According to numerous government entities, the propensity for a missile launch by North Korea is considered to be “considerably high.” Over the past few weeks of intensity, the reclusive and belligerent nation has redacted the 1950s Truce Armistice, has closed its cross border production plants, has severed all forms of communication with the South, and has declared its nation in a “state of war” while urging all foreigners in South Korea to leave the country, in combination with expelling any embassy members from its nation. This, combined with tracked recent missile movements in the North to the eastern side of its country, have the world wary.
Pyongyang is gearing up to celebrate the anniversary of the country’s founder, an annual celebration that takes place every year on April 15th. Typically, the bellicose nation ramps up rhetoric and attempts to demonstrate its military prowess during the event to the world.
As tensions continue to rise on the Korean peninsula, the United States has stated that North Korea could launch missiles at any time. Japan has recently moved several missile interceptor batteries to Tokyo as a deterrent, and a horde of interceptor batteries are headed to Guam to protect U.S. interests.
Today, South Korea stated that it was making preparations for the launch of the Taepodong-X, an untested North Korean intermediate-range missile called the Musudan.
South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se emphasized such warnings, stating to the parliamentary recently, “according to intelligence obtained by our side and the U.S., the possibility of a missile launch by North Korea is very high.”
Musudan has an estimated range of 1,500 – 2,500 miles. That’s far enough to reach the Japanese mainland, Guam, and other U.S. military bases in the vicinity. According to defense officials, the preparations for the missile launch have been completed, and they speculated that the country could decide to launch missiles at any time.
North Koreans seem confident of their ability to win any war, even though a missile launch is deemed suicide by the international community, as the U.S. and its allies would immediately respond with decimating force. Allies China and Russia have already made it clear that a provocation such as a missile launch against such targets would be a direct declaration of war, and that they would not condone the nation for it. Basically, they would probably let North Korea sink its own ship, rather than become involved in another World War, as North Korea so fervently desires.
Kim Un Chol, the 40-year-old head of a political unit at Pyongyang’s tobacco factory, underscored the general consensus of the North Korean people, telling the Associated Press, “The people of Pyongyang are confident. They know we can win any war. We now have nuclear weapons. So you won’t see any worry on people’s faces, even if the situation is tense.”