North Korea

Japan On High Alert After Kim Jong Un Breaks His Own Distance Record

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 12:03 a.m., PDT, April 26, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The Minuteman system has been in service for 60 years. Through continuous upgrades, including new production versions, improved targeting systems, and enhanced accuracy, today's Minuteman system remains state-of-the art and is capable of meeting all modern challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ian Dudley)

It seems as though every week is a new adventure in the ongoing saga of North Korea and their quest to threaten the entire globe.

North Korea’s dainty dictator Kim Jong Un has been exchanging barbs with U.S. President Donald Trump over the course of the last few weeks, with both leaders resorting to heavy duty verbiage to convey their intensity.  While Kim’s threats have always been geared toward reducing the U.S. to “ash” or “rubble”, or “sinking” Japan, the U.S. had previously taken a bit more cautious tone by implying heightened sanctions or imploring China to act.  Lately, however, President Trump has been dishing out a bevy of disses aimed at the DPRK, not the least of which included an ominous “if you think these sanctions are bad…” quip that was equally scolding and threatening.

Now, just days after The Donald’s rhetoric intensified, Kim Jong Un went ahead and turned the intensity up once again with a missile launch that left Japanese citizens scrambling for cover.

“‘Missile launch! Missile launch! A missile appears to have been launched from North Korea. Take cover in a building or underground.’

“To the accompaniment of blaring sirens and emergency phone alerts, that was the terrifying loudspeaker message that jolted millions of Japanese awake in the early hours as North Korea blasted its second missile over the country in less than a month.

“But for local residents on the flightpath over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, there was no question of this becoming a routine event.

“‘I cannot say that we are used to this. I mean, the missile flew right above our town. It’s not a very comforting thing to hear,’ said Yoshihiro Saito, who works in the small fishing town of Erimo on Hokkaido.

“‘It’s pretty scary. I heard that it went 2,000 kilometres in the Pacific and dropped in the sea’ where 16 of his ships were operating under the missile’s flight path.

“Citizens in earthquake-prone Japan are well-drilled in seeking cover when emergency strikes but with only a matter of minutes from launch to impact, several residents voiced a feeling of helplessness.”

Japan has been a frequent pseudo-target of the Kim regime due to their alliance with the United States and geographical proximity to the once-limited range of North Korea’s weapons.

This latest missile launch is also a record for distance by Kim’s military, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean after screaming over the heads of frightened Japanese citizens.  This test has reiterated the concerns of Americans in Guam, Hawaii, and California, many of whom are preparing for the worst as North Korea continues their wayward provocations.

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