Kim Jong Un to Korean Troops: Sink Enemies

North Korean leader is hell-bent on rocket test, warns against interference
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2012 8:41 AM CDT
Kim Jong Un to Korean Troops: Sink Enemies
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rides a boat during a visit to Unit 158 of the navy of the North Korean People's Army.   (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

Kim Jong Un has a message for anyone who would mess with North Korea's planned rocket test (ahem, America and South Korea): We will "send all the intruders into the bottom of the sea." Bluntly underscoring again that his father's flair for the dramatic did not skip a generation, the Korea Times reports that the younger Kim gave the order while inspecting a military unit on Ryo Islet, telling the troops there to create "an iron wall."

Pyongyang has come under intense pressure to nix the test, which it says will launch a satellite, but which the US suspects is really a test of the North's ballistic missile capability—which has been banned by the UN in no uncertain terms. Nevertheless, it looks like the show will go on, an observer tells the Times: "The level of activity at the launch pad and tower indicates that the rocket should be in place within days." (More North Korea stories.)

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