Although North Korea is financially-challenged due to worldwide sanctions against them, it still manages to creep along successfully in it’s military capabilities possibly due in part to secret help from nations who don’t honor the sanctions. A report issued by the Pentagon on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 reveals the North Koreans now have an unmanned aerial vehicle, or aerial drone, as part of their growing arsenal.
South Korean sources reported in February 2012 that North Korea had tested drones that carried explosives. North Korea apparently got them from Syria and they are copies of the U.S.-developed Raytheon MQM-107 Streaker target drones. The Pentagon obtained images of their drone in flight taken during a North Korean military drill in March 2013. It is designed to identify a target with precision, then crash into it.
Also in North Korea’s arsenal are six road-mobile long-range missile launchers that are designed for intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that are supposed to be able to reach the U.S., although neither the launchers or ICBMs have been tested. The launchers were obtained from China, which violated UN sanctions although China denies it and claims the launchers were converted by the North Koreans from other technologies that they sold to them.
North Korea is also continuing to build its nuclear arsenal. When taken as a whole, North Korea’s military capabilities are a concern for the Pentagon since they can strike South Korea at any time without warning. On top of that is the brutal mentality of North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-Un who has repeatedly displayed a blatant disregard for human rights, making him like a powder keg waiting to explode at the tiniest spark.
Source: Bill Gertz. Rising Threat. Washington Free Beacon. March 5, 2014.
Harry A. Gaylord