Though Syria is currently the most active war zone in the world; North Korea is likely the world’s most volatile nuclear threat. This article will in five sections explore and reveal the history of Korea, its dictators, the genocide of its people, and nuclear threat; as well as the options in this game of thermal global nuclear war.
Section 1: Timeline of History
According to legends, the Gojoseon (Joseon) ancient (north) Korean kingdom was established sometime around 2333 BC and the state of Jin (south) in the 4th century BC. The early ‘Three Kingdoms of Korea’ or dynasties were: Koguryŏ (Goguryeo; in the north Tongge River basin region), and Silla (controlled most of the southern peninsula) and Baekje (southwestern). According to ancient writings, Silla was founded in 57 BC by Hyeokgeose; Gouryeo in 37 BC by Jumong; and Onjo in 18 BC by Baekje.
|57 BC – 668 AD: The Silla Dynasty founded by King Bak (Pack) Hyeokgeose, the dynasty lasted almost a thousand years through 29 kings. In 661, King Taejong Muyeol (with his brother-in-law General Kim Yushin) lead the unification of the Three Kingdoms of Korea. In 935, Silla was ceded to the Goryeo Dynasty. Then Baekje Dynasty had 31 kings to 660 and king Uija, when an alliance between the Silla and Chinese Tang Dynasty defeated them. The Goguryeo had 28 kings until King Bojang in 668 saw the kingdom fall to the Silla and Tang Dynasties.|
1122 BC – 108 BC: the land had 44 kings from King Gija to King Ugeo.
108 BC: Chinese Han emperor Wudi conquered part of the Korean peninsula and controlled most of what is modern Pyongyang for almost 400 years until the Goguryeo gained power over the region.
4th Century: King Geunchogo (Buyeo Gu; 346-375), 13th king of the Baekie Kingdom and son of the 11th king, joined China’s Yoseo province (now Hebel and Shandong) to the Korean peninsula, allied with Silla and traded with Japan and China. King Gu married from the Jin clan. During the 4th century Buddhism was introduced and temples began to be built.
5th Century: Koguryŏ (Goguryeo), was the largest of the three kingdoms and ruled by kings, such as King Kwanggaet’o and Changsu, both who continued to extend and civilize the kingdom from 391 to 491.
668: The Chinese Tang Empire (Tang Dynasty: 618-907) armies allied with certain Silla Koreans captured Pyongyang, capital of Goguryeo; only to see the Koreans turn and repel the Chinese across the Yalu river (the border of modern Korea).
668-935: Korea was united or control under the Silla monarchy, which was primarily a civilized tribal society ruled by a council of tribal leaders. The ruling class was by hierarchy. The population was most serfs or laborers and some nobility divided into ranks or classes. About this time, universities were formed for children of nobles; and Confucianism was part of the core. By the end of the 8th century, the Silla were losing power and warlords began to break away from the government.
|918: Tribal ruler Taejo Wang Geon (Kǒn) formed the Koryŏ (Korea; Goryeo) kingdom|
935: Warlord Wang Geon (who had formed the territory of Goryeo/Koryo in 918) conquered and rose to become the ruler of Silla.
918-1392: Kingdom of Koryo or the Koryŏ (Korea) dynasty: During most of this period they enjoyed good relations with China.
1127: The Jurchen (who established the Jin Dynasty) conquered Northern Song (of China) and took the capital Kaifeng (Bianjing) which lies on the Yellow River (Huang He). The Jurchen led raids into Koryo (Korea).
1170: A coup against the controlling government, lead to the regime of General Ch’oe Ch’ung-hŏn, which lasted until about 1258.
1231-1259: Then Mongols invaded Korea after taking control of much of China. There were numerous battles and campaigns over the years with mixed results. In 1259, Goryeo surrendered.
1270-1356: Korea became a vassal state to the Mongols during the Great Yuan Dynasty which was established by Kublai Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan. They ruled over Korea more than 80 years.
1350s: The Goryeo Dynasty revolted and took Mongolian garrisons in Korea until 1356 when King Gongmin of Goryeo recaptured northern Korean territories.
1360: The Red Turban Rebellion (1351-1368) in China flowed over to Korea, where in 1360 the Goryeo repelled the Chinese ‘rebels.’
