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Pentagon: ‘North Korea may be dialing down’

April 1st, 2013
05:00 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

North Korea may be "dialing down" its latest provocation just a bit, a spokesman for the American military said on Monday.

"We haven't seen any kind of troop movements on the North Korean side that would indicate imminent military action," Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

North Korea's provocations include the release of a photo last week showing leader Kim Jong Un looking at a map with military leaders – a map titled "U.S. Strike Plan," with multiple American cities targeted for attack.

Monday brought news, first, that the United States was sending F-22 fighter jets to the peninsula; then, that the United States is moving at least one warship closer to the North Korean coastline.

Little cautioned against reading too much into that move.

"We have regular ship movements in the Asia-Pacific region, and we use our ship movements for any number of purposes," he said. "So I'd be very careful about connecting this to recent tensions on the Korean Peninsula."


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  1. Anna Vivette

    Is this another N Korean April Fools?

    April 1, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Reply
  2. Dan Manners

    When a country with nukes is looking at a map and saying they will attack and kill millions our families including women and children, we should not take this lightly. I would say you have to make them realize that such provacation has ramifications. I would have flyovers and confront them with put up or shut up. Of course they are going to do nothing as a war would end up with their total destruction. The difference in military technology and might is far different than the original war. South Korea alone could level N. Korea. We cannot be held hostage by this child and his moronic regime.

    April 1, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      No no Dan, you don't take it seriously. Its been like this for years, they threat and threat, but North Korea is a mouse, they try to sneak and plan to take your food, but get scared when someone puts out traps or a cat, and they run off back to hide... they are primary school kids, if they were serious, they won't post a picture of themselves with US attack plans. They think they are the best and think everyone is scared. They are being laughed at or get a shoulder shrug. But when China is ready to fight, then we should be all worried, especially all the western haters support China. That's when the world will end. America and its allies will throw everything everywhere as a honourable death. South America, good chunk of Africa and the Indonesian islands will most likely have no attacks unless America+ or China+ decide that nobody can have this earth and make sure nobody can survive anywhere. Americas supremacy is over, China has been waiting for this for a long time, honestly, a lot of people have.

      April 1, 2013 at 11:57 pm | Reply
  3. RevCo

    This is really getting tiresome. Could some already assassinate Dear Leader already?

    April 1, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Reply
  4. Mani lama

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    April 2, 2013 at 6:31 am | Reply
  5. H. B.

    Mr. "UN" isn't crazy, but he IS juvenile – unbelievably so. But it's not entirely of his own making. He's merely following the pattern set by his predecessors, and somehow he thinks it's the best way to run a country.

    Like his predecessors, he's got the "little man" syndrome (like Ahmadinejad), and feels he has to prove what a REAL man he is – a "mega-man," actually. To that end, he craves attention. Much of his blustering is his inadequate masculinity, combined with his juvenile thirst for attention. He's saying, "NOTICE ME! See what a big man I AM! Or else..." And he's aiming it not just at his so-called enemies, but at his own people, too. He wants them to see him as a mighty ruler – and conqueror.

    If he had access to any maturity or wisdom, he would realize, even viscerally, that you can only hold a whole population down for so long. Essential to that goal is keeping the public as thoroughly isolated from the outside world, and as ignorant of it, as possible. The Muslim world leaders – most of them – employ a similar outlook. Once knowledge gets to their people that there really ARE better ways to live, that there are many millions who live without fear, have enough to eat every day, don't have to scrounge just to stay alive, don't have to kiss the feet of leaders whom they despise – it'll be the beginning of the end for such regimes. It may take a long time – people are usually given to inertia, and don't become active on their rage very quickly – but that rage WILL come to them.

    Today, our technology makes getting to those walled-off people much easier than it ever was before. It's harder with the Muslims, because their oppression comes with a very real death threat if anyone criticizes the religion or its government. In NK, however, there is no religious basis to keep people down, even when they learn of better places to live in – and in due time NK will be subjected to an overwhelming revolt. Because of its vast military, the revolt would be bloody in the extreme – I'm sure the NK people are fully aware of that much – but when they're desperate enough, they'd do it anyway. They'd think they had nothing to lose. But it would be best if the outside world let them do this for themselves. They'd have greater pride of accomplishment if they succeed, and nobody could lay blame on other countries for "interfering." AFTER they win, we can then pitch in to help them grow something better.

    We're seeing many who escaped from NK, and who are now telling us, pointedly and poignantly, how thoroughly BAD life is for the people there, unless they're in the military or other favored sycophants of the regime.

    While I thoroughly understand – and share – the sentiments that have made us give food to NK for its starving people, I have to wonder if it isn't doing more harm than good. It's delaying the time when the starving people will rise up, for one thing. For another, it is making it easier for the regime to funnel more of its money and resources into its war machine. Like anyone else, it would not sit well with me for the West to refuse to give them humanitarian aid that they so obviously need. But it would sit even worse with me if the regime, its people fed for the time being, and thus empowered, chose to ACT on one of its threats.

    Most people in NK really think they'd win if they went to war. Which shows how completely ignorant they are of reality outside of NK. Thus, many of the people are slathering for war – and some may only appear to be slathering, because it's probably bad for their health to opine otherwise. In a sense, the people of NK are like babies; they're trusting, they believe whatever they're told, they can't conceive of THEIR side losing a war, they revere their leader almost like a god, and to them, getting a better life translates to meaning at least one meal a day.

    While not all would support war in their hearts, most would fully participate in any hostilities the regime chose to start. All of it, in total ignorance of what was really going on. I don't imagine the regime would allow anyone to "opt out" of helping with a war.

    All things being equal, I think it'd be best to wait until their people undertake their own regime change. Things can't go on as bad as they are, without generating a mass revolt, sooner or later – probably sooner.

    A wise and mature leadership would see the deadly danger to themselves from their own people – the people whom they've oppressed for so long, and who are slowly learning that NK is no paradise. We shouldn't need to use ANY propaganda. All we need to do is SHOW the people of NK how much better life is elsewhere, and that the only reason their own lives are so wretched is entirely due to their regime's leaders. It'll happen. As it must.

    Giving them food, which the regime will then pass out to show how "generous" they are to the people, is a mistake. I don't begrudge the people the food, though. There just seems no other way to get them to rise up without withholding the aid, while at the same time, undertaking a massive campaign to show the people of NK what they might have had if not for the regime. It can be done, relatively easily.

    AFTER they overthrow the regime is the time to funnel lots of aid to these hungry people. They won't be remotely prepared to re-form a government – a responsible one this time – without a lot of external help. But take note: along with the aid, we'll have to take strong measures to get them educated. Right now, they're like 1st graders, and it's not their fault. Ignorance, cloistering and hunger are key to our world's most oppressive regimes. Curing the ignorance will be essential if they are to be able to govern themselves after winning a revolt. They'll need all the help they can get.

    "A mind is a terrible thing to waste." Millions of minds in NK have gone to waste, intentionally. To me, that is a crime against humanity. Along with the other abuses. But you can only oppress and abuse people for so long, before they realize they are victims of criminals. Repairing the damage done to their minds will be the job of the outside world, and we'd better not flub it when the time comes.

    April 2, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Reply
  6. raphael giwa

    Does N/korea know what they are doing?

    April 2, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Reply
  7. Ekokobe Aloys

    "A child who never visit,knows that the mother is the best cook".

    April 10, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Reply

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