In North Korea appeared «Iskander» with a nuclear warhead
The news that in Ukraine, a professional comedian Zelinsky outplayed in the presidential race of the political clown Poroshenko, did not overshadow in the Western media reports and comments about the test of the Country’s Juche tactical missile weapons of the new generation.
The New York Times concluded in this regard: «This is like a warning from Kim Jong-un to President Trump that if the once promising talks with Washington do not resume, the two countries may again be on the path of confrontation.»
«Shortly after the test (April 17, 2019), North Korea demanded that Mike Pompeo, us Secretary of state, be removed from negotiations on nuclear disarmament as another sign of the deterioration of diplomatic relations with Washington after the failure of their second summit in Hanoi, — said the British The Daily Telegraph. — The sudden cold attitude towards Mr. Pompeo, who has come to Pyongyang several times over the past year to meet with the North Korean leader in person, is seen as part of Kim’s strategy to show his strength to Washington and its domestic audience.»What is surprising: the transatlantic and the European media are not subjected to the irony of the North Korean test, as it was before. Today, analysts talk more about Pyongyang’s power diplomacy and Washington’s impotence, as well as the fact that the time of missile firing has successfully fit into the current international situation.
It is no secret that the 45th us President, unlike his predecessors, seeks to fulfill election promises. In particular, Trump has achieved the abolition of Barack Obama’s medical reform, conducted a tax reform, increased the military budget, began construction of the Mexican wall, ignores the Paris agreement on ecology. At the same time, the «punishment of Kim Jong-un», along with the blockade and even the destruction of Iran, was the cornerstone of the international policy of the future President trump in the fall of 2016.
According to Tehran, it seems that election promises are beginning to be fulfilled. As you know, from may 1, 2019, the US will impose a ban on the import of Iranian oil, which will certainly have consequences. Thus, following the aggressive attack on America, it is logical to expect against North Korea. After all, next year in the States will be held under the sign of the election campaign, so «for the Bazaar» will have to be responsible.
Recall trump barely entered the White house, accurately predicted the development of the military program of the DPRK: «This guy (Kim Jong-un — ed.) does not play games. Because he does have rockets. And it does have nuclear weapons. Moreover, this weapon is getting better and stronger, so the clock is ticking faster and more alarming.» And the 45th us President called Juche a nation of outcasts and promised to act harshly if Pyongyang continues to develop missile and nuclear weapons.
Then, as you know, there was a détente between the US and the DPRK, but after the deadlock of the February meeting in Hanoi, North Korea felt cheated. It took counter-steps and stopped missile and nuclear tests, but in response the United States raised the stakes, demanding the full denuclearization of the Peninsula. In this regard, the April shooting of Kim should have the effect of a cold shower for the American leader.
On the one hand, the development of an unnamed system is not a strategic force, therefore, consistent with the letter and spirit of last year’s agreement between Trump and Kim. That is, Pyongyang does not test the means of delivering nuclear weapons over long distances and does not explode nuclear bombs underground. The US, however, has not eased sanctions as promised.
On the other hand, Kim Dong-Yub, an analyst at the Seoul Institute for Far Eastern studies, believes that the tested weapon is most likely a cruise missile capable of carrying tactical nuclear ammunition. Given also the desire of the DPRK to create analogs of advanced Russian weapons, taking their characteristics as TK for the development of its systems, we can safely assume that Pyongyang experienced something similar to our «Iskander», which has already become an instrument of Moscow’s power diplomacy.
According to American and South Korean experts, North Korean experts could get access to the operational and tactical missile systems Iskander-e in Algeria, which bought them in September 2017. «Free Press», by the way, wrote about the export of this unique weapon to this country.
It seems that Juche, although they are, according to the Americans, a nation of outcasts, they are well aware of us program against the DPRK. The American doctrine of existential deterrence of Pyongyang does not allow North Koreans to place nuclear weapons in strategic means of delivery. If Washington has information that Kim has appeared or soon there will be an ICBM with an atomic warhead, it will mean the automatic beginning of the war.
As for North Korean tactical missile weapons, which are still under the «live» INF Treaty between the United States and Russia, Washington calls on all countries, except, of course, their allies France and Britain, to join the Gorbachev-Reagan Treaty. Therefore, the white house’s reaction to North Korea’s test of short-and-medium-range missiles, including those with nuclear weapons, cannot be sharply negative.
Over the ocean just gritted his teeth with rage, unable to do anything. The new North Korean army missile system poses a deadly threat to American military bases and key military infrastructure South of the 38th parallel.
Obviously, the US could not assume that a guided cruise missile could appear in the DPRK army at all. After all, this is a completely different technological level of development of military equipment, which in turn means a loud slap in the face of overseas intelligence services.
There is another interesting point: the past test is also a message from North Korea to other countries that would also like to have such weapons. There is no doubt, and buyers will be, and logistics is already established. Trump, of course, this unpleasant fact will also have to be considered. However, the White House has already announced that it will not lift sanctions against North Korea until Kim gets rid of missile and nuclear weapons. In fact, we cannot expect another solution from Washington, which has cornered itself in relations with Pyongyang.
Yes, today it is too early to talk about creating a full-fledged analog of Iskander in North Korea, at the same time, this country has already shown what it is capable of, so its work in the field of cruise missiles on mobile carriers will only accelerate. It is striking that the test occurred 10 days before the alleged meeting of Putin and Kim in Vladivostok on April 26-27 at the summit «One belt, one road».
Probably, Pyongyang decided to solve a number of international problems in one missile salvo. First of all, to point out to the US that Mike Pompeo is considered by the political leadership of the DPRK as a toxic figure. That’s one. The second is to show Trump that America is not as dangerous for North Korea as it was a few years ago. Third — Washington must lift sanctions on Pyongyang’s terms, otherwise, the Juche country reserves the right to export modern missile weapons. The fourth is to show Putin that Kim Jong-un is also a «tough guy», as the Russian President.