When North Korea launched its Kwangmyongsong-4 satellite into space as a “birthday gift” for dead leader Kim Jong Il, the rogue regime inadvertently gave away priceless intelligence to its adversaries. Rocket parts which fell into the Yellow Sea following the launch were subsequently recovered by South Korea’s Navy, and a chilling discovery was made amid the debris.
South Korea managed to snag entire sections of the North Korean satellite’s booster rocket from the ocean, which revealed that many of its key components were foreign-made. Upon further investigation, it became clear that the rogue regime had acquired many of its rocket parts from China.
The electric components had originally been manufactured in Western countries, then distributed by Chinese companies. Some of the parts were shipped privately to North Korea as recently as 18 months ago.
This chilling discovery has an even deeper meaning; namely, that China has been lying for years by claiming to have done everything possible to convince Kim Jong-un to cease his nuclear testing. In other words, while leading the world to believe that they were actively working to deter North Korea from developing its nuclear arsenal, China was making North Korea’s nuclear program possible all along.
“(A)t least two 6-axis machine tools, containing controlled, imported subcomponents, were exported to North Korea in about 2015 without authorization from the supplier country, a requirement of the original supply of the goods,” the Institute for Science and International Security reported. However, despite the physical evidence of China’s collusion with North Korea, the Chinese government maintains that the transactions never took place.
It should come as no surprise that North Korea isn’t manufacturing their own rocket parts since the communist nation has a GDP on par with Ethiopia. In other words, they don’t have a leg to stand on when it comes to actually producing enough gross domestic product to be a world power. Nevertheless, North Korea’s aggressive ambitions are certainly a cause for concern, especially if they are being secretly backed by much more powerful nations, like China.
As tensions between the United States and North Korea continue to escalate, it is becoming more apparent as each day rolls by that President Donald Trump is right to be proactive in his foreign policy by flexing our military capacity to put nations like North Korea in their respective places. There are powerful forces in the world working against the interests of America, and we must put our foot down in order to make her great again.