June 2018 marked new hope for peace. It was the first time a US president met with the North Korean leader to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. The talks appeared to go well and agreements have been reached. These included the promise that the United States will stop military exercises in the area and North Korea will begin dismantling its nuclear program.
Today, mere two months later, we are back to dangerous saber-rattling as if no peace discussions ever took place.
North Korean media accused Washington of hostility, claiming that the US and its allies in the region are gearing up for a “covert operation” against Pyongyang and at the same time the International Atomic Energy Agency has not been granted direct access to North Korean nuclear sites for verifications of their denuclearization progress.
It appears therefore, that no progress has been made in the direction of peace. As a matter of fact, accusations by both sides show that the U.S. might be closer to war with North Korea than ever before.
“The US is taking grave and hostile actions behind the curtain of the dialogue taking place,” Uriminjokkiri, the state-controlled website that provides news from North Korea’s Central News Agency, said on Friday. The media outlet claims that this hostility is evidenced by US moves to deploy its forces to Japan, the Philippines and South Korea for secret training that targets North Korea.
“We are paying closer attention than ever to covert operations the US is pushing to target us behind the curtain of dialogue and [we are] ready to take all necessary countermeasures against them,” it warned.
This statement comes just days after US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced that, despite canceling “several of the largest exercises” in the Korean peninsula, the US is not going to suspend anymore. He went further, revealing that there are ongoing drills in the region “all the time,” but this fact is not widely known as “North Korea couldn’t in any way misinterpret those as somehow breaking faith with the [denuclearization] negotiations.” Indeed, Pyongyang has always condemned any maneuvers on its doorstep, considering them a threat to its national security.
The North’s media outlet stressed that if the relations with the US deteriorate like last year and “the Korean Peninsula is facing the worst war crisis”.
In a recent report by IAEA, a United Nations nuclear watchdog group, concerns were expressed over the state of North Korea’s nuclear program. “The continuation and further development of the DPRK’s nuclear programme and related statements by the DPRK are a cause for grave concern,” the report said.
CANADA IN THE LINE OF FIRE
Whatever accusations are flying back and forth and whatever promises, broken or kept, are being presented, the Canadian public should think very carefully about its place in this conflict. Most experts agree that Canada will not be targeted by the North Korean regime but everyone knows that many experts have been wrong in the past. In the end, it is usually the experts who end up well taken care of in most emergencies…
If the missiles fly, they will be sent to their targets along their shortest route and shortest route means that the missiles will fly over Canada in just about every case. People who have experienced artillery barrages understand that sometimes the rounds “fall short” of their target which means in the case of North Korean ICBM’s that they may land in Canadian territory. If New York is targeted, for example, the missile will fly directly over Ottawa.
There is also the case of missiles being shot down by the U.S. Missile Defence System. This system consists of various platforms on land and sea capable of firing smaller missiles aimed at destroying the incoming ICBM. The U.S. probably would prefer shooting down North Korea’s missiles over Canada for obvious reasons. Many question the effectiveness of the U.S.’s defense system which brings about the questions of munitions not hitting intended targets…
WHAT CAN WE DO?
A smart prepper will check in to local and national government emergency response plans dealing with nuclear explosions and nuclear attacks. If you don’t find any it’s because there aren’t any. Many Canadian communities would be left to fend for themselves because Canada’s missile defense and nuclear response is truly minimal. In best case scenarios, the Canadian public would not see first responders until weeks after a nuclear detonation.
Personal research and preparations on the individual or family level are what is going to save the day. There are many books available on the subject of nuclear survival and preparedness as well as excellent web-based articles and websites. Here is an excellent free download for you to start with. For other free publications check our Resource page.
Keep paying attention to the news and watch the progression of conflicts between North Korea and the U.S.A. as well as Russia and U.S.A. One of the best defences against a nuclear hit is to “get out of Dodge” before the detonation takes place. For that, you need to stay informed.