September 29, 2017 12:51
Documents shared in a meeting Wednesday between President Moon Jae-in and the heads of the four major political parties specify Oct. 10 and 18 as highly likely dates of more North Korean provocations. Oct. 10 marks North Korea's founding day, while Oct. 18 is when Chinese President Xi Jinping starts his new term in office, so the North may want to draw attention to itself.
Appearing before a U.S. Senate hearing on Tuesday, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford said it is only a matter of time before North Korea perfects a missile that can carry a unclear warhead to the U.S. mainland. "Whether it's three months or six months or 18 months, it is soon, and we ought to conduct ourselves as though it is just a matter of time, and a matter of very short time, before North Korea has that capability," he said. Dunford added that the U.S. will deploy 21 more interceptor missiles to defend the American mainland against a North Korean missile attack.
There have also been reports that the U.S. has prepared four different military options. On Monday, Robert Gallucci, a former U.S. State Department special envoy, claimed a military confrontation could happen "within hours" on the Korean Peninsula. North Korea's foreign minister has already threatened to shoot down U.S. strategic bombers if they cross over the maritime border separating the two Koreas.
Yet South Koreans are oddly unaffected by the tensions. Moon once again reaffirmed his opposition to stationing tactical nuclear weapons in South Korea when he met the party leaders. Cheong Wa Dae National Security Council chief Chung Eui-yong said the U.S.' nuclear umbrella will be strengthened instead. But nobody knows how effective the umbrella will be when the North's missiles come raining down.
European countries probably built their own tactical nuclear weapons because they were unsure of the protective capability of the U.S. nuclear umbrella. At the rate the Moon administration is going, South Korea will probably have to totally entrust the U.S. with its security. History shows what happened to nations that relied so heavily on foreign countries for their security.
While leaving the protection of South Korea's security to the U.S., the president and heads of major parties agreed on their opposition to war and support of a peaceful resolution to the nuclear crisis. The agreement was aimed at increasingly belligerent talk from U.S. President Donald Trump. Looking back at a history marked by numerous invasions, it was not Korea's lack of a yearning for peace that led to its suffering. It was invaded because it failed to protect its borders.
Right now, South Korea is completely incapable of thwarting a North Korean nuclear attack. All the conventional weapons that were displayed on Armed Forces Day are useless against North Korea's latest weapons. Everyone is shouting "peace" and "no more war," but nobody has any answers to how a North Korean attack can be stopped to ensure peace. This is simply childish.
The president's security adviser Moon Chung-in said during a seminar earlier this week that he supports acknowledging North Korea as a nuclear power, just like India and Pakistan. In the past, supporters of the Sunshine Policy of rapprochement with North Korea have claimed the North has neither the capacity nor the intention to develop nuclear weapons. Now these same people are saying the North should be recognized as a nuclear power, but South Korea must never acquire nuclear weapons.
The adviser went even further and said, "Many people told me that we must not allow war to happen on the Korean Peninsula, even if such opposition ends up damaging the South Korea-U.S. alliance." This borders on the delusional. Does the president share his thoughts?
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