N. Korea Loads Missiles, Hides Launchers: Report
Observers fear surprise launch: Yonhap
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 5, 2013 5:55 AM CDT
Tourists look over the north side of the Bridge of Freedom which was destroyed during the Korean War, north of Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 5, 2013.   (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

(Newser) – North Korea has installed two medium-range missiles on mobile launchers hidden close to its east coast, Yonhap News reports by way of South Korean military sources. One senior official describes them as Musudan missiles, which Yonhap notes were debuted in October 2010 and are believed to have a 1,865-mile range, but have yet to be test fired. He sees the move to hide the missiles as indicative of possible plans for a surprise launch—though many experts believe such a launch could come on or around April 15, founder Kim Il Sung's birthday. Seoul and Washington are keeping a close eye on the facility believed to house the missiles.

Meanwhile, South Korean markets are starting to feel the stress of the situation, reports Reuters. "In the past, North Korea-related events had little impact," the South's vice finance minister told fellow officials. "But recent threats from North Korea are stronger and the impact may therefore not disappear quickly." With foreign investors selling heavily, South Korea's stocks dropped 1.64% today, the New York Times reports, and its won dropped against the dollar. Meanwhile, GM's CEO cited safety concerns for the company's workers in the country, noting that it might eventually consider moving out if tensions worsen.

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Apr 5, 2013 8:47 PM CDT
Actually it is predicted North Korea's military will mobilize mid April and attempt to take Baengnyeong from South Korea. They will launch the missiles as a show of force. Then they will use the Island as a bargaining chip for economic aid if successfully taken. Lets see how well the joint SK/US forces deal with it. The predicted date of NK military mobilization is April 11th.
Apr 5, 2013 8:02 PM CDT
Okay,you little brat,your move!!! Did dad and gramps forget to tell you that we are REALLY GOOD at wiping WHOLE COUNTRIES off the map!?
Apr 5, 2013 5:16 PM CDT
Maybe we will get lucky and they will blow themselves to smithereens.