North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is nothing if not persistent, with yet another bit of provocation against the United States occurring early Saturday morning local time.
Mere hours ago, the United States received word that another ballistic missile test in the rogue nation of North Korea has failed miserably. The test, which occurred at approximately 5:30am local time, was of a short range missile that was deemed to be incapable of carrying a nuclear warhead or reaching a target any further away than Seoul, South Korea.
“North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday in local time, but the missile exploded soon after launch, U.S. officials told NBC News.
“One official told NBC that the U.S. had warning of the test and watched it closely.” A South Korean military official confirmed to NBC that the test occurred around 5:30 a.m. local time. The official said the missile traveled northeast towards the East Sea.
“‘Currently, we are closely monitoring North Korea’s further military provocation and are totally ready to meet any and all kinds of provocation,’ the official told NBC.
“U.S. Pacific Command said the missile did not leave North Korean territory, adding that the North American Aerospace Defense Command determined the launch did not pose a threat to North America.
“Pacific Command said it ‘stands behind our steadfast commitment to the security of our allies in the Republic of Korea and Japan.’
“The White House said that the administration is aware of the test and that President Donald Trump has been briefed.”
Kim Jong Un’s constant prodding of the international community seems hellbent on coming to a head in the coming weeks, as the North Korean dictator continues unauthorized missile tests in the face of increasing global scrutiny.
Satellite imagery has also revealed that the despotic regime has been hard at work at one of several nuclear test sites in the country, prompting concerns that Kim Jong Un could soon test or deploy a nuclear weapon. Should those fears be realized, there is no doubt that an international effort to curb Kim will commence with the United States having already places a Naval strike group in the waters off of the Korean Peninsula.
Should U.S. President Donald Trump’s prediction of a “major, major conflict” with North Korea be realized, the world could be in for a shocking discovery in the reclusive country. Several defectors have, in recent years, detailed a horrific network of concentration camps being operated by Kim’s government. The atrocities relayed by these defectors that are said to be occurring in the camps rival anything previously documented in human history, The Holocaust notwithstanding.