North Korea threatens nuclear war

posted at 10:11 am on June 15, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Perhaps Kim-Jong-Il got jealous of all the attention on Iran over the last couple of days and, in classic narcissist style, decided to throw a tantrum of nuclear proportions.  Pyongyang threatened South Korea with a nuclear attack, alleging that the US has moved a thousand nuclear warheads onto the peninsula and has begun moving nukes into Japan as well:

North Korea has warned of a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula while vowing to step up its atomic weapons programme in defiance of new UN sanctions.

Today’s Rodong Sinmun, a state-run North Korean newspaper, claimed the US has 1,000 nuclear weapons in South Korea. Another state-run publication claimed that America had been deploying nuclear weapons in Japan as well.

North Korea “is completely within the range of US nuclear attack and the Korean peninsula is becoming an area where the chances of a nuclear war are the highest in the world”, the Tongil Sinbo said.

A spokesman at the US military command in Seoul dismissed the claims as “baseless”, saying Washington had no nuclear bombs in South Korea. US tactical nuclear weapons were removed from the country in 1991 following the cold war.

We moved those weapons out of the Korean Peninsula when events made them unnecessary.  However, that may change.  Pyongyang admitted for the first time that they have begun processing enriched uranium, as a parallel program to plutonium develpment, which the US and its allies have long suspected.  North Korea has declared that it will pursue nuclear weapons with abandon, which would force the US to stage nukes itself in South Korea and/or Japan as a deterrent.

It would return us to a mutually-assured destruction (MAD) standoff, just as in the Cold War, but one side would truly be mad — or at least pathologically self-absorbed.

With these statements, we should expect the US to enthusiastically enforce the UN sanctions applied last week after Kim’s nuclear test and missile launches.  Will Barack Obama order an aggressive policy of interdiction on North Korean shipping, as well as a return of North Korea to the list of terrorist-supporting nations?  If Obama expects Kim to come back to the bargaining table with any intention of compliance, we will have to hit Kim where it hurts — on the few exports North Korea can sell.


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He’s so Rone-ry

so Rone-ry

blatantblue on June 15, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Dude, wrong racial stereotype. Its the Japanese who have problems with ‘l’s.

Count to 10 on June 15, 2009 at 11:37 AM

He’s so Rone-ry

so Rone-ry

blatantblue on June 15, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Rordy! I just sorved your riddre!

Rots of raughs!

Loxodonta on June 15, 2009 at 11:37 AM

I remember being in grade school and having to get under my desk in fear of nuclear attacks-civil defense drills-i didnt like that feeling then and dont like it much now! Because of all the political correctness and liberal appeasing going on in the world today,when your kids practice civil defense drills & they will trust me,you will be able to blame our Politicians with no b@!^s to stand up and stop this madness taking place once again today!

Roadking85 on June 15, 2009 at 11:38 AM

Count to 10 on June 15, 2009 at 11:37 AM

In that case, please disregard my previous post. Drats!

Loxodonta on June 15, 2009 at 11:38 AM

JiangxiDad on June 15, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Thank you so much. Got it bookmarked.

Yikes! Take that back! I’m copying and pasting the slang that doesn’t make me jump out of my chair. I am such a froob.

Loxodonta on June 15, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Count to 10 on June 15, 2009 at 11:37 AM

So Ronery!

modnar on June 15, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Count to 10 on June 15, 2009 at 11:37 AM

Evidently you’ve never seen Team America. That there’s a quote, nit picker.

loudmouth883 on June 15, 2009 at 11:48 AM

Dude, wrong racial stereotype. Its the Japanese who have problems with ‘l’s.

Count to 10 on June 15, 2009 at 11:37 AM

(some?) Koreans do, too. I used to buy my nooders from a Korean woman.

Daggett on June 15, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Dude, wrong racial stereotype. Its the Japanese who have problems with ‘l’s.

This is an oriental trait, and does not stop at the Japanese border.

keep the change on June 15, 2009 at 12:10 PM

Many will dismiss it as sabre rattling which I hope is the case now but every now and again these despots actually act on their threats.

