For much of the past decade, threats stemming form North Korea’s leadership have been taken with one enormous grain of salt.
The reclusive nation has been reeling from widespread poverty for generations, with famine claiming the lives of several million of its citizens during the mid 1990’s. Despite Pyongyang’s inability to provide for its people, maniacal heads of state such as current “supreme” leader Kim Jong Un have continued to boost military spending and weapons technology programs. One of the hermit kingdom’s most ambitious goals was to create an arsenal of atomic weapons capable of decimating the American homeland, with the U.S. being portrayed as public enemy #1 in North Korean propaganda.
Unfortunately for Kim, the tiny Asian nation has been a bit of a laughingstock on the world’s stage as far as its military might goes. Multiple embarrassing missile test failures have created a great deal of doubt over what kind of damage Kim could actually do should he finally snap. That all changed days ago when North Korea successfully launched their first ICBM, with many experts claiming that the device could easily reach Alaska or Hawaii and is only a few minor tweaks away from the ability to reach California.
Now, more disturbing news from the Korean Peninsula has surfaced, as previously low estimates of the nation’s atomic fuel stockpile have been discredited.
“Thermal images of North Korea’s main nuclear site show Pyongyang may have reprocessed more plutonium than previously thought that can be used to enlarge its nuclear weapons stockpile, a U.S. think tank said on Friday.
“The analysis by 38 North, a Washington-based North Korean monitoring project, was based on satellite images of the radiochemical laboratory at the Yongbyon nuclear plant from September until the end of June, amid rising international concerns over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.
“The think tank said images of the uranium enrichment facility at Yongbyon could also indicate operation of centrifuges that could be used to increase North Korea’s stock of enriched uranium, its other source of bomb fuel.
“There were signs too of at least short-term activity at North Korea’s Experimental Light Water Reactor that could be cause for concern, 38 North said.”
Kim Jong Un’s ridiculous rhetoric has been in the spotlight as of late, with U.S. President Donald Trump readying all options for a possible confrontation over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.
The concern is that Kim, who is by all accounts an extremely reckless and maniacal leader, will strike the U.S. or her allies the first chance that he sees. Should Kim finally break through and attach a warhead to one of his newly minted ICBM’s, it is almost certain that the North Korean military will send a weapon skyward, touching off a messy and complicated conflict between Pyongyang, Washington D.C., Beijing, and Moscow.