COMMENTARY | North Korea’s government officials have given final approval for a nuclear attack against the United States. Translation, it’s just another day in the DRPK. Hmm. That kinda sounds like a rap, perhaps performed by Dennis Rodman.
CNBC’s Twitter account just moments ago announced that officials in North Korea gave its military permission to attack the United States.
Let’s take a look at why such an attack is highly unlikely.
First, North Korea has one type of long range missile, the Taepodong-2 ballistic missile, which is capable of tracking upwards of 6,000 kilometers. Based on that travel distance, the country is most likely to hit the furthest edge of Alaska under 100 percent perfect conditions. Even then, the missile’s targeting capabilities have been questioned by officials who don’t believe North Korea is really capable of firing a missile for such a long distance with any type of pinpoint accuracy.
In fact, North Korea’s only space based rocket wasn’t as successful as they would like us to believe. According to a report by the New York Times:
“The North Korean satellite launched into space last week appears to be tumbling in orbit and is most likely dead, astronomers are reporting. The evident failure will not cause the spacecraft to fall quickly back to earth but seems to represent a major blow to the North’s portrayal of the launching as a complete triumph.”
Furthermore, North Korea has an estimated population of 24,451,285 of which 3,255,288 residents live in the capital of Pyongang. If the United States was to retaliate against North Korea’s oppressive regime with a nuclear attack of its own, the US military could literally wipe out 15 percent of the country’s population in a single blow. While the US under human rights laws is not likely to take out a large city on a whim, its ability to do so after a nuclear attack would likely go unquestioned.
If the United States doesn’t attack North Korea immediately, there is a very real possibility that Japan, South Korea, or various other countries in the area would launch an offensive. South Korea is at increasing odds with North Korea and would not likely hope that North Korea would leave them alone. Relations between the North and South hit another hurdle this week when North Korea closed out South Korean workers from a center that was supposed to show cooperation among the two countries.
Finally, North Korea doesn’t have the weaponry or man power to sustain large scale attacks. It is estimated that at least 200,000 to 400,000 North Korean citizens are held in concentration camps. Further estimates have put the number of deaths in those camps somewhere between 600,000 and 2.5 million. Fighting a war with underfed slave labor and a limited military is a recipe for disaster.
US Officials furthermore don’t seem too concerned. Secretary of State John Kerry said during a joint briefing in Washington with South Korea Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se that the United States will not accept North Korea as a “nuclear state.” According to Kerry:
“The bottom line is simply that what Kim Jong Un is choosing to do is provocative. It is dangerous, reckless. The United States will not accept the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) as a nuclear state.”
When all is said and done just go about your day, North Korea isn’t attacking the United States anytime soon.
Just in case you’re curious, here is what a North Korean attack against the United States will look like.