1279-1368: The Yuan Dynasty of Mongolia which ruled northern China controlled most of Koryŏ (Korea).
1368: The Great Ming Dynasty of China began and it lasted until 1644 when the capital Beijing was captured. The Qing Dynasty followed and would rule until about 1912.
1374: Koryŏ (Korea) unified most of Korea (both modern north and south). About this time Buddhist monk/priest Taego Bou unified about 5 branches of Buddhism and the Taego Order is the second largest in Korean with over 3,100 ‘Zen Temples.’
1392: the Koryŏ (Korea) kingdom collapsed following a revolt led by General Yi Seonggye against King Gongyang. General Yi founded the Joseon Dynasty; upon which he took the name Taejo (‘Great Founder’ – also form of name of 6th Korean King of Goguryeo).
1392-1897: Yi Seong-gye who became Taejo of the ‘Kingdom of Great Joseon’ was the first founder and king of the Joseon Dynasty of Korea. He reign until 1398; and became known as an Emperor in 1899 – as proclaimed by Emperor Gojong who would declared the Korean Empire (1897). The dynasty had kings and Chief Councillors (Yeonguijeong) over the State Council (Uijeongbu).
1394: Seoul (Wiryeseong – 18BC; Baekje; Hanseong) is an ancient city about 2,000 years old; in 1394 it became the capital of the Joseon Dynasty. The Great Yeongnam Road (Yeongnamdaero) was built during this time and ran between Hanseong (Seoul) and Dongnae (Busan).
Mid-1400s: Sejong the Great (4th king of Joseon) reinforced Confucian policies and introduced the ‘Korean alphabet.’
About 1618-1683: During the Qing Conquest of the Ming in China; also known as the Manchu Conquest of China (Manchurian descendants of the Jurchen people), the Manchus invaded Korea and forced much of the country into a vassal. The Manchus also kidnapped Korean women and forced at least 2 princesses to marry Prince Dorgon.
Late 17th century the Dutch, then other Europeans came to Korea; then in the 18th century Catholic missionaries and many European merchants – followed by the protectors of business/international trade/corporations – militaries.
1644-1912: The Qing Dynasty ruled China and parts of Korea, which became a tributary state to China’s rulers.
1876: Japan-Korea Treaty or Treaty of Ganghwa Island made Korea a tributary state of Japan and ended the Joseon Dynasty. Koreans would be a ‘free nation,’ but have to speak Chinese and pay tribute to Japan. The Japanese had their Imperial Navy off the coast and set up Gatling guns in Ganghwa.
1894: Japan troops seized the capital of Seoul and prepared to invade China. By 1912, Japan had annexed most of the Korean peninsula.
1910-1945: the Japanese ruled Korea from about 1910 to the end of WWII in 1945.
1912-1949: the Republic of China (ROC); Sun Yatsen (‘father of the nation; ‘forerunner of democratic revolution’) served as the first president briefly. Chiang Kai-shek would being his rule after WWII. Chiang was a founding member of the KMT (Kuomintang; the Chinese Nationalist Party) and ruled as president of ROC and General of the Kuomintang until his death in 1975.
1945: After World War II, the Japanese no longer occupied or controlled Korea. Soviet troops occupied the north and U.S. troops occupied the south; and a civil war was coming.
1950: South Korea declared independence from the dictatorship of North Korea. North Korea invaded and began the civil war known as the Korean War.
1950-1953: The Korean War claimed the lives of 2.5 million killed and split the land.
1972 Constitution of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (rev. 1998):
“The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is a socialist fatherland of Juche which embodies the idea of and guidance by the great leader Comrade Kim II Sung. The great leader Comrade Kim II Sung is the founder of the DPRK and the socialist Korea. Comrade Kim II Sung founded the immortal Juche idea, organized and guided an anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle under its banner, created revolutionary tradition, attained the historical cause of the national liberation, and founded the DPRK… Comrade Kim II Sung regarded “believing in the people as in heaven” as his motto… The great leader Comrade Kim II Sung is the sun of the nation and the lodestar of the reunification of the fatherland… Art. 21; Only the State possesses all the natural resources, railways, airports, transportation, communication organs and major factories, enterprises, ports and banks… Art. 23; The State shall enhance the ideological consciousness and the technical and cultural level of the peasants… Art. 29; Socialism and Communism are built by the creative labor of the working masses… Art. 63; In the DPRK the rights and duties of citizens are based on the collectivist principle, ‘One for all and all for one.’ …Art. 68; Citizens have freedom of religious beliefs. This right is granted by approving the construction of religious buildings and the holding of religious ceremonies. No one may use religion as a pretext for drawing in foreign forces or for harming the State and social order.”
