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North Korea threatens Hawaii military bases

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:59 a.m. HST, Mar 26, 2013

SEOUL >> North Korea's military warned today that its artillery and rocket forces are at their highest-level combat posture in the latest in a string of bellicose threats aimed at South Korea and the United States.

North Korea's field artillery forces — including strategic rocket and long-range artillery units that are "assigned to strike bases of the U.S. imperialist aggressor troops in the U.S. mainland and on Hawaii and Guam and other operational zones in the Pacific as well as all the enemy targets in South Korea and its vicinity" — will be placed on "the highest alert from this moment," the statement from North Korean army's Supreme Command said.

The announcement came as South Koreans marked the third anniversary of the sinking of a warship in which 46 South Korean sailors died. Seoul says the ship was hit by a North Korean torpedo, while the North denies involvement.

Seoul's Defense Ministry said today it hasn't seen any suspicious North Korean military activity and that officials are analyzing the North's warning. Analysts say a direct North Korean attack is extremely unlikely, especially during joint U.S.-South Korean military drills that end April 30, though there's some worry about a provocation after the training wraps up.

The rival Koreas have had several bloody naval skirmishes in disputed Yellow Sea waters since 1999. In November 2010, a North Korean artillery strike on a South Korean island killed two marines and two civilians.

North Korea, angry over routine U.S.-South Korean drills and recent U.N. sanctions punishing it for its Feb. 12 nuclear test, has vowed to launch a nuclear strike against the United States and repeated its nearly two-decade-old threat to reduce Seoul to a "sea of fire." Despite the rhetoric, outside weapons analysts have seen no proof that North Korea has mastered the technology needed to build a warhead small enough to mount on a missile.

The North's official Korean Central News Agency, cited the participation of nuclear-capable B-52 bombers in South Korea-U.S. drills in its threat to the U.S. and South Korea.

Pentagon press secretary George Little said the threat would only further isolate North Korea.

"North Korea's bellicose rhetoric and threats follow a well-worn pattern designed to raise tensions and intimidate others," Little said. He said there have been three flights by U.S. B-52 bombers during the recent military drills with South Korea.

The North's recent threats are seen partly as efforts to strengthen internal loyalty to young leader Kim Jong Un and to build up his military credentials.

Kim "needs to show he has the guts. The best way to do that is to use the military might that he commands," said Lee Yoon-gyu, a North Korea expert at Korea National Defense University in Seoul. "This paves the way for greater praise for him if North Korea makes a provocation later and claims victory."

Kim will eventually be compelled to do "something provocative to prove the threats weren't empty," Lee said.

Meanwhile, websites and organizations run by North Korean defectors in South Korea said they suffered cyberattacks today, one week after computer systems at some South Korean banks and TV networks were widely disrupted.

Daily NK, which posts news about North Korea, said it experienced a cyperattack, and South Korea's Yonhap news agency said Free North Korea Radio also was attacked.

Yonhap said a computer network used by seven local governments was also briefly attacked, as was a network belonging to broadcaster YTN.

Authorities have not confirmed who was behind last week's cyberattack but suspect North Korea.

At a ceremony marking the third anniversary of the warship sinking, new South Korean President Park Geun-hye urged the North again to abandon its nuclear weapons program. "Focusing its national strength on the development of nuclear weapons while its people are suffering starvation ... will only bring international isolation to themselves," Park said in a televised speech at a national cemetery south of Seoul where the 46 sailors are buried.

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soshaljustic wrote:
Nothing more sad than a sterile mother dog and her remaining puppies are dying because she refuses to feed them, meanwhile she barks and snaps at all that try to work with her in kindness and concern for welfare and that of her young pups. This Dying Country that was too egoistic and proud of its paranoia, cannot find its way back from the darkness to any speck of light, still shrouded in the subhuman cave she is scared, licking, biting self, cannot hear the sounds of the forest of hope that exist outside the cave, hears only the rasping, faint breath of its own dying breath echoing back from cave walls of darkness in the shrill of night.
on March 26,2013 | 05:25AM
palani wrote:
From the Bulwer-Lytton.com website: Since 1982 the English Department at San Jose State University has sponsored the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, a whimsical literary competition that challenges entrants to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels.

