While the United States is currently preoccupied attempting to get to the bottom of the Sunday night mass shooting in Las Vegas, the threat of North Korea has not yet subsided.
For months, President Trump and Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un have been entangled in a dangerous dance of damaged diplomacy, and a war of words that has gone above and beyond anything that either nation has seen in modern history.
Trump has been blustery and bold, letting it be known far and wide that North Korea could easily be “destroyed” by the U.S. military should Kim refuse to back off of his threats to harm America and her allies. In return, Kim Jong Un has employed his signature, indignant bravado in testing missile after missile in terrifying flyovers of Japan and the Pacific Ocean. The North Korean military has also resorted to the underground testing of multiple nuclear, and possibly thermonuclear devices, ushering in a new era of the tiny nation’s weaponry capabilities.
While there have been no public displays of animosity this week, that hasn’t stopped the CIA from predicting that North Korea is on the precipice of once again poking the bear that is the global community, possibly as early as Columbus Day.
“A top CIA official for the Korean Peninsula warned Wednesday that the U.S. should be ready for a new provocation by North Korea on Columbus Day on Oct. 9, which coincides with the anniversary of the founding of the political party that governs in Pyongyang.
“‘Stand by your phones,’ Yong Suk Lee, deputy assistant director of the CIA’s Korea Mission Center, said while speaking at a conference organized by the agency at The George Washington University.
“Lee did not speculate what North Korea might do, though it frequently carries out missile launches or nuclear tests on major state anniversaries, such as the birthday of leader Kim Jong Un or other dates associated with the lives of his father or grandfather. Oct. 10 marks the anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea in 1945.
“Tensions with North Korea have reached new extremes in recent weeks, following months of increased weapons tests combined with new U.S. appraisals that Pyongyang is close to perfecting or perhaps already has made an intercontinental ballistic missile that can carry a nuclear warhead and hit targets accurately.”
Kim Jong Un’s latest tests have been far more concerning than anything in the hermit kingdom’s previous history, as experts now believe that the reclusive nation is also in possession of a possible hydrogen bomb with destructive capabilities 10 times more powerful than that of the weapons that ended World War II.