Kim Jong Un, the 28-year-old son of the late North Korean "Supreme Leader" Kim Jong Il has threatened the United States with a pre-emptive nuclear missile attack. This on the heals of a recent video depicting a North Korean nuclear bomb attack and portrayal of the annihilation of New York City while the song "We are the world" is eerily being sung in the background. This latest episode, although both weird and surreal, is just the most recent in a long list of provocative events staged by the North Koreans in the attempt to intimidate Japan, South Korea and the United States. Unlike past bizarre demonstrations by North Korea's leadership and military, this latest incident has the United States’ full attention.
The U.S. military is scrambling to construct new nuclear missile launch capabilities in Alaska (estimated to take two years) while beefing up our nuclear presence in Japan just in case. What was once considered simply harmless "crazy rhetoric" by the North Koreans is now finally being considered as a real potential threat to the security of the United States and her allies by America's military. Not much credence was given in the past to North Korea's psychotic threats until recent photographs emerged showing what appears to be ballistic missiles potentially capable of delivering nuclear weapons to the United States, Japan and/or South Korea during a recent parade of military weapons.
The universally accepted military opinions that while North Korea has nuclear weapons, they have no reliable missile delivery systems with which to launch those nuclear materials to the United States were instantly made obsolete by the revelations presented in the photographs taken of the parade in North Korea's capitol. The military now says that the North Korean's may very well have the technology to reach the West coast of the United States. In light of these recent revelations, North Korea's threats are not being dismissed as "Empty threats" by a nervous American military any more.
Military officials here are dismissing America as a real target by the North Koreans. The fear is that North Korea may provoke South Korea or Japan into a military confrontation resulting in a retaliatory reaction by the United States in defense of these two close allies. North Korea has activated its conventional ground troops along the border with South Korea and the fear is that any inadvertent incident could kick off a full scale war. It hasn't helped the tense situation when recently the new "Supreme leader" Kim Jong Un announced that North Korea was breaking the long held cease fire agreement between North and South Korea which was established at the end of the Korean War.
Page 2 of 2 - South Korea has shown remarkable restraint after North Korea torpedoed and sunk a South Korean warship in March 2010. North Korea provoked South Korea again when the two countries exchanged artillery fire in November 2010. North Korea's military pushed their luck again when they bombed an island occupied by South Koreans in a continuation of a dispute between the two countries as to the sovereignty of the territory.
We as a nation can no longer afford to just dismiss North Korea as a tyrannical little country run by a unbalanced "Supreme ruler." It is estimated that 2/3 of the people of North Korea are suffering from chronic food shortages. A Human Watch Report in 2004 estimated that up to 200,000 political prisoners are being held in modern day concentration camps by the North Korean government.
I say that North Korea is a very real threat to her neighbors and the United States. There is a very real possibility that North Korea could sell nuclear material to terrorists around the globe. We can no longer count on China to control North Korea and even they are worried. This is a new era where an unstable nuclear country is in the hands of an unpredictable crazy kid.