North Korea says it will nuke America

North Korea said it “will exercise the right to a preemptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors and to defend the supreme interests of the country.”  Meanwhile, the UN unanimously passed new sanctions against the eccentric but nuclear-armed communist nation, with even China–which usually protects its client state by exercising vetoes–going along.  The White House says not to worry, that we could shoot down a North Korean missile, if they have one that would reach us, which they supposedly don’t.

I know that North Korea is always blustering and threatening.  But history has shown that it is unwise to dismiss what dictators and terrorists promise that they will do.  Hitler laid out his plans quite early, but hardly anyone took him seriously, until he started carrying them out.  It may take North Korea awhile to develop long-range missiles, but isn’t this evidence of what they intend to do with them?  Can we afford to just laugh at the North Koreans?  But can we do anything other than wait to see if they are serious?

From CNN:

The U.N. Security Council unanimously passed tougher sanctions against North Korea Thursday targeting the secretive nation’s nuclear program hours after Pyongyang threatened a possible “preemptive nuclear attack.”

“These sanctions will bite, and bite hard,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said after the vote.

China, North Korea’s key ally, could have used its veto power to block the sanctions. Instead, after weeks of negotiating, it signed on to the final draft.

“China is a country of principle,” China’s U.N. Ambassador Li Baodong said. “We are firmly committed to safeguarding peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.”

Photos: Kim Jong Un and North Korea’s military Photos: Kim Jong Un and North Korea’s military

A spokesman for the North Korean foreign ministry suggested the United States “is set to light a fuse for a nuclear war.”

As a result, North Korea “will exercise the right to a preemptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors and to defend the supreme interests of the country,” the country said in a statement carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

Despite the strong language, analysts say North Korea is years away from having the technology necessary to mount a nuclear warhead on a missile and aim it accurately at a target. And, analysts say, North Korea is unlikely to seek a direct military conflict with the United States, preferring instead to try to gain traction through threats and the buildup of its military deterrent.

But the threat came amid increased concern over Pyongyang’s dogged efforts to advance its nuclear and missile technology after a recent long-range rocket launch and underground atomic blast.

On Tuesday, North Korea said it planned to scrap the armistice that stopped the Korean War in 1953 and warned it could carry out strikes against the United States and South Korea.

via U.S. says U.N. sanctions ‘will bite’ after North Korea threatens nuclear attack – CNN.com.

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.

  • Grace

    Dr. Veith

    ” Can we afford to just laugh at the North Koreans? But can we do anything other than wait to see if they are serious?”

    No we cannot “laugh” nor should we, even in jest – but we can take some comfort, knowing that we have missiles in place to stop much of what they throw at us. Most of all the LORD is in charge, HE is our comfort and refuge, in time of trouble. The Word of God makes clear all the calamities which will befall us, as the time grows near.

    I don’t see a solution other than wait and see. There have been a number of countries that have tried to un-nerve the United States, whether their threats be realistic or false .. we should always be mindful, that they might STRIKE.

    We must be READY, but we must not faint in fear of the unknown. God is our strength.

  • JH

    I don’t think North Korea will have a very good time if they so much as appear to be serious in their intentions.

  • JH

    And if they do get serious, I hope we do something before anything dangerous even makes it off the ground.

  • http://www.cyberbrethren.com Rev. Paul T. McCain

    It seems the more outrageous the threats N. Korea make the more we know that the entire world community is coming together to oppose N. Korea. China certainly does not want a nuclear exchange on its eastern border. N. Korea would be reduced to a large piece of charcoal if they ever actually got close to launching a nuclear missile
    against anyone.

    The true horror is what is happening to their population: the people are starving, cold, living in primitive conditions and subjected to never ending brainwashing.

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    And in other news, the Maple Leafs say they will win the Stanley Cup this year.

  • Paul Reed

    Grace, excellent comments. This news sounds really scary. But we must always remember that God is in charge, no matter what. As horrible as a nuclear exchange would be, we can take comfort in that it would signal the end times, and our Savior’s return would be eminent.

