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Little Rocket Man and His 'Made in China' Missiles

Little Rocket Man and His 'Made in China' Missiles
This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on December 6, 2017, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) inspecting the newly-built Samjiyon potato farina production factory in Ryanggang Province, North Korea. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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It is a strange study in contrasts.

In the dead of night, a ballistic missile lifts off from a secret launch pad in North Korea, overflies the Sea of Japan, and lands in Japanese waters.

It is a hi-tech feat of weaponry intended to terrorize North Korea’s near neighbors, and send shock waves of fear all the way across the Pacific to the United States. It succeeds in doing both.

A couple of days before, however, a very different scenario unfolds. A desperate defector attempts to flee Kim Jong-un’s socialist paradise. Shot five times by his one-time “comrades” in the North Korean army, he nevertheless manages to crawl across the DMZ to freedom.

Even without the wounds, this example of North Korean soldiery was in miserable physical condition. The doctors found that he was badly anemic and suffering from hepatitis B. But the real shocker comes when they address the gunshot wound to his abdomen. They find that his intestines were crawling with foot-long parasitical worms.

If one of Little Rocket Man’s prize border guards was in such bad physical shape, what does this say about the rest of his million-man army? Perhaps his much-touted war machine is not all that combat ready after all?

Still there is that little business about his launch of an ICBM capable of reaching American shores.

Which raises the question: How did a country so impoverished that its soldiers are sick and hungry manage to build nuclear weapons and deploy ballistic missiles?

Especially given that it simply doesn’t have, within its borders, the sophisticated technical and manufacturing know-how, needed to build such weapons. So where did they come from?

In a word: China.

Beijing describes its relationship with Pyongyang as “As close as lips and teeth.” “If the lips are gone, the teeth will get cold,” Chairman Mao famously said, highlighting North Korea’s role as a buffer state.

China has propped up Pyongyang from the beginning, even going so far as to sign a mutual defense treaty with the pariah nation. And it continues to provide nearly all the component parts that Little Rocket Man needs to build and launch his missiles.

How do we know this?

Because for the last few years the Japanese navy has sortied out whenever a North Korean missile took flight, searching for parts and pieces of the missiles that have splashed down in the Sea of Japan.

As more and more pieces have been recovered and analyzed, one thing has become increasingly obvious. Virtually everything that went into the missiles, from the electronic circuits and sensors, to the fuel tanks and valves, was “Made in China.”

Little Rocket Man missiles should say: “Assembled in North Korea from Chinese Components.”

Steven W. Mosher is one of America's leading experts on China. In 1979 he became the first American social scientist allowed to do research in the PRC, where he documented the massive human rights abuses of the Mao years, and personally witnessed the forcible abortion and sterilization of women under the newly announced "one-child policy." In the years since, he has written or edited a dozen books on China, including best sellers "A Mother's Ordeal" and "China Attacks" (with Chuck Devore). He helped to set up Radio Free China, and has testified before Congress on U.S.-China policy on numerous occasions. His latest book is called the "Bully of Asia: Why China's Dream is the New Threat to World Order." In a world bristling with dangers, only one enemy poses a truly mortal challenge to the United States and the peaceful and prosperous world that America guarantees. That enemy is China. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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