North Korea is a madhouse. Youve got an entire county that mindlessly follows their leader like a god (or else), they have no idea what goes on outside their borders, they just had a brutal famine that killed off, reportedly, millions of people, and they are more than happy to bite the hand that feeds them with international aid.
And now they want/have ballistic missle submarines.
Lets hit the highlights:
“It would fundamentally alter the missile threat posed by the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) and could finally provide its leadership with something that it has long sought to obtain — the ability to directly threaten the continental U.S.,” the weekly said.
Apart from targeting the United States, South Korea or Japan, cash-strapped North Korea might seek to sell the technology to countries that have bought its missiles in the past, with Iran a prime candidate, the article added.
Ian Kemp, news editor of Jane’s Defense Weekly, said North Korea would only spend the money and effort on developing such missiles if it intended to fit them with nuclear warheads.
“It’s pretty certain the North Koreans would not be developing these unless they were intended for weapons of mass destruction warheads, and the nuclear warhead is far and away the most potent of those,” he told Reuters.
Its hard to find references to it, but a while ago an Asian news service reported that DPRK missle parts (i.e. wreckage) were found in Alaska, implying that they’d been going for distance to see if they could hit the mainland US.
Personally, I think the Chinese are a bigger threat. In fact, the DPRK and the PRC arent exactly closest of buddies, despite their Revolutionary leanings.
My point? Well, the usual nattering nabobs of negativism will say that nuclear missle attacks are a thing of the past with the fall of the USSR. (Hence their vehement opposition to missle defense systems.) This shows that perhaps its not a bad idea to keep the Cold War mind set regarding threats and protective postures.