Yakko77 on June 15, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Where have you been? North Korea withdrew from the Armistice a week or two ago.

Daggett on June 15, 2009 at 10:57 AM

I was there for that.

They withdrew from it because they viewed the threat to search NK vessels suspected of carrying prohibited arms as a violation of para. 15, but, despite having withdrawn from it, they have not yet violated it.

hicsuget on June 15, 2009 at 12:12 PM

So Ronery!

modnar on June 15, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Thanks. I’ve never seen team America. So now, I reinstate my earlier post.

Rots of raughs!

Loxodonta on June 15, 2009 at 12:17 PM

What is the possibility that the NK munchkin is testing Ogabe, the UN or both? Their reaction to this threat could be substantial, but their recent records suggest the reaction will be tepid and gutless. If this is his gambit, and he is proven correct, this gives him considerable elbow room to do pretty much whatever he wants while showing himself to be a bulwark against perceived US imperialism.
Personally, I’m afraid for South Korea, not to mention the American military personnel who stand to be the first victims of a bite-sized madman.

SKYFOX on June 15, 2009 at 12:26 PM

If the old crazy does decide to go out with a bang, or provide his munitions to those who would pay his price for a chance to really hurt the US… please don’t be one of those people who isn’t ready because you think it can’t happen. It costs $15 dollars to put enough fresh water in your basement to wait out the fallout decay, and then you won’t have to be one of the tragedies or one of the people breaking down my door for supplies.

3rdpartypatriot on June 15, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Everyone needs to remember,China has 1.8 billion chinese that will run over the hill just north of NK as they did in the Korean War!No such thing as fighting NK alone-This is why china is testing the US navy almost weekly to see if we will stand up!Unfortunatly Obama has shown the same spinless policy with NK as he has shown around the Arab world!

Roadking85 on June 15, 2009 at 12:51 PM

Dude, wrong racial stereotype. Its the Japanese who have problems with ‘l’s.

Count to 10 on June 15, 2009 at 11:37 AM

Yeah, Koreans and Chinese both struggle with the “l”

Koreans not as much… but then again, they really like

Lubda Storly in Habada

Upstater85 on June 15, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Oriental people tend to talk in the back of their mouths while we Americans (USoA Americans, anyway) talk in the front of our mouths.

Try saying “lonely” with toungue touching the roof of your mouth instead of the back of your front teeth.

davidk on June 15, 2009 at 1:09 PM

A few sorties from Whiteman AFB over NoKo would slow his ronree @$$ down.

davidk on June 15, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Dude, wrong racial stereotype. Its the Japanese who have problems with ‘l’s.

Count to 10 on June 15, 2009 at 11:37 AM

no, the koreans, chinese and thais do also.

homesickamerican on June 15, 2009 at 1:11 PM

davidk on June 15, 2009 at 1:09 PM

They sound better speaking English than we do speaking Korean.

hicsuget on June 15, 2009 at 1:11 PM

They sound better speaking English than we do speaking Korean.

hicsuget on June 15, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Haha

Upstater85 on June 15, 2009 at 1:13 PM

They sound better speaking English than we do speaking Korean.

hicsuget on June 15, 2009 at 1:11 PM

No doubt about that.

davidk on June 15, 2009 at 1:19 PM

yes, i worry about our troops in SoKo. my brother was there once.

kelley in virginia on June 15, 2009 at 1:46 PM

***
The U.S. Navy can give the NORKS all the nukes they could ever want–from a “boomer” sub 1000 miles away! Although they will have to get the warheads off the missiles as they head for their “assets”–aka smoking targets.
***
Stop bribing the Norks and put a Cuban Missile Crisis style blockade on them if necessary. China can decide if they want to keep their access to the lucrative U.S. market for their goods–or if they want to bring on the people’s revolution in China when their economy goes down the toilet if they back the Norks.
***
John Bibb
***

rocketman on June 15, 2009 at 1:57 PM

With these statements, we should expect the US to enthusiastically enforce the UN sanctions applied last week after Kim’s nuclear test and missile launches. Will Barack Obama order an aggressive policy of interdiction on North Korean shipping, as well as a return of North Korea to the list of terrorist-supporting nations? If Obama expects Kim to come back to the bargaining table with any intention of compliance, we will have to hit Kim where it hurts — on the few exports North Korea can sell.

