How Would You Take Down North Korea? (The 7 Choices)
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If you were put in charge of one mission,
to take down the North Korean regime
a mission that had previously left world leaders
beaten and befuddled
where failure could result in changes to
the political and physical landscape
for generations to come…
What would you do?
Oh, and time is of the essence here,
as the longer you wait, the likelier it is for Dear Leader
to complete development of nukes capable
of reaching the continental US,
or perhaps, anywhere else in the world.
Actually, according to some intelligence, we might
already be too late.
But whether North Korea actually fires is
another question altogether.
If we are to rid the world of this nefarious
I’m talking the regime, not the people,
we have to consider the options.
In this video, I’ll go over
The 7 Ways to Take Down North Korea
including the most destructive
the most convenient
the most secretive
and the most unexpected.
We’ll start with what seems the most popular choice,
that’s according to the YouTube comments section,
we’re talking the nuclear option.
Those who are less informed about the
situation might think
why not just…
*nuclear bomb explosion*
Let’s indulge this.
Currently, there are nine countries with nuclear
eight if we’re considering the global threat of North Korea as the target.
Keep in mind, this video isn’t necessarily
meant to be from the perspective of just one country,
so let’s first consider which of
these countries could realistically take a nuke-shot…
at the DPRK?
Now, due to their diplomatic and/or economic
India, and more so Pakistan, are extremely unlikely
to attack North Korea.
Of course, China and Russia are historic allies.
The UK will likely wait for someone else to
make the first move.
France is all about sanctions.
Israel doesn’t even admit to having nukes.
So this leaves us with, yes predictably the US
as the only country that would and could
realistically nuke the Hermit Kingdom…
or so it seems.
Currently, the US has an estimated arsenal of 6800 nukes, just shy of Russia’s 7000.
Together, these two countries make up 92% of
the world’s estimated 15,000 nuclear warheads.
Compare that with North Korea’s whopping
60 nukes (this may even be a high estimate)
and perhaps you’ll find yourself leaning
towards this side of the fence.
But it’s not that simple.
This is a nuclear bomb, a detonation of which could realistically be
up to 80 times more powerful than Hiroshima.
Millions of innocent lives would be lost,
even more would be affected by radiation poisoning,
(the fallout would reach neighboring countries),
and that’s not even considering the case
US intelligence gets it wrong, fails to destroy their nuclear capabilities…
and North Korea is able to fire one off in a chaotic scramble.
Now, if that were to happen, it’s unlikely
the nuclear warhead would ever reach US soil,
but…it’s certainly not impossible.
If North Korea were extremely lucky,
with their missile successfully crossing the Pacific Ocean,
bypassing US missile defense systems,
then, yes, we’d be looking at a mushroom cloud
over a US city.
Things could get real messy, real quick.
So perhaps, you’d be more inclined to go
with the next method.
Certainly a cleaner approach;
no collateral, no mass devastation…
You’d only be targeting one man,
the Chairman of the Worker’s party,
the supreme leader of North Korea,
yes the fashion icon himself,
Kim Jong Un
Now, to pull this off, however, is no easy task.
In the US, the killing of foreign political
…shall we say, frowned upon,
but even if you were to legally, or illegally,
get past that,
there’s still the issue of proximity.
North Korea is so closed, it’s virtually
impossible for any outside intelligence service
to isolate the Supreme Leader for a clandestine hit.
Aside from the that fact that getting into North Korea, undetected,
is a challenge in itself.
Kim Jong-un has been known to take
in ensuring his own safety and survival.
He travels at dawn
changes venues and schedules on short notice
makes heavy use of decoy vehicles
He’s so paranoid, only a few family members ever know his whereabout at any given moment.
So you’d have to rule out the more traditional methods of assassination,
that is, unless you were able to enlist the
unlikely help of someone
Kimmy considers a confidante – who has private
access to the dictator.
Finding such an individual though,
is more contingent on luck;
but let’s say you’re successful,
and Kim Jong-un meets his demise.
Yes, it’ll be a very sad day for
hair enthusiasts around the world,
but on top of that, it’ll provide justification
to those loyal to him to retaliate.
Assassinating a head-of-state
is the definition of an act of war,
and whoever takes the reigns after him,
whether an elite member of the Worker’s Party,
or yet another Kim family member,
may want to demonstrate strength
Thus, it may be that assassinating just
Kim Jong-un isn’t enough;
that high ranking officials, elites,
certain family members,
All need to be collectively taken out,
and along with any retaliatory assets
and nuclear arsenals.
Assuming the case, you’d wanna do this with
minimal civilian casualties.
How about then, an invasion?
A military invasion.
Presumably, one that’s highly strategized,
hitting all the right targets at once,
with help from various nations.
