oped: What do they mean? Beats the hell outta me...all I know is Kim is bat shit crazy...akin to a 8 cylinder firing on 4!
An encrypted broadcast from North Korea on a so-called “numbers station” on shortwave radio has many convinced that Kim Jong Un’s regime is planning a massive test to mark North Korean founder Kim Il Sung’s 105th birthday.
“The North’s propaganda station Radio Pyongyang began broadcasting the messages at 1:15 a.m. (Seoul time), calling out a series of pages and numbers, such as No. 69 on page 823, No. 92 on page 467 and No. 100 on page 957, before repeating them one more time,” South Korea’s Yonhap reported.
“(I’m) giving review works in elementary information technology lessons of the remote education university for No. 27 expedition agents,” one of the messages said.
Numbers broadcasts, for those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, are shortwave broadcasts — typically by a government or a military organization — disseminating encrypted material to operatives. A sample of one of these eerie broadcasts famously provided the title for the album “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” by the band Wilco.
While the encrypted message is audible to anyone who tunes in, a special pad is necessary to decode the message. Without the pad, no amount of cryptographic analysis should be able to break the code.
Most shortwave numbers stations, however, do not use established radio stations to broadcast their message. Radio Pyongyang is a notable exception.
While the station stopped broadcasting such messages in 2000 as a result of negotiations with South Korea, the broadcasts resumed in June of 2016.
Kim Il Sung’s birthday, as The New York Times reports, is often when North Korea demonstrates its latest advances. In recent days, many have speculated this might mean a sixth nuclear test to mark the occasion on Saturday.
Such a test would, indeed, send a message far more chilling than any cryptic messages on a late-night radio station — which is why one can only hope the message was the encrypted sound of Kim Jong Un coming to his senses.
H/T The Daily Caller