Don’t hold your breath.

ConservadorRebelde on June 15, 2009 at 2:04 PM

So much going on and not a peep from POTUS. Maybe TOTUS doesn’t get overtime pay.

scituate_tgr on June 15, 2009 at 2:21 PM

The NKs are the only regime in the world less-competent than Messiah & Co. As such, definitely a local threat but no further.

n0doz on June 15, 2009 at 2:30 PM

If Bawney Fwank sang his interviews I have a feeling it would sound very similiar to this rone-ry song.

proudteadrinker on June 15, 2009 at 3:04 PM

North Korea has declared that it will pursue nuclear weapons with abandon, which would force the US to stage nukes itself in South Korea and/or Japan as a deterrent.

Which nukes in South Korea would those be? Under Clinton all our tactical nukes were destroyed. That leaves everything else which needs only a Navy ship to launch or a B2 from the States to drop. No need for Japan to store anything – this isn’t WWII, Korea or Nam – all of which would have required something like you envision.

Friendly21 on June 15, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Thanks Obumble, great time to sack the F-22, missile defense, and a couple Carrier Battle Groups, I know, “smart power”. I think that the little fat man with the “big hair”, and Elton John glasses has your number, THANKS!

For once in his life, Joe Biden was right, he will be tested in his first six months. He has created, and sat idly by, while more crisis has fallen in the last sixty years, and he’s just getting started, his words.

He will mend the fences that Bush tore down, yeah right. Not only are our enemies laughing at us, he has
done all he can to piss off our allies, and it has worked.

A President with balls would be putting massive firepower along the DMZ, not necessarily manpower, but firepower. Two Carrier groups in the South China Sea, and four loaded Boomer’s. Make China reign him in, they do not want this on their doorstep, NoKo is asking for such a response. Cool heads are needed here, not ego-maniacs, on either side, but these people will only respect strength, HELLO OBAMA!

M-14 2go on June 15, 2009 at 8:04 PM

I disagree with Limerick’s answer. Self-preservation has, historically, been an instinct that dictators feel particularly strongly. To a man who lives as a god, with the Sword of Damocles that is being deposed as supreme ruler hanging constantly over one’s head, maintaining one’s grip on power is the single biggest priority.

hicsuget on June 15, 2009 at 10:42 AM

I disagree

john1schn on June 15, 2009 at 8:24 PM

To add to the nit-picking – there are plenty of “L”‘s in China. They pronounce the phoneme slightly differently than we do, but quite recognizably as “L”.

Merovign on June 15, 2009 at 9:39 PM

Dude, wrong racial stereotype. Its the Japanese who have problems with ‘l’s.

Count to 10 on June 15, 2009 at 11:37 AM

My mother’s Korean and she has the same problem.

That’s because the letter for ‘L’ sounds is also combined with the letter for ‘R’ sounds. I don’t know why: you’ll just have to ask Ju Sigyeong if you find a chance to.

Chaz706 on June 15, 2009 at 10:28 PM

I disagree with Limerick’s answer. Self-preservation has, historically, been an instinct that dictators feel particularly strongly. To a man who lives as a god, with the Sword of Damocles that is being deposed as supreme ruler hanging constantly over one’s head, maintaining one’s grip on power is the single biggest priority.

hicsuget on June 15, 2009 at 10:42 AM

That’s not always held accurate.

And you only need one person who doesn’t care if he burns along with the rest of the world to seriously screw things up. Some people want to set the world on fire, even if they go up in smoke.

And you only need one of those yokels pushing the big red button to do so.

Chaz706 on June 16, 2009 at 1:06 AM

What is the military officer on the right side of the ‘Beloved Leader’ Kim, indicating with his hands? Maybe, he is showing the actual size of mushroom cloud their newest bomb may generate.

MSGTAS on June 16, 2009 at 10:32 AM

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