More on South Korea: Examination of World Leaders Part 4
Section 2: Korean’s modern Dictators
|1946: The Korean Worker’s Party was a Communist Party back by Russia’s Red Army and led in part by General Kim il-sung (Kim Sŏng-ju) who was at that time only Deputy Chairman of the Worker’s Party. It is reported that his grandmother was a Christian minister and his father was an elder in the Presbyterian Church. Il-Sung and his son, Jong Il, and grandson Jong un, would become the world’s first communist dynasty.|
1948: The Soviets (Russians) declared Kim Il-sung the Premier of North Korea. In WWII Il-sung had commanded the 1st Battalion of Soviet 88th Brigade of Chinese and Korean exiles.
1950: Kim Il-sung became the Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army. South Korea declared independence from the dictatorship of North Korea. North Korea invaded and began the civil war known as the Korean War.
1950-1953: The Korean War claimed the lives of 2.5 million killed and split the land.
1960s: Il-sung, after watching how North Vietnam’s Hồ Chi Minh forced Vietnam into unifying through guerilla warfare sought to do the same. Il-sung ban certain pleasures from his people, but he had thousands of movies in his personal collection.
1974: Dictator Kim Il-sung named his son Kim Jong-Il as his successor.
1979: South Korean dictator Park Chung-hee was assassinated.
1972-1994: Kim Il-sung was Eternal President of North Korea and Chairman of the National Defense Commission.
1982-2011: Kim Jong-Il (Kim Chŏng’il) was the Deputy to the Supreme People’s Assembly.
1991: North and South Korea joined the United Nations.
1993-2011: Kim Jong-Il was Chairman of the National Defence Commission
1994: Kim Il-Sung was buried in a clear glass sarcophagus in the one billion dollar Kumsusan Palace of the Sun and Kim Jong-Il succeeded him as the ruler of North Korea. Since the death of Il-sung death stories have emerged of him ‘walking on water’ and turning grains of ‘sand into rice.’ Though these dictators impose a ‘state-sanctioned atheism’ or no religion; they also call Koreans to worship at the statues of these dictators. According to their ‘Ten Principles’ required by Kim Jong II in 1974, they must show ‘honor for the Great Leader comrade Kim il-Sung with all loyalty.’
1994: Kim Jong-Il became the Supreme Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). His older brother had died of a heart attack July 1994 making him next in line.
About this time Jong-Il ordered the destruction of hundreds (up to 2000 by some estimates) of Christian Churches and Buddhist Temples. Recall his grandfather, Kim Hyong-jik was a Christian and even briefly served as a missionary.
1996: Thousands of troops enter the demilitarized zone and set up barracks and stations.
1997: Kim Jong-Il became the General Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea and the Chairman of the Central Military Commission until his death in 2011.
January 2002: President Bush of the United States calls North Korea part of the ‘axis of evil;’ with Iraq and Iran. That June, north and south Korean have a naval battle in the Yellow Sea – 34 are killed.
August 2008: Jong-Il suffered a stroke. Kim Jong-un spent part of his teens in Switzerland at school; it is reported he is not very intelligent.
September 2010: Kim Jong-un was appointed Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission.
December 2011: Kim Jong-Il (their ‘Dear Leader’) dies. April 2012 he was declared to be the ‘Eternal General Secretary’ and in 2016 the ‘Eternal Leader.’ Kim Jong-un takes over the dictatorship.
October 2012: Vice Minister of the Army, Kim Chol, was executed by mortar round, for getting drunk during the mourning period after Kim Jong-il’s death.
August 2013: Kim Jong-un’s ex-girlfriend Hyon was executed by a firing squad with 11 members of her Unhasu Orchestra and other pop groups for alleged ‘pornography’ videos. It has been reported that some band members were found with Bibles. Kim’ wife, Ri Sol-ju was also a member of the Unhasu Orchestra before their marriage.
