More and more from North Korea. First of all please refer to this article: http://news.yahoo.com/un-sanctions-may-play-north-korean-propaganda-110025232.html it outlines the stance that China has played in the past with sanctions against North Korea.
China is the number one supplier of oil and food to North Korea. Also North Korea has had luxury items smuggled into the country through Chinese ports. It is no surprise that North Korea relies on China and China relies on North Korea for trade. China is able to have items made in North Korea even cheaper than in China. This is a good deal for China, but goods made in China are already cheap, just how low do they want to go? The only real export from North Korea is minerals because they have or consume everything else. But when they have imports from China of components to make goods they do so for a pittance. North Korea’s Gross National Product is supposedly less than 2 billion dollars. Keep in mind that is a guesstimate because North Korea doesn’t report its GNP. North Korea’s largest export throughout the world is counterfeit currency, drugs, and of course information. When I say information I refer to missile and nuclear plans to whatever country will pay for them.
North Korea and Russia were allies at one time. Russia supplied them with information as well as submarines and other weapons. North Korea’s are not a stupid Nation. They have managed to live with sanctions for decades and know how to reverse engineer (take things apart and create one just like it). This has plagued Russia in the past when dealing with China. North Korea also has the ability to get on the Internet and find out whatever they want. Spies R Us! They don’t have to have Internet connections in North Korea, just spies in other countries feeding information back to their regime and feed it they do. As you well know you can find out most anything that you want to know on the Internet. This has probably had a lot to do with their ability in recent years to advance their missile and nuclear capabilities. Not to mention the fact that North Korea isn’t threatening to launch a nuclear missile at the United States. It is threatening a preemptive strike against the United States. There is a huge difference. With their limited nuclear technology it is not out of the scope of reason that they have the ability to deliver a nuclear weapon. Not in the conventional sense but a “dirty bomb” so to speak. Damage from a “dirty bomb” is not in the course of actual destruction but radiation. Also another factor that you have to take into account is they are saying an attack on the United States. Every ship in the United States fleet is considered United States territory, and most wars have started at sea.
While Washington sits around so smug saying the United States is capable of shooting down any missile from North Korea, they are not taking into account that there are many, many, different ways to deliver a nuclear attack without use of a missile. The purpose of this post is not to scare you in any way, but to enlighten you as to what North Korea is truly capable of. We should not take these as idle threats, but should actually look at this rhetoric as a creditable threat. We aren’t dealing with his daddy anymore. Which dealt out threats on a daily basis. We are dealing with a new regime that within the last year has conducted nuclear testing and launched a missile into space. North Korea’s new leader has something to prove to the world and taking on the strongest Nation in the world would definitely set the tone and prove he is to be taken seriously.