Flight of the Hwasong-14

by JUSTIN O. SMITH July 13, 2017

America can no longer afford to hurl ineffective http://www.businessinsider.com/us-failed-diplomacy-sanctions-north-korea-2017-3economic sanctions at North Korea, that are too often violated by nations like China, while North Korea and its malevolent dictator, Kim Jong Un, prepare to let nuclear armed missiles fly at their leisure. The United States government and President Donald Trump must give some hard, serious and real consideration on striking at the heart of Pyongyang North Korea, Kim Jong Un's regime and all North Korean missile launch sites and nuclear facilities, since placing our country's fate in the hands of a murderous and unstable dictator, who has murdered senior officials and family members on a whim, and a regime capable of reckless behavior would be beyond egregious and a monumental mistake.

On July 4th 2017, North Korea conducted a missile test of the Hwasong-14 that was a success in many ways. There is little reason to question North Korea's claim that the missile reached an altitude of over over 1700 miles and hit a target 580 miles away, in light of the fact that North Korea placed two satellites in space in 2012 and 2016. This demonstrated that, at a lower altitude and straighter trajectory, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/experts-north-koreas-missile-was-a-real-icbm--and-a-grave-milestone/2017/07/04/554bb81e-60da-11e7-8adc-fea80e32bf47_story.html?utm_term=.d2a72670f396 Anchorage Alaska, Guam, Hawaii, Japan and even Queensland Australia are within range of Pyongyang's nuclear missiles, once it perfects the process of miniaturizing the nuclear warheads. Washington was also served a warning.

An intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launched from North Korea would hit Los Angeles within thirty minutes. Riki Ellison, chairman of the nonprofit Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, asserts that North Korea already has miniaturized warheads capable of delivering 20 kilotons of destruction, similar to the bomb detonated over Nagasaki during WWII, and many other experts, as reported by Alan Yuhas of the Guardian, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/20/north-korea-nuclear-missile-could-it-hit-california-trumppredict that Kim Jong Un will have the capability to hit America's West Coast before President Trump completes his first term.

A nuclear armed and unpredictable rogue state, North Korea will not be deterred along similar lines as the former Soviet Union and China have been. They have less to lose than any previous nuclear power, and Pyongyang will most certainly attempt nuclear blackmail at best. In the worse case scenario, Pyongyang will give nukes to our Islamic enemies and third party terrorists, to insert in our harbors and cities.

North Korea has pursued nuclear weapons, since the day it acquired nuclear technology from the Soviet Union in the 1950s. It is too close to success to stop. And besides, Kim Jong Un's survival depends on a viable nuclear weapons system.

According to Sue Mi Terry, a former CIA analyst, who met with North Koreans and a group of Western experts last month in Sweden, at the Asia Society, (59 second mark of video) http://asiasociety.org/video/north-korean-denuclearization-table "The North Koreans emphasize over and over, denuclearization is completely off the table ... they say it's not negotiable."

Last month, Michael Auslin, from the Hoover Institute, bluntly told a group of journalists in Washington, "Negotiations won't work".

This rogue nation knows no bounds, when it comes to committing acts of evil. Not only did they slowly murder http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/06/20/otto-warmbiers-death-prompts-us-to-weigh-options-vs-north-korea.htmlOtto Warmbier, a U.S. citizen and college student, over an eighteen month period, the Kim Family regime has committed numerous, flagrant violations of the July 7th 1953 Korean War Armistice. This regime killed thirty-one U.S. Airmen, when it shot them down in South Korean airspace in 1969, and thirty-five North Korean soldiers hacked U.S. Captain Arthur Bonifas and First Lieutenant Mark Barrett to death in 1976, near the Demilitarized Zone. Also, in 1968, this regime captured the [detail account in Robert Heatherly's Master thesis] https://hpu.edu/CHSS/History/GraduateDegree/MADMSTheses/files/robertheatherly.pdf USS Pueblo in international waters and held 82 Navy crewmen for eleven months. And North Korea has never met with any meaningful consequences for their acts of war.

North Korea was already blatantly defiant and violently aggressive without nukes and a missile delivery system. Just imagine how far Kim Jong Un will go, once he has a fully operational nuclear arsenal at his fingertips.