December 2013: Jong-Il has his uncle, Chang Song-thaek, executed for attempting a coup.
2015: Kim Jong-un spent about $3 million on lingerie for his girls; and $35 million on statutes of his family. It was reported that he has numerous sexual servants and occasionally uses drugs such as cocaine. All the while, the average North Korean struggles to survive on mostly rice.
May 2016: Jong-un held the first Congress since 1980 to show forth his rule.
February 2017: theGuardian.com reports on Kim Jong-un’s ‘dictatorship,’ on the 140 senior officials executed, and on his poor health as an ‘overweight’ pleasure and power seeking egomaniac.
April 6, 2017: The North Korean Ambassador Kim Kyong-Jun to Russia warned the United States, “Our army has already said that if there will be even the smallest provocation from the United States during exercises, we are ready to deliver the most ruthless blow.”
2017: The Kim Dynasty is 70 years old.
A report by Dr. F. Coolidge and Dr. D. Segal, along with a South Korean psychiatrist expert found that Kim Jong-Il (and likely Kim Jong-un) shared those same disorders that Hitler, Stalin and Hussein had; namely they were sadistic, paranoid, narcissistic and schizoid.
March 25-28, 2018: Kim met with President Xi Jinping of China to get commitment to ‘denuclearization.’
May 10, 2018: N. Korea released 3 Americans following a Trump negotiation.
June 12, 2018: North Korea – United States summit was held in Sentosa, Singapore. The original meeting was cancelled several times by both sides. It was first-ever meeting between Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump. Trump and Kim signed a ‘Joint Statement…’ The US and DPRK committed to new relations for peace and prosperity. The US agreed to discontinue joint military exercises with South Korea. North Korea agreed to reaffirm the April 27 Panmunjom Declaration to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. They also agreed to help recover US POW/MIA remains. A second Summit is scheduled for 2019.
December 17, 2018: Kim finished 7th year as ‘Supreme (Dictator) Leader of North Korea’ – with no free elections in site.
(below: March 2013 military exercises in North Korea)
Section 3: Genocide of the Korean People
1996: Severe famine and floods, along with poor government planning and care claimed the lives of as many as 3 million North Koreans.
|December 2011, the CATO Institute put forth an article, ‘Confronting Religious Persecution in North Korea,’ which revealed that the people of “the DPRK suffer under the most murderously repressive government on earth. The stultifying personality cult, extensive system of prison camps, and ruthless suppression of dissent look a lot like Stalin’s Soviet Union, Hoxha’s Albania, and Mao’s China. The North also is among the world’s most vicious religious persecutors… Kim Il-sung said, ‘we came to understand that religious persons can only be broken of a bad habit if they are killed.’ …Some 150,000 to 200,000 people are believed to be imprisoned in abysmal conditions. Of those, between 40,000 and 70,000 are said to be held for religious reasons – principally for Christian worship and evangelism. ICC figures that number may be even highter, perhaps 100,000, though no one really knows…” ICC is the International Criminal Court of the United Nations. Open Doors Ministry and World Watch List, place North Korea’s regime in their ‘Hall of Shame,’ and number one worst in the world.|
The Washington Post in 2011 said the genocide in North Korea was a ‘holocaust’ a ‘systematic extermination of millions of innocent. ‘
Likewise, the Hudson Institute in their 2013 report, ‘North Korea: A Prison without Bars,’ stated that “for 50 years, its secret police has waged a brutal campaign to eradicate religious belief… testimonies of refugees (revealed such as) ‘…I never heard of religious books until I came to China.’ ‘…a woman was caught with a Bible in her home… seized, dragged from her house and publicly shot to death… guards tied her head, her chest and her legs to a post, and shot her dead… in September 2005.’ ‘…they found my Bible… I was taken …to a political prison camp along with my wife and daughter.’ ‘…in 2001, a woman was taken to a prison camp for talking to her neighbors about religion…’ ‘In 1907 there was a great revival… now all Christian activity is forbidden…’ ‘In 2003, I watched 3 men taken to a place of public execution… one I had studied the Bible with in China. He was gagged… but allowed to speak before his death; he prayed, ‘O Lord, forgive these miserable people,’ and he was shot dead.’ Another said, ‘Hanging pictures of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on the wall is an obligation. The purpose …is to worship (them).”
