North Korea Missile Range Maps

Another day and another North Korean threat to blow up the world an shit, innit

North Korea issued a handful of photographs showing Kim Jong Un at an emergency meeting with maps of the range to the USA liberally and strategically placed on the walls behind Kim Jong Un. This was followed by an explosion of range diagrams and technical illustrations showing theoretical ranges from North Korea to ‘somewhere over there’, which as we all know, is the extent of their targeting prowess.

A good overview is over at Missile Threat

http://missilethreat.com/can-north-korea-really-attack-austin/

Some parts of North East Scotland are even in range of Taepo Dong 2 missile., what does Alex Salmond think of this worrying development?

Am I the only person in the Western World to snigger every time someone mentions a missile with the word dong in it?

It would seem the podgy leader is thinking the same thing.

 

Kim Jong Un considers missile range problem

mmmm, missiles

But seriously, as they say

How much of this external aggression is just for show, a counter to a desire to be transformative or genuine is hard to determine.

One day, things will change in North Korea, their situation is not sustainable, especially if China starts to act as a proper regional power and I expect if North Korea achieves it objective of a credible nuclear delivery system that can cover Japan and South Korea then the balance of power in the region will change.

China will have to act.

In the meantime, it is China the West should be talking to, they know that internal reform in North Korea is going to be very difficult and their desire for a buffer between their border and South Korea/US forces is perhaps more trouble than its worth.

Best start thinking about it.

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wf
wf
April 1, 2013 7:52 pm

I suspect the Chinese are tiring of North Korea’s blackmail state. Endlessly upping the ante to squeeze more concessions out of the South and the US is becoming wearing for them.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324883604578396303899531188.html

The reaction in NK is presumably panic, probably because Un’s factions within the country see this as a Chinese attempt to replace him with someone more pro-Chinese

Peter Elliott
April 1, 2013 8:01 pm

Headcases like this underline why we want Trident in our back pocket for the next 50 years…

The ability to hit not just one bunker but to frazzle 3 or 4 whole cities must bring some personal buttock clenching even to the like of Kim Jon Un.

Challenger
Challenger
April 1, 2013 10:50 pm

It sounds like the Chinese attitude is shifting, at the time of the last missile launch a few months ago it was widely rumoured that China was/is getting increasingly tired of N.Korea and the way their aggression is ramping up.

Plus as TD said, however the Chinese political opinion shifts they won’t be able to avoid becoming involved forever due to the steady unsettling of the regional strategic/military balance.

Tom
Tom
April 2, 2013 7:07 am

I can see China acting before the US / South Korea.

My thinking goes: China does not want the US invading NK because they don’t want to really have to come to the aid of NK – their ‘ally’ – since it would place them in conflict with their biggest trading partners (SK, US, Japan), but not doing anything in the face of the US invading NK would make them look impotent in their own backyard.

Doesn’t mean that they will do anything anytime soon, because they know sorting NK out will be very costly.

Observer
Observer
April 2, 2013 8:03 am

My bet is actually on “everyone will ignore him”. The past few years, NK has been seriously declining in value as a Chinese ally. If the US does invade, NK will probably be thrown to the wolves. With steak tied around the ankles.

NK was never seen as a Chinese backyard, the Spratleys, Taiwan, Senkaku islands, Tibet Kashmir yes, not North Korea. The only reason China intervened last time was ideological solidarity. Now? How much is ideology worth? :)

Simon
April 2, 2013 9:11 am

A more tidy response from China might be to blat North Korea themselves should their “baby ally” misbehave themselves? It totally avoids US intervention in what would be both a political and militarily difficult game.

Alex
Alex
April 2, 2013 9:27 am

I think part of what’s going on here is that the NKs are worried that the ROK is getting stronger and more independent – look at things like those Sejong class DDGs – and they want to keep the Americans involved. The Americans see it as a cold-war problem of managing the conflict, but of course for Koreans of either side it’s very different. The Americans and the Chinese will always prefer stability, but it’s possible one day the ROK will decide that it’s time for reunification on its terms. Perhaps as soon as they think they’ve got enough PGWs in the stockpile. And the NK leadership will get a better deal from the Americans than they will from the ROK.

I think we underestimate how scary the precision guided kit is to our enemies, in some ways more than nukes. And the fact the ROK makes its own cruise missile must be very frightening to the North.

Mark
Mark
April 3, 2013 9:53 am

North Korea has stopped South Koreans from crossing the border to work at the jointly run Kaesong industrial zone, for the first time since 2009.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22011207

Pedro
Pedro
June 3, 2013 3:58 pm

no country can nuke anynoe in 5 mins the minimum is about 30 min for a strike form even the usa. secondly your arrogant is what many of you Americans have this is what will kill you not the other countries but you will kill yourself by thinking your unstoppable. If you know about history all superpowers Kings, hitlers stalin etc has fallen by the hands of the underdog the way i see it america is the superpower and history will repeat itself.

Observer
Observer
June 3, 2013 5:47 pm

Pedro, Think Defence is British, not American, and the 4 min warning is for a sub-orbital ICBM strike, that is old Cold War knowledge. You need to get out a bit more if you misplace a country by about 1/4 of the planet.

And before you blat on about “You Americans”, I would like to point out that I’m “Asian” nationalistically.