On the same day as Kim Jong Un threatens the US with “first-strike’ nuclear ICBM and unveils propaganda showing the destruction of American forces, AP reports U.S. military officials expect another North Korean missile launch in the next several days.
Earlier today a Pyongyang envoy stated that North Korea will pursue “acceleration” of its nuclear and missile programs. This includes developing a “pre-emptive first strike capability” and an inter-continental ballistic missile, according to Choe Myong Nam, deputy ambassador at the DPRK (North Korean) mission to the United Nations in Geneva.
As North Korea only has one city, a first strike as well as targeted installations would basically reset the country. There would be no physical invasion as any would be met by chinese forces. The morality of such a strike is difficult. Thousands would die. But you could argue that under that corrupt government they are already half dead.
The last of the nation’s biggest nuclear bombs, a Cold War relic 600 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima was dismantled Tuesday in what one energy official called a milestone in President Barack Obama’s mission to rid the world of nuclear weapons. The B53 had a explosive capacity of 9 megatons. After Obama’s decommision of the bomb the largest we have is 1.2 megaton B83. By comparison the bomb on Nagasaki was only 22 kiloton. the more likely option is a Trident II missile loaded with 12 W88 missles each with a half megaton yield. Three or four of these missles with a combined 50 W88s would take out a large city easily just in blast crater size alone.
The decision cannot be America’s alone. Allies Great Britain, and Japan would have to make a decision. And getting Japan to go along with a nuclear weapon strike would be difficult. So what is our capability for a non nuclear strike? Cruise missiles to take out airports, fighter jets, radar systems followed by a fleet of B52s carpet bombing the city. The problem is what if after all of that Kim Jung Egg foo Young crawls out of a hole in the ground and says he’s still alive. No, it’s nuclear or nothing. In a way its better if its too radioactive for chinese troops to rush in. It becomes just a sore on the earth.
The latest development follows a previous report also from Reuters, in which it said the Trump administration is considering sweeping sanctions as part of a broad review of measures to counter North Korea’s nuclear and missile threat. “I think this is stemming from the visit by the Secretary of State (Rex Tillerson) to Japan, South Korea and China…We of course are not afraid of any act like that,” Choe told Reuters.
“Even prohibition of the international transactions system, the global financial system, this kind of thing is part of their system that will not frighten us or make any difference.” He called existing sanctions “heinous and inhumane”.