A US State government Executive Summary on the DPRK found that “Reports by recent refugees, defectors, missionaries, and nongovernmental organization indicated that religious persons who engaged in proselytizing in the country and those who were in contact with foreigners or missionaries were arrested and subjected to harsh penalties… and possible executions… the underground Christian church members (have suffered these things).”
December 2014: The Christian Post reported in an article, North Korea appears to be Starving, Mass Killing Prison Inmates: “North Korean is ‘clearly implementing’ a ‘policy of genocide to eliminate the camps’ in an attempt to cover its tracks, said Worldwide Coalition to Stop Genocide in North Korea… Testimonies of atrocities committed in Camp 15 at Yodok formed much of the evidence to the recent UN Commission. …Up to 50,000 prisoners of conscience were brutally starved and enslaved… and subjected to arbitrary executions, systematic torture, and sexual violence…”
According to StopNKgenocide.com, “since 1995, more than 4 million innocent people have been starved to death due to the North Korean regime and it is estimated that more than 1 million people in prison camps have been killed in forced labor, raped, tortured, (use as) human experiments… and starved.”
The UN World Food Program estimates millions are in need of food aid or malnourished. North Korea spends about 1/3 of its budget on its military and lets hundreds of thousands go without proper nutrition.
The life expectancy in North Korea is about 11 years less than in South Korea (2015). The per capita income in South Korea was about $33,000 in 2014 and about $1,800 in North Korea at that time.
December 2016: CNN reported that “Kim Jong Un has executed over 300 people… he ordered 340 people to be executed since 2011… of those killed, about 140 were senior officers of the government, military and ruling Korean Worker’s Party.” This does not include the hundreds of thousands starving in and out of prison.
According to one report, which included figures from Statistics of Democide and South Korea’s Overseas Information Agency, estimated between 700,000 and 3.5 million people have been murdered under the Kim Dynasty dictatorships. They reported that 5,000 to 12,000 Prisoners of War (POWs) from the Republic of Korea (South) were killed in North Korea. And as many as 5,000 to 6,000 American POWs; and that as many as 400,000 South Koreans were forced into North Korea and many into its army and over the decades as many as half of them have been killed. The true figure they say of democide is likely about 775,000 to 1.3 million men, women and children dead and most were put in camps.
(April 2016: North Troops about 60 miles from South Korean border)
North Korea maintains an active army of about 1.2 million troops making it the fourth largest in the world behind, China (2.3 million), the United States (1.5 million), and India (1.3 million). Russia has about 850,000 with of course a much larger option.
Section 4: The Nuclear Threat
|Ploughshares.org reports that North Korea has up to 10 nuclear weapons; and that it is “one of the world’s last remaining Cold War fault lines… (and a) threat to global safety and security.” Expect Military Analysis say (March 2017) that “North Korea poses one of the greatest nuclear threats on the planet. Another (April 2017 Ploughshares article said, “The US is in the middle of a slow-motion train-wreck with North Korea over its nuclear weapons and missile program… (this is) a full-blown crisis.” This article concluded: “the West must rethink its tired status quo policies. Its ineffective mix of UN denouncements, sanctions, bluster and threats will do nothing to stop North Korea from having approximately 40 to 50 nuclear weapons worth of fissile material capable of hitting all of South Korea and Japan in five years, and in 10 years, a missile system capable of hitting the continental United States…”|
1985: North Korea joined the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), banning them from nuclear weapons.
1986: Yongbyon nuclear reactor became operational.
1993: International Atomic Energy Agency cited North Korea for being in violation of the NPT. N. Korea test-fires a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan.
1994: N. K. and the U. S. sign the Agreed Framework to freeze the North Korean nuclear program in return for oil and two light-water nuclear reactors.
1997: N. K. pulls out of missile talks with the United States. With a 500-kilometer range, their missiles could reach Israel and Alaska. They also threaten the millions of South Koreans and thousands of U.S. troops in the region.
1998: N. K. test-fired its first multi-stage long-range missile (Taepodong-1) over Japan into the Pacific Ocean.
