N Korea warns 'inhumane' US that Kim will launch nukes 'at any time & place'
-North Korea has vowed to launch a nuclear strike on the US “at any time and at any place” if “hostile activities” against the communist state continue .
Pyongyang has issued the terrifying warning less than 24 hours after senior US officials tabled measures to choke Kim Jong-un’s assets.
North Korea's most high profile defector has claimed Kim Jong-un would fire a suicidal nuclear weapon at Los Angeles if he felt his power was being threatened. Thae Yong-ho, the former deputy ambassador in London, and North Korea's most senior defector said the dictator would be prepared to 'press the button' despite the inevitable consequences.
Washington is reportedly considering slapping sweeping sanctions on the totalitarian state should it continue to develop its nuclear capabilities.
Firstly, nobody really knows whether North Korea actually has a nuclear weapon or a hydrogen bomb. The 2016 North Korean nuclear test produced an earthquake of Magnitude 5.1, which many experts say is too less for a real hydrogen bomb. Why experts doubt North Korea has the H-bomb.
Secondly, North Korea does not have the technology to bomb the US. North Korean missiles cannot reach even Hawaii. They can reach Alaska, but Alaska is sparsely populated [Only 736,732 people] as of 2014. This is not significant. A nuke strike on Alaska would melt a lot of ice .
If North Korea somehow got the technology to bomb the US mainland, the US has an national missile defense system . I'm pretty sure everybody knows what a missile defense system is. A missile defense system is designed to intercept missiles to prevent harm. A common example of this would be Israel's Iron Dome. I don't think any North Korean missile would ever actually touch the US mainland.
Now coming to what the US would do after that. Now America can't just invade North Korea because doing so would put South Korea under risk of artillery fire. So I think American planes will bomb North Korea nuclear facilities and all weapons facilities à la Israel in the Six Day War in an act of neutralizing North Korea's ability to attack South Korea.
What nuclear weapons does North Korea have?
The Washington-based Institute for Science and international Security estimated last year that North Korea had 10 to 16 nuclear weapons at the end of 2014.
This was based on analysis of the country’s production of weapons-grade uranium and plutonium recovered from spent nuclear fuel.
Revised estimates mean that the total could now by between 13 to 21 today.
North Korea vowed in 2016 to restart all its nuclear facilities and announced this year the weapons capability would be strengthened.
When does Kim Jong-un plan to have his weapons ready?
Thae Yong-ho who has defected to South Korea made the chilling revelation during a press conference in December that he plans to be armed within the next 12 months.
The ex-diplomat to London said: “As long as Kim Jong-un is in power, North Korea will never give up its nuclear weapons.
“The North will not give them up even if the country is offered $1trillion or $10trillion in return.”
The aspiring nuclear warlord will see next year as “an opportune time” to ramp up nuclear testing.
However, according to news reports in South Korea two missiles have already been placed on mobile launchers.
The devices “are estimated to not exceed 15m in length, making them shorter than the North’s existing ICBMs.”
Military experts predicted that any test would only involve a missile with a range of under 2500km, less than half the usual ICBM range of 5500km.
US-based monitoring project 38North said evidence suggested Pyongyang may also be preparing to resume operations at a plutonium production reactor at the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center 90km north of the capital.
“Stepped-up activities throughout the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center indicate that it is operating at a level somewhat above what has been observed during the past five years,” the report said.
“The exact implications of that activity remain unclear except to reaffirm that the Yongbyon facility remains the centre of North Korea’s nuclear program.”
NATO prepares for a nuclear strike. NATO in Slovakia works out its actions in the event of a nuclear chemical and biological attack.
The US has announced it will deploy its state-of-the-art THAAD advanced missile defence system in South Korea in eight to 10 months to combat the threat from the North.
Trump has vowed to tackle the North Korean ‘problem’ once in power.
“North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the US It won’t happen!” Trump tweeted last month.
It was not clear what Trump meant: whether he believed North Korea was incapable of developing a reliable ICBM, or that the US would prevent it doing so.
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