One of the most worrying TEOTWAWKI scenarios involves some type of military warfare. Most usually we are considering an attack with a weapon of mass destruction, be it nuclear or biochemical. In order to contain such threats, there are international agreements that countries have adhered to, as such global issues demand more transparency from each country involved.
There are only a few countries that either have had nuclear missile in the past or are currently believed to own some or know how to build one. Any country developing nuclear programs is required to report internationally and may be held accountable for its actions.
This is especially important if we are considering military nuclear programs, which have all been officially halted or reduced. Or at least that’s what we are told. There are some countries that are known to have had a nuclear military program in the past and claim to have stopped developing it after entering international agreements. For the past years, North Korea has been announcing through state owned media channels that they own such military technology.
Recent events involving North Korea have put the U.N. Security Council on alert. At the beginning of January, they announced to have launched and successfully tested a hydrogen bomb. According to the Atomic Energy Agency, the nuclear launch is very regrettable and violates U.N. Security Council resolutions. Although the test could not be independently confirmed, the U.S. Geological Survey reported a sizable earthquake near the alleged test site. However the size of the explosion and the measurements were much smaller than they should have been in the case of an actual bomb. Judging by the size of it, Kin Jong-Un is either lying when he claims to have done a successful hydrogen test or the hydrogen part didn’t actually work as planned. It is possible they only used a more efficient fission weapon.
At the moment, there are samples from the atmosphere above the test site being analyzed. Since the data is tested for radioactive materials, it seems the Korean peninsula has a high potential for military and political turmoil.
Only a month had passed since the test and last Saturday North Korea announced another successful mission, this time involving their space program. According to state run media, they have placed a satellite on the Planet’s orbit and they used a ballistic rocket to do so. The launch was also reported by other countries and international media channels, such as BBC. The official U.S. National Security Advisor’s position was that the even threatens our interests, including the security of some of our closest allies. The U.N. Security Council will probably go into an emergency meeting to discuss the launch and we’ll get an official resolution in the following days.
North Korea has always claimed that its space programs are only for scientific purposes, however recent events are worrying. By owning advanced military technology and the ability to deliver it at very long distances, North Korea definitely represents a threat to our national security. This is especially important since maintaining diplomatic relations with North Korea can be very difficult. If the space program manages to successfully place a satellite on orbit one month after a successful detonation of a weapon of mass destruction, there’s no telling what could come next.
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