One Million Flash Drives Might Stop North Korea’s Regime
North Korean state media reported last Thursday that Kim Jong-un oversaw the launch of two long-range cruise missiles and the weapons had already been deployed to the North Korean army’s tactical nuclear units.
In recent weeks, Kim has been supervising a blitz of ballistic missile tests as part of tactical nuclear drills that simulated targeting airports and military facilities across South Korea.
Last Wednesday’s test was aimed at “enhancing the combat efficiency” of the long-range cruise missiles which, according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), have been deployed with the Korean People’s Army for tactical nuclear operation.
Cruise missiles travel at lower altitudes than ballistic missiles, making them difficult to detect and intercept. During Wednesday’s test, the missiles flew 1,240 miles over the sea before hitting their targets, KCNA reported.
According to KCNA, Kim Jong-un voiced his “great satisfaction” with the tests which he claimed showed North Korea’s nuclear combat forces were at “full preparedness for actual war.”
While the country has tested strategic cruise missiles before, this is the first time North Korea has said they are operational as tactical nukes.
However, not all analysts are convinced by Pyongyang’s claims, arguing that there is no evidence North Korea has developed a nuclear warhead small enough for use in cruise missiles.
Kim Jong-un said last week that North Korea would “focus all efforts” on accelerating the development of its national nuclear combat armed forces.
While Pyongyang isn’t banned by the United Nations from testing cruise missiles, all of its ballistic missile launches violate UN sanctions.
In a column last week at 19FortyFive.com, professor Bruce Bennett suggested one way the US and South Korea could stop Kim’s missile tests is to reach out to the people of North Korea and offer them “some of the cultural output of their neighbors to the south.”
One possibility Bennett suggested was having South Korea share the music of K-Pop by delivering thousands of USB thumb drives loaded with K-Pop and other cultural information to Pyongyang.