The United States’s contingency plan for another North Korean nuclear test – which could happen within the next two weeks – includes a strike on North Korea’s main nuclear reactor, according to a leading expert.
Cheong Seong-chang, a senior research fellow at South Korea’s Sejong Institute, told the Korea Times that Pyongyang may be planning to conduct its 6th nuclear test before April 25th, which is the foundation date of the People’s Army. The explosive power of the test would be a staggering 14 times larger than the previous test, according to Seong-chang.
America’s immediate response would be to move its strategic nuclear weapons to the Korean Peninsula, but what happens next could lead to all out nuclear conflict.
“The U.S. could also throw a precision strike at Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center to prevent North Korea’s further advancement of nuclear capability,” said Seong-chang.
The Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center, located 90km north of Pyongyang, is North Korea’s primary nuclear facility and provided fissile material for the Hermit Kingdom’s nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009. It is of a smilar size to the Syrian nuclear reactor that was bombed by Israel in 2007.
“If the U.S. attacks the Yongbyon facility, it will open the curtains to the worst-case scenario — nuclear war — as North Korea could attack South Korea’s nuclear plants or Seoul using nuclear weapons. China would certainly disagree with the U.S. attacking North Korea. China would withhold its engagement in the military conflict as long as the Kim Jong-un regime does not collapse so that it does not have to clash with the U.S. Japan will support the U.S. in attacking North Korea because it needs American support as it tries to beef up its imperial military force,” said Seong-chang.
As we reported earlier, South Korea is rampant with paranoia over an “imminent war,” concerns that forced the government to publicly dismiss such fears as “baseless”.