Could Korean Conflict Go Nuclear?

Could Korean Conflict Go Nuclear?
Vol: 92 Issue: 28 Thursday, May 28, 2009

Among the items in this morning’s email was a forward from something called the Hal Turner Radio Network that claimed direct knowledge of an impending US nuclear strike against North Korea. The following is from that email.

North Korea yesterday withdrew from the Armistice that halted the Korean War. Today, official Washington is abuzz with not so secret “Top Secret” plans for the United States to make a limited nuclear first strike to wipe out the North Korean threat in one fell swoop.

Russia has been alerted to “make plans” for radiation fallout in its eastern border area.

In consultations with China, the U.S. Ambassador to Beijing was said to be stunned when he was told by the Chinese government “Kim Jung Il is out of control and dangerous. He has become a serious liability for China. Do what must be done, but please do it in a manner that minimizes risk to China.”

China was then briefed about US plans and asked to prepare its southern population areas for radiation fallout. It is expected that prevailing weather patterns will disperse fallout over the sea, causing it to thin out dramatically before moving over land.

Turner claims to have somehow obtained the entire operational war plans for the coming conflict, which will begin with a US nuclear first strike.

The first strike will be carried out through submarine-launched, BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missiles, model TLAM/A whose explosive payload can be “dialed” to be anywhere from 100 kilotons to one point five megatons nuclear yield per missile.

There will be no warning. North Korea will not be able to track the incoming cruise missiles via radar. The only way they will know the attack is taking place is when they see a blinding white flash as the temperature rises to ten thousand degrees and the wind gusts to 650 miles per hour.

North Korean troops along the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) will be hit first to prevent them from invading south Korea. Multiple cruise missiles using Time of Arrival (TOA) control will detonate simultaneously along the DMZ, wiping out over one million North Korean troops in seconds.

Minutes later, after the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) confirms that the North Korean leadership has been told by their own command structure that their troops at the DMZ have all been killed, Kim Jung Il will be contacted and asked if he is willing to surrender. It is expected he will not.

At that point, a B-2 Stealth Bomber will be sent in to deliver the final blow. Pyongyang will be hit with a surface detonation of a massive nuclear bomb, wiping out the entire city and the entire government of North Korea.

As soon as that surface detonation takes place, several hundred additional cruise missiles carrying conventional payloads and launched from land, air and sea sites, will hit every North Korean military facility in the entire country, instantly crippling their entire command and control system. Carrier based Aircraft will then fly in to clean up whatever resistance remains.

It is expected the war will be over within one or two days. Korea will be reunited. It’s Capitol will be Seoul and its government will be democratically elected.

And everybody will be home in time for pizza and beers as we all watch the victory parade at Times Square on TV.

Or not.

I read the news release, which looked perfectly legitimate, but I didn’t get very far before I started checking for “The Onion” logo. I don’t know who Hal Turner is. But let me run down some of the reasons the report is probably a hoax.

First, I am relatively certain that the operational war plans for the destruction of North Korea were not entrusted to the Hal Turner Radio Network.

Secondarily, it would be political suicide for Barack Obama to order the destruction of Pyongyang and a million innocent civilians just to get Kim Jong il.

Thirdly, the DMZ that Turner envisions being erased by nuclear weapons is only some thirty-five miles from South Korean Capital at Seoul.

Metropolitan Seoul is home to more than 22 million people, many of whom would be within harm’s way in Turner’s scenario. So would the 28,500 US troops stationed along the DMZ dividing the two Koreas.

Finally, everybody thought we’d be home in time for pizza and beers the last time we entered North Korea, too. It was a famous German general from the last century who observed that “no battle plan survives first contact with the enemy.”

Assessment:

While I said it would be political suicide to use nukes without warning, the use of nukes would certainly not be without provocation.

Indeed, it would not be difficult to justify.

North Korea’s withdrawal from the 1953 Armistice really does mean a return to hot war status. And since Seoul is so close to the DMZ, a nuclear-armed North Korean enemy belligerent is unthinkable. Secretary of State Robert Gates was quoted by Voice of America saying their latest provocation constitutes a ‘potential game changer’.

In addition to the direct threat, there is the problem of nuclear proliferation. North Korea’s customers include Syria, Iran, Myanmar, Pakistan, Yemen and Libya.

Even if Pyongyang doesn’t seek to sell weapons-grade materials such as reprocessed plutonium, Pentagon officials say just the possibility it might sell nuclear-weapons designs poses a security challenge to the U.S.

“The concern is not just that they have a nuclear weapon; it’s what they’re going to do with the technology and where it’s going to go,” said a senior U.S. defense official told the WSJ. “It’s very difficult to have perfect knowledge about who they’re talking to or where they’re sending stuff,” the official said. According to Israeli intelligence, North Korea has been involved in the development of every missile system now in use in the region.

Since the nuclear test, President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and National Security Adviser James Jones have publicly voiced concerns about the threat posed by Pyongyang’s proliferation activities.

Then I stumbled across a Reuters report under the title, “Russia Fears Korea Conflict Could Go Nuclear.”

Interfax quoted an unnamed security source as saying a stand-off triggered by Pyongyang’s nuclear test on Monday could affect the security of Russia’s far eastern regions, which border North Korea.

“The need has emerged for an appropriate package of precautionary measures,” the source said.

“We are not talking about stepping up military efforts but rather about measures in case a military conflict, perhaps with the use of nuclear weapons, flares up on the Korean Peninsula,” he added. The official did not elaborate further.

North Korea has responded to international condemnation of its nuclear test and a threat of new U.N. sanctions by saying it is no longer bound by an armistice signed with South Korea at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

How does the possibility of a nuclear war fit in with Bible prophecy? We’ve already discussed the amazing series of ‘coincidences’ that led to Ezekiel’s prophecy of Israel’s restoration ‘in the latter times’ on previous occasions.

Israel was restored on May 14, 1948. That same year, the Roman Empire’s revival began with the 1948 Benelux Treaty, followed by the 1957 Treaty of Rome.

The Computer Age began with the invention of the transistor in 1948, providing the technical know-how to implement the 1948 GATT treaty, giving rise to the world’s first truly global economy.

The UN’s World Council on Religions was born in Amsterdam in 1948, providing the world’s first global quasi-official religious authority.

The Russian/Muslim alliances with Syria, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and the rest of the Arab world, as well as the US support of Israel were the result of the 1948 Truman Doctrine that gave us the Cold War.

Virtually every significant player or event relative to the last days can trace its genesis in some way to 1948.

Including the establishment of the People’s Democratic Republic of [North] Korea by Kim il Sung in August, 1948.

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About Pete Garcia

Christian, father, husband, veteran, pilot, and sinner saved by grace. I am a firm believer in, and follower of Jesus Christ. I am Pre-Trib, Dispensational, and Non-Denominational (but I lean Southern Baptist).

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