Posts Tagged ‘Nuclear’
There is one section of the army that puts the lie into the claim that North Korea ‘Only seeks to defend itself’. And that section is the shadowy Artillery Guidance Bureau, also knows as the Missile Guidance Bureau.
This is an independent section of the Defense Forces who have a special place in the heart of the ‘Glorious Leader’. They were founded, drawn from the artillery units, during the mid sixties. They started out with the basic model Soviet and Chinese Rockets, basically overgrow firecrackers. From there they progressed to the SCUD-B solid fuel rockets of the Gulf Wars fame. These were still quite short range and hopelessly inaccurate. They did however have Nuclear, Chemical or Biological ability (NCB).
New concrete silos were built up on the east coast, in the town of Musudan-ri. This puts even the one-stage (or one piece) missiles within range of Japan and any location in South Korea.
Taepodong-1 was developed from the inaccurate SCUD-B, but it’s big brother Taepodong-2 was capable of making bigger waves. Basically it was a variant on the Saturn V launcher that took America to the moon. Now this bad boy is capable of making a strike as far away as the American coast, from Alaska to California. How accurate this missile could be is highly debatable. But if it does strike it could do with either a Biological or Chemical warhead.
Although North Korea does possess nuclear bombs it does not possess a nuclear warhead to tip the rocket at this time.
In April this year North Korea contacted the International Civil Aviation Authority to tell them they intended to launch a satellite, names Kwangmyongsong-2 into orbit. Defense analysts immediately pricked up their ears and manned their radar screens. But the launch was a failure. The first stage blew itself off, then the second stage failed to detach when it ran out of fuel, consequently the whole rocket fell into the Pacific ocean. North Korean media maintained that the launch was a success, and that the satellite was transmitting a signal from orbit.
The Intercontinental Missiles are exactly the same kind of Weapons of Mass Destruction that George W Bush led us into a war for. Nobody wants to go through another war again. But the only way to prove he has capable warheads would be to let him use them, not the ideal scenario. Most likely a strike would be on South Korea or Japan.
So what will happen now? Only time will tell.
Say hello to North Korea.
Just to take our minds off Swine flu and the Recession they have let off a few rockets and had themselves a little underground nuclear explosion.
While every country has the right to defend itself it doesn’t really need nuclear weapons to do it. The rockets in question (not nuclear tipped at the time) were fired over Japanese air space, an overtly hostile act.
This is bad news for the region in general, particularly South Korea, traditional enemy of the North..
The Korean war 1950-53 claimed 3 million lives and has never officially ended, a mere truce was called. Talks to arrange a treaty have never happened.
The two Koreas are separated by a Demilitarized zone that runs the full length of the peninsular. From behind barbed wire and trenches the two countries have eyed each other suspiciously since.
North Korea is a by-product of the Second World war, when it was occupied, north and south, by the Russians and Americans respectively. After the two armies withdrew the planned all-Korean elections never happened. The Soviet puppet government was led by Kim Il Sung, a dedicated Communist guerrilla. It was he who founded the North Korean state in 1948.
The Korean war broke out in 1950 claiming 3.5 million lives. After three years of offensive and counter offensive the two sides settled down on the armistice line. After the war Sung was restored as leader and took the country from a Communist rule to an outright Stalinist one. He banned foreign travel, importing and exporting goods, and nationalised and collectivized the country to within an inch of it’s life. He developed for himself a bizarre personality cult where he was worshiped, much as Hirahito was in wartime Japan. North Korea disappeared behind an iron curtain from where they have never reappeared.
After the fall of Communism North Korea was deprived of it’s economic lifeline with the USSR and it’s sluggish economy began to rapidly decline.
In 1994 the ‘Great Leader’ died, leaving his eldest son to take the reigns of power. Kim Jong Il’s first years did not go well, with two years of immense flooding and famine followed by a two year drought. By then his country was down to just 18% of arable land and hunger was rampant. Jong’s new policy was to give the military priority over everything, above all, food. His power base comes from the army, and he uses it to control the millions of North Koreans he holds in his police-state.
Korea has had nuclear power for some time, but it’s power stations were closed down after sanctions and pressure from the US and China. In the late nineties they started up again and began manufacturing nuclear warheads. Jong’s government claimed it needed them for ‘Defence against US agression’. The US is reported to have nuclear weapons silos in situ in South Korea.
Some people think Kim Jong Il is long dead. It is known that he was diabetic and may have suffered a fatal stroke as long ago as 2000. He is known to have employed several stand ins, just as Stalin and Saddam Hussain did. Rumours abound that he was in negotiations with more moderate and liberal groups of North Koreans to bring foreign governments to peace talks. If the North Korean military that Jong relied on to support his rule overthrew him, they could be using one of his stand ins as a front man.
It is not helped that Jong is a classic Bond villain with a very mysterious personality. He has an explosive temper and a habit of making people disappear if they do not see his point of view.
He commands the People’s army, a body of 1.2 million men divided into the army, navy, air force, artillery and state security. This force costs North Korea six billion US dollars a year. The people’s Navy has a limited range capacity and is mostly a defence and coast guard unit. The people’s air force too has limited range and capability. The most advanced branch of the Military is Korea’s Artillery Guidance Bureau. Now it is these boys who have the missiles, very similar to the ones Saddam Hussain allegedly had. Some are silo based, others have mobile transporters. But their biggest toys are North Korea’s Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs). These could launch a warhead with either a chemical, biological or nuclear capability. Their range and accuracy is hard to judge but they could prove very bad news for South Korea or Japan.
So they are the forces arrayed against us led by this mysterious figure. Now all we need is a plan to deal with him, while fighting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Any army has to be UN sponsored, and most likely US and Japan led. Korea is an attractive war for certain US Generals. Unlike the Taliban or Al Qaeda, this is a cold war army they were trained to fight in West Point. They stand up and charge, they drive tanks, they fire and take flanks. Now this is the kind of war the west likes to fight, where you can see and fight your enemy on the battlefield. Much easier than that fighting in the hills act so common in Afghanistan.