Today, North Korea has continued with Its unfettered displays of aggression. There are two very important things to know firstly, In addition to some context, and possible solutions. I’ll outline them here.
For those concerned simply in news and not in analysis, read here. Previously, North Korea has had ICBM’s, or Inter-continental ballistic missiles. These alone are capable of massive, long-to-medium range damage. But according to the Washington Post, as of August 8th, 2017, North Korea has developed a miniaturized nuclear warhead which is capable of being transported In those same ICBM’s. Washington Post, frequently criticized for frequent uses of anonymous sources, cite two reports. One analysis by the Defense Intelligence Agency, and one other report that Indicates that North Korea may have 60 nuclear weapons, though some critics argue It could be much smaller.
The second important revelation is that North Korean state-run media has announced It is considering “operational plans” for attacking Guam and the air force base that resides there, Andersen Air Force Base. The state-run media uses exclamatory statements such as “enveloping fire”. These disturbing and provocative remarks come on the heels of the UN Security Council voting unanimously, 15-0, to approve 1 billion dollars’ worth of sanctions on North Korea, though there is no evidence supporting a correlation between these two acts, aside from North Korea claiming It will take “thousands-fold” action in response to such sanctions.
While Security and Defense officials on Guam claim there is no imminent threat to the residents of the territory, that does little to combat the fears of the citizens and the unpredictability of the communist regime of North Korea. One such citizen, Rena Chang, says “That’s so scary. My heart is pumping right now”. Guam’s office of Civil Defense and Department of Homeland Security assure their people that they, In conjunction with the United States, are monitoring the situation and are maintaining a state of readiness.
On said state of readiness, the PACAF, or Pacific Air Forces, tweeted out “S. Dakota (South Dakota) Airmen arrive on Guam; conduct bilateral missions w/Japan & ROK(South Korea)—U.S. ready to #fighttonight”
This isn’t the only response, President of the United States, Donald J Trump, had this to say.
“North Korea best not make any threats to the United States, they will be met with fire and fury, like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening, beyond normal statements. As I said, they will be met with fire, fury, and frankly, power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.”
Supporters of Mr. Trump claim that this is a strong, and passionate statement, that is appropriate given the situation. Critics of Mr. Trump, Including most notably, War-Hawk John Mccain, say
“I take exception to the President’s comments because you’ve got to be sure that you can do what you say you’re going to do,” and “The great leaders I’ve seen don’t threaten unless they’re ready to act and I’m not sure President Trump is ready to act”
Other such respondents Include retired Lt. General Tom McInerney who on Monday said in an Interview with Fox News;
“If he gets our full nuclear retaliatory capability, within minutes after one round going into Seoul, there will be nothing left, If you go to Airborne Alert—we used to call it “Chrome Dome”—with nuclear weapons and then we start building up our other forces, et cetera, he will not last 15 minutes.”
Some proponents of conflict have suggested a pre-emptive precision strike on North Korea’s airbases, or storage facilities. Critics note the long history of failure with US Intervention Into the regimes of other countries.
Whatever the proposed solution It is important to understand that North Korea has come to the forefront of American foreign-policy, and Donald Trump is the first president appearing to be willing to take action after an era of what he terms “strategic patience”.