[LINK] The cost of monoculture

Danny Yee danny at anatomy.usyd.edu.au
Tue Jan 30 11:59:18 AEDT 2007

Howard Lowndes wrote:
> Mmmm, perhaps something along the line of U235 would be more likely from NK.
This is unnecessary.  Seoul is within easy artillery reach of North Korea.  

	Seoul, the South Korean capitol, lies within range of North
	Korean long-range artillery. Five hundred 170mm Koksan guns
	and 200 multiple-launch rocket systems could hit Seoul with
	artillery shells and chemical weapons, causing panic and
	massive civilian casualties. North Korea has between 500 and
	600 Scud missiles that could strike targets throughout South
	Korea with conventional warheads or chemical weapons. North
	Korea could hit Japan with its 100 No-dong missiles.

	# North Korea has an estimated 13,000 hardened artillery sites,
	many of the pieces aimed at targets in and around the South
	Korean capital, Seoul.
	# Like much of North Korea's armed forces, they are well
	camouflaged and bunkered in.
	# 4,000 are near the DMZ and 200 to 300 in range of Seoul.
	# U.S. officials believe every fourth round has a chemical tip.

A worst case worm attack might stop South Korean finances for a week,
which would be pretty bad for the economy.  It's not clear what that
would achieve for North Korea, but in any event it's a far cry from
having several million people killed and entire cities levelled.

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