North Korea announces it is planning a new nuclear test and more long-range rocket launches. The threats come two days after the U.N. Security Council approves the broadening of sanctions in response to the rocket launch in December.
North Korea carries out an underground nuclear bomb test on February 12. The North Korean state news agency reported: “This nuclear test is our first measure, which displayed our maximum restraint. … If the U.S. continues with their hostility and complicates the situation, it would be inevitable to continuously conduct a stronger second or third measure.”
Angered by U.N. Security Council sanctions over its nuclear test, North Korea threatens for the first time to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States and South Korea, saying it is scrapping the 1953 truce that effectively ended the Korean War. At the same time, it cuts off its direct phone links with South Korea at Panmunjom.
North Korea then intensifies the threat, saying it is nullifying the joint declaration on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. One of the country’s top generals claims Pyongyang has nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles that are ready to be fired.
The Obama administration responds to the threat by announcing plans to deploy additional ground-based missile interceptors on the West Coast.
U.S. officials say B-52 bombers are making flights over South Korea.
Pyongyang releases a new propaganda video that shows an imaged missile attack on U.S. government buildings in Washington D.C.
North Korea threatens Tuesday to attack U.S. and South Korea bases, putting its troops on alert. It cuts the last line of communication between the North and South, saying that war is imminent.
The View From Here
As you may know, this kind of rhetoric and drum-beating heats up every Spring, when the joint forces (American & S. Korean) do practice exercises here on the Korean peninsula. This year, however, the threat seems a bit more than usual. The rhetoric has escalated to higher levels than usual; the US Department of State issued a travel warning for citizens within North and South Korea; North Korea experts are saying that something is definitely going to happen; and a few of my own male students at the University have been suddenly inducted into their mandatory military service. All of this surrounding activity has led me to believe that something is up this time. The government seems to know it, and they’re making preparations. But South Koreans ignore it all totally. They are fed up, and don’t want to give the crazy leaders across the border any of their time or attention.
My own theory is that North Korea won’t bomb South Korea, because we’re the prize they’re after. Taking over South Korea is their motivation for the aggression — basically their motivation for existing as a military state. So it seems to me that they won’t actually nuke the prize that they want so badly… and if they don’t want to nuke South Korea, what they’ll do is try to invade. If they simply try to invade, the joint forces will take that as their invitation to swoop in and end the whole thing pretty quickly. They have strategies and plans in place, specific scenarios that take multiple contingencies into consideration: that’s what they’re practicing every Spring.
So the crazy military dictatorship across the border is now talking about bombing Guam of all things. Why Guam? It’s within reach, and Guam is a U.S. possession. What else is a crazy dictator to do?
In all of this, we just have to remember that God is bigger than the little military leaders across the border — and we keep praying, because we believe that we’ve foreseen a reunification of North and South Korea under Democracy; God bringing both together as one in peace, liberty and freedom.
Please Pray with us at this critical time!
Pray that North Korea will not be able to bomb anyone. Pray that their military machine trips up and founders under thee mighty hand of God.
Pray for protection for everyone in South Korea, and in Guam!
Pray for a move of God among the precious hearts trapped and imprisoned in North Korea — pray that they will find provision, that their eyes will be opened to the injustice of their leadership, and pray that they will find the Truth of salvation in Christ.
Pray that God will bring this despicable dictatorial regime down — the communist political machine, as well as the strength of the military — and that God will release North Koreans into freedom and dignity in peace, under democratic rule.
Pray that God will make North and South Korea one in His hand!
Also, if you will pray for our safety here in South Korea, and for the safety of all the people of South Korea — including the young men in the military.
Thank you for your prayers, and for your continued support!
- North Korea Threatens to Reduce Parts of US to Ashes (intellihub.com)
- North Korea says it will cut key military hotline (foxnews.com)
- N. Korea readying rockets to aim at US (abc15.com)
- N. Korea: Artillery targets U.S., S. Korea (upi.com)
- North Korea ‘burning with hatred’ over U.S. bombers (theseatonpost.com)