2003: North Korea withdrew from the NPT after having achieved nuclear weapon capability. They continued to test missiles regardless of UN sanctions, warnings or the January 2003 Six-Party talks (N. Korea, S. Korea, U.S., Russia, China and Japan). Pyongyang reports it has thousands of nuclear fuel rods; enough for at least six (6) nuclear bombs.
July 2006: N. K. test fired 7 missiles, including the Taepodong-2 long-range missile. It crashed soon after take-off. That October they conducted their first underground nuclear test.
July 2007: N. K. shuts down the Yongbyon reactor after receiving 50,000 tons of fuel oil from the U.S.
April 2009: N. K. launched a long-range three-stage Unha-2 rocket into space with a communications satellite. After accusations of testing missile capability, North Korea walked out of the Six-Party Talks. That November, North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported 8,000 fuel rods completed – enough weapons-grade plutonium for two nuclear bombs.
April 2012: Test conducted with the Unha-3 rocket.
2012: North Korea reports it has missiles that can reach the United States. December they launched a ‘rocket-mounted satellite’ into orbit.
February 2013: The UN approved more sanctions against North Korea after their third nuclear test.
July 2013: Panama impounded two Russian MiG-21 jets from a North Korean ship. The jets were under bags of sugar.
March 2014: N. K. test-fired two medium-range Rodong ballistic missiles on the same day that the U.S., S. Korea and Japan were at talks in the Netherlands. Also about that time two drones from North Korea where discovered in South Korea.
September 2015: It is discovered that the Yongbyon Nuclear plant was again operational. The U.S. answers with more sanctions.
January 2016: KCNA announces that North Korea successfully tested a hydrogen bomb.
February 2016: They launched a long-range rocket with satellite into orbit.
March 2016: Lee Choon Geun, an analyst from South Korea’s Science and Technology Policy Institute reported that North Korea’s Rodong missiles have a 1,300-kilometer-range, which can strike targets in South Korea and Japan.
June 2016: N. K. tested 2 intermediate range Musudan missiles.
July 2016: N. K. fired 3 ballistic missiles into the ocean; their range was said to be up to 600km (about 370 miles).
August 2016: They launched 2 missiles off the coast; one into Japan’s economic exlusion zone. Then a North Korean submarine fired a KN-11 ballistic missile with a 300 mile range (500km) into the Sea of Japan. Note that in 1998 South Korea captured a North Korean submarine in its waters.
September 2016: North Korea reported that it could put a warhead on a ballistic missile. It also conducted a fifth (5) nuclear test; regardless of international laws or sanctions.
November 2016: The UN increased sanctions and N.K. continued to ignore them.
January 2017: Kim Jong-un announced that North Korea was in the final stages of developing a long-range missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads. China expanded its ban on materials able to potentially become weapons of mass destruction.
January 2017: Military analysts tell NBC News that North Korea is ready to test-fire an ICBM ‘at any time, at any place.’
February 2017: North Korea launched a mobile, land-based, solid-fueled ballistic KN-15 (‘Pukguksong-2’) missile into the Sea of Japan about the same time as US-South Korean military exercises (Foal Eagle and Key Resolve). Also: February, Kim Jong-un’s half-brother was killed by a VX nerve agent in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
March 2017: North Korea fired four (4) ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan. It revealed a successful test of an intermediate-range missile (land-based, mobile and solid-fueled).
April 3, 2017: In a NBC Nightly News interview, Ambassador Thae Yong Ho, a very high level North Korean defector stated that dictator Kim Jong-un was “desperate in maintaining his rule by relying on his nuclear weapons and ICBM…” Yong Ho said that the reason for his defection was ‘very complex’ and took much planning; he added in the ‘long-term’ as others hear his story, there will be more defectors, and it will “encourage the world to do something for North Korean people.”
April 5, 2017: A day before China-US presidents met; N. K. fired another ballistic missile into the sea. US military experts say it was a liquid-fueled extended-range Scud.
April 6, 2017: China’s President Xi Jinping met with President Trump in Florida.
April 2017: North Korea’s KN-08 long-range missile is able to reach the US west-coast.
April 15 and 28, 2017: The DPRK fired ballistic missiles off the coast.
