North Korea threatens to nuke America

Still-Communist North Korea says that it will not only continue to develop its nuclear weapons program, but it will also develop long-range rockets and target its nuclear missiles at the United States.  “Settling accounts with the US needs to be done with force, not with words,” the North Korean government says.From the London Telegraph:

Defying a resolution issued by the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday that condemned Pyongyang for test-firing a missile in December and tightened existing sanctions on the regime, North Korea’s National Defence Commission said the new nuclear test would be part of its action against the “sworn enemy of the Korean people”.

North Korea also vowed to push ahead with launches of more long-range rockets.

“We do not hide that a variety of satellites and long-range rockets which will be launched by the DPRK one after another and a nuclear test of higher level which will be carried out by it in the upcoming all-out action, a new phase of the anti-US struggle that has lasted century after century, will target against the US, the sworn enemy of the Korean people,” the commission said.

“Settling accounts with the US needs to be done with force, not with words, as it regards jungle law as the rule of its survival.” . . .

While experts say North Korea does not have the capability to hit the US with its missiles, recent tests and rhetoric indicate the country is working toward that goal.

via North Korea to carry out third nuclear test ‘aimed at US’ – Telegraph.

North Korea’s anti-US struggle has lasted “century after century”?  Didn’t North Korea only come into existence in 1948?

Yes, this is bluster, the rulers are insane,  the country cannot even feed its own people, and they are a long way from being able to develop inter-continental missiles.  And yet, it does have nuclear weapons.  And a sense of the long term.  Insanity and desperation can be a combustible combination.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • fjsteve

    Korea has had a distinct people, language, and culture for at least two thousand years. Korean nationalists will tell you it was actually founded over 4,000 years ago and that Koreans are the “purest race”. But then, don’t all nationalist say the same thing? Interestingly, linguists consider Korean a language isolate–meaning there’s no proven genetic link to other known languages.

    The “D”PRK propagandists were probably referring to the General Sherman incident in 1866 which lead to a US attack in 1871. That happened in the 19th century and, I guess technically, the 21 century is the century after the century. Yeah, it’s a stretch. Perhaps something got lost in the translation.

  • Jack

    It’s all OK.

    The young man who lives next door, the young man who felt an obligation to his country and is serving for three to five years active duty in our military is there to protect us. OH, and don’t forget the folks in our reserves and National Guard who’ve already served multiple tours in the Middle East. They’ll battle those North Koreans for those of us who live in this free country.

    No worries.

  • tODD

    Veith starts out his article by mentioning “Still-Communist North Korea”. Sigh. Does anybody care whether words have meaning, anymore?

    In 1972, Juche replaced Marxism-Leninism in the revised North Korean constitution as the official state ideology, this being a response to the Sino-Soviet split. Juche was nonetheless defined as a “creative application of Marxism-Leninism.” Kim Il-sung also explained that Juche was not original to North Korea and that in formulating it he only laid stress on a programmatic orientation that is inherent to all Stalinist states.

    After the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, North Korea’s greatest economic benefactor, all reference to Marxism-Leninism was dropped in the revised 1998 constitution. Some Marxist-Leninist phraseology remained in occasional use, but in 2009, the word 공산주의 (“communism”) itself was dropped from the constitution altogether. The establishment of the Songun doctrine in the mid-1990s, however, has formally designated the military, not the proletariat or working class, as the main revolutionary force in North Korea.

    From the Wikipedia article on Juche.

  • fjsteve

    Ok, I was going to weigh in here but I’m way more interested to read Dr. Veith’s response in light of his own scholarship on the subject.

  • Joanne

    I believe that after they nuke Honolulu, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, that we should definitely do something about this. Perhaps we should ask the Chinese peoples’ republic, is that still their name, for suggestions for keeping the new young leader of the north koreans from lobing any more nuclear ICBMs at us. OK, I’d even wait till after they nuked Las Vegas, but then we should absolutely submit a formal complaint at the UN and ask the Japanese to surrender to the Jenge peoples military state. I’m so scared I’m going to call them by the wrong name and get even Eugene, Oregon nuked too. If this gets any more serious, we just might have to put prayers about it in the Sunday liturgical prayers. Now, if Cuba or Venezuela wanted to point nuclear weapons at our Southern Cities, I might have a more hysterical reaction, because it all depends on whose bull is getting goared, isn’t it. “There’s a lot of loss in a nation.”

  • Joanne

    Ah, Pinnochio, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Jenge schmenge.


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