April 12, 2013
A classified Defense Intelligence Agency report described in testimony on Capitol Hill yesterday reveals that “North Korea now has nuclear weapons capable of delivery by ballistic missiles.”
The U.S. has jointly declared “Watchcon 2” status with South Korea, the highest level of military alert, as North Korean missiles have been spotted in the “launch” position.
According to the report, Rep. Doug Lamborn ® of Colorado quotes an unclassified edition of the DIA report which reads, “DIA assess with moderate confidence the North currently has nuclear weapons capable of delivery by ballistic missiles. However, the reliability will be low.”
What this means is that the missile failure rate is believed to be high, but that North Korea possesses ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads.
Why is this such a big deal? Because North Korea recently promised to nuke several major U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Los Angeles and Austin, Texas. The threat was dismissed by most observers as hot air, based on the belief that North Korea did not possess missiles capable of carrying and delivering nuclear warheads. Now that belief must be called into question.
North Korea capable of striking Japan, South Korea, Taiwan
If the report is true, it would mean North Korea is capable of launching nuclear missiles at nearby targets such as Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and other nations. Thousands of U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea, making military zones there obvious targets for the North’s nuclear crusade.
But North Korea may also be capable of launching ballistics missiles with longer range — allowing them to strike targets such as Australia, Hawaii or even the West Coast of the United States. Most experts doubt North Korea has the technical expertise to achieve such long-range performance, but no one denies the country is working on developing such technologies.
If North Korea has nuclear missiles as described in the intelligence report — and if it is willing to use them — it means North Korea possesses the means to overrun South Korea with military might. Kim Jong-Un can simply launch a preemptive nuclear strike at the closest military base then unleash a human wave of North Korean soldiers to march into Seoul and occupy South Korea.
This could pull the United States into a dangerous global war with China, a communist regime that considers North Korea to be its political ally and strategic partner.
Predictions: The U.S. may strike North Korea
I predict that if this escalation does not rapidly cool down, the U.S. will be forced to unleash a military strike on North Korea’s missile assets. I am not the only one concerned about this possibility.
This YouTube video claims to show a stream of vehicles fleeing the North and crossing the DMZ into South Korea, escorted by a military vehicle. Their rationale? Possibly to escape an imminent U.S. military strike on North Korea.
Interestingly, this is one of the few times when I actually agree with the Pentagon that a pre-emptive strike is morally justified against North Korea. If the U.S. attacks North Korea’s military leadership (but not civilians), it will be an act of national self-defense against an irrational aggressor who had directly and persistently threatened to nuke U.S. cities.