North Korean Threat Gains Traction… and Every Response Has Its Downside

The war of words is escalating… Again.

Seems like every time we check a news site online or on television, there’s something new on the North Korean front. And none of it is good.

Kim Jong Un continues to make threats. And the more that’s learned about his arsenal and the potential for its delivery, the worse things appear.

If he’s not threatening the U.S. mainland, he’s threatening our territory, Guam. Which is the location of the Andersen Air Force base. And if he’s not threatening South Korea, he’s threatening Japan.

This guy is a worldwide menace. Everyone would like to see him put in his place. And that includes, I’m certain, a vast majority of North Koreans who are afraid to speak up.

But any preemptive strike against North Korea could result in an immediate attack by Kim Jong Un on South Korea. That would probably kill tens of thousands of people. Quickly.

Iran Is Flying Under the Radar

Somewhat forgotten during all the hostile talk from Kim Jong Un and his missile tests is Iran. This terrorist-sponsored nation has been flying under the radar lately. And I’m sure that’s just where they want to be.

In reality, North Korea’s nuclear program and technology is very like that of Iran’s. The Congressional Research Service says that Iran has provided “significant and meaningful” help to North Korea’s ballistic missile program.

It certainly appears that these two countries are collaborating. They’ve been sharing their information, their strategies and their weapons. And when the heat is on one of them, the other inches forward unnoticed.

Trump’s signing of the Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act in early August was a step in the right direction. It gives the president more power to impose sanctions on countries that violate U.N. Security Council resolutions. But sanctions alone won’t thwart this unholy alliance between North Korea and Iran.

We Can’t Assume Kim Jong Un Is Bluffing

Recently, the U.S. and South Korea conducted military drills in the area. What was North Korea’s response? The state-run newspaper declared those drills could lead to “an uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war.”

The newspaper article went on to say that the North Korean army could target the U.S. at any time. They said that we would not be able to “dodge the merciless strike.”

Perhaps in an attempt to prove he isn’t bluffing, Kim Jong Un sent a mid-range ballistic missile – designed to carry a nuclear payload – flying over Japan. It flew into the northern Pacific Ocean in an outrageous exercise intended to scare.

And just last week Kim Jong Un taunted the U.S. about Hurricane Harvey. He said he could “bury the entirety of the U.S. under water.”

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says that diplomacy is still the preferred method for convincing North Korea to stop its testing of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles. But military options are still on the table.

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis added that the diplomatic approached must be backed by military threat. “There are strong military consequences” if North Korea starts hostilities, he said.

China Fails to Intervene

Many people have been counting on China to step up to the plate. They want China to exert its influence to convince this man-child to stand down and shut up. But other than supporting U.N. sanctions against North Korea, all the Chinese are doing is sitting on their hands and waiting to see how things play out.

Recently China’s leader, Xi Jinping, said his country would remain neutral in any armed conflict between the U.S. and North Korea. But only if North Korea starts the hostilities.

China is leaving the door open for possible help to Kim Jong Un if we attack North Korea first.

Some folks have said that Kim Jong Un would never follow through on his threats to attack another nation. Mainly because the dictator understands it would mean devastation for his country.

Never Assume Anything With This Guy

But there are two problems with that assumption. One, it’s difficult to tell what that lunatic understands.

Making unprovoked threats against the most powerful nation in the history of the world is so ignorant. You have to wonder if he really comprehends how inappropriate his words and actions are.

And two, even if he does understand the severe consequences his nation will face, I’m not so sure how much he cares.

Perhaps he would not mind going down in a blaze of glory. Not if it meant he had demonstrated to the world that he had the guts to stand up to a superpower.

Kim Jong Un has certainly proven he does not care about his own people. His irresponsible actions have placed much of the North Korean population in poverty.

And it’s obvious he would rather have them starve to death than lose his weapons of mass destruction.

Regardless of how the United Nations, the United States and other countries react to his repeated missile tests… he seems to become more emboldened.

Should We Worry?

Are Americans taking his threats seriously? Yes, we are. According to a recent CBS News poll, 72 percent of us are “uneasy” about the possibility of conflict with North Korea.

Last week, U.S. intelligence analysts said that North Korea has made a miniaturized nuclear warhead.

Then, a U.S. Department of Defense official revealed that North Korea is working on developing a hydrogen bomb. One significantly more powerful than the atomic bombs dropped by the U.S. on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

That bomb could be ready for deployment before the end of 2018, according to the official.

Left Unchecked, the Maniac Will Strike

What if U.S. missile defenses were unable to stop a North Korean hydrogen bomb? Close to one-half million would die if it hit Washington D.C. and injuries would be close to 1 million. Deaths might top 1.7 million if the bomb struck New York City.

Recently, a North Korea test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) proved that it can reach the western half of the U.S.

Now, it’s doubtful Kim Jong Un possesses an atomic bomb small enough to fit on an ICBM warhead. And even if he did, could he shield the nuclear warhead well enough so that it could withstand re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere? Probably not. At least not now.

But there’s no question his scientists are working on those very activities as we speak. It’s probably just a matter of time.

President Donald Trump has promised that North Korea would be the recipient of “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if Kim Jong Un continues to make threats and continue his nuclear program.

One thing is obvious. Something needs to be done. And soon.

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