The Hunt For Red Pyongyang: South Korea On Alert For Naval Attack After "Losing" 4 North Korean Subs

Tyler Durden's picture

Just because the imminent launch of a North Korean rocket along a trajectory which will likely force Japan to strike it down, something which Pyongyang said would be equivalent to an act of war, was not enough, it now appears that South Korea has commenced the hunt for Red Pyongyang or four, as it is now "searching for four North Korean submarines that disappeared after leaving their bases on the tense peninsula." ABC News reports that "A military source quoted in a South Korean newspaper says up to four North Korean submarines slipped out of port in recent days and have so far avoided detection. The source was also quoted as saying that Pyongyang has stepped up submarine infiltration drills as the weather has warmed." As a result, "Seoul is now on alert for a possible strike against a South Korean naval ship." This won't be the first time a North Korean sub is implicated in potential wrongdoing: "The South accuses the North of using a midget submarine to sink the corvette the Cheonan two years ago, which left 46 South Korean sailors dead."

Just more posturing, Or will Kim Jong Un force the hand of either Seoul or in a few days, Tokyo? From Al Jazeera:

Japan has completed the deployment of a land-based system of interceptor missiles in preparation for a planned North Korean rocket launch later this month.


The exercise was finalised in Okinawa on Thursday, days after a similar deployment was completed on Monday in Naha, the capital of Okinawa prefecture.


The interceptors would be ready to shoot down any parts of the rocket that veer into Japan's airspace.


Kunisaki, a transport ship in the Maritime Defence Force, carried the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile interceptors to the port on Ishigaki island to be installed facing towards the controversial rocket's planned route.


With the PAC-3's arrival in Ishigaki, the island closest to the area of the rocket's trajectory, interceptors are now positioned at four locations in Okinawa, including the military bases in Naha, Miyako and Chinen.


Mobile missile launchers, in addition to the ones in Okinawa, will be positioned in the Tokyo metropolitan area in the next few days.

Japan is not taking any chances:

Japan has raised concerns that a failed launch, or a failing stage of the rocket, could endanger Japanese lives or property.


In addition to the PAC-3s, anti-missile equipped destroyers will be deployed to the Pacific and East China Sea. Tokyo took the same measures in 2009 over an earlier North Korean missile launch.


They deployed warships with anti-missile systems, positioned patriot missile interceptors and established a system to warn residents when the rocket was approaching.

And things will just escalate from there. The US has already warned North Korea it would halt food aid the troubled country if it proceeds with the missile launch, which seemingly may provoke Korea to proceed with more nuclear tests.

Choson Sinbo, a newspaper in Japan that generally reflects North Korea's official thinking, warned that Pyongyang's moratorium on nuclear tests "can be canceled" if the US ends plans for food aid.


Pyongyang in February agreed to suspend operations at its Yongbyon uranium enrichment plant and impose a moratorium on long-range missile tests and nuclear tests, in return for 240,000 tonnes of US food aid.


Washington last week said it was suspending plans to start food deliveries in light of the imminent rocket launch.

The rocket is expected to launch in the April 12-16 interval. What happens after remains to be seen.

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I am a Man I am Forty's picture

OT: Dennis denied parole, so Corzine is still walking around free becuzzz....

The Alarmist's picture

S. Korea lost 4 Nork subs? That's gotta piss the Norks off ... I hate it when my neighbor borrows a book and loses it.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



"The South accuses the North of using a midget submarine to sink the corvette the Cheonan two years ago, which left 46 South Korean sailors dead."

South Koreans need to be worried.  Those NK midget crews are BAMFs...


Clay Hill's picture

Digging that Angela Davis 'do. FTW.

..and somebody tell bitch-tits in the back he needs a bra.

UP Forester's picture

Anybody ever figure out what country manufactured that torpedo?

Last I heard, it was of German origin, and the closest country that bought them was located on the eastern edge of the Med....

knukles's picture

Ever so fucking conveniently burred under the rug.  As was the by-line that the same model is/was used by.....

....ta dah!....

South Korea

dark pools of soros's picture

no doubt the spoils from a Rothschild loan

Tompooz's picture

That reminds me of all those smuggled Patriot missile still in Finland, waiting for their serial numbers to be altered so that the origin is no longer undisputed.

What was their destination? South Korea? Or, as they were not on the ships' manifest a convenient dropoff point halfway?

max2205's picture

using a midget submarine to sink the corvette "


My Corvette was totalled by a Korean midget years ago....coincidence....maybeeee

RafterManFMJ's picture

There's no way the N. Koreans want to do anything more than have a good time.

slaughterer's picture

The world waits until Easter to go entirely mad.    Can't wait to see my short portfolio on Monday.

Straying from the flock's picture

We are about to get a margin call on the dollar.  All debts come due. A dime a day will END the charade.

