North Korea Deploying Special Forces and New Medium-Range Missiles

February 23, 2009

North Korea (ChattahBox) – It has been reported that North Korea has just deployed a number of new missiles that have further target capabilities, and will be able to reach further into Asia than ever before.  As analysts warn of an imminent missile test by the North, officials in Seoul say Pyongyang’s military remains a “serious threat,”with a recent buildup of troops.

North Korea has boosted its special forces personnel by 50 percent since 2006, to 180,000 soldiers. In a possible conflict, those troops would focus on infiltrating South Korea quickly, to strike at U.S. and South Korean forces from behind. The move has sparked fear and tension amidst an already unstable situation between North and South Korea, and according to officials, this constituted a very real, calculated threat by the Communist nation.

While no immediate plans for military action from Pyongyang have come to light, there are worries that this move could be one used to pressure the US into bargaining over aid-for-disarmament, a deal that was put on hold after a new Administration took power in the White House.

“North Korea’s developing and reinforcing of conventional weaponry, as well as the weapons of mass destruction like nuclear and missiles, and the front-line deployment of military power are a direct and serious threat to our security,” an official statement from the Ministry of Defense stated.

North Korea currently holds an impressive stock of weapons, and over a million soldiers.


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