Sunday, March 17, 2013

UK Article Presents Doomsday Scenario for N Korea Triggering Nuclear Conflict Involving US, China

An entertaining article.  This could be a scenario for the Pol-Mil and strategic planning cells in the ROK/US Key Resolve/Foal Eagle exercise this month.

We saw the film "Oz The Great and Powerful" today.  The photo below looks like it could be Kim Jong-un's take on the illusion in the movie.


Countdown to catastrophe
Experts say armageddon, triggered by a Korean conflict sucking China and America into war, could be only four days away.

London Sunday TimesOnline in English 17 Mar 13
[Report by Michael Sheridan: " Countdown To Catastrophe "]

Experts say armageddon, triggered by a Korean conflict sucking China and America into war, could be only four days away.

Kim Jong-un could be driven to push the red button by demands for a show of strength from his generals

The time on the Doomsday Clock is five minutes to midnight. So says the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which created the clock in 1947. Nowhere is it closer to doomsday than on the Korean peninsula, where two nuclear-armed enemies -- North Korea and the United States with its South Korean ally -- face each other across the tense Demilitarised Zone (DMZ). Testing a bomb, firing missiles, hurling bloody rhetoric: North Korea has done it all in recent months. Last week it withdrew from the armistice that ended the Korean War 60 years ago. In reaction, America is bolstering its anti-missile defences. Are North Korea's threats real or just for show? Could it all go wrong and lead to nuclear war? Yes it could and this is how. The following scenario is fiction but it's based on fact.

Day One: North Korea's new leader, Kim Jong-un, 29, visits an army unit on Wolnae island off his west coast. The soldiers are training to storm the South Korean island of Baeknyeong, six miles away. He exhorts them to "steel their hearts". On the way back to Pyongyang, army chief Choe Ryong-hae and defence minister Kim Kyok-sik warn the young Kim that people think he is weak. They defy him to prove them wrong. The three decide on a calculated act of aggression to show that the plump trainee dictator is the real thing.

Day Two: North Korean artillery opens up on Baeknyeong island. Under a curtain of shellfire, North Korean speedboats race across the West Sea. Black-clad special forces leap ashore screaming slogans. They massacre the small garrison of South Korean conscripts. The red banner flies over Baeknyeong. In Seoul, President Park Geun-hye, a conservative, agrees to her generals' advice that they must hit back. Park's mother was murdered by a North Korean assassin. Her father, who ruled as a military dictator in the 1960s and 1970s, was shot dead by his own spy chief. The South Koreans have an iron lady in command. They send F-15 fighter bombers of the 102nd Squadron and F-16 fighters of the 161st Squadron to strike deep into North Korea. Two reserve tank bases and military tunnel networks are left in ruins. No planes are lost. Enraged, the North Korean generals give Kim an ultimatum: fight now or face a coup. The Chinese ambassador to Pyongyang tries to call on Kim but is refused an audience. As night falls in Beijing, Xi Jinping, China's new leader, calls President Barack Obama, warning him to stay out of it. Xi reminds him that China is North Korea's ally. On the telephone Obama is noncommittal. Afterwards he turns to his security "principals" for urgent advice. Secretary of defence Chuck Hagel and secretary of state John Kerry, both Vietnam veterans, hate the thought of war. National security adviser Tom Donilon tries to finesse the options. None is any good.

The message the Chinese get: the Americans are dithering.

There is no hesitation in Tokyo, where the cabinet convenes a crisis meeting with Japan's Self-Defence Forces. A black limousine conveys the nationalist prime minister Shinzo Abe to the Imperial Palace late that night.

Day Three: Asia awakes to the news that Japan has suspended article 9 of its 1947 constitution -- the clause renouncing the use of war. In the morning rush hour, a salvo of North Korean rockets and shells slams into the posh suburb of Gangnam in the South Korean capital of Seoul, 35 miles from the DMZ that separates the South from the North.

Hundreds die, including the YouTube rapper Psy. The South Koreans scramble their
F-15 Slam Eagles. Copying an Israeli plan, they target party buildings in Pyongyang and a giant statue of Kim Il-sung, the founder of North Korea.

By lunchtime the South Korean and Japanese stock markets have collapsed, oil is $250 a barrel and gold soars to $2,500 an ounce. South Korea orders all nuclear reactors to be shut down and secured. Foreign nationals mob the air and sea ports to get out. A cyberattack traced to Shandong, in eastern China, shuts down the South Korean air traffic control system and blocks some reactor controls. South Korea's nerds, however, can out-geek the Chinese any day. The world's most wired society is soon online again. At the White House, an aide comes in to see Donilon with the news that former President Bill Clinton, who has been to North Korea, is offering to use his famous charm on Kim. Donilon rolls his eyes.