Change the paradigm and throw off your chains.

SunnyDD's picture

LoL, after they lost over helf'em Viewers, De Internet is the

New MSN Now... hm... where sh'I go now?

DormRoom's picture

North Korea, cray.


Either that or some mad generals are not properly advising the boy king.

Debt-Is-Not-Money's picture

North Koreans have a "Jack D. Ripper"?

a growing concern's picture

Damn, just put a LoJack on them.  Problem solved.

GeneMarchbanks's picture

Hmmmm... posturing most likely, but that rocket launch seems way too close to the Japanese for them to simply not bother.

RafterManFMJ's picture

Yes, I hope they don't target a Japanese coastal Nuclear Power plant...can you imagine the radiation that would be released?

The Alarmist's picture

Quick, somebody call Thomas Dolby! I can see this making an even better song than "One of Our Submarines."

SheepDog-One's picture

OH right we're in such good economic shape the US can afford 240,000 tonnes of food aid to 'enemies' in N about giving it to the poor here instead?

The Alarmist's picture

It's Pink Slime, dude! Would you really wish that on your fellow Americans?

Abitdodgie's picture

Why would the Government give the food to its own people , that goes right against there plans which is the total distruction of the USA.

Paul Atreides's picture

I wonder if the US Aircraft carrier activity has anything to do with this. Expect more rhetoric and propaganda on North Korea over the next few months, I think the failure to capture Syrian airspace may have shifted the sights off Iran and onto North Korea until after elections but no way to tell at this point.

Gully Foyle's picture

Paul Atreides

The Genpop does need to be kept scared.

Paul Atreides's picture

Sorry Gully, I am an aspiring geopolitical analyst.

Happy Easter Genpop!




12ToothAssassin's picture

I think were gonna need a lot more carriers... Bullish for Military Industrial Complex! Oh wait...

The Big Ching-aso's picture



Four subs missing in starving-ass N. Korea?    Foot longs or six inchers?

jus_lite_reading's picture

Limited Nuclear war = BULLISH for BIRINYI'S RULER!!

Global Nuclear war = S&P to 5,000,000,000 and ponzi bonuses for all banksters

Bollixed's picture

" Foot longs or six inchers?"


Q. - What's Korean and six inches long?

 A. - Nothing

john39's picture

bankers need distraction(s) to hide the truth of what they are up to.  War(s) will do nicely.

mr. mirbach's picture

And in Amerika we search for brightly colored hard boiled eggs....

semperfi's picture

A) Yet another mis-information campaign prior to yet another false flag attack? 
B) Slow news day random news alert generator ?
C) True?
D) none of the above ?

XitSam's picture

Mis-information, yes. More likely is that SK knows exactly where the subs are.

ElvisDog's picture

What do you mean "another false flag attack"? when was the last one? If I had a dollar every time in the past three years that people were predicting an imminent false flag attack in Iraq/Iran/North Korea I would be a wealthy man.

nameless narrator's picture

more tensions.  what fun.

Does anyone know where USS Enterprise is today?


Gert_B_Frobe's picture

Last seen leaving spacedock to check on a problem with the Gorn.

ThisIsBob's picture

Jeezus, they are submarines.  You are not supposed to know where they are.

IrritableBowels's picture

And not even their own! What would be the point of having subs (SILENT SERVICE) if you were to check in with your neighbors and let them aware of your 'travel plans'?!?!

Hangfire's picture

They'll have to surface for baking soda eventually.  

pods's picture

You sell new keyboards for a living don't you?

I'll take one.


ziggy59's picture

they do have stealth submarines

Benjamin Glutton's picture

The NORK have not lost 4 subs...the South, it is said, is unable to track NORK subs. That is of course the general idea.


there are two kinds of ships...submarines and targets.

MrPalladium's picture

"there are two kinds of ships...submarines and targets."


Our surface vessels are floating coffins in the next war. Their vaunted missile defenses can be overwhelmed by numbers, radar countermeasures, evasive manuevers etc.

BlueCollaredOne's picture

Your comment reminded of the scene in "A Christmas Story" when the asians sing deck the halls.  Makes me laugh everytime...

pods's picture

In a one horse open sreigh!

earleflorida's picture

as soon as the launch is fired, what will happen is a malfunction [same old,... the same old BS!]. bingo,... the trajectory is out of sync, or some other elaborate excuse of denial. these guys, just ain't got it down yet, period! thus the mission will be aborted. in the meantime [in-between-time ?] taking the world's npt experts eye's off the ball [?] to what's really going-on and happening behind the scenes. what's in the four [4] transport [highly enriched uranium or plutonium grade?-- the NK's like to dabble with both] subs anyway? where is their rendezvous counterpart?  who could it be?