North Korea once again has threatened the continental United States with nuclear weapons.
Nothing new. It’s part of their strategy they have maintained for decades now. It’s a good working strategy to get the global community to the negotiating table for a good deal. They have tested multiple nukes and rocket engines. Created multiple propaganda videos attacking the US mainland, white house and US Navy. The average North Korean citizen hates America, the west and most of all South Korea because of all the propaganda the North Korean government puts out. The North Korean government and people are ready to strike South Korea whenever Kim Jong-un tells them to. The US has to everything to stop North Korea but that doesn’t come without certain risks. Former secretary of defense said Ash Carter said: ‘’a pre-emptive strike on Pyongyang could see Kim Jong-un attempt to invade South Korea.’’ Put yourself in the shoes of Kim Jong-un. If the US would end your regime and firepower and strength, would you go quietly or take down South Korea with you? Or at least do as much damage as you can? Having said that, North Korean military is outdated. Anthony Cordesman ( national security analyst for ABC News) said "It takes a long time for it to produce the densities of fire to go beyond terrorism and harassment." Even in a worst-case scenario, where both U.S. and South Korean forces are somehow paralyzed or otherwise engaged, and North Korea fires its 170mm artillery batteries and 240mm rocket launchers with total impunity, the grim reality wouldn't live up to the hype. Buildings would be perforated, fires would inevitably rage and an unknown number of people would die. Seoul would be under siege—but it wouldn't be flattened, destroyed or leveled. That means Seoul, the capital of South Korea which is in range of thousands of North Korean artillery pieces. would suffer and a great amount of people would die. Not only that, but North Korea could also use their chemical weapons. They have a massive stockpile of chemical weapons—much of which can be used in conjunction with its artillery forces. The Special Operations Forces of North Korea are also a big Threat, North Korea invests heavily in special operations forces to offset its conventional weakness. North Korea could do major damage in cyberspace as well. North Korea’s military has cyberwarfare capability—which the country needs as an asymmetric means to offset its many conventional weaknesses. But little is known about Pyongyang’s capabilities except that they have launched several attacks in past several years. Their full capabilities are not well known, but North Korea is not likely to be as adept at cyber warfare as Russia and China. Their most damaging weapons are ballistic missiles, which it developed with Russian and Chinese help. Some estimates show that North Korea has over 600 short-range Scud missiles, more than 200 Nodong missiles, and about fifty Musudan and Taepodong missiles. These weapons could be used to deliver conventional, chemical or even nuclear weapons to targets around the Korean peninsula and beyond.
The big question is: Is a preventive assault against North Korea worth it?