I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about North Korea, other than reflecting on their complete insanity and paranoid isolationism. But, that appears to be something of a mistake.
It seems that North Korea is actually flexing its muscles and moving as fast as it can to acquire EVEN MORE nuclear weapons capability.
Here’s part of a report by Dan Miller from his article, Is Another Conflict Coming to Korea? on Pajamas Media:
Until recently, there had been little new in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula. North Koreans continue to starve, the country begs for food, and the barely fed prisoner-slaves (there are up to 200,000 political prisoners there) grow poppies to make heroin to provide state export revenues of $500 million to one billion annually. According to Bruce Klingner at the Heritage Foundation, “the total for legitimate exports is estimated at around $1 billion annually.” Still, it’s a very cheerful place according to state media, far superior to all countries other than China.
He also mentions, later in the article, this hysterically disturbing observation:
And, of course, the DPRK is (as has become customary) simultaneously preparing for more nuclear weapon and missile tests. Its uranium enrichment program seems to have been going well and to be more massive than previously thought. Last November, it shelled Yeonpyeong-do, an island claimed by South Korea (the Republic of Korea, ROK) and occupied by ROK military personnel and civilians.
It’s uranium enrichment program seems to be MORE MASSIVE THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT?
(Remember that these guys are cozy with the Iranians.)
The article also cites the following from the English language version of Chosunilbo:
North Korea has recently moved fighter jets near the Northern Limit Line, the de facto maritime border, and ground-to-air missiles close to Baeknyeong Island. There is speculation that it plans a minor provocation while South Korean president Lee Myung-bak visits the U.S. since any show of unity between the two allies tends to incense the North.
“The North Korean military was seen moving mobile missile launchers at a ground-to-ship missile base near the NLL,” a government source said. “There’s likelihood that the North will launch a military provocation” while Lee is away.
The government is closely watching movements of North Korean artillery units.
An intelligence source said, “The North Korean Army is showing movements similar to those seen right before it shelled Yeonpyeong Island last year.”
Lee was quoted by a source as saying prior to his departure for Washington, “If the North launches a provocation during a Seoul-Washington summit, it will become an international issue rather than a domestic one.” He instructed the military to “strongly respond” if the North does.
You can read all of the Dan Miller’s article, here. We are in trouble, and we aren’t ready for it.
But, let’s not end there. The persecution of Christians in North Korea is horrific. This is from the front page of NorthKoreaChristians.com:
Christians are persecuted around the world. What’s so special about the persecution of North Korean Christians that makes North Korea the world’s top persecutor of Christians, indeed in a category all by itself?
North Korean Christians aren’t simply killed for their faith in Christ. They are pulverized with steamrollers, used to test biological weapons, shipped off to death camps or shot in front of children, while newborn babies have their brains pithed with forceps in front of their mothers. Crimes against humanity reminiscent of Auschwitz and Treblinka to which the world declared “Never Again!” more than 60 years ago, are being perpetrated today against the North Korean Christians.
If you’re not worried about North Korea as a threat to your security, maybe you should worry about the horrifying atrocities perpetuated by this vile and evil regime.
When you have a moment, spare a prayer for those who suffer.