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Whatever floats your boat: Kim Jong-un poses aboard rusty submarine

PICTURES of Kim Jong-un standing on a submarine have been released by North Korea.

 Kim Jong-un posed on board the rusty submarine [REUTERS]

Unfortunately for the dictator, the vessel appears to have seen better days.

Large patches of rust can be seen on the sides and top of the submarine, which is thought to be a 1,800-ton Soviet built submersible from the 1950s.

North Korean expert Aidan Foster-Carter, Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Leeds University, expressed surprise at the release of the picture, saying: “Normally they tart stuff up”.

The photo opportunity comes after Kim Jong-un was pictured smiling and joking on a construction site – just days after the collapse of a Pyongyang apartment building killed hundreds of people.

 South Korea responded by saying their submarines are “far superior” [REUTERS]

North Korea’s state media quoted Jong-un as saying: “The Party Central Committee is attaching great importance to the combined units of submarines.

“The commanding officers and seamen should clearly see through the motives of the hateful enemies watching for a chance to invade our land and put spurs to combat preparations, thinking about battles only.”

However, South Korea appeared undaunted by the release of the pictures.

Defence ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said: “It appears that Pyongyang aims to show off its submarine might, but the submarines that our Navy holds are far superior, as ours do not make much noise and it can stay underwater far longer.”

Source – Express

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Two North Korean Submarines Allegedly Missing – Video Clip

Mini Submarines at Pipa Got Naval Base, North Korea

Two North Korean submarines have reportedly disappeared from  port. Although the subs were last seen at a naval base in the Hwanghae Province  in early April, the news is just now filtering out to media outlets. While the  capability of North Korea to shoot a long-range missile at the United States has  largely been nixed during press conference about EMP attack threats, the possibility of a missile attack from  a submarine has rarely been mentioned.

The thought of missing North Korean subs aiming a missile at a coastal city  is causing concern for some Americans. While any coastal city could become a  target, some analysts think California is a very likely location. If North Korea  shot a missile along the coast of the state, some feel than an earthquake could  occur and allow the attack to go largely undetected – at least for a time.

North Korea also allegedly bought 1,452 pounds of silver from China. Some  researchers believe the silver was purchased to use for batteries on the Sang-O  (Shark) mini-subs. Generals in the North Korean Navy allegedly feel the Shark  submarines are viable weapons which could be used against both America and South  Korea. The Sang-O submarines are typically considered coastal submarines. The  subs can reportedly carry at least 15 crew members and a dozen scuba  commandos.

While many Americans might believe that a missing North Korean submarine  trolling the coast would quickly be detected, that may not necessarily be the  case. During a recent discussion about the EMP Commission, Dr. William Forstchen  highlighted just how real the possibility is for an EMP attack from a cargo ship or a submarine.

In 2012, a Russian boomer went unnoticed for nearly a month in US waters on  the Gulf of Mexico. The nuclear-powered submarine sighting was not the only such  occurrence in recent history. In 2009, another Russian submarine patrolled very  close to the United States. The incident happened about the same time as Russian  bombers were spotted in restricted airspace near Alaska and  California.

Dr. Forstchen, a North Carolina college professor said just how woefully unprepared America is for an EMP attack. The  professor wrote the bestselling novel One Second  After. The book details the chaos which occurred in a small town after  an EMP attack. His research was cited on the floor of Congress during  discussions about EMP threats and the vulnerability of the power grid.

As the renowned professor so aptly noted, life as we know it would end  without a functioning power grid. The nation’s electrical systems could be  repaired, but most of the necessary components are made in China. The time frame  to repair a downed power grid is a hotly disputed topic, but a quick flip of the  switch after a visit to the storage room would not be a possibility. Many  experts feel that it would take months, if not years, to get the overly-taxed

The bestselling author also pointed out the many ways a downed power grid  would increase the EMP attack death toll sooner rather than later. The most  obvious and immediate impact would involve the thousands of Americans who would  perish when planes near the EMP zone would fall from the sky.

Without power, hospitals with still-functioning generators would not be able  to keep patients alive after they run out of stored fuel. Grocery stores would  reportedly have only empty shelves after about three days, leaving those without  a garden or ability to hunt or fish with very empty stomachs. Civil unrest would  also cause an unthinkable amount of deaths, according to Dr. Forstchen.

The EMP Commission was established under a Republican-controlled  Congress in 2001. The commission was re-established under a Democratic majority  in 2006. The EMP preparedness commission was disbanded in 2008. EMPact America  is an outspoken advocate for re-convening the Congressional commission to  further preparedness efforts.

How concerned are you about the missing North Korea missing submarines and  the possibility of a downed power grid?

Source – The Inquisitr

North Korea’s Submarine Bases

Taken from Matthew Aid’s own Website – http://www.matthewaid.com/about

All credit for the article goes to Matthew. I have merely lifted if from his site so that others might gain insight through his efforts.

Some interesting Google earth imagery on the links within the text.

Earlier today I posted a blog about the release of satellite imagery about North Korea’s naval bases. In going through the imagery, I discovered that the author of the original piece on cryptome.org missed the North Korean navy’s two most important facilities – the heavily protected submarine bases on the island of Mayang-do at the village of Mayangdori (40.0 N 128-10-36E); and the second sub base which located outside the coastal village of Chahonodongjagu, a/k/a Ch’aho (40-12-56N 128-38-39E). Both bases are situated on the east coast of North Korea.

Estimates vary somewhat, but the North Korean is estimated to have ben 60 and 70 submarines, all of which are diesel-powered coastal subs unsuited for deepwater operations. According to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the North Korean Navy possesses 4 1960s-vintage Whiskey-class attack subs that rarely go to sea these days, 22 Chinese-made Romeo-class submarines(1,800 tons) which were delivered in the 1970s, 40 domestically produced Sang-O class small coastal submarines (300 tons), and 10 midget submarines used for the clandestine infiltration of agents into South Korea.

Most of these subs are clearly visible in currently available Google Earth satellite imagery. For example, look at this cluster of four Romeo-class subs sharing the same berth at the Mayang-do sub base. If you look just to the south of this berth, you will see two more subs, one of which possibly a Romeo-class sub, docked at the base. About 1,000-meters to the southwest is another heavily protected dock complex housing another cluster of four Romeo-class submarines and possibly two of the smaller Sango-class subs.

Source – Matthew Aid