I'm busy pulling the stuff together for the last couple of chapters of the One in a Generation book, and I came across these comments that Rav Berland made about North Korea on Rosh Hashana 5778, just after Hurricane Irma narrowly missed slamming into Miami (you can read his full comments HERE):
“North Korea is going to launch a nuclear weapon, but it’s not going to reach to Miami, because there are synagogues there, and people who keep mitzvot. Perhaps it will fall into the sea. But North Korea has some very unique ideas, and they will aim their nuclear weapons only at Shuvu Banim. But despite all this, there’s no need to worry. Just sit in the succah, and don’t leave it. Anyone who sits in the succah will be protected, and will survive.”
Then I remembered that Shirat Devorah posted up the video of Rav Levi Saadia Nachmani, a Moroccan kabbalist, warning Am Yisrael about North Korea's nukes back in 1994, when the country was at the height of the 'peace process' under Yitzhak Rabin.
So then, I decided I should transcribe some of Rav Nachmani's words for the book, too, to give it more context, which you can read below, as the two tzaddikim are essentially saying very similar things.
And then while I was doing that, I googled Rabbi Nachmani's name in Hebrew to get more background on him, and I came across THIS article (in Hebrew) that said that Rav Nachmani had predicted that the next world war would break out on L'ag B'Omer, 5763. Rav Nachmani had already correctly predicted the dates of the Six Day War and the Yom Kippur War at this point, so he had some credibility.
Of course, that didn't happen, but with Trump set to meet the North Koreans any day soon, and with quite a few analysts warning that if it doesn't achieve peace, it could achieve the exact opposite, it just struck me that the words of our Tzaddikim are never said in vain, and that L'Ag B''Omer could be interesting this year.
It falls out on May 3rd, and the US is said to be officially moving its embassy to Jerusalem at the beginning of May, with the ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for May 14th, the day Jerusalem was liberated.
Whatever God is planning for the world, teshuva is always the answer, and always the best protection. BH, everything should turn around for the good. But in the meantime, it's certainly an interesting set of coincidences.
RAV NACHMANI ON NORTH KOREA, 1994:
“Do you think there will be peace? Do you think it will be peaceful one day? [You are] total fools! Parshat Ha’azinu is talking about us today. It says: ‘O, foolish and unwise people. A generation that’s crooked and perverse.’
“Do you know what will happen, God forbid? Korea. Do you know who Korea is? Not Syria, not Persia, not Babylon (Iraq) not Qadafi (Libya). Korea will arrive here, God forbid, may the Lord save us.
“And anyone who pays any attention to what’s going on in Korea today, it’s for us. The nukes. It will be very hard for us if we don’t do teshuvah. Understand this! Know that it’s worse than the holocaust! ‘For a fire is kindled in My nostrils, and will burn unto sheoul [i].’ Do you know what ‘sheoul’ is? It’s the capital of Korea.
“It will get to here, and ‘devour the earth with her produce and set ablaze the foundations of the mountain. I will heap evil upon them. I will spend My arrows upon them.’
“What does this mean? We have left Hashem, we think we belong to ourselves, and the PM sits and does what he wants, as if Hashem doesn’t exist, if the land of Israel is his, and he does whatever he wants with it, as if the people are his.
“And the Torah says: ‘For the portion of God is his people.’ You don’t belong to yourselves, you’re His!... We have no dispute with the Arabs. We have a dispute with the God of Israel. If we won’t listen to Him, we will have more and more troubles, and the situation will get worse. Don’t believe these fools! You must beware of them, you must beware of the bad, foreign culture that they brought here.
“You are Jews, sons of Avraham, Yitzhak and Yaakov, who received the Torah, your Torah. You must appreciate it and respect it and fight for it. Not with violence, but peacefully, by making teshuvah…
“If we make teshuvah, then we won’t need to go and fight in the army at 18 instead of getting married. Instead of letting you ‘rejoice in your home’ they take you off to fight. Instead of letting our girls find peace, they take them as soldiers…? I don’t understand this silence! Why don’t we make some teshuva?...
“Why do we keep quiet, and give the power to these fools who kill us? The yetzer hara is not you. It’s a separate force that enters through the ears. You are brainwashed by the media, brainwashed by the press, brainwashed everywhere…
“How long will we be fools. How long will we be naïve and indifferent? How long? We must do one thing, and nothing else. Not violence, and nothing else. Only teshuvah, that’s the answer for them…And then we’ll receive the very best thing, life and peace.”
 In December 1994, North Korea had just shot down a US Army helicopter, killing one pilot and taking the other captive for 13 days. Earlier in the year, the North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung had died, and been succeeded by his son, Kim Jong-Il, who was succeeded by his son, the present leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un in 2011. Kim Jong-Un has been notable for aggressively pursuing the development of nuclear weapons.
 Yitzhak Rabin was Israeli PM at this time.