Does anyone really believe a nuclear armed North Korea won't exact a heavy price from the free world?

An April 15th 2017 editorial in the Chinese Communist newspaper, the 'Global Times', essentially stated that Beijing would not militarily intervene, if Washington conducts a preemptive strike against North Korean nuclear facilities. However, China won't accept a non-communist regime in North Korea or U.S. troops crossing the 38th Parallel. If the U.S. strikes the Kim regime, China would likely focus on instituting a pro-China regime and possibly seizing North Korea's missile and nuclear sites, rather than a war with U.S.-South Korea joint military forces.

The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is less than forty miles from Seoul's 25 million inhabitants and lined with 8,000 pieces of North Korean artillery and rocket launchers. Within the first hour of any renewed conventional war between the two Koreas, North Korea has the ability to unleash the equivalent of 300,000 tons of TNT on Seoul, possibly killing as many as 100,000 people. For this reason, during a May 2017 press conference, reported by the 'Korea Herald' http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170520000016 Secretary of Defense James Mattis stated, "If this goes to a military solution, it's going to be tragic on an unbelievable scale".

Seoul has much to lose, however, any military move against North Korea doesn't necessarily have to be the tragedy some U.S. officials have suggested it would be. And while America may be bound by treaty to defend South Korea, our leaders and President Trump cannot allow South Korean President Moon Jae-in's conciliatory policy towards North Korea to place the U.S. in the untenable position of accepting a capable nuclear armed North Korea and any consequences that follow.

Michelle Nichols reported for Reuters, that on Wednesday, the Fifth of July, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the U.N. Security Council that our (30 seconds into video) https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-idUSKBN19P02W "considerable military forces" were an option. Continuing, Nikki Haley stated, "We will use them if we must, but we prefer not to go in that direction".

A preemptive strike is not a good option, and nobody assumes it would be easy. People will die on both sides, but North Korea's nuclear threat is one that must be destroyed, before it grows too much stronger, or exponentially more lives will be lost in its wake years hence. America can do it without near the tragic results for Seoul that Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis states, if the U.S. will resolve to drop tactical nukes and MOABs on the nuclear facilities, the launch sites at Sohae and Tonghae and the eight thousand pieces of artillery and military units along the Demilitarized Zone simultaneously.

One should note that prior to the signing of the Armistice in 1953 and the cease-fire that followed, President Dwight D. Eisenhower considered using nukes against North Korea to end the war. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles agreed that the United States should not shrink from using nuclear weapons, especially if their use prevented a greater loss of life over time, but he did favor limited use.

Kim Jong Un arrogantly fired Hwasong-14 on America's Independence Day, in utter contempt of any objections from either China or the Free World. America answered with U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers and South Korean and Japanese jet fighters joint flights over the Korean Peninsula on July 7th 2017, the sixty-fourth anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice.

Is it not apparent to the world that America is one of the last nations standing between tyrants and freedom?

War should never be a first, second or even third choice. The Land of the Free, America cannot and must not tolerate a nation that enslaves and murders its own people and citizens from other nations. The Home of the Brave, America cannot and must not lapse into a fool-hardy and cowardly repose in the face of a fat boy tyrant, who called the Hwasong-14 test a "gift to the American bastards". America must not find Herself firing off more sanctions on the day Kim Jong Un detonates a bright glowing nuke over one of our cities. Stopping North Korea requires war.

Justin O. Smith has lived in Tennessee off and on most of his adult life. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1980, with a B.S. and a double major in International Relations and Cultural Geography - minors in Military Science and English, for what its worth. His real education started from that point on.  Smith worked 8 years for the LaVergne Fire Dept - two years as their clean-up boy - and became a working fireman at age 16, working his way through college and subsequently joining the U.S. Army. Since then he primarily has contracted construction and traveled - spending quite a bit of time up and down the Columbia River Gorge, in the Puget Sound on Whidby Island and down around Ft. Lauderdale and South Beach. Justin currently writes a weekly column for The Rutherford Reader in Murfreesboro, TN, which he calls home, and he spends as much time as possible with his two beautiful and intelligent daughters and five grandchildren. He also Loves God, Family and Our Magestic and Wonderful America, and considers himself to be a Son of Liberty.


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