World War 3: US strike on North Korea to trigger ‘worst mass killing in history’ |
North Korea has “probably developed miniaturised nuclear devices to fit into the warheads of its ballistic missile”, according to a confidential UN report. It says several unidentified countries believe North Korea’s past six nuclear tests have likely helped it to develop such a capability, and also suggested that the North’s destruction of tunnels at its main nuclear site in 2018 may also have been deceptive. It goes further, accusing North Korea of continuing its nuclear ambitions, despite it not carrying out a nuclear test for nearly three years.
The report states: “The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is continuing its nuclear program, including the production of highly enriched uranium and construction of an experimental light water reactor – a Member State assessed that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is continuing production of nuclear weapons.”
Tensions between the North and other countries such as the UK and the US have worsened in recent months.
The US has in place several strategic plans for dealing with the North in the event of full-blown war.
One of the most controversial yet full-proof methods is known as “prevention” in which US President Donald Trump would crush Pyongyang with an intense military strike, take out the country’s leadership and destroy its military – likely marking the end of the Kim dynasty.
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In a chilling report, military journalist Mark Bowden, on being briefed by North Korea experts, national security experts and military officers, revealed the extent to which devastation would befall the dictatorship if Trump decided to strike first.
Mr Bowden explained that since 1953, North Korea’s “security and the survival of the Kim dynasty have relied on military stalemate. Resisting the American threat – surviving a first strike with the ability to respond – has been a cornerstone of the country’s military strategy for three generations”.
With only a few of its worst weapons North Korea could, if it chose to, kill millions within hours.
Yet, this would provoke a response that, Mr Dowden said, would “likely trigger one of the worst mass killings in human history”.
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This is because if Trump forced a missile strike, then the North would likely retaliate in suicidal fashion, resulting in the deaths of millions within the North and nearby countries, according to Mr Dowden.
In 2005, Sam Gardiner, a retired US Air Force colonel who specialised in conducting war games at the National War College, estimated that the use of sarin gas alone would produce one million casualties.
Mr Gardiner told Mr Bowden that in light of what we have learned from gas attacks on civilians in Syria, that the number would likely be three to five times greater.
North Korea now has an ever wider array of chemical and biological weapons than it did 12 years ago, as well as being more skilled at using such weapons.
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Dictatorship: The country worships its founder Kim Il-sung and his son Kim Jong-il
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This was expertly demonstrated in the assassination of Kim’s half brother, Kim Jong Nam, who was smothered with the nerve agent VX in Kuala Lumpur airport.
Its chemical and biological arsenal are thought to include anthrax, botulism, hemorrhagic fever, plague, smallpox, typhoid, and yellow fever.
With missiles capable of reaching Tokyo, with a population of 38 million, any effort of crushing North Korea will, experts say, result in “one of the greatest catastrophes in human history”.
It is unclear how likely such a strike from the US is.
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Relations between Trump and Kim have fluxed in the past, the two leaders having met three times in the past two years.
The North made its first aggressive move of the years in June, after it blew up a joint liaison office with South Korea in the border town of Kaesong.
It came after South Korean activists launched 500,000 balloons into the North, each containing anti-Kim leaflets.
North Korea tunnel: The North has tunnel systems around the country used for nuclear mobilisation
Reports suggested many of the leaflets contained indecently photoshopped images of Kim’s wife, Ri Sol-ju.
Kim’s sister, Kim Yo-jong, branded South Korea as “the enemy” and the activists as “human scum” following the event.
Yet, characteristic of the North, Kim soon down-played the liaison office explosion and announced he would scale back planned military action after having taken the prevailing situation “into consideration”.