For over 30 years, we have been told that North Korea poses only a “local” threat to world peace. Sure, they could cause major problems for South Korea and even Japan, but they are no real threat to anyone. But is that true?
North Korea has a standing army that tops one million soldiers, and while most of the country’s citizens are poorly fed and struggle to get from one day to the next. Soldiers get the best of everything, food, clothing even electrical power and medical treatment.
Since the Clinton administration, they have been spending every extra penny on Nuclear Weapons and Ballistic Missile procurement and development. Our government estimates that North Korea has no fewer than two dozen atomic weapons and may have as many as 50 bombs equal to those that devastated Japan and ended World War two.
The big question is, “Have they managed to miniaturized them to the point where they will fit on an ICBM?”, that is open to opinion. The Government says no, they are still dealing with huge devices too large and heavy for missile launches. But recent developments say otherwise.
It is highly probable that Kim has not only reduced the size of his bombs and only lacks a missile that can reach the U.S. But that may not be true either. Last summer, Kim successfully launched a missile that was capable of reaching the United States. The test was called a dry run for putting a satellite in orbit and the missile fell to Earth off the coast of the Philippines. That missile would have been able to hit any place on the west coast of the United States.
Yesterday, President Trump summoned the entire Senate to his home for a briefing on North Korea. That extraordinary step should tell you how serious the threat is. Add that not one Senator has leaked any specific details about the meeting and you should get the message that it’s about time for SHTF for North Korea.
A top U.S. commander told Reuters he believes Hawaii needs more missile interceptors because of the growing threat of North Korea. Adm. Harry Harris also told the House Armed Services Committee: “I don’t share your confidence that North Korea is not going to attack either South Korea, or Japan, or the United States … once they have the capability.” “we need more interceptors.”
If you don’t think the threat is real, Hawaiian lawmakers have been scrambling to come up with emergency plans in event of a North Korean attack. Officials called for the state’s defense agency to repair its hundreds of Cold War-era fallout shelters. They were tasked with restocking them with medical supplies, food and water.
The Threat is real enough that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said in a joint statement: “With each provocation, North Korea jeopardizes stability in Northeast Asia and poses a growing threat to our allies and the U.S. homeland.”