North Korea is vowing to strike the United States and its Asian allies if it finds out we’re going to attack them. They’re warning of a ‘super-mighty preemptive strike.’ And if they go that route, they’re saying it will reduce us to ashes.
“In the case of our super-mighty preemptive strike being launched,” read an article in Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of North Korea’s Worker’s party, “it will completely and immediately wipe out not only U.S. imperialists’ invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the U.S. mainland and reduce them to ashes.” From Reuters:
U.S. President Donald Trump has taken a hard line with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has rebuffed admonitions from sole major ally China and proceeded with nuclear and missile programmes in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions.
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Reclusive North Korea regularly threatens to destroy Japan, South Korea and the United States and has shown no let-up in its belligerence after a failed missile test on Sunday, a day after putting on a huge display of missiles at a parade in Pyongyang.
“We’re reviewing all the status of North Korea, both in terms of state sponsorship of terrorism as well as the other ways in which we can bring pressure on the regime in Pyongyang to re-engage with us, but re-engage with us on a different footing than past talks have been held,” Tillerson told reporters in Washington on Wednesday.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, on a tour of Asian allies, has said repeatedly an “era of strategic patience” with North Korea is over.
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said during a visit to London the military option must be part of the pressure brought to bear.
“Allowing this dictator to have that kind of power is not something that civilised nations can allow to happen,” he said in reference to Kim.
Over the weekend, a musical was performed to celebrate Kim Il Sung, and it ended with a film depicting missiles flying to the United States and blowing up cities, leaving the American flag in flames. The video was also broadcast on state media.
I don’t think North Korea wants to know what would happen if they actually went through with their threats. They don’t have any friends. (Except perhaps Russia and Bulgaria.) But I don’t think they view North Korea as offering anything in the way of a valuable relationship to the extent necessary that they would help defend them.
Kim Jong-un is the annoying fat pseudo-bully who sits alone at the lunch table. A few kids feel sorry for him, so they go and sit next to him since no one else will. Then they quickly find out why no one ever sits next to him. I think that’s what Russia and Bulgaria are. They might be allies on paper, but when it comes down to it, are they really going to help defend North Korea in case of a military attack?
China is still a public ally of North Korea, but their relationship has been strained for the last couple years.
In my view, Kim Jong-un is a paper tiger. People often say they fear him, because he’s a psycho. That might be true. But even if he were to launch missiles at the U.S. or South Korea, I doubt they’d even make it.
As crazy as Kim Jong-un might be, I really hope the U.S. doesn’t launch a preemptive strike on them. If we had intel that proved that they were about to launch an attack, attacking them might be justified, but there is no justification for killing a bunch of North Korean civilians. They’re not Kim Jong-un.
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