North Korea CAN strike the US: Here’s what you can do to protect yourself
04/19/2017 // JD Heyes // Views

To seasoned geopolitical observers it seems obvious that the Trump administration has decided that now is the time to take out North Korea’s advancing nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missile program.

Despite the fact that Pyongyang’s missile test over the weekend was a failure, with the rocket blowing up shortly after lift-off, experts familiar with North Korea’s military buildup over the years believe that the country possesses a number of ways to strike back against the U.S. homeland if the U.S. military is ordered to conduct a preemptive strike against North Korea, in a bid to destroy its nuclear weapons program.

Mark Almond, director of the Crisis Research Institute at Oxford University in Britain, notes that even if the North Koreans do not yet possess the means to strike the United States with a nuclear-tipped ICBM, the country possesses a number of other ways it can export terror, destruction and mayhem. (RELATED: North Korea shows off new longer-range missiles as China cancels flights to the country)

While the U.S. and North Korea do not have formal relations and, thus, do not have official diplomatic missions in either country (embassies), the North Koreans nevertheless do have an official diplomatic presence in the U.S. – at the United Nations. Writing in the Daily Mail, Almond says that Pyongyang has likely managed to smuggle deadly nerve agents via diplomatic pouches – which tend not to be inspected by host countries. He notes that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s own half-brother was murdered by a hit squad using VX, a toxic nerve agent, at an airport in Malaysia in February.


In addition to a nuclear program, Pyongyang also has an extensive chemical weapons stockpile; would Kim order agents inside the U.S. to release smuggled VX or other poisonous agents in the event of war? Or perhaps, as Almond suggests, he has anti-Western allies in the U.S. who would do his dirty work, noting that the Malaysian hit squad was made up of Indonesians and Vietnamese.

And of course, there is always the threat that North Korea may attempt to smuggle a nuclear device into a U.S. harbor, using ships flagged under another country.

In these uncertain times, it is becoming increasingly obvious that you need to take extra protective measures in order to stay as safe as possible in the coming days, weeks and months.

They include:

-- Avoid the crowds: If at all possible – and as much as possible – avoid crowded places. You may not have a choice during commutes to and from work, for example, but for the time being, you certainly can avoid sporting events, concerts, crowded malls, etc. Crowds are soft targets for terrorists.

-- Stay alert: Most of us aren’t trained in how to spot suspicious activity, that is a given. However, by staying alert when you’re out in public, sometimes it’s easier to spot someone who just doesn’t “look right” or appears to be engaged in odd behavior. Noticing this early on might just save your life.

­-- Don’t be a hero: This may sound harsh, but your goal here is to save yourself and protect your loved ones, not save the world, per se. If you see something threatening, the temptation will be to alert as many people as possible, but that may start a panic and then nobody gets away before the terrorist commits his/her act. Get out quickly and quietly.

-- Be prepared: Make sure you never leave your house without some sort of bugout bag. If you work in a city and you commute to and from work, this may simply be in the form of a small backpack with a few basic items. But keep something with you at all times in case you have to hightail it quickly. (RELATED: Review: How To Pack Your Bugout Bag Like A Boss)

-- Stay armed: If it’s legal for you to do so, keep a weapon (preferably a firearm) with you or nearby (as in your vehicle) at all times. Again, make sure this is legal to do where you live; if you’re uncertain, call your local sheriff’s department or police department to find out what’s lawful and what isn’t.

-- Personal protective gear: Since there is a chance that poison gas could be released, it might behoove you to consider some personal protective gear – gown, mask, gloves – if you have the means.

The world is not a stable place these days. War could break out at any moment – a war that could have profound implications for Americans in their own country. Now is the time to take stock of your overall readiness and make sure you’re as prepared as you can be.

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J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for and, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.


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