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Posted: 5/21/2003 9:09:59 PM EDT
Ostensably for a "survey of the countries mineral resources". Go here [url]http://www.command-post.org/nk/archives/007146.html[/url]
May 20, 2003 US researched North Korea's geological structure WSJ The U.S. Defense Department dispatched a research team to Japan and South Korea from late last year through early this year to collect information on the geological structure of North Korea, Japanese government sources said Tuesday. Team members told Japanese and South Korean officials their purpose was to investigate the North's mineral resources, but experts said it is possible the U.S. began the geological survey with limited air strikes on North Korea in mind, given that it has important military facilities underground Full story »»[url]http://news.nasdaq.com/news/newsStory.aspx?&cpath=20030520\ACQDJON200305200737DOWJONESDJONLINE000895.htm[/url] Posted by Oskar van Rijswijk at May 20, 2003 05:19 PM Comments It's curious to me how bunker buster tactical nukes have just entered the limelight. Perhaps they have something specific in mind here ? Posted by: BigTroutz at May 20, 2003 11:18 PM The primary threat from N.K. is several thousand artillary pieces which are dug-in along the DMZ and within range of millions of ROK civilians. They have constructed thousands of caves and supply tunnels in the mountains and can retract the big guns immediately after firing to avoid return fire from US and ROK forces on the other side. Return artillary fire can only take out one at a time, and only when they are exposed. Precision air strikes would be risky and they too can only attack one at a time, so the cannons will continue to devaste the civilian population until ground troops can cross over and route them out in an old-fashioned down and dirty slugfest. On the other hand, a nuclear, ground penetrating bomb could possibly take out dozens of the caves and tunnels per shot. Knowing the geology of the area would give war planners a better idea of how effective those weapons would be. They would potentially save tens of thousands of South Korean lives in an all-out war. But there are also a number of other issues, especially including political ones, that make the use of nukes a bad idea. Posted by: Jack at May 21, 2003 11:38 AM Using nukes is only politically viable AFTER the NKors have shelled Seoul for a couple hours and killed a few tens of thousands of people. Posted by: Dishman at May 21, 2003 09:31 PM
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Link Posted: 5/21/2003 9:18:05 PM EDT
IMHO, we're more likely to see shell-tracking radar working with a couple thousand fighters & arty pieces to engage these arty positions... Basically 'Arty Whack-A-Mole'...
Link Posted: 5/21/2003 9:24:04 PM EDT
If there's oil in NK, Kim Jong-Il can kiss his ass goodbye [;)]
Link Posted: 5/21/2003 9:32:45 PM EDT
No, I think its a matter of targeting data for ground-penetrating Nukes...
Link Posted: 5/21/2003 9:43:34 PM EDT
Shortly after 9/11 I recall seeing a small article stating that the White House was asking the U.S. Geographical Survey folks for updated maps of ... guess where...Afghanistan... t
Link Posted: 5/21/2003 10:11:17 PM EDT
It doesn't mean we are going in, the military planning types look out as far as they can to plan for "things"
Link Posted: 5/21/2003 10:32:28 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Magic: It doesn't mean we are going in, the military planning types look out as far as they can to plan for "things"
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No it doesn't mean we are going in soon-definently not. For one thing the US Navy cannot handle such a operation till December at the earliest [url]http://www.globalsecurity.org/org/news/2003/030516-navy-deployment01.htm[/url]
Link Posted: 5/21/2003 10:44:40 PM EDT
I hope they know about all the tunnels From NK that go right under Seoul SOUTH Korea. That's gonna be some shit when those commie bastards start popping out in South Korea unannounced! I am not kidding about this either. There are many tunnels from NK that have not yet been found.
Link Posted: 5/22/2003 2:16:58 AM EDT
Originally Posted By M4_Aiming_at_U: I hope they know about all the tunnels From NK that go right under Seoul SOUTH Korea.
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We have known for man years they liked to dig tunnels. We have even found a few. All the way to Seoul? 20 miles is a long way for a tunnel to run, I dont care how good the bedrock or how deep you go.
I am not kidding about this either. There are many tunnels from NK that have not yet been found.
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I wouldnt bet any money on this. I know you an use radar and seismographs to detect sub-terra activity. A tunnel links... [url]http://www.lifeinkorea.com/culture/dmz/dmz.cfm?Subject=History2[/url]
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