In what has to be a terrifying threat from North Korea to Japanese citizens, North Korea claims they will strike Tokyo if Japan interferes with their missile test.
by Shepard Ambellas
April 12, 2013
Japanese officials actually fear that North Korea has long wanted to launch a strike on Tokyo as this cat and mouse situation may now provoke it.
Back in the US the State Department and the White House have been in crisis salvation mode trying to rectify such an unusual situation as the young leader of North Korea tests the mettle of several nations, including China.
According to a FoxNews.com report, “If Kim Jong-Un decides to launch a missile, whether it’s across the Sea of Japan or some other direction, he will be choosing willfully to ignore the entire international community,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters in South Korea. “And it will be a provocation and unwanted act that will raise people’s temperatures.”
“We will stand with South Korea and Japan against these threats. And we will defend ourselves,” he said.
Kerry also weighed in on an intelligence report that rocked Washington on Thursday and suggested that North Korea now had the know how to arm a ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead — even if the weapons would lack reliability. Citing the Pentagon’s assessment, Kerry rejected the finding and said that Pyongyang still hadn’t developed or fully tested the nuclear capacities needed for such a step.”
The nature of North Korea’s leadership has been a challenge for the US and other nations for some time. In fact not much is known about the secret family.
The Huffington Post reported, “Even the accurate date of birth of the North Korean leader is not known. Although it is believed to be January 8th, a birthday he shares with Elvis Presley, the exact year of birth has been reported as either being 1982, 1983, or 1984. Kim Jong-Un is one of three brothers. The oldest, Nam, is known as a bit of a trouble maker and has been a nuisance for the family for some time. The second son, Chul, is known to be reserved, timid, and in the words of father Kim Jung-Il, “effeminate”. Then comes Kim Jong-Un, the youngest of the brothers and the seemingly erratic leader of North Korea.”
Maybe it runs in the family. But could all of this really lead to a nuclear war?
Some say yes, some say no.
“We can at least be reasonably confident that Kim Jong-un isn’t going to effectively commit suicide. North Korea’s air force is largely armed with antiquated 1960s-era aircraft that wouldn’t last long in a confrontation with the US and South Korea. The enormous North Korean army has a great deal of artillery but lacks mobility. Training and equipment are often poor. A major war would be long and bloody, but its result would never be in doubt.
North Korea isn’t going to risk extinction by attacking the United States or Japan, or by launching a massive assault across the demilitarised zone into South Korea. The communist leadership in Pyongyang has long shown itself to be calculating and single-mindedly obsessed with its own self-preservation. It doesn’t intend to go the way of the former communist regimes of eastern europe and the former Soviet Union or, for that matter, Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi.”, writes Phillip Dorling.
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