For this, you would first need to heavily
bolster the amount of military assets
within striking distance of North Korea.
You need to build a large enough attack force
that can overwhelm the enemy
There’s a problem though.
Such a massive military mobilization can’t be hidden.
North Korea would instantly know
Kim Jong-un may be ridiculed
in many parts of the world
but what he is, is a student of history.
He paid attention when Saddam Hussein pretty
much allowed the US-led coalition
to build up their immense fighting force
right on Iraq’s doorstep.
He knows that once US and allied forces
are in place,
they will take out his weapons of mass destruction,
move across the 38th parallel, and cripple his regime.
The only chance he would have in this scenario,
is to strike first.
We already know that a North Korean nuke is
unlikely to hit the continental US,
but that’s not the case for South Korea and Japan.
Before the allies can even spring into action,
perhaps millions of people…
would have already perished.
To avoid North Korean detection, you can try
building your fighting force gradually,
over a longer period of time, to avoid suspicion.
It might work….. and if it does, North Korea
will undoubtedly be reeling,
but even with a massive opening attack,
it would be near impossible to take out ALL of
North Korea’s retaliatory assets.
You see, North Koreans are diggers.
They have tunnels all over the country,
with their weapons and nuclear assets
stored deep underground
(this is to avoid international surveillance).
This means, intelligence agencies only have
limited information, at best,
with regards to where they should first strike.
Say they do, and they miss their target or targets…
Well, they would lose the element of surprise.
Don’t get me wrong, this should still be
relatively decisive in favor of the US, and her allies,
but this could be the difference between a strategically unanimous victory, and one of bitter-sweet…
because if North Korea gets a chance
it’s likely that at least the South Korean capital Seoul,
would be met with fire and fury.
And that’s not even considering a nuclear retaliation.
With the bustling Metropolitan city being only 35 miles from the Korean Peninsula’s demilitarized zone,
that’s the DMZ border,
it wouldn’t take much for North Korean artillery
to rain down on the capital.
Chemical and biological weapons are also well within their arsenal,
which makes the entire situation even scarier.
Now, the Pentagon estimates war with North
Korea to be a four-to-six month long conflict
with high-intensity combat, and many dead,
perhaps up to half a million US and
South Korean military casualties,
within the first three months of fighting.
Then there’s also the aftermath to deal with.
ISIS came about partly from a power vacuum left behind after the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s regime;
and a similar situation for Libya,
after Muammar Gaddafi was killed.
History of the last 20 years
tells us you need a very good plan
for filling that vacuum left behind
after a tyrant has been deposed.
North Korea’s no different.
Rising from the ruin… could be a threat
far worse than even Kim Jong-un.
Now, speaking of something far worse,
what if North Korea’s allies decided to step in?
There may be a few countries that come to mind,
but the most prominent historic ally of North Korea is China.
China’s particularly adamant in
maintaining North Korean stability,
due to the potential ramifications
of a united Korea under US influence.
This would strengthen US presence in the East, something China does not want.
Also should the entire Korean peninsula
become ONE under the Republic of Korea,
US military would be free to move their troops all the way up to the Chinese borders.
There’s also the humanitarian crisis to
Should the DPRK collapse, millions of poverty-stricken North Koreans would force their way into the country,
causing great social disruption to China.
So you can understand China’s perspective in all of this.
Unfortunately, it just so happens to be
North Korea’s greatest defense against
any and all foreign threats.
What then, if you could remove this layer of protection?
What if you were able to somehow get China
to completely stop its support of North Korea?
Well one thing’s for sure,
those economic sanctions that never seem to work?
The likelihood just went up.
They might actually start working!
After all, China provides North Korea with most of its food and energy supplies.
The Chinese-North Korean trade accounts for more than 90% of The Hermit Kingdom’s total trade volume.
If China decided to call it quits… they’re kinda screwed.
In such a case, North Korea would either have
to play ball with the international community,
or become even more self-reliant than they already are.
This latter option wouldn’t be sustainable though,
as much of the North Korean population are already starving, living in squalid conditions.
If things get worse, as you would inevitably expect from stricter sanctions
how much longer do you think Kim Jong-un would be able to stave off rebellion from his own people?
Now, all this seems great and all, but why
would the Chinese even help in the first place?
What’s in it for them?
Well, you can try convincing them of the inevitable truth.
And that is there’s simply no way North
Korea in its current form would last.
The regime will fall, whether by
external or internal forces.
So when that day finally comes, guess what?
China’s still gonna have that refugee crisis,
the US will still be able to prop their
troops right up at the border,
and all of China’s fears would
pretty much happen anyway.
That is unless….. everyone works together now,
before it happens,
to prepare for and shape a transition
that’s realistic, and indeed taking
China’s interests into account as well.
