North Korea CAN strike the US: Here’s what you can do to protect yourself
by: JD Heyes
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
To seasoned geopolitical observers it seems obvious that the Trump administration has decided that now is the time to take out North Korea’s advancing nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missile program.
Despite the fact that Pyongyang’s missile test over the weekend was a failure, with the rocket blowing up shortly after lift-off, experts familiar with North Korea’s military buildup over the years believe that the country possesses a number of ways to strike back against the U.S. homeland if the U.S. military is ordered to conduct a preemptive strike against North Korea, in a bid to destroy its nuclear weapons program.
Mark Almond, director of the Crisis Research Institute at Oxford University in Britain, notes that even if the North Koreans do not yet possess the means to strike the United States with a nuclear-tipped ICBM, the country possesses a number of other ways it can export terror, destruction and mayhem.
While the U.S. and North Korea do not have formal relations and, thus, do not have official diplomatic missions in either country (embassies), the North Koreans nevertheless do have an official diplomatic presence in the U.S. – at the United Nations. Writing in the Daily Mail, Almond says that Pyongyang has likely managed to smuggle deadly nerve agents via diplomatic pouches – which tend not to be inspected by host countries. He notes that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s own half-brother was murdered by a hit squad using VX, a toxic nerve agent, at an airport in Malaysia in February.
In addition to a nuclear program, Pyongyang also has an extensive chemical weapons stockpile; would Kim order agents inside the U.S. to release smuggled VX or other poisonous agents in the event of war? Or perhaps, as Almond suggests, he has anti-Western allies in the U.S. who would do his dirty work, noting that the Malaysian hit squad was made up of Indonesians and Vietnamese.