Far East Expert to Newsmax: Kim Jong-un Has Pushed SKorea to the Brink

Tuesday, 09 Apr 2013 05:56 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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North Korea’s increasingly hostile threats are on the verge of spiraling out of control and could trigger devastating military retaliation by a fed-up South Korea, a leading expert on the Far East says.

“What they could do, and this is what’s really dangerous, is a low-level attack on South Korea, some sort of terrorist incident where it would be unclear who actually launched it,’’ Gordon Chang told Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show.’’

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“What we’re worried about are these low-level incidents spiraling out of control, because the South Korans will retaliate and they may retaliate with more than just a normal response ... So clearly, this could spiral downwards very quickly.’’

Chang — author of “Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World” — said some observers believe Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s supreme leader, will momentarily launch one or more mobile missiles positioned on their East Coast.

“These are thought to be musudan [missiles], which are their longest range missiles … Clearly they will do something because they’ve been on a bender recently with all these provocative acts, saber-rattling threats.’’

Adding to the tense atmosphere, Chang told Steve Malzberg, is the inexperience and instability of Kim as a leader.

“He may not know where the line is. Now his father and grandfather, the two previous rulers … reached out and killed Americans and South Koreans but they knew how to do it without inviting retaliation. Essentially they knew how far they could push us,’’ he said.

“The South Korean military has just become sick and fed up of accepting blow after blow from North Korea without retaliating, and so the South Koreans are prime to attack. They’re just waiting for an opportunity to kill North Koreans. So this has become a very dangerous situation.’’


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