Missiles are just a sample of the communist regime’s deadly wares
Kim Jong-un considered his July Fourth intercontinental ballistic missile test just one of many promised “big and small ‘gift packages’ to the Yankees,” words that ring beyond the “handsome” Hwasong-14 missile.
And if we’re going to truly rein in Pyongyang, we’ve got to unwrap every package.
That means pinpointing every buyer of illegal weapons from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) — a litany of bad hombres — and every under-the-table player who could benefit from any of Mr. Kim’s liquidation sales. Because as much as the people of North Korea live in an isolated bubble of misery, the regime has eagerly globalized its nefarious activities.
Stopping North Korea’s regime from unleashing deadly force isn’t just about putting a lid on their ballistic missiles and nuclear warheads, as apocalyptic as even one of those can be in the hands of a madman. Consider that North Korean assassins were walking around Kuala Lumpur’s busy international airport in February with the deadly nerve agent VX to take down the dictator’s half-brother, Kim Jong-nam. That was North Korea on offense: an attack conducted on foreign soil with a one-victim amount of a weapon of mass destruction.
North Korea is believed to have up to 5,000 tons of chemical weapons, according to South Korea’s defense ministry, including sarin. Their bioweapons production is believed to be capable of churning out large quantities of anthrax, and reports have indicated bubonic plague, cholera and smallpox are also on the menu.
It gets worse — and much more global — with a network of known and unknown customers.