The Real North Korean Threat

The Real North Korean Threat

Frequent Prepography contributor Roger Reality wrote in to ask that I remind our readers that the 27 year old Leader of North Korea, Kim Jung-un just scrapped the 1953 Armistice that ended…really just hit the ‘pause button’ on the Korean War.  His declaration technically returns us to state of open warfare with the Stalinist state.

This puts us in a state of war with another nuclear armed nation…the first time this has ever happened.  I should also mention that this nuclear armed nation has also successfully launched a satellite into orbit demonstrating what is essentially an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capability.  Put together ICBM and nuclear capabilities and we’ve got a whole new kind of threat to worry about…and it likely isn’t the one you’re thinking about right now.

“The Intelligence community has long assessed that, in Pyongyang’s view, its nuclear capabilities are intended for deterrence, international prestige and coercive diplomacy. We do not know Pyongyang’s nuclear doctrine or employment concepts,” [Director of National Intelligence James R.] Clapper told the Senate Intelligence Committee. “Although we assess with low confidence that the North would only attempt to use nuclear weapons against U.S. forces or allies to preserve the Kim regime, we do not know what would constitute, from the North’s perspective, crossing that threshold.”

North Korea, led by its young leader Kim Jong Un, has defied the international community in the last three months, testing an intercontinental ballistic missile and a third nuclear bomb.

Pressed on North Korea, Clapper said he was “very concerned about the actions of the new young leader.” He described the talk emanating from Pyongyang as “very belligerent.”

“The rhetoric, while propaganda-laced, is an indicator of their attitude,” Clapper said.

Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, the general in charge of U.S. Strategic Command said he is “satisfied” that existing U.S. missile defenses can defend against a limited attack from North Korea.

via US Officials: North Korea poses serious threat

Supreme Leader Kim Jung Un

Supreme Leader Kim Jung-un

Our defense officials have assured us that they can protect us from an ICBM launched from North Korea but who’s to say it’ll be launched from halfway around the world.  North Korea has also been building a mobile ICBM capability.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that anything you can put on a truck, you can put on a container ship.  Do we have the capability to knock down a ballistic missile launched from within the Port of Oakland or a few miles offshore of San Francisco?

The next question you may be asking yourself is ‘how many weapons could North Korea really have’…or maybe ‘how accurate could their guidance system be?’  After all… we’re a big country, we could weather the loss of a small city or two and all it would do is piss us off.  If only that was the real threat…  did I mention before that North Korea seems to have been actively developing and testing electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapons?  With an EMP weapon it doesn’t have to be big…and it doesn’t have to be accurate…it only has to be at altitude.

North Korea has already successfully tested and developed nuclear weapons. It has also already miniaturized nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery and has armed missiles with nuclear warheads. In 2011, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. General Ronald Burgess, testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee that North Korea has weaponized its nuclear devices into warheads for ballistic missiles.

via PRY: North Korea EMP attack could destroy U.S. — now – Washington Times

An EMP attack on the U.S. could simultaneously cripple our communications, finance, power and transportation systems.  Think about that for a minute.  How long before your local grocery store ran out of food without any power or resupply trucks rolling in.  How would you buy food if the ATM no longer worked and your local bank teller (you do bank locally with a brick and mortar establishment right?) couldn’t access any records showing that you had funds in your account?  An EMP attack on some or all of the U.S. mainland could end our superpower status in a fraction of a second and take years to recover from.  Make sure that you take appropriate grid-down scenarios into consideration while making and enhancing your preparedness plans.

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