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The Slow Boat to Incheon

by | May 5th, 2012 | 07:11 am

According to South Korean authorities, the number of  airline flights in and out of Seoul’s Incheon airport disrupted by North Korean GPS jamming now exceeds 250, but the North Koreans are not content: the DailyNK and Yonhap report that South Korean Coast Guard authorities released a statement that the interference has extended to shipping, affecting more than 120 ships. Although the action has not as yet caused any accidents, the risks associated with interfering with navigation systems within the vicinity of the tense Northern Limit Line are obvious. I’ve had to add a “jamming” tag to the blog.

These revelations got me to thinking about the novel and “peculiar” means that North Korea claims to be ready to unleash on its enemies in the South.  Maybe they have some plan to disrupt the GPS systems of vehicular traffic and send them all crashing into the offices of Chosun Ilbo, Donga Ilbo, and other media outlets that were recently singled out.

Personally, if I am going to be lost at sea, I’d rather take the slow and meandering boat with the inimitable Dee Dee Bridgewater…