Kim Jong Un has proven himself to be quite the menace recently, with direct threats to Guam and Japan over the course of the last few weeks.
Beyond the ridiculous rhetoric, which is nothing new for the dainty despot, Kim and his North Korean military have sent a number of terrifying new missiles skyward in an attempt to show the world that he is no longer the red-headed stepchild of nuclear-armed nations. His latest egregious and unfathomable idiocy had a rocket screaming over the heads of those in Japan’s northernmost provinces after taking off from Pyongyang and traveling over 2,000km; a new record for the desperate dictatorship.
Things certainly are heating up when it comes to Kim and his atomic abilities, and that has the west coast of the United States in a bit of a tizzy.
“Hal Kempfer, a noted international security expert, is getting a roomful of California public health officials and emergency responders to think about the unthinkable – a nuclear bomb exploding at the port of Long Beach, about four miles away.
“’A lot of people will be killed,’ he said, ‘but a large percentage of the population will survive. They will be at risk and they will need help.’
“Most likely, Kempfer tells his audience, if the device is fired from North Korea or smuggled in by North Korean agents, it wouldn’t be the sort of high-yield weapon that planners worried about during the cold war, with the potential to wipe out most life and civilization across the Los Angeles region and send radioactive materials halfway across the American continent.
“Rather, it’s likely to be a Hiroshima-sized bomb – large enough to obliterate everything within a square-mile radius and kill tens of thousands of people, either immediately or through the lingering effects of radiation. But still leaving millions of survivors across the region who would need help.
“’We’re talking about smaller North Korean things,’ Kempfer emphasized, though the word ‘smaller’ sounds very far from reassuring. ‘This is not your traditional nuclear apocalypse scenario.’”
Of course, radioactive fallout is one of the most prevalent concerns when it comes to any atomic weapons, and the heavily populated state of California could become a radioactive nightmare for that very reason.
While Kim’s latest launches have shown some consistency and distance, no one has been truly convinced that the North Korean technology could reach U.S. shores without either malfunctions or easily being intercepted by American military hardware. Either situation would likely result in a conflict, however, that could cost American lives anyway.