S. Korea: North Is Readying Missile Launch for Wed.
Pyongyang warning concerned diplomats to get out by Wednesday
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2013 7:07 AM CDT
A South Korean man uses binoculars to watch North Korean territory at the unification observation post near the border village of Panmunjom, that has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in...   (Lee Jin-man)

(Newser) – South Korea is warning today that Pyongyang's latest sabre-rattling amounts to the very real threat of a missile launch, likely around Wednesday, reports the New York Times. The South's director of national security said today that the North had warned foreign diplomats to seek assistance in evacuating by Wednesday should they be worried by escalating tensions; that comes on the heels of a similar warning in the Kaesong border industrial complex, where the North blocked Southern workers today for a fifth day, shuttering some 13 factories.

“We believe this is a calculated move by the North,” said Kim Jang-soo, intended to bully the US into making concessions. Seoul signaled that the missiles North Korea moved Thursday were the Musudan, notes the AP, which in their new location could hit US bases in Guam. "If limited war is to break out, North Korea should bear in mind that it will receive damages many times over," warned a presidential spokeswoman, according to CNN. Seoul today further hunkered down by cancelling a trip to the US by its top military officer.

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ashkenxxx
Apr 7, 2013 3:26 PM CDT
There are fifty unhappy generals that rule N.K, all would like to live in NYCs Chinatown where they could enjoy its luxuries. A welcome mat plus a few thousand dollars should be offered by the CIA, a government in exile will help overthrow the NK dictatorship.
M_Polk
Apr 7, 2013 11:52 AM CDT
My first question is the technology... A Russian missile from the 80's? Was it built then and been in storage? So far all that has been shown are items from that era. No tracking system to speak of and communications that look like hangovers from the Korean war. If he is going to be using that to save face it is an entirely different thing coming back. He is not running the show and is a puppet. The generals are.
Scaramouche
Apr 7, 2013 11:32 AM CDT
My buddy described an interesting scenario that I'd not considered. He thinks that Kim Jong Un never wanted to be dictator, and he's not, really, except as a figurehead the generals control. So this whole thing is nothing but an attempt to get someone to conquer North Korea and take him prisoner, so he can request asylum, and get a job working for a pro-basketball team in some capacity. I told my buddy to pass the joint.