The Very Real Problem of North Korea

When Kim Jong-un became the leader of North Korea, after he took over from his dad, there were some who were hopeful that it would signal a change. There were those who hoped that the young Swiss educated leader would turn out to be less paranoid than his father of grandfather. Some were hoping that there would be an uprising after the transition.

Unfortunately for South Korea, the United States and the rest of the world Kim Jong-un is just as crazy and as hate filled against the west as the previous two dictators of the country. As recent events are showing Jong-un seems to be more bent of pushing things to a crisis situation. They are making more provocative moves and statements.

Empty Threats No More

Threats from North Korea are not new. They come up with provocative statements that are direct threats to the United States all the time. They consider America as the major threat to their country and South Korea as its puppet state. No one really takes those threats seriously since North Korea could not carry them out any attack directly on the United States. It’s a different thing with their threats against South Korea however since they are still at war technically, but everyone knows that blustering words like that are meant more for the local North Koreans as a morale booster and propaganda tool.

It has even come to a point where it is expected that the North Korean regime would issue some other farfetched accusation of conspiracy against it and threats every year. It was no longer a big deal.

Things are starting to change a bit now though. North Koreans are making threats against the United States that it is capable of carrying out. After the United States conducted one of its regular exercises with Japan, North Korea said that it was ready to carry out attacks on American Military installations in Japan and Guam.

Japan is the base of many American military units including some nuclear submarines, while Guam is where long range bombers are based. It is believed that North Korea already has missiles capable of reaching those targets. The threat is even made more serious by the fact that it has just conducted its third nuclear test. It would just be a matter of time before they have the capability of shrinking a nuclear bomb to the size of a warhead that can be carried by one of their missiles.

A Very Real and Danger

North Korea poses a very real problem not just for the United States but for free people everywhere. It has a complete hold on its population and it could tell them anything. They could blame the famine and the hardship that they are suffering on the Americans and South Koreans. They have one of the biggest armed forces in the world ready to do whatever it is told to do.

Clearly America must act now and in a decisive manner before North Korea can gain more strength and pose a bigger threat.

Everyone Wants the Bomb

The Non-Proliferation Treaty or NPT was a treaty that was created in order to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. Aside from that it also has two other aims. These are to promote the right to explore the peaceful use of nuclear technology and nuclear disarmament. Most of the countries in the world have signed and are abiding by the treaty, but it only takes one country not abiding by it to render it ineffective. Right now there are several countries that refuse the go by the treaty either directly or indirectly.

The Nuclear Weapons Club

The Manhattan Project was the project of the United States government which set out to develop an atomic weapon. It was one of the largest government undertakings in secret and it is ironic that it was geared towards producing the most horrific weapon ever. The project culminated with the dropping of atomic bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima in Japan. That brought the surrender of Japan and the end of the war and it also ushered in the atomic age.

The Soviet Union was not to be left behind and they soon tested their own atomic weapon. When the Cold War started, one of the main reasons why it didn’t turn into a shooting was the knowledge was that both sides were capable of frying the other. But world leaders soon realized that it would be a matter of time before other countries were able to attain nuclear weapons on their own.

That is the reason why they came up with the Non-Proliferation Treaty. By the time that they came up with the treaty, there were three other countries that were armed with the bomb. These are France, China and Great Britain, so all of the permanent members of the UN Security Council have nuclear arms.

The treaty does make sense since it would be hard to imagine a peaceful world where every country is armed with a Hydrogen or an atomic bomb. The problem is that there are national leaders that don’t see it that way. Israel, Pakistan and India are all known to have nuclear weapons and the problem is further made complicated by the fact that these countries have been frequently involved in military conflict.

Israel is surrounded by enemies that vow to annihilate the small Jewish state. India and Pakistan are virtually just waiting for the next reason so they could go against each other again. It is not hard to imagine the leader of these countries coming to a point where going nuclear is the only viable option. That could have some serious repercussions on world affairs.

The Problem States

Then there are the problem states. These include Iran and North Korea. The problem with these countries is that you never know if their leaders might be crazy enough to launch nuclear weapons. This is the reason it is important that they should never be allowed to develop their own nuclear weapons. We should act right now and put an end to their nuclear dreams.