News Column

N. Korea Targets Include Austin

March 29, 2013

Ciara O'Rourke, Austin American-Statesman

European newspapers, including London's the Telegraph, are reporting that Austin is among several U.S. targets North Korea plans to strike with rockets.

Photos that appeared in the state-run newspaper that were apparently taken at an emergency Friday meeting show Kim Jong-un signing the order for the country's strategic rocket forces to be on standby to fire at the U.S. targets, which also include Washington, Los Angeles and Hawaii, the Telegraph's story says.

But Narushige Michishita, director of the Security and International Studies Program at Japan's National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, isn't convinced North Korea is capable of attacking Hawaii or the U.S. mainland, according to an Associated Press analysis. He says Pyongyang hasn't successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Still, soldiers are gearing up for battle and shrouding their jeeps and vans with camouflage netting, the analysis says. Newly painted signboards and posters call for "death to the U.S. imperialists," and urge the people to fight with "arms, not words," the analysis says.

On Twitter, people are wondering why Austin is on North Korea's hit list with the hashtag "whyaustin."

"What does Kim Jung Un have against breakfast tacos?" asked one user.

Another speculated that it's thanks to SXSW, linking to a picture of the country's leader frowning with a regular gripe about the annual festival.

"Badges only?!"



Source: (c)2013 Austin American-Statesman, Texas Distributed by MCT Information Services


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