As tensions continue to rise on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea has demonstrated its willingness to strike South Korea and Japan with Nuclear Weapons.
To protect our allies and our forces currently safeguarding South Korea, the Pentagon has deployed the THAAD Missile Defense System.
Take a look at this bad boy
The truth is that this is just one component of the actual missile defense capability employed in South Korea. The military is using a sophisticated defense grid made up of special radar, the THAAD missile system, the Patriot missile system, along with Aegis Cruisers and airborne radar and electronic espionage aircraft.
I wouldn’t be surprised if they started flying one of those nifty 747 mounted anti-missile/ICBM laser cannon over Seoul soon. (Yes those exist)
The Mainstream Media has gone out of its way to over hype the range and capability of North Korean missiles. At current development projections the North Koreans wouldn’t be reading to TEST fire a missile that would reach the United States until 2020.
The current arsenal employed by North Korea, is certainly dangerous in the short to medium range. They can be outfitted with chemical and biological warheads. I’m not so sure that North Korea has the technical capability to produce warheads for short or medium range missiles. They do however have the capability to produce warheads for their long-range missiles although the reliability of the long range arsenal is questionable.
What this means is that the North Korean missiles pose a direct threat to Seoul, one of the most populated cities in the world, and to the American troops defending South Korea. THAAD deployment along side existing missile defense capabilities in the Korean theater was a smart move.
The Japanese Navy has joined the American Armada and is backing the United States actions in the region.
You’d think that South Koreans would be happy that we are deploying the most advanced missile defense system in the world to defend them against the North, however that is not the case.
“About 8,000 police officers were mobilized, and the main road leading up to the site in the country’s southeast was blocked earlier Wednesday, Yonhap reported. About 200 residents and protesters rallied against THAAD in front of a local community center, with some hurling plastic water bottles.” – Protests as U.S. anti-missile system aimed at N. Korea installed
Many of the protesters claim that the THAAD system will cause tensions between South Korea and China, and that it will most likely provoke North Korea into more extreme shows of force. Chinese intelligence is currently on the ground in South Korea fanning the flames of these protests. THAAD and its related radar systems have the capability of tracking Chinese military movements. China has already begun its economic warfare against South Korea’s tourist industry in response to the deployment.
Russia has also expressed concerns over the deployment of THAAD as they share a border with North Korea. The Russians are deploying troops to their border with North Korea to try to prevent a refugee wave in the event that war breaks out on the Korean Peninsula.
China has agreed to help the United States deal with the North Koreans and have taken serious steps to put pressure on Kim Jong-un to stop its policy of threatening its neighbors with chemical and nuclear weapons.
In my opinion, I believe that Kim Jong-un will do everything and anything to hold on to power. He is capable of launching both nuclear and chemical attacks on South Korea and American Forces in the region and is crazy enough to launch a preemptive strike on Seoul if he feels an American invasion is imminent.
This situation could possibly spin out of control, which is why ramping up Missile Defense in South Korea is both a smart move, and a necessary one.
In coming weeks we will see how effective China will be in helping the United States find a peaceful resolution to the situation on the Korean Peninsula. China has stated recently that it is willing to strike North Korea on its own if they threaten China’s economic bottom line.
Here are some links that shine a light into the complexity of the Korean dilemma