The U.S. Navy is moving radar and missile systems toward North Korea. It is all part of a military buildup after belligerint threats from North Koreas new dictator. 30 year old Kin Jong Un took over for his late father just over a year ago and he is not the first North Korean dictator to threaten South Korea and its American allies. This time it us different, South Korean President Park Guen-hye is dealing with an unknown entity. The South Korean people said they will no longer live under the threat of North Korean violence.
North Korea issued a blunt and explicit threat that its weapons program would target the U.S. The threats are more specific than past warnings and came as American intellegence agencies expressed concern that the country has made considerable progress in its nuclear missile programs despite long standing sanctions. The North stated clearly that its nuclear program is now aimed at the U.S. They also ruled out any talks over denuclearization, saying that the nuclear program was the countrieslife blood.
South Korean tests carried out on fragments of a rocket fired in December in what the North describes as a satellite launch, showed it would have a range of about 6,000 miles, putting the U.S. well within range. However there is little evidence that North Korea has yet to developer a guidance system to ensure an accurate strike or the reentry technology to bring an intercontinental ballistic missile back down. All this proves is that they can hit America, just not what they are aiming for.
China is moving tanks, armored vehicles and flying flights near North Korea this week. It is part of a military buildup in the northeastern part of the country. This buildup appears linked to North Koreas announcement that it was in a state of war with South Korea. This started after the U.N. imposed a new round of sanctions following the Norths Feb. 12 nuclear test. The large scale joint U.S.-South Korea military excersizes also contributed to it as well.
North Koreas large standing army does pose a conventional threat. They have about 1.2 million active duty members, with the abilityvto mobilize up to another 5 million. They have about 12,000 pieces of artillery, as well as a large chemical weapons stockpile. They have a large special operations capability, about 120,000 strong. The Air Force has one squadron of MIG 29 jets, with the rest being older MIG models. They have about 100 submarines, but both their Navy and Air Force are aged.
President Obama has a tricky decision to make on this issue. Republicans and Democrats need to show solidarity to show North Korea that we are strong. We do not need another war but the choice may not be ours.
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