Obama tries to phone Kim, remembering that basketball icon Dennis Rodman, who has been to North Korea more recently, said Kim just wanted a call. The White House cannot get through. Another aide comes in to see Donilon. Former President Jimmy Carter, who went to North Korea ages ago, is offering to meet Kim for prayer and dialogue. Donilon rolls his eyes again. When it comes to Pyongyang there are no back channels to warn Kim of impending disaster as events get out of his control. Mid-afternoon sees Aegis-class destroyers and frigates of the Japanese navy at sea off North Korea. It is an exercise they have done before. Their orders are to shoot down any missiles heading for Japan. Chinese state television and radio break into scheduled programmes to broadcast a hardline statement warning Japan off.

As mobs take to the streets in Chinese cities, Obama places a call to Xi, who gives permission for an airlift of 120,000 Japanese Hotel rooms in Hong Kong and Taipei fetch $1,000 a night.

In a Skype call the Swedish ambassador in Pyongyang tells his ministry in Stockholm that he sees tanks and rocket-launchers in the streets. Then North Korean television goes off the air. All communications are cut.

Locked in a White House crisis meeting, Obama calls the leaders of China, Japan, Russia and France. After Kerry reminds him, he calls David Cameron as well. At sunset a train carrying the ambassadors of Russia, Iran and Syria crosses the metal girder bridge from North Korea to the Chinese city of Dandong. Television crews are banned from filming the six metal freight cars coupled to it. The United States finally goes on alert. Planes roar off the carrier USS George Washington in the Sea of Japan and 28,500 US troops line up with their exhausted South Korean allies at the DMZ. In the darkness new US X-band radars in Taiwan and Japan detect dozens of Chinese warplanes patrolling the eastern seaboard of China. All civilian air traffic in northeast Asia ceases. The evacuation flights of the Japanese are grounded, stranding 87,000 in hostile land. In Beijing the stocky Xi collapses during a late-night meeting of the supreme seven- man standing committee of the politburo. His blood pressure is 180/120 -- a hypertensive emergency.

The meeting goes on without him but junior member Zhang Dejiang, an economist trained in North Korea, takes the lead in the discussion. 

Day Four: in the early hours China's retired "security tsar", Zhou Yongkang, is awakened at his luxurious Beijing villa. A black Audi takes him to the politburo, where a red telephone sits on a desk. Would he please try to call Kim? Zhou obliges. He gets the North Korean secret police chief. They chat about old times but, sorry, Kim is watching a Mickey Mouse movie. In South Korea President Park is asleep. Before going to bed she authorised all necessary defences and took a sleeping pill. But Kim is on amphetamines and gets in first: he gives the order for the all-out bombardment of Seoul. At dawn 5,000 guns fire from emplacements hidden for decades in tunnels and pits.

Kim has miscalculated -- again. Damage is heavy but casualties are light because most civilians are spending the night in shelters. The Americans and South Koreans pour back a barrage of fire. North Korean tanks and suicide squads charge across barbed wire and mines at the DMZ. They are wiped out. The Kim dynasty, set up with Stalin's support, is tottering.

In Pyongyang Kim's uncle and mentor, Jang Song-thaek, shoots himself with a bodyguard's pistol. Kim hears the shot down the corridor of his bunker: his generals confront him. Russian eavesdroppers pick up a one-word command on a tapped copper telephone cable from the bunker beneath Kim Il-sung's mausoleum. The bug was planted by the KGB in the 1970s. Amazingly, it still works.

Three minutes later President Vladimir Putin calls Obama on the hotline. He warns of imminent catastrophe. Voice steely, Putin pledges that "Russia, with our long Christian heritage, will never put civilisation in peril". Obama addresses the nation from the Oval Office, saying the supreme national interests of the United States are at stake. While he speaks, the White House tries to call Xi, but a voice at the Zhongnanhai leadership compound in Beijing says Xi is not available. Analysts at the US National Security Agency detect a flash at North Korea's "civilian satellite" launch pad on the remote northeast coast. One minute and 16 seconds later a flash and a mushroom cloud are seen over the Yongsan district of Seoul, where the giant US military headquarters -- with its extensive housing and schools for the families of service personnel -- has been since the 1950s. In the White House situation room all eyes are on Obama. He . . .

SO IS It Really Five Minutes To Midnight?
(Continued at the link below)


  1. The US should unload our nuclear arsenal on North Korea now, destroying every inch scorched earth, warning China to stand down or receuve the same.

  2. US will never win a battle to China and Japon and North Koreans.


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