Things are seemingly coming to a head on the Korean Peninsula this week, as Kim Jong Un continues his erratic and dangerous behavior.
After July’s dual, successful launches of the nation’s first intercontinental ballistic missiles, North Korea has entered into a new technological realm in which their weapons could likely strike the U.S. mainland. One of the only questions left for some experts was whether or not the reclusive nation possessed the technology to mount one of their atomic weapons to these missiles.
We were given evidence of that possibility this week, after photos surfaced purporting to show Kim himself inspecting just such a weapon. Worse still, the propaganda pieces were released nearly simultaneously to the North Korean military’s most powerful nuclear test to date: The underground detonation of a possible hydrogen bomb that registered at around 120 kilotons of force. For perspective, the device that was dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II was merely 15 kilotons, and instantly vaporized 80,000 Japanese civilians.
While all eyes are now on the United States’ response to this new and pervasive threat to America, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is imploring the United Nations’ Security Council to take up drastic, sweeping action to keep Kim Jong Un at bay.
“Ambassador Nikki Haley warned North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-Un on Monday that he is ‘begging for war’ with ‘abusive use of missiles.’
“‘Enough is enough!’ America’s representative at the UN said during an emergency Security Council meeting.
“‘We have kicked the can down the road long enough,’ she said of the North Korea nuclear threat. ‘There is no more road left.’
“‘The time for half measures in the security council is over. The time has come to exhaust all of our diplomatic means before it is too late. We must now adopt the strongest possible measures. Kim Jong-Un’s action cannot be seen as defensive.’
“‘War is never something the United States wants. We don’t want it now,’ Haley said.
“‘But our country’s patience is not unlimited,’ she warned Kim’s regime. ‘We will defend our allies and our territory.'”
Haley’s tough talk is just the latest admonishment in a line of American chastising of the rogue regime of North Korea.
Complicating the situation has been China, a sometimes ally to North Korea and a frequent trade partner of the Kim regime. Chinese leaders have lambasted the proposed U.S. sanctions plan as being “unacceptable”, leading to a confusing and complex hiccup in the United States’ plan to curb Kim Jong Un.