South Korea: Missile Threat 'Very High'
US official warns multiple attacks possible
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2013 7:36 AM CDT
Updated Apr 10, 2013 7:58 AM CDT
A North Korean vehicle carries a missile during a mass military parade.   (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, File)

(Newser) – North Korea threatening imminent thermonuclear war? Must be Wednesday. "According to intelligence obtained by our side and the US, the possibility of a missile launch by North Korea is very high," South Korea's foreign minister said today, while CNN reports that a US official says Pyongyang could in fact be planning multiple strikes. South Korea is taking the threats seriously, increasing surveillance and engaging in diplomacy efforts via China and Russia. Japan has already responded by deploying missile interceptors, and the region's US commander has said it is also capable of thwarting a launch, reports CBS. "I believe we have the ability to defend the homeland, Guam, Hawaii, and defend our allies," he told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The Musudan missiles installed by Pyongyang are potentially within range of US military bases in Japan and Guam. But despite the very real probability that North Korea will launch a missile soon, everyday life goes on in Seoul, where citizens have long adjusted to its threats, reports Reuters. Likewise, signs of war are absent from the streets of Pyongyang, where soldiers continue to work on urban renewal projects and there hasn't been an air raid drill in months, the AP reports.

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DanDean
Apr 10, 2013 6:21 PM CDT
CONSPIRACY THEORY!! APPLE is behind the whole thing!! They are using N. Korea to get rid of SAMSUNG!! They couldn't obliterate the S. Korean company for patent infringement, so they are are getting N.K. to nuke them out of the picture!! APPLE is who stands to gain the most!! Watch! There will be iPhone plants in N. Korea before 2020!!
right2dave
Apr 10, 2013 3:00 PM CDT
Meanwhile life goes on in Pyongyang with citizens starving.
kawahchan
Apr 10, 2013 11:45 AM CDT
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: Do the news media anchors make you nervous ? Why Kim Jong-un want to test his missile on day time not in the evening after midnight, because Jong-un has to hide himself under his underground bunker. The North Korean Army are training military wolf-dogs to bite the US soldiers, because Korean sizes are shorter than the 6 foot-tall US soldiers, that why we US military like to train our American military with the Seattle, Washington's Hong Kong-American Bruce Lee's Jiekwondo technique to overcome the Japanese Karate. Koreans are using Taekwondo to fight Karate. When our TV series IRIS III director to film the scene, we use more than 6 cameras to film those 3 styles of Bruce Lee's Jiekwondo played by HK-American actress Maggie Q, Taekwondo played by South Korean actress Kim Tae-hee, and Japanese Karate, 3 styles at the same time, at different camera angles during action. In TV series IRIS III, the South Korea's NSS and American Republican CIA will drone one of the North Korean high-ranked Army General officer and his family, the one who commands the big-gun troops and missiles. But the secret nuclear device hidden from Myanmar is stolen from the IRIS Japanese Communist agents and run away in Macau.