For the issue of refugees,
perhaps an expansion into North Korea can be granted
acting as a sort of buffer zone,
to more efficiently and effectively
deal with the mass influx.
For the separation of China & US,
it can be agreed that US troops are not
to leave the southern part of Korea.
Point being whatever middle ground is reached
would be better than the alternative.
Now if you’re wondering how realistic this all is,
well it mightn’t actually be as farfetched.
There’s already a mutual distrust growing between China and North Korea,
due to the regime’s aggressive
pursuit of nuclear weapons.
They ain’t happy about it either;
and China has already enforced recently some pretty strict sanctions on North Korea.
Perception of Kim Jong un isn’t exactly
favourable among the Chinese public either,
as noted by his given nickname,
Kim Fatty the Third or 金三胖.
Despite all this, it isn’t to say that simply
aligning the Chinese would do the trick.
The reason why none of the sanctions have
worked thus far is because the matter is existential.
Kim Fatty the Third, like all totalitarian leaders,
wants above all to ensure his own survival.
He’s convinced that having the capability for a nuclear strike is necessary in deterring
the United States and South Korea
from threatening his regime.
Therefore, quite possibly no amount of economic
sanctions, even with Chinese enforcement,
would make a difference.
He feels his life depends on the preservation of a regime, of a country…. and the thing is
he’s not irrational to think that.
Both Saddam Hussein and Gaddafi
gave up nuclear programs,
only to find themselves defenseless
against foreign interventions
that ultimately claimed their lives.
So by going the route of extreme sanctions,
you may really only be hurting the North Korean people more than anything, and this is a heartbreaking reality.
We all know the last thing they need is for
life to get even harder.
Ok, we’ve already considered methods of war and bloodshed,
of sanctions and contentious alliances,
perhaps what we need instead is
a slicker approach.
I’m talking covert action.
And one that targets moreso Kim Jong-un’s
rule, rather than Kim Jong-un himself.
The idea being that you set it all up – you
set the scene – for him to be replaced
by someone who’ll actually engage rationally,
with the international community.
But… whether this new regime will lean more
towards the influence of the West
or that of say the Chinese, depends on which of
these countries is the one successful
in infiltrating the North Korean government.
For the US, you can try recruiting North Koreans as double agents, but as previously noted,
that’s more contingent on luck.
For South Korea, they surely have sympathizers in the North,
but the veil of overt South Korean antagonism within North Korean society and in the government,
puts limitations on what they can accomplish.
It’s perhaps a lot more likely for China
to succeed in this endeavor,
due to the long-standing diplomatic relations
between the two countries.
Yeah there are recent tensions, but China still has contacts within the North Korean government,
many of whom would prefer to see Kim ousted.
Some say the purging and numerous executions
of Pyongyang elites in recent years,
is in part due to Kim Jong-un’s suspicions of
a Chinese espionage plot intended to unseat him.
These high profile executions famously included his own uncle Jang Song-thaek,
who had strong ties with the Chinese.
Now, for decades, North Korea’s propaganda had revolved around the Kim family’s mystical claim to power.
They are revered.
So if you were to mount a coup,
it might therefore be smart to have Kim’s replacement
be another Kim family member.
There would be less resistance from the masses.
Ok, but where exactly are you gonna find a Kim family member who’s willing to overthrow his or her own blood?
You run down the choices and they’re all pretty unlikely, loyal to the current regime
Enter Kim Jong-nam
(Kim Jong-un’s half brother)
who was considered the heir apparent to his father
at one point in time, before being exiled.
Some say Kim Jong-nam was actually being groomed by a foreign government to replace the current Kim.
He had the revered Kim family name, but with no power base inside of North Korea – a perfect combo.
It’s speculated he was in Malaysia on February
13th, 2017 to meet with intelligence officials
to discuss details of a regime change
that he would apparently lead
at least in the eyes of the public.
Unfortunately for Nam, Un had long been aware of his
brother’s utility as a potential pawn for his enemies
and had sought to deal with it.
Or so the story goes.
Now, the legitimacy of the North Korean government
has always depended on myths –
myths about the infallibility of its leaders,
their victory in the Korean War,
how much better it is to live in North Korea
than in South Korea.
What then, if the North Korean people
actually found out the truth?
This is the second to last method.
And it all comes down to the people having access to external information – which they currently don’t have.
North Korea’s arguably the most closed
and secretive nation on Earth.
Now, you may have heard though, that things are
gradually changing. (this is true)
Thanks to certain groups that organize illegal border smuggling and airdropped information leaflets (or DVDs),
knowledge is spreading
among the North Korean people.
They’re becoming aware of the prosperity
and freedom of their contemporaries down south,
and the abnormality of their own suffering.
