And according to his minions, would love to use them on the US.
The nuclear test, once conducted, will have far-reaching implications for the Koreas and the rest of the world. It carries five messages.Thus far, some of North Korea's claims are nothing but bluster. Long range missiles that were theoretically capable of hitting Alaska or Hawaii disintegrated shortly after launch.
The first message is that Kim Jong-il is the greatest of the peerless national heroes Korea has ever produced. Kim is unique in that he is the first to equip Korea with sufficient military capability to take the war all the way to the continental US. Under his leadership the DPRK has become a nuclear-weapons state with intercontinental means of delivery. Kim is certainly in the process of achieving the long-elusive goal of neutralizing the American intervention in Korean affairs and bringing together North and South Korea under the umbrella of a confederated state.
Unlike all the previous wars Korea fought, a next war will be better called the American War or the DPRK-US War because the main theater will be the continental US, with major cities transformed into towering infernos. The DPRK is now the fourth-most powerful nuclear weapons state just after the US, Russia, and China.
The DPRK has all types of nuclear bombs and warheads, atomic, hydrogen and neutron, and the means of delivery, short-range, medium-range and long-range, putting the whole of the continental US within effective range. The Korean People's Army also is capable of knocking hostile satellites out of action.
All the past Korean heroes let the Land of Morning Calm be reduced to smoking ruins as the wars were fought on its soil, even though they repelled the invaders. One of the two major aspirations of the Korean people has been the buildup of military capability enough to turn enemy land into the war theater. Kim has splendidly achieved this aspiration.
However, North Korea has had more than a decade to work on its nuclear weapons program, and they now claim that they're on the verge of testing one of their weapons, perhaps as soon as this weekend.
So, while the media takes break from what's truly serious - Foleygate - there's lots of bad guys around the world who are threatening to do real bad things to Americans at their earliest possibile opportunities.
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