We may have a winner right here in Hawaii!

on March 26,2013 | 05:48AM
honokai wrote:
No Hyundai, no Kia, no Samsung --- but we got Rodman and are are rocking it Geun-hye style. That is all LG baby.
on March 26,2013 | 06:34AM
IAmSane wrote:
on March 26,2013 | 08:06AM
FrankieT wrote:
honokai, get it right, Hyundai and Samsung is South Korea, and Rodman went to North Korea. Duh!
on March 26,2013 | 04:19PM
Anonymous wrote:
on March 26,2013 | 08:52AM
HD36 wrote:
Oh no, oh no, we better stop the sequester. In fact we better cut social security and add another $85 billion to the defense budget. Communism, Terrorism, and now a mad man with nuclear missles.
on March 26,2013 | 10:03PM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
on March 26,2013 | 08:18AM
Giligan wrote:
They couldn't hit water if they aimed for it. If Kim is tough, he should wear a dress like Rodman.
on March 26,2013 | 06:21AM
WKAMA wrote:
The North Koreans should start something so the rest of the world can go in and kick their butts once and for all.
on March 26,2013 | 06:31AM
hanalei395 wrote:
"The rest of the world?" No, that's job for the USA.
on March 26,2013 | 06:45AM
808warriorfan wrote:
AMEN TO THAT.....!!!!!
on March 26,2013 | 10:16AM
hanalei395 wrote:
That was sarcasm. The N. Koreans won't "START something", they're not stupid. And the U.S. will never send ground troops into N. Korea. That's a no-no with China.
on March 26,2013 | 10:33AM
2disgusted2 wrote:
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on March 26,2013 | 04:40PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Too bad for who?
on March 26,2013 | 04:59PM
kiragirl wrote:
Nuke em'
on March 26,2013 | 12:10PM
beebler wrote:
You throw that phrase out way too easily.
on March 26,2013 | 02:40PM
hanalei395 wrote:
"Nuke 'em!" .....What the N. Koreans think the U.S. wants to do to them.
on March 26,2013 | 06:22PM
Wazdat wrote:
Time to STOP all Koreans from entering the USA.
on March 26,2013 | 06:41AM
NITRO08 wrote:
on March 26,2013 | 07:12AM
IAmSane wrote:
Go study some geography, 멍청한새꺄.
on March 26,2013 | 08:10AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Kim Dum Dum suffers from peenis envy.
on March 26,2013 | 06:43AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Need a Chinese green light to go in and take the guy out. If the Chinese refuse to give it, the US should hurt them where it counts, and prohibit the sale of all Apple products in the US.
on March 26,2013 | 07:05AM
IAmSane wrote:
I think that would hurt us more than it would hurt them, no?
on March 26,2013 | 08:12AM
CriticalReader wrote:
No. It would increase the income of smugglers, who are irresponsible with their money and tend to spread it around more. More money on the streets, clubs and car dealerships means more money spent in 7-11s and other basic retailers, movie theaters, cops and social workers (all equaling money staying in the US). It also would cause spending to be redirected away from technology and put money in the hands of the less technologically inclined, meaning that demand for basic manufactured items would increase. The food supply would also improve as the lower levels of the economic chain would increase their demand for fresh meats and farmed foods, thereby leading to an increase in production of those things overall. Elective "necessities" like podiatry treatments, dental and orthodontic care, hair styling, and premium hard liquor consumption would also go up, bolstering those industries and other like them. Apple product buyers simply don't contribute enough to those economic factors, opting instead to buy "apps" and "mobile skype" (or whatever) in elevators (rather than eat, get their hair done, or fix their teeth). So, again, NO. it wouldn't hurt us more.
on March 26,2013 | 08:36AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Is there a doobie being passed around? It started with soshaljusta and continues. Boycott apple.
on March 26,2013 | 12:16PM
808warriorfan wrote:
There ARE other products to buy other than APPLE.....
on March 26,2013 | 10:17AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Yes 808. You are right. So, to hit the Chinese where they live, the US should also prohibit sales of toys, home appliances, plastics of any kind, and shoes (which, again, would increase spending on podiatry). And, you missed my hidden reasoning. Stop Apple sales and Samsung sales go up. Samsung sales go up, and the South gets enormous windfall benefit. Samsung gets enormous windfall benefit, Kim Jong Un suffers enorrmous envy and embarrassment, which would make me laugh. Also, if the South becomes wildly prosperous, less Korean bars and liquor stores in Hawaii. Less korean bars and liquor stores, income spent slower but in more diverse places and on more diverse things. Maybe even enough for Olive Garden to justify opening a restaurant on Oahu. Once you have an Olive Garden, everybody is happy and in a generous, spendthrift mood, and the economy booms. You can't deny the bulletproof economic logic!
