North Korea has proved it is a significant threat to Americans, but until recently we did not know the great danger they pose to our very lives.
While for many years this nation has boasted about its ability to destroy the United States, it has often been written off as harmless saber-rattling.
The reality is, however, that North Korea does pose a real threat to our allies South Korea and Japan. Their weapons and close proximity to these freedom-loving nations can allow North Korea to attack with little warning. That would draw the United States into the conflict.
While some experts assure us that North Korea cannot do direct damage to the United States, there are many, including our own government now, that is warning Congress we are in grave danger if we do not act quickly.
From The Hill:
Even if it were true that North Korea does not yet have nuclear missiles, their “Dear Leader” could deliver an atomic bomb hidden on a freighter sailing under a false flag into a U.S. port, or hire their terrorist allies to fly a nuclear 9/11 suicide mission across the unprotected border with Mexico. In this scenario, populous port cities like New York, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, or big cities nearest the Mexican border, like San Diego, Phoenix, Austin, and Santa Fe, would be most at risk.
In February and March of 2015, former senior national security officials of the Reagan and Clinton administrations warned that North Korea should be regarded as capable of delivering by satellite a small nuclear warhead, specially designed to make a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack against the United States.
According to the Congressional EMP Commission, a single warhead delivered by North Korean satellite could blackout the national electric grid and other life-sustaining critical infrastructures for over a year—killing 9 of 10 Americans by starvation and societal collapse.
Wild speculation to be sure, but it still warrants discussion. North Korea is a danger, no matter how you look at it, but they are unlikely to commit themselves to what would surely be a costly war. They have troubling feeding their own people, being reliant on outside nations for support. Going to war would be a disruption of those food supplies, bringing swift death and starvation to their own populace.
The idea that North Korea can easily smuggle a bomb on a “false flag” ship ignores the extensive coastal patrols and security systems we have in place to monitoring just that kind of threat. It’s even less likely that North Korea would fly a plane over any border, as airlines around the world have extremely strict process these days (thanks to 9/11).
But does this mean we should ignore North Korea? Of course not. Recent failures at their missile testing sites suggest sabotage by outside forces, meaning that we already have people working to prevent a problem before it happens.
Sanctions and other measures can be used to prevent North Korea from becoming too big for their britches. While Kim Jong-Un might brag about his big missiles, he’s got little recourse against the United States.
Source: The Hill