North Korea’s embarrassingly futile missile test over the weekend at first seemed to signal a deescalation in the international tensions surrounding the hermit kingdom.
Kim Jong Un was hoping to celebrate The Day of The Sun, one of the most important days of the year in North Korea, by hosting a successful test of an intermediate-range ballistic missile showcasing the secretive nation’s military strength. Instead, what he proved was, once again, that North Korea is bumbling along the modern lines of weapons technology with very little to show for their overblown posturing.
Immediately after the failed test, international experts began contemplating the possibility that North Korea’s missile was intentionally sabotaged by a U.S.-led cyber attack – an incendiary claim that caused tensions between the despotic regime in Pyongyang and the Unites States to continue down its path of destruction.
“According to a report by South Korea’s primary news outlet, Yonhap, the Pentagon has directed a total of three US aircraft carriers toward the Korean Peninsula, citing a South Korean government source.
“Yonhap reports that in addition to the CVN-70 Carl Vinson, which is expected to arrive off the South Korean coast on April 25, the CVN-76 Ronald Reagan – currently in home port in Yokosuka, Japan – and the CVN-68 Nimitz carrier group – currently undergoing final pre-deployment assessment, Composite Training Unit Exercise off Oregon – will enter the Sea of Japan next week. According to the senior government official. the US and South Korea are discussing joint drills, which will include the three aircraft carriers and other ships.
“While details are scarce, and we would urge confirmation from US-based sources, Yonhap also reports that according to the government source the operation of three aircraft carriers in the same location is unusual, and demonstrates the US commitment to North Korea. Other sources said the Trump administration is demonstrating deterrence by acting on its behalf. ‘We expect it to be completely different from the previous administration.'”
North Korea’s intense and unyielding provocation of the U.S. and her allies has been a focal point of the Trump administration in recent days, with Kim Jong Un acting as defiant as ever in the face of international pressure to dial back his rhetoric and actions.
Just last week, the Chinese government began enforcing sanctions on Kim and company, turning North Korean coal ships around after reading ports in China, thus cutting off one of the impoverished nation’s only source of income.