on March 26,2013 | 02:40PM
IAmSane wrote:
That scenario is very... specific.
on March 26,2013 | 09:49PM
soundofreason wrote:
"Kim will eventually be compelled to do "something provocative to prove the threats weren't empty," Lee said.>>>Fredericks has some VERY provocative items. We should send him something.
on March 26,2013 | 07:22AM
psimmons wrote:
Well, the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. Gov Abercrombie should send him a case of premium dark whole macadamia nut chocolates. That way he won't target Hawaii.
on March 26,2013 | 09:16AM
Anonymous wrote:
Let him try pressing the button.....that's the last button he'll press ! Poor wife !!
on March 26,2013 | 07:30AM
CriticalReader wrote:
This increasingly aggressive posture is not merely a recent development or impetuous impulsive approach. Obviously this campaign was long in the planning. It takes time to produce, stage and shoot all those high quality videos the North has been putting out. It would take some of our high school kids at least three hours to make one of those videos. And our high school kids would probably do those videos after being fed. The US has to hit back hard. It should have the cooking networks film Bobby Flay Throwdown, Iron Chef (Outdoor Edition), and a WHOLE SEASON of Top Chef episodes in the Korean DMZ (No Emeril though, unless we want the northerners to laughi. That will destabilize the North far faster than war games. Another option would be to air drop Con Agra products deep inside the North's boundaries. Then they would all die.
on March 26,2013 | 07:54AM
Ewasohappy wrote:
"Despite the rhetoric, outside weapons analysts have seen no proof that North Korea has mastered the technology needed to build a warhead small enough to mount on a missile." How about a mushroom shaped cloud over say Tokyo, or Seoul. Would that be proof enough?
on March 26,2013 | 08:13AM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
The only way Kim could get a missile to Hawaii would be by FedEx.
on March 26,2013 | 08:21AM
cojef wrote:
Very cute retort. Wondering what kind of rhetoric will be spewed by the Iranian in say 6 months hence, when they are ready to test their 1st nuclear bomb?
on March 26,2013 | 08:31AM
Lanikaula wrote:
yeah, UPS sucks!
on March 26,2013 | 09:19AM
808warriorfan wrote:
on March 26,2013 | 10:17AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
I doubt that they would have the money to pay FedEx for shipping..lol
on March 26,2013 | 10:49PM
kennysmith wrote:
on March 26,2013 | 08:20AM
bluemoki wrote:
You should be getting really mad at your teachers who never taught you how to write a sentence that makes any sense.
on March 26,2013 | 08:54AM
kennysmith wrote:
well that is real good, i am a veteran from vietnam. i don't like to see something to come back to any of us from the country to where we lost a lot of men in the year of 1955 . TO BLUEMOKi do you want to see them come after the usa any way?.
on March 26,2013 | 10:13AM
honopic wrote:
1955? Were you with the French at that time? Or perhaps you are Vietnamese, which would explain the poor grammar and lack of basic English writing skills. did you get your screen name from watching NBA basketball?
on March 26,2013 | 12:40PM
juscasting wrote:
I think he was refering to the Korean Conflict not the Vietnam War?
on March 26,2013 | 01:22PM
Terii_Kelii wrote:
and I think he got a hold of that doobie being passed around....
on March 26,2013 | 06:43PM
LanaUlulani wrote:
Despite the mocking and ridiculing of your words... I understand what you mean. Obama gutted our defense though so I do not know what is going to happen.
on March 26,2013 | 12:48PM
808warriorfan wrote:
Don't blame the Prez...BLAME CONGRESS !!!!!
on March 26,2013 | 02:43PM
beebler wrote:
Even with the debatable "gutting," the US spends a lot more than any other country on its military.
on March 26,2013 | 02:43PM
Denominator wrote:
Thats because we have a lot more to defend.
on March 26,2013 | 03:51PM
IAmSane wrote:
It costs a lot of money to spread Freedom.