April 29, 2017: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, after North Korea’s latest missile test warned the US to avoid playing into the hands of leader Kim Jong Un who he said “wants to end the world.” The DPRK (Jung Un) has fired missiles over Japan and into the Sea of Japan several times against UN mandates; that is enough to be an act of war to Japan (and the almost 100,000 Americans at the Japanese US base) – someone please authorize UK/US sniper teams to assassinate this pyscho-maniac (covertly of course).
May 14: North Korea fired a long-range ballistic missile (Hwasong-12) Sunday 5:27 am Seoul time from Kusong. The missile reached an altitude over 1,200 miles and flew about 430 miles (700 kilometers) out into the Sea of Japan. This is the first launch since Moon Jae-in became president of South Korea May 9th. Former S. Korea President Park Geun-hye was impeached in March over a corruption scandal in which Samsung is involved – paying tens of millions to her ‘acquaintances.’ Park’s mother was killed by a N. Korean spy intended to killed her father Gen. Park. At 1:40 pm BST; North Korea’s Ambassador to China, Ji Ryong, said, “The test-firing of ICBMs will occur at any time and place, at the will of North Korea’s highest leadership.” The Ambassador also said that it is aware of a CIA and South Korean assassinating plot on Kim Jong-un.
September 3: North Korea detonated a thermonuclear device; stating it was it’s most powerful to date. South Korea’s weather agency confirmed it was an artificial earthquake at magnitude 5.7; but the U. S. Geological Survey said 6.3 was registered by them. U. S. President Trump said “North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test. Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States.” U. S. Defense Secretary Jim ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis responded in a formal statement saying: “Any threat to the United States or its territories, including Guam or our allies will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming… Kim Jong-un should take heed of the United Nations security council’s unified voice, all members unanimously agreed on the threat North Korea poses, and they remain unanimous in their commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Because we are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea, but as I said we have many options to do so.”
September 16, 2017: Kim Jong Un says on their state news KCNA, “Our final goal is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the U.S. and make the U.S. rulers dare not talk about military option.”
February 23, 2018: Ivanka Trump led a US delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea and called for ‘pressure’ on North Korea. At the same time, Kim Yo Jong, sister of Kim Jong Un, met with S. K. President Moon in a show to reassure the world that N. Korea wanted peace.
April 27, 2018: Leaders of North Korea and South Korea met for the first time since 2007 on South Korean land. Kim Jong Un met with S. Korean President Moon Jae-in in the DMZ (demilitarized zone) where they signed the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification. They agreed to formally end the Korean War (1953-2018) and to be nuclear-free.
April 29, 2018: North Korea has committed to close down its nuclear test site in May and allow experts and journalists from South Korea and the United States into the country to verify its closure. Kim has reportedly said, “The United States, though inherently hostile to North Korea, will get to know once our talk begins that I am not the kind of person who will use nuclear weapons against the South or the United States across the Pacific,” S. Korea’s President Moon’s spokesman Yoon Young-chan said Kim stated, “There is no reason for us to possess nuclear weapons … if mutual trust with the United States is built through frequent meetings from now on, and an end to the war and non-aggression are promised.”
May 1-20, 2018: North Korea announced a plan to destroy its ‘only’ nuclear test site. South Korea kept working on talks between U.S. and the DPRK. Trump and Kim continued to exchange rough remarks to each other (or the other’s nation). North Korea and China were working towards more trades; as U.S. and China are in trade disputes.
May 22: Both the U.S. and North Korea (DPRK) say the other side has made ‘broken promises.’ Pyongyang canceled talks with Seoul after joint military exercises by the US and South Korea.
May 24, 2018: After a ‘heated’ exchange between Vice-Pres. Pence and N.K. spokesperson in Pyongyang; Pres. Trump cancelled the ‘historic summit’ with North Korean which was to be held June 12 in Singapore. “Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” Trump said in a letter on Thursday to Kim released by the White House. “Therefore, please let this letter serve to represent that the Singapore summit, for the good of both parties, but to the detriment of the world, will not take place.”
Nov. 12, 2018: The New York Times reports ‘North Korea is moving ahead with its ballistic missile program at 16 hidden bases…’ They add that President Trump stated, ‘We are in no rush (for talks)… the sanctions are on. The missiles have stopped. The rockets have stopped. The hostages are home.’
