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messages from Pyongyang's
party By Kim Myong
That goes a long way towards
accounting for the reason why the Americans stop
short of venturing into a preemptive strike on
The April 15 military parade
displayed potentially game-ending road-mobile
sleek ICBMs mounted on brand-new 16-wheel
transporter-erector-launcher vehicles, which are
capable of detonating super-EMP bombs far above
the metropolitan US.
There are two
least-noticed facts. One is that the two official
nuclear tests by North Korea involved trigger
devices of hydrogen bombs, designed to generate
maximum electromagnetic pulses throughout the US
mainland from coast to coast. The other is that 10
years ago, as far back as 1993, the KPA's
strike force has had the
whole of the US within its effective range.
In April 2001, the Associated Press quoted
navy representative Mark Kirk's "terrifying
encounter in 1993 with what seemed possible
nuclear attack" from North Korea. He recalled:
"It was a no notice, no warning missile
launch out of North Korea, and for the first and
only time in my career in the NMJIC [National
Military Joint Intelligence Center], I got to see
all of the panoply of the United States military
wake up in a few seconds.
"We did not know
what kind of missile it was, so the impact area,
at the beginning, was the entire United States,
and you thought about what we might be doing in
the next 12 minutes: would we be notifying the
president that we had lost an American city? We
were going to know the answer in 12 minutes. "
At first it still included the Pacific
Coast, then it included Hawaii.
"'Little was made of the 1993 launch at the time
because it wasn't determined until later that it
likely flew over Japan and landed in the Pacific
Ocean,' Kirk said."
It was not until 1998
that the US notified the Japanese government of
the flyover of a North Korean long-range missile
before splashing down off Hawaii. The US National
Aeronautics and Space Administration quietly
labeled the 1998 satellite launch a success.
According to a February 12, 2003 AP
report, US intelligence concluded a few years
earlier that North Korea had a ballistic missile
capable of hitting the western United States and
possibly targets farther inland.
Korean KBS World June 24, 2011 reported: "Voice of
America (VOA) says, Dr Peter Pry, who was a
nuclear weapons expert in the US Central
Intelligence Agency (CIA), said that a Russian
scientist who developed the EMP bomb said the
technology was leaked to North Korea!"
Peter Vincent Pry, president of EMPact America, a
citizens lobbying group, made a highly revealing
observation: "... An electromagnetic pulse, or
EMP, is a super energetic radio wave that's
immediately harmless to people, but it'll burn out
all the critical electronic systems that sustain
human economic activity and human life across vast
areas, including the entire continental United
"North Korea's last round of
tests, conducted in May 2009, appear to have
included a "super-EMP" weapon, capable of emitting
enough gamma rays to disable the electric power
grid across most of the lower 48 states."
North Korea's nuclear tests have been
dismissed as failures by some analysts because of
their low explosive yield. But Dr Pry believes
they bore the "signature" of the Russian-designed
"super-EMP" weapon, capable of emitting more gamma
radiation than a 25-megaton nuclear weapon
The Center for Security Policy, in a
report issued last year, has estimated that in the
event of a wide-scale EMP attack on the United
States, as many as nine out of ten Americans would
be dead within one year:
"Within a year of
that attack, nine out of 10 Americans would be
dead, because we can't support a population of the
present size in urban centers and the like without
electricity," said Frank Gaffney, president of the
Center for Security Policy. "
the developments, Supreme commander Kim Jong-eun
may be tempted to single the Japanese archipelago
out as the first testing site for EMP bombs for
the Americans to see the extent of its
The second point is that
what counts most in the policy thinking of Kim
Jong-eun is the interests and wellbeing of the
popular masses. Upholding the military-first
policy means putting the long-term interests and
wellbeing of the people before their short-term
The Korean people know better
than to live for today only. They feel greater
happiness. joy and national pride when they stand
united rock-firm around Kim Jong-eun as their
heaven-sent fatherly leader and shoulder to cry
Kim Jong-eun defined total dedication
to the interests and welfare of the Korean
population as the top responsibility of Workers'
Party of Korea (WPK) and government workers in his
April 6 talk leading officials of the WPK Central
Committee, published in the April 19 issue of
"Single-minded unity is the
most valuable revolutionary legacy bequeathed to
us by Kim Jong-il and mainstay of the Korean
revolution. The single-minded unity in which the
leader, the party and the masses are united on the
basis of great idea, warm loving care and feelings
is the greatest treasure more valuable than
hundreds of millions of tons of gold.
is essential to deeply respect the people,
prioritize their interests and look after their
life as their real mothers would do.
"Believing in the people as in Heaven was
the maxim of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il. True to
their noble intention all the work should be
conducted with priority given to the demands and
interests of the people while boundlessly
"It is necessary to make
the noble and beautiful traits of helping and
leading each other forward pervade the whole
country and thus make society a great harmonious
family in which all its members are united in
Thirdly, the Chinese,
Russians, Europeans and people of many other
countries should privately share every good reason
to thank Kim Jong-eun for performing a miracle of
taming the nuclear rogue - the US - and jealously
preserving peace in East Asia and the rest of the
It is important to recall a story
printed in the December 16, 2006, edition of the
Sydney Morning Herald. According to it, in a
secret Communist Party meeting called in the wake
of the North Korean detonation of the first
nuclear device, Chinese leader Hu Jintao praised
Kim Jong-il for sticking to his guns, and Chinese
bloggers erupted in applause of him for defying
the Americans. The Australian daily explained what
binds the DPRK and China together.
prestigious British economic daily Financial Times
July 1, 2007 carried an article, headlined
"Europeans See US as Threat to Peace."
"Europeans consistently regard the US as
the biggest threat to world stability, a new poll
reveals on Monday.
"A survey carried out
in June by Harris Research for the Financial Times
shows that 32 per cent of respondents in five
European countries regard the US as a bigger
threat than any other state."
June 14, 2006 an news story, headlined "US
'Biggest Global Peace Threat'."
European and Muslim countries see US policy in
Iraq as a bigger threat to world peace than Iran's
nuclear programme, a survey has shown.
"The survey by the Pew Research Group also
found support for US President George W Bush and
his "war on terror" had dropped dramatically
"Goodwill created by US aid for
nations hit by the 2004 tsunami had also faded
since last year, the survey found.
survey questioned 17,000 people in 15 countries,
including the US."
Chol is author of a number of books and papers
in Korean, Japanese and English on North Korea,
including Kim Jong-il's Strategy for
Reunification. He has a PhD from the Democratic
People's Republic of Korea's Academy of Social
Sciences and is often called an "unofficial"
spokesman of Kim Jong-eun and North Korea.