on March 26,2013 | 09:47PM
50skane wrote:
Too bad the near miss asteroid that flew by earth a month ago didn't hit Kim Jong Un's palace. I had been hoping that it would deviate from it's course and take out the leadership in Iran or North Korea..would have been perfect! Scientist said it could have taken out about 750 square miles if it struck earth..more than enough!
on March 26,2013 | 08:29AM
iwanaknow wrote:
This Korean threat gives alot of American a paycheck as we march lockstep into the poor house
on March 26,2013 | 09:12AM
HD36 wrote:
Very true. Lockheed Martin won the interceptor missle contract from the Pentagon for $1.5 billion. Great for the company and those who befefit but bad for the largest debtor nation in the history of the world that spends more on military than all other countries of the world combined.
on March 26,2013 | 04:30PM
bumba wrote:
Nuke'em and take him out, once and for all. Problem solved. China will be upset, they'll posture and yell and scream, but in the end, whey won't do squat.
on March 26,2013 | 09:24AM
copperwire9 wrote:
...and the land's innocent and starving citizens? Shall we do one of those "Let God sort it out" kinds of things like we did when we unjustly invaded Iraq?
on March 26,2013 | 10:17AM
HD36 wrote:
Or how about when we sent in the CIA to assinate the democratically elected president of Iran and replace him with a dictator who was friendly to US oil companies by the name of the Shaw of Iran.
on March 26,2013 | 04:33PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
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on March 26,2013 | 04:52PM
turbolink wrote:
Thank you, we've all got your point now that you have a grudge against someone Chinese from the EWC. You can save some future keystrokes.
on March 26,2013 | 08:52PM
sailfish1 wrote:
I hope they wait a few more years and do it when I'm gone.
on March 26,2013 | 09:39AM
HD36 wrote:
Me too. If we ever had a nuclear WWIII, Hawaii would be the worst place to be.
on March 26,2013 | 04:34PM
Mediocrates wrote:
But where is he going to shop when he comes here incognito?
on March 26,2013 | 09:43AM
bully106 wrote:
bring it on, you fat face little brat.
on March 26,2013 | 10:01AM
sluggah wrote:
The chubby little fella is just doing what his chubby Daddy did, that is rattle his little saber and sit back to wait for the US to cave and send his worthless country food and $$$.Nothing new there.
on March 26,2013 | 10:10AM
808warriorfan wrote:
And that "lolo" KIM CHEE III doesn't think we have a Trident boat or 2 with their "special weapons" aimed for him ?????
on March 26,2013 | 10:19AM
saveparadise wrote:
What's in the water in N. Korea?? Led by a short chubby fanatic that wants to fight and all that want to follow. Maybe they got some good smoke and enjoy trash talking all day long.
on March 26,2013 | 10:32AM
Bully wrote:
Our missiles would hit North Korea before Kim Chee could hit the button. Our subs are sitting right outside of their country waiting for an excuse to blow them away. Too bad Nortt Korea does'nt have any oil, we would blow away everything except the oil fields. Now we probably are just targeting Kim Chees location with the first strike, then no use wasting the rest of the bombs.
on March 26,2013 | 10:56AM
false wrote:
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on March 26,2013 | 11:00AM
hanalei395 wrote:
The problem is not solved. The Korean war, now a cease fire, will continue. And the S. Koreans don't want that to happen.
on March 26,2013 | 12:45PM
SLA wrote:
Fortunately we have guided missile cruisers home-ported at Pearl Harbor, they could most likely shoot down any missile headed to Hawaii. The Navy should insure that at least one cruiser is on picket duty northwest of the islands to monitor for incoming. The "golf ball" radar ship is also invaluable for long range warning.
