U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today that the United States Home Land Security and Defense Dept. will add and place interceptor missiles both in Alaska and other key locations in anticipation of future nuclear threats from North Korea. The North Korean Government has threatened that they reserve the right to launch a preemptive strike against The United states for their economic sanctions against them over their persistent development of nuclear capability. They also have clarified that they no longer recognize the treaty with South Korea thus reinstating the Korean conflict that entered a cease-fire back in 1958. The United states has made it clear that any attack on South Korea is not advisable and that the South Koreans continue to enjoy full U.S. Support.
yesterday it was reported that despite the N. Korean threat, life goes on in South Korea. South Korea has made it clear that they are not pursuing conflict. Meanwhile, China has continued to encourage talks, and negotiation rather than the stepped up verbal exchange going on in the North. It is also rumored that China might be re-assessing their stance with N. Korea. While N. Korea is their closest alley, they still have problems periodically getting them to back down. This time, with all the military showing going on it seems this might be more serious than usual.
While North Korea will not, or is not expected to have nuclear capability before 2014, once they have a launch vehicle, they could attempt to deliver a nuclear package to the United States. Hagel said he wants to be ready if such an attempt if made.
However, the biggest concern right this moment is an attack, unprovoked on South Korea. While their military might be somewhat ready for an immediate attack,I would be concerned that in the aftermath that might not be the case as they would be more dependant on the United states. According to the treaty with South Korea, The United states would take the lead role, immediately, in any conflict.
The North Korean situation is that much more serious now than before. it seems their young, unexperienced leader might be walking the country right into war. The question is how would the United states treat this situation. I would hope that the U.S. would go for rapid response, no holds barred, shutting down this opposition quickly. We must remember, in this case The United states is engaging a full-scale, trained Army. Not rag-tag untrained desert fighters without discipline.
That’s my point of view……As usual I look forward to your comments on issues of the day as well as this….Until then have a great weekend and ………… God Bless America!