December 16, 2018: Sanctions are continued on the DPRK for human rights abuses and failure stop nuclear weapons advancements in the recent past. In response to sanctions, North Korea threatened the return to a status of the ‘exchanges of fire.’ There has been no rescheduling for Summit 2.
Sections 5: The Options
Very Brief Summary: Russia empowered the Kim Dynasty after WWII in part due to their fallout with their former ally America and in part due to their Communist/Marxist desires. The US placed forces in South Korea after the Korean War and has remained ever since without singularly or without the UN taking care of the Kim dictatorship problem. Now it is not a matter of Russian jets, but Korean nukes – as many as 10 to 16 long-ranged plutonium-based nuclear weapons and hundreds of short to medium range missiles.
January 2017, the great Forbes News comes up with “North Korea: a problem without a solution.” Well if the U.S. sticks its head in the sand, they may rise up to see nukes in North Korea’s fields. April 2, 2017: President Trump said, “If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will.” April 2018, a year later, Kim and China, as well as South Korea and the United States seem to be working towards peace – but is it a tactic by Kim and North Korea to get time to develop their nukes and power.
- Have China use more severe sanctions as former Ambassador to Iraq and South Korean, C. Hill suggested. Hill was at the failed ‘Six Party’ talks where North Korea walked out. Gen. J. Hyten, commander of US Strategic Command, which oversees US nuclear weapons and missile defense said this April 2017 to the Senate Armed Services Committee (open committee) that ‘any solution to the North Korean problem has to involve China.’
This is a pass generation unrealistic solution. It will likely make no significant difference. Jong-un has his mind made up to be a super power. Who really knows if Kim want a unified, controlled or peaceful Koryŏ. Moreover, it is unclear if he really feels it is his manifest destiny to strike the United States.
- Many ‘Experts’ have called for a “PEACE TREATY” for YEARS. Saying handle it like the Soviet/Russia ‘Cold War’ and hope for more talks like the ‘SALT’ Talks and the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. The result will still be a dictator in office and the development of nuclear weapons.
- Cut North Korea off from the rest of the world. This will only cause more innocent civilians, including children, to starve to death. And he has already allowed millions to do that, while making sure the elite class, military and ruling family has everything they need.
Keep in mind: In Pyongyang’s, Kim Jong Un celebrated his 33rd birthday telling the world he tested a hydrogen bomb that can “wipe out the whole territory of the United States all at once.” Ignoring a psychopath neither makes him well or changes his disposition. It is not likely Kim has really had a long-term change in heart.
- A Joint military move with the United Nations or a joint move with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization or with South Korea. All these options only signal Jong Un, upon which he said he would attack South Korea, the US base there, maybe the continental US and Japan.
- Launch a Nuclear attack on North Korea. Not realistic for many reasons. First is international outcry over the destruction and possible start of WWIII. Second, it is not likely we could take out all of their nuclear missile sites before they fired on South Korea, Japan and whoever else they target (US, Israel, China, etc.). Third the fallout would be worse than Hiroshima and Nagasaki; but now everyone has cellphone cameras. Fourth, do you really need to talk about famine and pestilence after hearing the other reasons.
- ONLY PLAUSIBLE SOLUTIONS: A: Allow Kim to continue as a dictator and force UN monitoring like in Iran, which ultimately still has resulted in Iran’s military power – to support Assad in Syria and build nuclear weapons in Iran. B. Eliminate Kim through an internal revolution or assassinate him. Consider UK Special forces (possibly Royal Marine Commandos) snipers (their best have shot up to 2400 meters; about 1 ½ mile) with something like the L121A1 Anti-Material Long Range Rifle (.5 caliber) and Mark 4 12-40×60 Tactical Spotting Scope and a VIPIR 2S Handheld Thermal Surveillance Sight; with or without US Special forces with maybe a Cheytac .408 cal. or the Barrett .50 cal., with a 2600 meter range and accompanying technology. C. Help setup a new provisional government that will work for the people and let N. Korea know if any thermal images show military activity of any kind they will be destroyed by the 1,000 Perdix (or the like) drones launched from 20 or 30 F/A-18 Super Hornets, as well as Tomahawk missiles or other advance military technology.
- Try to assimilate North Korea back into international trade; but not without UN examination of the true condition of the Korean workers.