on March 26,2013 | 01:03PM
808warriorfan wrote:
Would not surprise me if one is already there.....JUST WAITING FOR KIM CHEE III TO DO SOMETHING STUPID
on March 26,2013 | 02:46PM
scooters wrote:
What a Freaking idiot that Dear Leader is...if he did that, the last thing that he would see would be the mushroom cloud...
on March 26,2013 | 01:26PM
scooters wrote:
That would be the last thing that he would ever do.
on March 26,2013 | 01:27PM
localguy wrote:
Kim Jong Un needs to remember just off the coast of North Korea, deep under the waves, US Navy "Boomer" submarines, armed with conventional and nuclear weapons. Let Kim boy try one act of stupidity and within minutes more fire power than he has ever seen will be taking out his military toys. His military will be consumed in a "Sea of Fire" never to bother anyone else again. Would be the best for everyone, removing another clueless tyrant from the gene pool. Be afraid Kimmy boy, be very afraid.
on March 26,2013 | 01:45PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Kim Jong Un thinks the U.S. will attack N. Korea... first ... like the U.S. attacked and invaded Iraq, one of three of what the U.S. called the "Axis of Evil". The other two... N. Korea and Iran, and the N. Koreans think that they are next. All this blustering by them is their "warning"...don't attack them.....that they are not like Iraq. That they have the "weapons" to fight back.
on March 26,2013 | 02:23PM
Pacej001 wrote:
He might think that, if he's really stoopid. However, neither he or his advisors are. Evil, maybe, but not the former. The noise actually has to do with sanctions, which were just jacked up, and using their form of nuclear and military extortion to keep the West feeding NK's starving population. Also, this belligerent behavior far, far predates anything Bush said or did (it almost predates Bush himself).
on March 26,2013 | 03:43PM
hanalei395 wrote:
He might think that, and he does think that. Through propaganda, the populace of N. Korea also thinks that. And the recent full scale U.S./S. Korea military drills really made them to believe that. While it was going on, a N. Korean general said that the S. Koreans, "and their U.S. allies, are preparing for war".
on March 26,2013 | 04:14PM
bakatade wrote:
The chubby little fella needs a little Scooby snack to calm down.
on March 26,2013 | 02:09PM
localguy wrote:
Wean him off the 5-Hour Energy bottles.
on March 26,2013 | 02:14PM
serious wrote:
N Korea does this, Iran does it, we should do like the Japs and do an attack on their military strength--get it over with.
on March 26,2013 | 02:18PM
kennysmith wrote:
i think this person should let them make there first move then we can jump in full hog with every veteran and service persons we got. serious will you help to get back to N KOREA?. i hope you see this i live in sacramento ca.
on March 26,2013 | 02:37PM
beebler wrote:
Like the "Japs"? It's the year 2013, bud.
on March 26,2013 | 02:46PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
I trust our men and women in the armed forces. Bring it Mr. Manapua! (With apologies to the manapua).
on March 26,2013 | 02:47PM
hanalei395 wrote:
"Mr. Manapua"? ....You... trying to be funny... flopped. Wrong country. ("Manapua" ...a bastardized Hawaiian word, from: "Mea ono pua'a" ....."that delicious pork thing".
on March 26,2013 | 03:00PM
stogie002 wrote:
You know where North Korea can stick their idle threats right? Kim Jong Un must surely know that to launch a missile strike towards the U.S. would be committing suicide. He must surely know that we have enough nuclear subs based in and around the area with enough fire power to level all of N.Korea. Does he think that the U.S. and Japan are just going to sit idly by and wait for something to happen? If he doesn't change his plans then he's just plain stupid and the rest of N. Korea will pay a very heavy price for his foolishness. He is even more foolish than his father before him.
