Thursday, March 14, 2013

North Korea - Mobilizing the Troops

Last Update: March 20, 2013


North Korean Media:
An unrestrained attack on the opponent, any time and
anywhere, is North Korea's firm stand.

The above photo has been released on March 12 and is showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during his inspection of frontline troops on [chin.: Yue Nai] Island the day before, March 11. On that day, he also visited a long-range artillery group belonging to the 641th army unit.

The above photo, published by North Korea's "Workers' News" on March 11, is showing North Korean troops during intense training. In the joint exercises for [regaining control over] South Korea and America, this day's initial code name becomes "decisiveness is crucial" for raising the moral [of the troops].

[Source: on March 13, 2013]


News UPDATE on March 14 / 15 / 16:


South Korea tries everything to remonstrate U.S. military for stationing nuclear weapons that should deter North Korea.

[Source: Xin Hua Network, Beijing, on March 14, 2013]

欧洲议会发表决议 支持欧盟与联合国制裁朝鲜

The European Parliament issues a resolution [confirming] the European Union's support of sanctions against North Korea [on behalf of] the United Nations.

The Chinese article is referring to a session of the European Parliament held in Strasbourg, France, on March 14, 2013 and where that resolution has been accepted.

[Source: CRI online, Beijing, on March 15, 2013]

As tensions rise on the Korean Peninsula, a UK-based think tank believes North Korea is likely to launch an attack on South Korea this year.

In its annual report on the world's military capabilities, the director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies Mark Fitzpatrick said that while an attack is unlikely to come in the next few weeks due to the ongoing South Korea-U.S. joint military drills, it expects North Korea to follow through with some sort of provocation later this year.
Noting Pyongyang is forging ahead with efforts to develop its nuclear and missile programs, he said world powers were becoming increasingly concerned.
But he concluded Pyongyang would not attempt to wage a fully-fledged war as it would threaten the existence of the regime due to the huge advantage held by the joint militaries of South Korea and the United States.

" North Korea Falls Victim to 2-day Long Cyber Attack. "

According to the Pyongyang office of Russia's ITAR-TASS news agency, two official North Korean websites went offline from Wednesday until late Thursday. North Korea has accused its enemies of launching cyber attacks, however, some experts say it's possible the regime staged the attacks on itself as a way out of its current international impasse.

[Source: Arirang South Korean TV news on March 15, 2013]

金正恩指导前线炮击训练 强调现代战争是炮战

Kim Jong Un, while guiding frontier shelling training he underlines that modern warfare is artillery warfare.


Commanding the gunfire [he] "concentrates on covering the imaginary enemy target".

[Source: People's Network / Beijing Morning News on March 15, 2013]

North Korea vowed "to mow down the South Korean prime minister" when he decided to show up on some disputed border island (above picture).

In a telephone call, U.S. foreign secretary John Kerry (above picture) and the South Korean prime minister reaffirmed the strong alliance between both countries.

[Source: Arirang South Korean TV news on March 16, 2013]

U.S. reaction on North Korean missile tests, news
report from Japanese NHK TV on March 16, 2013:


News UPDATE on March 20:

On March 20, South Korea experienced a cyber attack which temporarily shut down three TV stations and two banks, including Shinhan bank. This is the fifth time since 2009 that alleged North Korean cyber attacks have been reported from South Korea. [Source: Al-Jazeera on March 20, 2013]

Visitors to "blueprint news" coming from South-East Asia during the last few days:

Above: Localized visitor from Yangon / Myanmar (Burma).
The view of entirely gold-plated Shwe Dagon Pagoda, an important center of Buddhist pilgrimage, reminds me of my visit there during the civil war in the 1970s when the town of Rangoon, as the Brits called it, was occupied by troops of general Ne Win. At that time, the capital of Burma looked rather shabby with its colonial buildings in full decay. The atmosphere was hot, with regard to temperatures and literally spoken. I remember a vast crowd of students assembling in front of their technical college which had only recently been turned into a military camp of fierce looking soldiers. Some students followed me and told me about political developments in their country. They even invited me to attend a meeting with their leader Aung Sun Kyi. Other people showed me her dwelling and the compound where a military élite was living in luxury while Rangoon's citizens had to provide with food and clothing smuggled into the country on forbidden jungle tracks. I then got some basic understanding why the Burmese visa in my passport categorically excluded the use of landroutes to enter the country. Nowadays, much has changed, and the quality of life should have somewhat improved while Aung Sun Kyi is still a national hero.

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