It will never happen to us…

It will never happen to us

Gee I hope your right. I have been watching the nuclear issue for over 40 years of my life. When the Cuban Missile crisis occurred I was 10 years old and living in a city that was a primary target. Virtually every kid in my grade school class had a bomb shelter in their back yard.

Why the big hubbub about North Korea. The increased activity and stated objective is the primary reason for concern. During his 6 year reign Kim Jong Un has tested more missiles than his father and grandfather combined. His grandfather (1984-1994) tested 15 missiles. His father (1994-2011) tested 16. Kim Jong Un (2011- present) has tested 89 missiles. Sadly a missile capable of reaching the U.S. topped with a warhead is considered to be North Koreas ultimate goal. Authorities believe this goal could be possible sometime in 2018.

Let’s look at this issue from a purely numbers perspective. Nearly 90% of the world’s nuclear was heads are controlled by the United States and Russia. The United States has nearly 6400 nuclear warheads in its inventory. Russia has roughly the same number of war heads in its inventory. North Korea is still in the testing phase of their program. Not much of an adversary to worry about you might think. With no stockpile inventory of weapons to fall back on this would be a onetime strike. After the first strike there would no longer be a North Korea, just a hole in the ground. Unfortunately the one strike would kill a lot of people somewhere in the US. Who wants to be the unlucky soul to take one for the cause?

A quick look at the history of the nuclear issue will give a picture of the world’s position on controls to safeguard the possession of nuclear weapons. The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons commonly called NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty) is an international treaty whose objective is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology. The treaty entered into force in 1970. It was extended in May of 1995. As of August of 2016 191 states have adhered to the treaty. North Korea announced its withdrawal from the NPT in 2003. Four UN member states have never accepted the NPT three of which are thought to possess nuclear weapons are India, Israel, Pakistan and South Sudan.

It could never happen to most of us but it could happen to a million or so in a single strike, not to mention the radiation which would move like a cloud across the US. That’s why we have potassium iodide tablets.

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