North Korea may be planning to fire a long range ballistic missile in the direction of Hawaii, according to a report in a Japanese newspaper, AP is reporting. Though the Taepodong-2 cannot actually hit Hawaii, the report is ominous to say the least.
The Taepodong-2 has a range of between 6500 kilometers. Hawaii is 7200 kilometers from the North Korean launch site. Nevertheless such a test, aimed toward Hawaii, a state of the United States, should be seen as a direct challenge against the United States/ The United States has been trying to restrain North Korea’s program to build more weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons which it possesses and has successfully tested. North Korea has also recently been discovered to possess chemical weapons.
So far attempts by President Barack Obama to engage in diplomacy and dialogue to defuse the crisis in North Korea have proven ineffective. North Korean leader Kim Jong Il seems to have calculated that President Obama will not take more drastic measures to counter North Korea’s drive to expand its arsenal of WMDs.
So far Russia and China are blocking any attempt to impose economic sanctions against North Korea or to enforce UN non proliferation resolutions with a naval blockade. Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats are actually cutting back on missile defense spending which would help to defend the United States and her allies against North Korean weapons of mass destruction.
North Korea’s chemical weapons are as much a concern as her nuclear stockpile. According to AP:
“The independent International Crisis Group think tank, meanwhile, said the North’s massive stockpile of chemical weapons is no less serious a threat to the region than its nuclear arsenal.
“It said the North is believed to have between 2,500 and 5,000 tons of chemical weapons, including mustard gas, phosgene, blood agents and sarin. These weapons can be delivered with ballistic missiles and long-range artillery and are ‘sufficient to inflict massive civilian casualties on South Korea.'”
The ability and apparent wiliness to go to war and to massacre South Korean civilians with missiles tipped with nuclear warheads and chemical weapons, as well as massive artillery now zeroed on South Korea’s capital of Seoul is the ultimate deterrent against the United States and her allies attempting to restrain North Korea with military action.
The combination of American weakness and indecision with North Korean strength and self confidence has made North West Asia a tinder box just waiting for the match to strike. Some military analyst suggest that North Korea, even with just its conventional army, might be able to overrun South Korea before American and allied reinforcements could arrive.
Meanwhile, the regime in Iran is watching, observing signs of how Barack Obama deals with a crisis. How the President does will determine war or peace for years to come.
Source: Report: NKorea plans to fire missile toward Hawaii, Hyung-Jin Kim, AP, June 18th, 2009