is that Trump had offered to even meet and talk to Kim Jung-un and he was criticized for that position. Back in May 2017, Trump told Bloomberg News: “If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honored to do it.” Ellison criticized Trump, as does CNN, for not engaging in diplomacy. So let’s make this very clear – DIPLOMACY is dead in the water on this one. Kim cannot be seen as weak. He will never accept that image.

There is nothing the US could give North Korea that would make it end its nuclear and missile program. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other senior Trump administration officials have stressed the importance of diplomacy, but diplomacy works only if someone is willing to talk. There are no signs that the North Koreans are open to any dialogue. Dealing with North Korea may necessitate they overthrow this one-minded dictator to whom nobody ever said no when he was growing up.

brokenspoke's picture

"If the Trump administration does not want the American empire to meet its tragic doom in his tenure, they had better talk and act properly"...

 

Sounds like the msm to me.

MK ULTRA Alpha's picture

The South Korean military can decimate North Korea with or without the US. It is real drama for US media and the government to play this up. North Korean air force is as obsolete as they come, this is why Kim dedicated a huge budget for IRBM, ICBM and nuclear weapons. Production of advanced aircraft is impossible and no one will sell them aircraft.

The North Korean air defense system will use shotgun barrages of antiaircraft missiles SA-2, SA-3 and SA-6. Antiaircraft artillery is formidable, thicker than any the US has encountered. Shoulder fired individual antiaircraft MANPAD are everywhere. However, the US and South Koreans use standoff weapons. A combination of air power standoff missiles, navy cruise missiles and submarine launched ICBM with conventional warheads would soften up many targets particularly missile production plants.

The big problem is North Korea doesn't use silos, it uses mobile launchers. These are hidden in a cave and rolled out for launch. However, the South Koreans have developed the most sophisticated monitoring system in the world using an array of ground, airborne and satellite sensors to track all movement. A good comparison was in Desert Storm when Saddam Iraq used Scud launchers to launch Scud attacks. The US wasn't prepared to track the Scuds and hadn't developed enough strategic and tactical surveillance systems. The South Koreans have had a long lead time, meaning decades of preparation. Thus, the greatest threat, IRBM, ICBM and nuclear weapons will be destroyed. However, the North Korean artillery in hardened sites close to the DMZ is the great threat. Heavy artillery 203mm, 152mm, 130mm guns and howitzers, BM 21 122mm and 240mm rockets, can fire artillery barrages for days. This would destroy Seoul, especially north of the Han river.

The only way to prevent this would be a South Korean ground offensive to destroy the artillery north of the DMZ. The amount of US involvement is a token for political support. The amount of US forces and assets is small in comparison to the overall mission. However, the 20% mission requirement combat power provided by the Americans is formidable even though the Americans can provide a much greater portion of combat power over time if needed. Meaning, the South Koreans will be doing most of the fighting.

In country, the US maintains 28K troops and the Navy offshore around 5K, more Americans will be transported for a total of around 50K to 80K, compared to South Korea regular and reserve of over 2 million. one can see how much total force structure is provided by South Korea. And US forces in Japan, Guam and Hawaii will be apart of this mission.

China's Xi has thrown down the gauntlet by saying China will fight if America strikes first. This is proof positive of what I have written many times, North Korea is an important Chinese proxy state for the purpose of a greater Asia wide strategic plan to force the Americans and the West out of Asia.

Whatever happens there is a high probability the US won't have an over trillion dollar trade deficit with China over the next three years. If the US becomes engaged in a Korea war, then expect China to seize the Indian Assam oil and gas fields, and launch the South China sea people's war using 30 million armed militia transported south on 800,000 sea going fishing boats and an invasion of Taiwan. Why? Because losing the US trade and the recycling of US dollars to fuel the Chinese mercantile economic model will cause serious hardship in China, and 1.4 billion angry people must have an outlet for anger other than the CCP.

The running dog Yankee imperialist will be the scapegoat and reason for economic failure. We're about to see who is the paper tiger.

JailBanksters's picture

They probably are, but do you know who's saying this, it's the USA

onmail1's picture

Cheers & Thumbs up to North Korea
for standing up against west

west divides nations , loots them then bombs them

west creates terrorist
Al-Queda, Al-shabab, Al-Nusra, Israel, ISIS etc

West i.e. America, Britain, France, Germany,canada, australia, new zealand, EU are terrorist states actually

They should be sanctioned by the rest