V RaptureChrist Newsletter
January 15, 2003

War is Near

Many people are focusing on the threat of Iraq, when a far greater threat exists in North Korea.

Calling for a "holy war" against the United States, more than a million people rallied in the North Korean capital of  Pyongyang on Saturday January 11, 2003  to support their government's withdrawal from a nuclear arms control treaty.

That same day the communist government known as the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea  escalated its nuclear standoff with the US. They stated that they would resume the processing of plutonium to build nuclear weapons as well as building ballistic missiles.

For months, the totalitarian communist government of North Korea has drummed up anti-American sentiment among their population.

North Korea attacks Washington DC USAThis poster on the left, an AP Photo, is an example of the anti-US propaganda of North Korea. It depicts three nuclear missiles hitting the US capitol.

Communist leaders mobilized the huge crowd in Pyongyang a day after North Korea announced it was quitting the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty — a keystone agreement done in 1968 to stop the spread of nuclear weapons.

Pyongyang's main plaza, echoed with shouts from an angry crowd. The walls were covered with anti-American slogans and huge portraits of leader Kim Jong-il. The protesters had placards with anti-American propaganda, one of them depicting a North Korean soldier with big biceps killing U.S. troops with a bayonet. It said: "Whoever messes with us will not avoid death!"

Other banners called for an "iron hammer blow on U.S. imperialist devils" and "smash U.S. nuclear maniacs."  An official exhorted the crowd to chant: "Let's win a holy war against the United States with a military-led might!" Another official encouraged the crowd to repeat  "punish the enemy with bloody revenge that we have harbored for 100 years."  

Other squares, plazas and streets in the North Korean capital were also filled with protesters showing their hatred for the "U.S. imperialists."  The anti-American rallies ended with music from military bands.

Premier Hong Song Nam said North Korea was resolute to "defend its right to exist from the U.S. imperialists who put an 'axis of evil' cap on us and forced its lackey International Atomic Energy Agency to adopt a resolution to defame the Republic."

On Jan 16, 2003 North Korea declared its withdrawal from the non-nuclear pact and kicked out U.N. nuclear monitors.  This action has received worldwide  condemnation.  South Korea's top defense official said  that his country was prepared for war in the event that diplomacy fails to defuse an intensifying nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula.  "If the North Korean nuclear problem cannot be solved peacefully and America attacks North Korea, war on the Korean peninsula will be unavoidable," Defense Minister Lee Jun told parliament. "Our army is prepared for the worst-case scenario."

North Korea -- the New Threat?

Ten years ago,  the director of the CIA, James Woolsey, said to Congress that his greatest worry was North Korea. Hans Blix, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency at the time,  expressed the  same concern to the U.N. Security Council.

Things have only gotten worse since then. The US government believes North Korea already has two atom bombs ready to be fired by powerful ballistic missiles as well as chemical and biological weapons.

North Korea shocked the world in 1998  when it fired a Taepo Dong-1 missile over Japan and into the Pacific Ocean. The government of North Korea excused itself by saying that it was an attempt to launch a satellite.

North Korean nuclear engineers are working on the more advanced Taepo Dong-2. US defense believes that this type of missile is capable of delivering a nuclear warhead as far as the continental United States.

Kim Jong II with army officersNorth Korea might test the Taepodong-2 missile as early as February 16, the birthday of the North Korean dictator  Kim Jong-ilWith the third largest army in the world, a missile test would boost his prestige at home and abroad by showing that North Korea is now a nuclear power to be reckoned with.

Exports of ballistic missiles and their technology are one of the North Korea's major sources of hard currency, which allows Kim to continue expanding his missile program.  The U.S. government estimates that North Korea received $560 million from missile sales in 2001.

The CIA reported that during the last six months of 2001, "North Korea continued to export significant ballistic-missile–related equipment, components, materials and technical expertise to the Middle East, South Asia, and North Africa."

Korean missiles on paradeIn fact, the Stalinist regime of  North Korea has sold nuclear missile type components to Iran, Libya, Syria and Egypt, according to CIA sources. There are reports that Pakistan gave nuclear technology to North Korea in return for information on how to build guided missiles.

In December 2002, a ship from North Korea was seen transporting Scud missiles to Yemen. The United States was quite concerned. Yemen is a safe-haven for terrorists,  including such groups as the pro-Osama bin Laden Islamic Jihad.

William Potter, the director of the Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies states "A nuclear nightmare — and one that is within the realm of the possible — is the export by North Korea of nuclear material, and even nuclear weapons, to terrorists." 

Many people think that with two or three nuclear missiles North Korea does not pose a threat, but what they do not know is that with one nuclear missile exploded high over the central US, a gigantic Electro-Magnetic Pulse wave is created. The EMP wave would fry all the electronics, especially computer components. The effect is that we would lose all our telephone, television, and radio communications. The US would be blinded in one knock-out blow.

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