  • Tom Hering

    Klasie: :-) We shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that North Korea’s threats are for internal consumption. They’re meant to amaze the populace, and solidify the reputation of the new Dear Leader. Besides. if there’s really anything serious behind such bluster, we can always turn to these guys:

  • Kirk

    If I had a nickle for every time N. Korea threatened to turn my homeland into a lake of fire…

  • kerner

    Tom:

    Team America is one of my guilty pleasures. And I love that opening scene. But isn’t this one also appropos?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEaKX9YYHiQ

    Please excuse the f-bomb at the beginning.

  • Dr. Luther in the 21st Century

    Maybe we should gently remind the arrogant little poof that he may destroy LA, but we can turn his entire country into a radioactive slag pit.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com bike bubba

    Dr. Luther; absolutely. I remember thinking back during the Clinton years that a great way of doing this would be to have a boomer surface within sight of the North Korean coast to remind Pyongyang that Armageddon could be only five minutes away.

    Or, alternatively, any indication that one of their enhanced Scuds is being fueled could be greeted with something intended to test the fuel’s flammability.

    Is that what you mean by “gently”? :^)

  • Gene Veith

    Do you think “deterrence” will work with everyone? What about Islamists whose highest good is martyrdom? (As in, for example, soon-to-be-nuclear Iran.)

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    Deterrence work much better on the national level (once people die in their thousands, any government could find itself in a perilous position), than on the individual and “small group” level (ie terrorist groups, suicide bombers etc).

  • Gene Veith

    Plus, do you really think our government would nuke anyone? After all, it’s not the fault of the poor, oppressed people of North Korea–or Iran– if their lunatic dear leaders nuked L.A. Why vaporize them? And think what a nuclear exchange would do to the environment! I would predict a military invasion, but I can’t see America nuking anybody today, even if we were nuked.

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    Gene, I would tend to agree with you. But whatever happens in North Korea, China would have to be part of it. That is why it was so encouraging to see the strong Chinese support for further sanctions this week at the Security Council.

  • DonS

    “…Despite the strong language, analysts say North Korea is years away from having the technology necessary to mount a nuclear warhead on a missile and aim it accurately at a target.”

    The problem, of course, is that a madman isn’t all that concerned about accuracy. If the target is the U.S., it’s huge. Hard to miss if you can deliver the missile far enough. But of more concern is the close proximity of South Korea and Japan, for example.

    Neither fear nor some kind of preemptive strike are appropriate responses, but wariness and preparation is. This kind of threat evidences the need for a strong anti-missile defense system. Unfortunately, the Obama administration in the past hasn’t been particularly keen on that kind of approach.

  • Grace

    I believe the United States would do what they had to, IF, there were a nuclear attack on the U.S. there would be no reason not to.

    We learned from the attack on Pearl Harbor, that we had to stop the war. It must have been a difficult decision to bomb Heroshima, however leaflets were dropped of the impending attack, to alert citizens of that city.

    When Germany continued, the British and the United States used fire bombs on Berlin and Dresden. Dresden was a major manufacture of war material, including gas chambers.

    Dresden was bombed between February 13 and 14, 1945. Hitler committed suicide on April 30, 1945. Germany surrendered May 8, 1945. It was finally over.

    The killing of 6 million Jews, and many others who were political, or who tried to help died horrible deaths. How many more would have been slaughtered had the U.S. and the British stood by? I cannot imagine allowing such a thing to continue, knowing full well the everyday, there were more gassed in the camps, more lives were lost in the British and American military, it couldn’t continue.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com bike bubba

    Good questions on deterrence, and my thought is that it is pretty good, as the Enola Gay kept Stalin at bay, no?

    But in cases it might not work, one does not need to destroy the whole country. You simply need to destroy their ability to wage that kind of war and thus prevent recidivism. That could be as simple as firing a missle into the launch site or shooting down the missile, or it could involve destroying the launch site, or if worse came to worse, using a couple of Tridents to make the unpopulated area north of the DMZ demilitarized.


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