MONDAY MUSINGS – No. Korea Makes the News

Monday – April 8, 2013 

Two weeks ago when I wrote about North Korea it was because I thought the media and our government were paying so much attention to the potential development of nukes by Iran and its threat to the Mideast that it was ignoring the real and present threat from North Korea.  I won’t take any credit but, boy, have things changed in two weeks.

When I mentioned in the last muse that we needed to be prepared and have the ability on a moment’s notice to take out North Korea’s nukes, I meant it.  But having “the ability to do” does not have the same meaning as “do now”.  A pre-emptive strike by the U.S. (or South Korea) could easily escalate (as military actions generally do) into an accidental war, and no one should want that.  North Korea’s long decline over the past 60 years as South Korea has strengthened has diminished the North as an invasion threat. But even though the South outnumbers the North in population (50 million to 25 million), the North is the most militarized society in the world and maintains the 4th largest army (1.2 million – Iraq only had 400,000). Before we could get mobilized it might be able to level Seoul (10 million people within 25 miles of the DMZ) with its conventional long range artillery – 10,000 pieces, most within firing range from Seoul.  We have an ongoing military alliance with South Korea committed to by every government since 1953 that promises our defense of that country if invaded by the North. The North and China, however, have a mutual defense treaty with each other and China has been moving troops to its border with the North in recent weeks for reasons I don’t think we understand: is it to nudge North Korea to back off, or instead to let the North know that China has its back?  Hopefully the former, but one never knows.  Do you see where this might all be going? WWI started because of mutual defense agreements.

Despite all the North Korean saber rattling and threats, most pundits seem to think it is mostly bluster designed to show the U.S. and the North Koreans how tough their pudgy new leader is, and that he will probably test a new missile within the week.  Some are guessing the 10th (my guess would be the 15th, grandfather Kim’s 101st birthday and the date the 31 U.S. navy men were shot down in 1969). My main immediate concern is that when North Korea threatens, they frequently do something less provocative than an all out attack, but still something very provocative.  I do not want to see another Pueblo or EC-121 incident and have North Korea walk away unscathed (as discussed in the prior Muse). I’m sure South Korea doesn’t want to see another of their frigates sunk by a Northern sub like in March 2010, with the loss of 46 sailors. That’s how wars can escalate, especially when dealing with a country such as North Korea.  If this doesn’t concern you, please read excerpts below from the warning editorial printed last week in the official newspaper of the Worker’s Party of North Korea – state controlled as are all newspapers in the country, the Rodong Sinmun (which means Labor Daily – the paper prints an English language edition).


The U.S. high-handed hostile policy toward the DPRK aimed to encroach upon its sovereignty and the dignity of its supreme leadership and bring down its social system is being implemented through actual military actions without hesitation. Days and months have passed on this land amid the constant danger of war but never had the whole Korean Peninsula been exposed to such danger of a nuclear war as today.

Under this situation the towering resentment of the DPRK’s army and people has reached an irrepressible phase as they are all out in the all-out action to defend the sovereignty and prevent a nuclear war of the U.S.

In view of the prevailing situation the world’s people who love justice and value conscience are unanimously becoming critical of the U.S. and its followers for their disgraceful behavior of prodding the UN Security Council into adopting “resolutions on sanctions” against the DPRK and vocal expressing concern over the situation on the peninsula.

The moment of explosion is approaching fast. No one can say a war will break out in Korea or not and whether it will break out today or tomorrow.

The responsibility for this grave situation entirely rests with the U.S. administration and military warmongers keen to encroach upon the DPRK’s sovereignty and bring down its dignified social system with brigandish logic.

In view of this situation, the KPA General Staff in charge of all operations will take powerful practical military counteractions.

We have already sent a strong message to the present puppet authorities and military of south Korea following in the footsteps of traitor [former south Korean President] Lee Myung Bak so that they may understand our position.

We formally inform the White House and Pentagon that the ever-escalating U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK and its reckless nuclear threat will be smashed by the strong will of all the united service personnel and people and cutting-edge smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear strike means of the DPRK and that the merciless operation of its revolutionary armed forces in this regard has been finally examined and ratified.

The U.S. had better ponder over the prevailing grave situation.

Rodong Sinmun


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