As we are painfully aware, North and South Korea have never found a way to mend their differences in the aftermath of their war. In fact, over 60 years later they technically still are at war since they couldn't agree on a peace treaty, and so have relied on a cease-fire agreement ever since. It's a tragic situation that keeps the people of the North impoverished under a brutal regime, and the people of the South more or less on edge with untold number of weapons pointing at their capital, Seoul, from 35 miles away.
Apparently unsatisfied with just making bellicose threats, Kim Jong-Un has now gone in the business of releasing videos containing his threats of attack.
Kim Jong-Un released a military propaganda video depicting North Korean troops blowing up a US aircraft carrier.
The typically bellicose propaganda film posted on Saturday by state media shows mocked-up footage of North Korean troops joyously destroying American bombers and fighting forces.
A female narrator gleefully exclaims over the shrill footage that the United States will perish if it ever thought that an attack on the communist state would result in victory.
Tensions get ratcheted-up this time of year anyway as South Korea and the U.S. participate in their annual war games or military exercises. The North despises these exercises, and routinely makes threats.
The video shows ‘Foal Eagle' military drills with America and South Korea which have long angered the North Korean government according to Newsweek.
Uriminzokkiri, the YouTube page where the video was published, has hosted other controversial clips which depict North Korean troops bombing America.
In 2013 it published a video showing a North Korean man dreaming of missiles raining down upon Washington, D.C. and New York.
The video comes as Kim threatened to reduce the US ‘to ashes' with nuclear weapons if American fires ‘even a single bullet' at North Korea.
Pyongyang said it would use its ‘invincible Hwasong rockets tipped with nuclear warheads' to defend its territory as tensions with South Korea continued to escalate.
Part of the discussion relates to whether North Korea could make good on its threats. While its conventional forces are formidable, especially for such a small nation, its nuclear weapons remain a question mark. It is doubtful the North possesses anything that could reach the continental U.S., although hitting Hawaii might be possible with its current missile technology. Of course, none of this addresses the question of whether the communist regime has mastered miniaturizing a nuclear bomb enough to fit it on a missile.
Last night, the North's KCNA news agency said its new rocket engine would help the state achieve world-class satellite-launch capability, indicating a new type of rocket engine for an intercontinental ballistic missile.
The North's announcement of a successful engine test came as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in Beijing at the end of his first visit to Asia for talks dominated by concern about North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes.
‘Through this test, it is found that engine function has made meaningful progress but further analysis is needed for exact thrust and possible uses,' Lee Jin-woo, deputy spokesman for the South Korean defence ministry, told a regular briefing.
All of this said, the derision and jokes aimed at Mr. Kim are probably not the best idea. He can be taken seriously because a renewal of the war between the North and South would cost millions of lives and draw in the U.S. and perhaps others. And this would be the case without nuclear weapons being used.
It's clear President Trump is taking the matter seriously.
U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters he held meetings on North Korea at the weekend at his Florida resort. While he did not refer specifically to the rocket-engine test, he said Kim Jong Un was ‘acting very, very badly'.
A South Korean analyst said the test was an ominous development.
Is Kim Jong-Un unstable enough to launch a conventional or nuclear strike on the South? If his military could develop an ICBM that could deliver a nuclear weapon to the continental U.S., would he be crazy enough to use it? Clearly, he knows that such an act would result in his nation being obliterated.
Just the fact that such questions are being asked seriously shows the gravity of the situation.
North Korean continued its sabre-rattling earlier this morning with the latest in a series of ballistic missile tests – one missile exploded just seconds after launch. Could the US have possibly sabotaged the test, as Drudge Report has suggested?
Source: Daily Mail