When will enough be enough concerning the baby-faced North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un? A new propaganda video released Sunday out of North Korea depicts a nuclear strike on Washington and then a threat to South Korea vowing a “merciless military strike” for slandering mentally deranged Kim Jong-Un. Is election 2016 delaying what many in the military counsel what should be done now; eliminate the nuclear threat?
Pyongyang, in its typical and tiresome manner, has been rattling their sabers with warlike rhetoric for weeks this time around. It has been the staple of the paranoid regime since the launch of annual South Korea-U.S .war games. The diplomatically isolated country is certain the military exercises are a prelude to an attack.
This year things are different. Both Seoul and Washington have produced military joint field drills larger in scale than ever before. It is a testament to the North’s nuclear test in January and long-range rocket launch a month later. There is no end in sight as the North continues to flaunt their new nuclear prowess to the world powers.
The video aforementioned is ominously entitled “Last Chance.” It also depicts a submarine-launched nuclear missile (North Korean) obliterating Washington, D.C. In the climatic conclusion, all that’s left is a U.S. flag in flames. The childish videos are not new. Back in 2013, one video released showed the White House in a sniper’s cross-hairs and the Capitol building exploding in a fireball.
So how serious are the fanatics in the North? That is the question of the day for the Pentagon and the White House. For the last year or so the North Korean government has been determined to up the ante in nuclear brinkmanship. They want to acquire a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) capability. The scenario may be the last straw in a crisis that has gone on since the end of the Korean War in 1953.
In addition, Pyongyang has increased its verbal attacks on South Korean President Park Geun-Hye. Last Thursday, baby-faced Kim witnessed long-range artillery drill simulating a strike on Park’s office and official residence in Seoul in the massive drill. Park has hardened her stance with the North accusing Kim of leading his country to self-destruction.
In a non-violent demonstration, South Korean activists last Saturday sent three balloons over the massively defended DMZ. The cargo was thousands of anti-Pyongyang leaflets. A noble gesture perhaps, but it appears the day of threats and balloons may be replaced with actual military action against nuclear North Korea which is dangerously close to crossing an invisible line in the sand.