Media hype is so rampant that one can get boggled down to decipher the truth. Kim Jong GANGNAM Style is the 'new' naught kid on the block. He will end up soon with a fate like Saddam, the people are in shackles they will insist on freedom, this eye ball to eye ball conflict may be the catalyst and 'beginning of the end of Kim's' dynastic rule. This is false fury of Nuke.
The idea that Nukes would bring 'social acceptance as successful nations' is rampant within wayward nations.
North Koreans are completely aware of the SDI and Surface-to-air interceptors deployed in the region. In 1998, when North Korea launched a Taepodong-1 missile over northern Japan, the Japanese jointly developed a new Surface-to-air interceptor known as the Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3) with the US. Along with the PAC-3, Japan has installed a US-developed ship-based anti-ballistic missile system, which was tested successfully on 18 December 2007. The missile was launched from a Japanese warship, in partnership with the US Missile Defence Agency and destroyed a mock target launched from the coast.
A nation that needs to doctor hovercraft landings, and have a primitive missile technology and a poor delivery can only play havoc with their 10 sq mile of richest pockets where the entire decision making junta stays. The only place where there is electric power in the North Korean part of the peninsula is where the junta resides. They will only attract target pounding on those areas of affluence and prosperity. You eliminate the Junta and the people will come out and do the rest in no time like the fall of the wall in Berlin. No one really wants unification of Korea, the economic divide is huge and South Koreans are not engrossed in a greater Korea. Kim Jong is seeking attention nuke GANGNAM Style.
North Koreans economy is not capable to sustain a conventional war, they just don't have financial capability, wars even in this day and age are still fought on full stomachs. This whole blackmail and 'face-off' is about leveraging the black power of 'Nukes' to extract gains. This is false fury of Nuke. The idea that Nukes would bring 'social acceptance as successful nations' is rampant within wayward nations. Nukes are a huge responsibility; it is not a weapon of choice or any kind of utilisation in the contemporary world , it is one way ticket to complete self-annihilation. It is akin to nation on a composite suicide bombing pact, the nation is completely incarcerated by the Junta, the people will smash the shackles soon once the 'Junta' bluff is outed. Junta will hate to lose the power, this is a sham trick, they want to terrify the region with their nuke status but it will make them very weak, if they go to war they will not survive, if they go down the Nuclear route none of their weapons will pass through the satellite based antimissile defence net. 'Kim Jong' is a fool but not to the extent of Saddam; they will back down the other result is obvious freedom of North Korea is around the corner, the wall will come down soon.
North Korean Junta have seen recently how Israel's was successful with its Iron dome to defend incoming missiles, Iron dome was designed to intercept and destroy the short-range rockets and artillery shells fired from distances of 4 to 70 kilometres away, David's sling is also designed to intercept medium-to-long range rockets and slower-flying cruise missiles possessed by Hezbollah and based on North Korean technology. Space based systems secret remnants of the Star Wars SDI can take care of a wayward highly improbable nuke carrying missile that may be attempted to slip through the Pacific vastness.
North Korean leadership has also not forgotten the Strategic Defence Initiative, developed in light of Reagan's vocal criticism of MAD, it became an important part of defence policy intended to offset MAD bias. Though derided by the mainstream media but United States now holds a significant advantage in the field of comprehensive advanced missile defence systems because 30 billion $'s 83-92 extensive research and testing of Star Wars. North Koreans know it well that in early April 2013, the Pentagon has deployed 14 missile interceptors to Guam in response to the North Korean threats to deliver nuclear weapons to the United States. North Korean also are aware that if they use 'this thing once' they will be wiped out, they are not ready for it, they are just playing ''PSY GANGNAM STYLE.''
@Time magazine in 2003 had predicted : "Its conventional artillery capability would allow North Korea to flatten Seoul in the first half-hour of any confrontation.
This is a prevalent thought of senior strategists in South Asia. They are totally wrong and off the mark by a huge margin." North Korea's huge employment of artillery, and possible use of roughly 300 ballistic missiles, could wreak chaos on Seoul and its population, but would the city really fall to pieces? North Korea’s long economic decline and enhanced US and South Korean military capabilities has greatly diminished the threat of a North Korean invasion of South Korea.
North Korea would commit a tactical suicide with a full-blown offensive on Seoul ala Kabul like Hekmatyar. It takes months of pounding not few hours where all their artillery batteries and missile bases will be taken out. Hekmatyar would rocket civilian areas all the time. (The Battle for Kabul: April 1992-March 1993) or Chechen capital of Grozny was all-but-destroyed by Russian forces in 1999. Look at 'The Siege of Leningrad' the siege of Leningrad lasted from September 1941 to 1944. By the end of the siege, some 632,000 people are thought to have died with nearly 4,000 people from Leningrad starving to death on Christmas Day, 1941. The first German artillery shell fell on Leningrad on September 1st, 1941. The city, one of the primary targets of 'Operation Barbarossa', was expected "to fall like a leaf," it did not.
Such a mass artillery attack by North Korea at DMZ would only mark the beginning of a battle for the city. Storm of artillery rounds fell on Seoul, it may pierce the city but would not destroy it. In a worst-case scenario, if North Korea fires its 170mm artillery batteries and 240mm rocket launchers the bleak truth is that such an attack wouldn't deliver the result of fall of Seoul, the artillery positions once fired can be sitting ducks for the smart bombs, there was a reason for showing off the stealth recently. Two US B-2 stealth bombers participated in South Korean-US military exercises flew round trip from Whiteman Air Force base in Missouri to South Korea and dropped dummy ordnance on targets there. "This demonstrates the United States' ability to conduct long-range, precision strikes quickly and at will," the US military had said in a statement on March 28th.
Buildings would be perforated in Seoul , fires would unavoidably fume and an unknown number of people would die. Seoul would be under siege but it wouldn't be crushed, shattered. This is all rant and rave of north Koreans, barking dogs seldom bite. Artillery needs months of artillery barrage and missile bombardments, as well as air strikes. Moreover the accurateness of North Korea's artillery/missiles are believed to rely on very poor guidance, the targeting systems cannot compete with modern smart bombs. North Korean also are aware that if they use 'this thing once' they will be wiped out, they are not ready for it, they are just playing ''PSY GANGNAM STYLE'' the guy is a nut case and a surrogate in the hands of old people around.