By SHARON K. GILBERT
May 28, 2009
IT BEGAN with a rumble, just after midnight UTC about 235 miles northeast of Pyongyang, North Korea. The temblor looked like an earthquake measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale, according to the USGS. However, something about this ‘earthquake’ didn’t fit. For one thing, the depth was zero. Then came the announcement out of Pyongyang, claiming that North Korea has just tested a nuclear bomb.
US Pacific Command spokesperson, Lt. Commander Chuck Bell told Hawaii’s KMGB Channel 9 News on Tuesday:
“We continue to monitor the situation very closely,” said Lt. Commander Chuck Bell, US Pacific Command Public Affairs, “but we cannot discuss military operations plans or intelligence.”
American military have overflown the area, taking air samples to detect the release of noble gases that would confirm North Korea’s claim of a nuclear detonation.
In the past, the US relied on China and/or Russia to keep Kim Jong-Il in line. After all, it was Soviet Russia that established the Pyongyang regime in the first place, setting up Kim’s father, Kim Il Sung, as leader following Word War II. But Russia’s control is slipping. In fact, Yevgeny Bazhanov, vice rector of the official Diplomatic Academy in Moscow told the Christian Science Monitor that Russia could do little to curb North Korea’s lust for power:
“If Russia, or even China, could do anything about this, these tests wouldn’t have taken place this week,” he says. “Actually, it looks like nobody has any influence over them anymore. This man, (North Korean leader Kim Jong Il) will do whatever he wants.”
It’s easy to dismiss Kim Jong-Il as nothing more than a ‘mouse that roars’. His odd demeanor and reportedly fragile health make him appear harmless. However, either Kim or his representatives are making decisions that may affect everyone on the planet. The US military is taking Kim very seriously.
According to the Macedonian International News Agency, the US has moved to Defcon 2:
Sources close to MiNa claim the US Army has moved their alert level to Defcon 2. This was initiated by the alarming situation in North Korea. The US Army has over 35,000 troops stationed in South Korea, well within reach of North Korean convential weapons.
South Korea, a United States ally, is also taking Kim’s threats seriously. The Korean War Armistice, signed on July 27, 1953, is now in shambles. North Korea has publicly announced that the terms no longer apply. Technically, since the ‘truce’ was simply a long-term ceasefire, the Korean War is alive again.
One thing is certain: no matter how much the world bodies may condemn North Korea, Kim Jong Il will not disarm. Nuclear weapons give him power; something his impoverished country sorely needs. And while Kim may claim long-range missile capability for carrying warheads, it doesn’t matter if his claims are true or not. Iran does have such missiles, and Ahmadinejad and Kim share a friendly relationship.
We are living in ‘interesting times’. Russia and Iran have moved naval vessels into the Persian Gulf to protect oil shipments. Russia is claiming former US naval ports as their own. Turkey leans ever more toward the east, shunning old western ties.
The final chess moved of an ages-old match are taking place in the spiritual realm. The enemy knows his time is short. Christ stands at the door, ready to initiate the final seven years. Are you prepared?