on March 26,2013 | 02:51PM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
Where are all the liberal bloggers who say are military is too big? I bet now you're thinking, thank goodness we have a strong military to protect us from attacks.
on March 26,2013 | 03:01PM
Pacej001 wrote:
Actually, the liberals are probably, at this point, lost in a fog of moral relativism. IE. Who are we to say the Norks can't have nukes? We have them so isn't it fair that they have them too?
on March 26,2013 | 03:46PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Nope, the Norks can't have them. Now what?
on March 26,2013 | 04:36PM
Denominator wrote:
Those people are eating twigs and bark to stay alive. It is really too bad that the South can't take over and let their brothers live free.
on March 26,2013 | 03:55PM
false wrote:
Twigs and Bark are the foundation of Obamacare's new food pyramid.
on March 26,2013 | 04:17PM
IAmSane wrote:
Okay... we can talk about that too.
on March 26,2013 | 09:52PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
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on March 26,2013 | 04:38PM
HD36 wrote:
Although extremely unlikely, this is great news for Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. Anytime the mass media can stir up a panic or get the feeble minded afraid, the military industrial complex is given the green light to spend billions on missles that rot in the sun. Worked in the 60's with communism. Got us to attack Iraq with terrorism. And now we have N. Korea and missliism.
on March 26,2013 | 04:43PM
HD36 wrote:
Even though extremely unlikely, this is great news for Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. Anything that scares the public justifies spending billions on missles that rot in the sun. It worked in the 60's with communism, got us to attack Iraq with terrorism, and now we have misslism.
on March 26,2013 | 04:39PM
LittleEarl_01 wrote:
For God's sake North Korea, DO SOMETHING! For how many years have you threatened both South Korea and the US, but nothing but sable rattling. The US and the world grow tired of the threats and announcments. Now it's time. "Either shoot, or get off the pot." Enough already!
on March 26,2013 | 05:05PM
hanalei395 wrote:
They've being saying that ever since the U.S. attacked and invaded Iraq, one of the "Axis of Evil". They are "warning" that the U.S. should not attack them ....."or else".
on March 26,2013 | 05:36PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Japan tried it already. No dice.
on March 26,2013 | 05:30PM
Ronin006 wrote:
It is all bluster. North Korea has test fired only one long range missile successfully. It will take a lot more than that to fire a missile capable of hitting Hawaii, Guam or the mainland. Go back to sleep.
on March 26,2013 | 06:08PM
jussayin wrote:
Be careful when approaching a wounded animal. More so when they have nothing to lose.
on March 26,2013 | 06:14PM
HOSSANA wrote:
on March 26,2013 | 06:26PM
hanalei395 wrote:
"Fatman" must be saying......"No, you first".
on March 26,2013 | 06:48PM
Terii_Kelii wrote:
and we should be scared because.... ?
on March 26,2013 | 06:44PM
nippy68 wrote:
put a stick up that fat lard north korean sputzzz already. too much talk....
on March 26,2013 | 07:06PM
HD36 wrote:
" The greatest threat to our national security is our national debt" -Admiral Mike Mullen Joint Cheif of Staffs
on March 26,2013 | 10:00PM
We all gotta die sometime. He's just got to prove a point and show his "so called" power. If he does, he does then the world needs to get into the act and take them out too. Then we go back to the age of the dinosaurs. Stupid North Koreans.
on March 26,2013 | 10:15PM
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