OP-ED: North Korea Claims They Are Prepping for War, Is It Worth Paying Attention Yet?

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North Korean-ran media agency KCNA issued a message from a meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the ruling party, the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), on December 27th. In the meeting, they discussed the party’s direction for 2024. According to Kim, the drums of war are being tuned up, and in his mind, the Americans are provoking the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

As KCNA wrote, “He [Kim] set forth the militant tasks for the People’s Army and the munitions industry, nuclear weapons, and civil defense sectors to further accelerate the war preparations, on the basis of in-depth analysis of the grave political and military situation in the Korean peninsula which reached extreme due to the anti-DPRK confrontation moves of the U.S. and its vassal forces unprecedented in history.”

Back in September, Kim and Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin got together in Russia to discuss their joint military goals going forward. After touring Russia’s Vostochny Cosmodrome, Kim got his ass-kissing shoes on. As KCNA shared, “He [Kim] clarified the independent principle of the WPK to expand and develop the relations of strategic cooperation with the anti-imperialist independent countries and dynamically wage the anti-imperialist joint action and struggle on an international scale under the rapidly changing world geo-political situation and indicated the orientation of the external affairs and the work towards the south.”

For Americans, so far, all of this has amounted to little more than saber rattling.

Yet, as the rhetoric continues to get ramped up, Americans are being forced to sit up and take notice. With little in the way of tangible results besides the “alleged” successful launch of a spy satellite, the Kim regime has made “friends” with not only Russia but also China, Iran, Venezuela, and others. This has given them more sources of countries to develop import/export relationships as well as to purchase weapons.

Finding the truth about North Korea’s capabilities would ultimately require the American people to face off with them. Even if they were directly attacking South Korea or Japan, American servicemembers would be not only present but also in the responding skirmish without question of delay. Looking at this objectively, it becomes apparent that their ability to advance their capabilities rapidly with the help of outside influence has skyrocketed.

As a sign that things are increasingly complex with the nation, North Korean supplies and arms have been reportedly found on Russian troops amid the Ukrainian conflict. Their soldiers have reportedly been sent to Russia to train and support their military, but little concrete evidence of that has been shown.

The push from North Korea to be taken seriously as a global superpower, added in with these new sources of weaponry and income, means that the nation can get previously unobtained resources. With Iran quickly approaching weapons-grade uranium enrichment, partnering with the North Koreans only makes sense. As Kim tests nuclear-capable missiles and rockets, mainland America is under ever-increasing risks of attack.

While they have yet to have a fully confirmed rocket capable of reaching the center of the US, much less the East Coast, the testing the US and other governments have acknowledged isn’t posing a complete risk…yet. The same can be said for the nuclear weapons goals of NK. With much of their enrichment sites limited, their ability to make enough to make a full weapon or even test is almost nonexistent.

Given the widely underreported 4.6 earthquake that occurred off the Northeast coast of North Korea on December 26th, there are many speculating it could have been their first full-fledged nuclear test. Given how quickly the mainstream media silenced the story about the quake, it would certainly add up to something we all need to pay attention to.

Make no bones about it, the US would make quick work of North Korea. Kim knows it, as does every one of his allies. However, the conflict that would result would almost immediately turn into WWIII. As such, if anything now is the time when Americans need to be paying the most attention.