by Jack Lee
In the latest round of war-rhetoric, North Korea says it has approved nuclear attack on the United States in its latest threat as US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Pyongyang to back down (or we could ask the UN to issue a sternly worded letter to them.)
(This sounds like an April Fools story, but it’s actually taken from today’s news.)
The moment of explosion is approaching fast,” the North Korean military said, warning that war could break out “today or tomorrow”. So we’ve got 30 hours more or less before the nukes start flying.
The General Staff of the Korean People’s Army said it was formally informing Washington that US threats would be “smashed by… cutting-edge smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear strike means”. (If was good of them to issue us a warning)
It would launch “merciless” military strikes on the United States, involving the possible use of “cutting-edge” nuclear weapons. (Merciless…isn’t that redundant when talking nuclear holcuast?)
“The merciless operation of (our) revolutionary armed forces in this regard has been finally examined and ratified.” (So, start counting down)
Analysts have said North Korea is not technologically capable of carrying out a strike on the US mainland but could target US troops stationed in South Korea or Japan. (Japan just can’t catch a break…first it was Tsuami, then an earthquake, now nuclear war…what’s next?)
The North Korean announcement came shortly after the US said it will deploy a ballistic missile defence system on its Pacific island of Guam as part of Washington’s efforts to beef up its military presence in the region. (Forget the missile defense…how about deploying a few nuclear subs with enough missiles to turn the PRNK into a sandbox?)
The land-based Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (THAAD) “will strengthen defence capabilities for American citizens in the US territory of Guam and US forces stationed there,” the Pentagon said.
The land-based missile defense system includes a truck-mounted launcher, tracking radar, interceptor missiles, and an integrated fire control system.
Hagel called on Wednesday on Pyongyang to back down from its “dangerous rhetoric.”
“We take those threats seriously. We have to take those threats seriously,” Hagel said at the National Defence University in Washington. (Why do we take them seriously? Either they have the ability or they do not. Our intel people say they don’t, then again they also assured us that Saddam had a nuclear pgrogram)
The US had taken measured, reasonable steps in response to North Korea’s recent moves, he said, noting the danger of being wrong about the seriousness of the threats.
“It only takes being wrong once, and I don’t want to be the secretary of defence who was wrong once,” Hagel said. (Truer words… yep, you sure don’t get a do over in nuclear war)
“They have nuclear capacity now, they have missile delivery capacity now,” Hagel said, calling Pyongyang’s “bellicose dangerous rhetoric” problematic.
“We are doing everything we can, working with the Chinese and others to defuse that situation on the peninsula. (And lets not forget the UN, cause they write those stern letters and that’s our ace in the hole if things get really rough)
If you believe the North Koreans, then expect the attack to arrive within 24 hours. Good luck.