While the U.S. is still not quite convinced that Kim Jong Un can strike the mainland with a thermonuclear device, there is no doubt in the minds of South Koreans that they are well within his range.
North Korea has long been at odds with both the United States and her allies in South Korea, all stemming from the Korean War decades ago. The conflict, which is still technically ongoing during a time of prolonged ceasefire, gave rise to the despotic dictatorship of the Kim family in the communist nation just north of Seoul.
Over the course of the last few months, North Korea has been working to increase their military efficacy in a number of startling ways, not the least of which being the near constant battery of missile tests aimed at displaying the rogue regime’s reach around the globe.
Their latest threatening move came in the form of a possible hydrogen bomb test last week, with a yield ten times more powerful than the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. While no one is sure if this device cold be mounted to a rocket headed for Chicago or California, the people of South Korea understand that it would take very little imagination for Kim Jong Un to deliver a thermonuclear device to any number of their major cities, possibly using relatively antiquated equipment to do so.
In response, South Korea has been showing a bit of military muscle herself, in hopes to deterring Kim Jong Un from pushing forward with his ridiculous rhetoric.
“South Korea put on a tremendous show of military force in a set of live-fire drills on Monday, as South Korean intelligence reported signs of activity at North Korean launch sites, possibly indicating more provocative missile launches are coming soon.
“South Korea’s military drill involved ballistic missiles and American-made F-15 fighters attacking targets chosen to simulate North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site, where the Communist regime conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test on Sunday.
“The South Korean military announced that both air- and ground-launched missiles fired during the exercise “accurately struck” their targets. The military also stated that more drills simulating attacks on North Korean missile launch sites are coming in the next few weeks.
“Another significant result of North Korea’s nuclear test is that South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s administration has approved full deployment of the American THAAD anti-missile system, signaling its readiness to install four more THAAD launchers as soon as possible. South Korea’s environmental ministry gave preliminary consent to the four new launcher sites on Monday.”
The U.S. has been heavily involved with the lassoing of North Korea as well, fighting just today for tougher, broader sanctions against the provocative dictatorship.
Military options are scarce when it comes to reigning in Kim Jong Un, however, thanks to Russia and China, who both have shown inexplicable capitulation toward the Kim regime. Should the U.S. employ force to bring North Korea to heel, there is an unfortunately high chance that those actions could lead to a row with either of those nations, as well as a retaliatory strike against South Korea.