The United States’ latest conflict with North Korea has ratcheted up a few notches over the course of the last few days, testing the strength of several key U.S. alliances.
North Korea is nearly universally disdained by the global community for their ridiculously aggressive rhetoric and their continued, unethical use of the concentration camp program made popular by Adolph Hitler in World War II. The rogue nation’s few allies are even in agreement that Kim Jong Un’s most recent trespasses are worthy of massively impactful sanctions.
On the lonely, pro-Kim side is Russia, who has openly threatened to respond to U.S. military maneuvers with force on the Korean Peninsula, a strange allegiance and threat from the former communist superpower. Oddly enough, Russia’s only real company is former Obama National Security adviser Susan Rice, who just today implored Donald Trump to learn to “live with” a nuclear North Korea.
Thankfully for the U.S., former enemies in the Pacific have become strong allies, and Japan has stepped up to offer assistance in the region.
“In the event of a North Korean nuclear attack on Guam, Japan’s new defense minister said Thursday that his country’s military could shoot down the missiles before they reach the U.S. territory.
“In such a scenario, Japan has the right to activate its Aegis destroyer missile defense system, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said during a session of the National Diet, Japan’s parliament.
“Any attack against Guam would be considered an existential threat to Japan, the defense minister said, also citing a mutual defense agreement with the United States.
“Japan lies only about 620 miles to the east of North Korea, which has conducted numerous missile tests this year. Most of the weapons have landed in the Sea of Japan, which lies between Japan and the eastern coast of the massive Asian continent.”
Kim Jong Un stands little to no chance of winning any conflict that he instigates, but that likely won’t deter him from continuing down this dangerous path.
North Korea’s latest two missile tests demonstrated an alarming advancement in the nation’s nuclear delivery technology, with both missiles seemingly capable of reaching the U.S. mainland. The second of these two July tests resulted in one rocket landing within Japan’s exclusive economic zone, less than 100 miles from striking a commuter plane.
Threats from Kim Jong Un earlier this week indicate that the tyrant is readying a strike on Guam due to the U.S. Air Force utilizing the island territory to instigate mock bombing runs over the peninsula.