If there’s one thing that Kim Jong Un never has a misfire with, it is his mouth.
The diminutive dictator of the DPRK has long been working to refine his antagonization of the United States, with a sudden escalation in that campaign coming the moment that Donald Trump was elected President back in November of 2016.
Sensing a shift from the U.S. being led by an ordinary diplomat in Barack Obama to an unconventional powerhouse in Trump, North Korea has seen an opportunity to harass the western world in unprecedented ways. Through a number of wild missile tests, including two alarming ICMB launches in July, Kim Jong Un has once again pushed the envelope as to what is acceptable in the world of international politics.
Just yesterday, the rogue nation again sent rockets skyward in an unkempt show of force, this time allowing his medium range missiles to fly directly over U.S. ally Japan, before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean. This latest launch prompted more tough talk from President Trump, which has been immediately countered by words of war from Kim himself.
“Just one day after his latest launch brought his country and American one step closer to war the smirking communist called for more weapons testing over the Pacific to advance his country’s ability to contain Guam.
“State media reported that the dictator had said: ‘The current ballistic rocket launching drill like a real war is the first step of the military operation of the Korean People’s Army in the Pacific and a meaningful prelude to containing Guam.’
“The Rodong Sinmun newspaper, mouthpiece of the North’s ruling party, on Wednesday carried more than 20 pictures of the launch near Pyongyang. One showed Kim smiling broadly at a desk with a map of the Northwest Pacific, surrounded by aides.
“The fiery outburst came as the UN Security Council – which includes Russia and Kim’s key ally China – unanimously condemned the ‘outrageous’ launch.”
There is little room left for diplomacy in the contentious relationship between North Korea and the United States, as Kim Jong Un continue to push the bounds of international decorum.
President Trump’s tough talk may soon be tested, as the actions of Kim continue to send his tiny nation on a crash course with the world’s more sage superpowers. The concern remains, however, that any action by his enemies could be cause for unhinged military strikes at a number of targets, including Guam and South Korea, as well as a highly advised-against attempt to strike the U.S. mainland.