Trying to bring North Korea to its senses?

An undated photograph released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on 26 April 2017 shows the combined fire demonstration of the services of the Korean People"s Army in celebration of its 85th founding anniversary, at an undisclosed location in North Korea

The top US commander in the Pacific has said an advanced missile defence system in South Korea aims to bring the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "to his senses, not to his knees".

Adm Harry Harris said the US would be ready "with the best technology" to defeat any missile threat.

The White House has taken the rare step of calling senators to a classified briefing on North Korea.

Democrat Chris Coons said afterwards that it had been "sobering".

While unusual, the step to hold the meeting does not necessarily mean a crisis is imminent.

The US has deployed warships and a submarine to the Korean peninsula as well as its Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) missile defence system.

China argues the deployment of Thaad will destabilise security and there have been protests in South Korea itself, where three people were injured in clashes with police as the system was being delivered to a former golf course on Wednesday.
The North Korea photo of a live fire demonstration shows just how ill-prepared that country is for dealing with US weapons systems.  With the artillery pieces and possible tanks lined up like that to mass their fire they would be vulnerable to attack by a couple of cold war era A-10s and their Gatlin guns.  They would also be vulnerable to a MOAB bomb that could wipe out the entire assembly.

Another aspect of this display is that it gives US intelligence an opportunity to determine where these guns are stored as they return to their base from their positions on the beach.

Here is another view of the lineup from the Telegraph:
Tanks on a beach


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