More fuel to the fire is how the people feel about the
supreme leader’s general lack of accomplishments
and the culture of fear he propagates.
It’s pretty tricky to run a reign of terror.
If you don’t kill enough people,
you may be perceived as too weak…
if you kill too many people, they’ll think it’s only
a matter of time before you kill them too.
It’s a fine balance.
Now, this is all good stuff if you want to incite instability.
But, you can add to it.
Government funding can be increased to further
support existing methods of information spread,
not just border smuggling and balloons, but
things like helping fund defector-run radio stations,
and enlisting tech companies to find creative ways for North Koreans to safely share information.
The hope is that one day, armed with knowledge
the North Korean people would ask the question
that East Germans asked in 1989,
which was “why should we stay separated by minefields and guard towers,
from a vastly wealthier and freer version of ourselves?”
Once again, this is something Kim Jong-un and the regime are aware of,
and they’re ardently fighting this battle.
But it’s only a matter of time.
As history has shown repeatedly – Stalin’s
Russia, Mao’s China, Pol Pot’s Cambodia
trying to isolate people from knowledge
of the world, is a feat that cannot be sustained.
Just like the Arab Spring, it’s likely that
one day, ONE DAY, North Korea will see a revolution.
Now the last option, isn’t one that many
people have heard of.
There’s no death or destruction, there’s
no deception or convoluted plots.
And it might just be the most reliable yet
creative method yet – you decide.
It’s… the Money Bomb.
No this isn’t a metaphor or a codename,
it is really a money bomb.
What this is, is the extensive bombing of North Korea
with counterfeit versions of its own currency.
Which would be the North Korean Won
What do I mean by this?
Well, planes, drones, balloons would all rain
down phony North Korean won,
like confetti, over every city and commune.
The events that follow would eventually lead
to North Korea’s demise.
Ok, you’re probably confused, let me explain.
What’s gonna happen is that with the sudden
excessive growth of money,
everyone would be able to afford things.
As such, price levels for goods and services would increase.
In fact, this would be a rapid and continuous process.
As time goes on, the North Korean won would lose more and more of its value
it’s purchasing power.
This would cause panic.
People would start ridding themselves of this rapidly devaluing local currency,
you know, before it becomes even more worthless.
They would quickly spend any money they receive,
which in turn causes a further acceleration in prices.
This creates an imbalance between the supply and demand of the money.
I hope you’re following me.
At some point, the North Korean won would essentially become worthless,
and the entire population would be forced to use more stable currencies
like the US dollar, the Chinese yuan, and the Euro.
You see, the value of economic items remains relatively stable for these foreign currencies.
The country will have no choice now but to accept its widespread use,
whether legally or otherwise.
As a result of this, North Korea would become
dependent on foreign banks and foreign trade,
more than ever before.
And this is leverage that the outside world
can use against them.
Because… well what’s the most important
thing to Kim Jong-un?
His weapons – his weapons of mass destruction,
because it ensures his survival.
Now he’s not gonna be able to pay for the missile parts
and bomb-making technology with his own currency,
it now has to be with foreign currency.
So he’s gonna have to earn foreign currency
to pay for all of it.
Not to mention the dollars and yuan he would need to pay his own people,
to stave off rebellion and worker strikes.
Currently, North Korea generates these hard
currencies from a few sources around the world.
The idea is that, these can be targeted, and
So, North Korea’s international business model
includes slave labor, trafficking of drugs,
trafficking of counterfeit goods, the sale
of coal and timber, the sale of weapons,
interest payments from Chinese banks,
and, get this
cyberattacks where they siphon funds
from foreign banks (so sneaky).
Most of these can be heavily restricted if not eliminated through sanctions and other such methods.
Now, once their funds dry out
it’s pretty much game over.
Kim Jong-un would not be able to sustain his
reign of terror.
He would lose control over the country, and,
even over the party elites.
The wealthy and powerful would be frantically
shifting their money, their savings,
into foreign currencies and into overseas accounts.
These funds, would then be susceptible to sanctions.
Support among the elites would fade, he would
have less and less to offer them.
He would lose that leverage he so desperately
needs to stay in power.
The ensuing financial panic would paralyze political decision-making,
the development of nukes and other weapons of mass destruction would be put on ice
Kim Jong-un would likely be dethroned
and all this, ALL OF THIS,
would be thanks to a won-derfully executed plan.
A plan that started with The Money Bomb.
Oh, and if that doesn’t work,
heck if none of these 7 methods work,
there’s still one thing that might take out Kim Jong-un.
You can say it’s the same thing that took out both
his father and grandfather before him….
…their lavish lifestyles.
I hope you enjoyed this topic.
I took so long with this video, I was
actually worried that by the time I had published it,
North Korea would have been liberated…and
this video would have been redundant.
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