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October 6, 2006
North Korea: War Is Coming To American Soil

A rambling, disjointed editorial by a man known as Kim Jong-Il's "unofficial spokesman" tells Asia Times readers that North Korea does not intend to build its nuclear weapons to use as bargaining chips. Kim will build them to turn American cities into "towering infernos":

The first message is that Kim Jong-il is the greatest of the peerless national heroes Korea has ever produced. Kim is unique in that he is the first to equip Korea with sufficient military capability to take the war all the way to the continental US. Under his leadership the DPRK has become a nuclear-weapons state with intercontinental means of delivery. Kim is certainly in the process of achieving the long-elusive goal of neutralizing the American intervention in Korean affairs and bringing together North and South Korea under the umbrella of a confederated state.

Unlike all the previous wars Korea fought, a next war will be better called the American War or the DPRK-US War because the main theater will be the continental US, with major cities transformed into towering infernos. The DPRK is now the fourth-most powerful nuclear weapons state just after the US, Russia, and China.

The DPRK has all types of nuclear bombs and warheads, atomic, hydrogen and neutron, and the means of delivery, short-range, medium-range and long-range, putting the whole of the continental US within effective range. The Korean People's Army also is capable of knocking hostile satellites out of action.

All the past Korean heroes let the Land of Morning Calm be reduced to smoking ruins as the wars were fought on its soil, even though they repelled the invaders. One of the two major aspirations of the Korean people has been the buildup of military capability enough to turn enemy land into the war theater. Kim has splendidly achieved this aspiration.

Kim Myong Chol appears to have quite an active fantasy life. One of the subsequent points he makes refers to the actual desire of Russia and China to have a nuclear-armed Korean Peninsula. In Kim's mind, the nuclear arsenals of the two nations will render them incapable of war against the United States, and "friendless" in such an event. The few nuclear weapons that Pyongyang produces, though, will change the entire balance of power and allow the East to unite and defeat the West.

In fact, Kim Myong Chol tries to explain that North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons will convince the US to withdraw from the Pacific Rim. He argues that the Chinese will have an easier time recapturing Taiwan after North Korea tests its nuclear weapons, because the US will start retreating. He doesn't think that a nuclear-armed Japan and South Korea will present any problem at all, and in fact welcomes it as a sign of "de-Americanization" of the region.

He might want to check with China on that score. While the Taiwan issue sticks in Beijing's craw, they know that the US will not withdraw its protection for the Taiwanese under pressure from Pyongyang. In fact, the US will dig in its heels on the shores of Taiwan, understanding that the Chinese do not want to have to react to an outright declaration of independence from the islanders. They certainly do not want to see Japan re-militarized, and Kim's provocations have started that process already, with the new government seriously proposing a constitutional amendment that will allow them to build a military to project Japanese strength through the region. China wants to make themselves the pre-eminent economic power in the East, and they can't do that while tripping over an expanding Japanese navy.

It's easy to dismiss this as North Korean fantasy, but North Koreans do not get to pen articles for the Asia Times without some sort of official approval. The author's long connection to the regime means that the opinions expressed in this hallucinatory screed definitely reflects the positions of management. Kim Jong-Il wants to spread the perception that he considers himself at war with the US -- and he thinks he will win it.

Finally, it's also worth noting that Kim Myong Chol's day job is executive director of the Center for Korean-American Peace. This editorial puts the group's name in a particularly Orwellian light.

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