The Hermit Kingdom continues to defy international pressures to cease any and all intercontinental ballistic missile tests, launching yet another projectile on Sunday afternoon.
As tensions crest in the Korean Peninsula, a bevy of global allies continue to monitor the North Korean situation from warships off the coast. Even in the face of this ominous presence, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has refused to take his foot off the gas in regard to weapon technology testing, firing off a 9th missile test that saw a rocket landing just inside Japanese-zoned waters. Now, as the tests continue to gain frequency, an international alliance of nations will be forced to reconcile their talk with their non-action before Kim takes things to the next level.
“The missile, presumed to be a Scud type, was launched eastward from the vicinity of Wonsan, Gangwon Province, at around 5:39 a.m., according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).
“‘The flight distance is around 450 kilometers,’ it said.
“The North’s latest action was immediately reported to President Moon Jae-in, who ordered related government officials to convene a National Security Council meeting, said the JCS.
“The session started at 7:30 a.m., presided over by Moon’s national security adviser Chung Eui-yong.
“The U.S. Pacific Command also confirmed the launch occurred near Wonsan Airfield, saying the missile was tracked for six minutes until it landed in the East Sea.
“‘The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) assessed that the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America,’ the Hawaii-based command said in an emailed statement. ‘U.S. Pacific Command stands behind our ironclad commitment to the security of our allies in the Republic of Korea and Japan.'”
Military action against North Korea is seemingly inevitable at this point in time. Not only has Kim Jong Un continued to rail against global decorum and international law, but defectors have told wildly horrific tales of the regime’s brutality in recent years.
The nation is home to a bevy of concentration camps in which escapees have described incredibly harrowing scenes. Torture methods that have been revealed by these brave defectors have targeted young and old, men and women alike, in acts that make Dachau look like Disney Land.
If President Trump was compelled to action against Syria’s Bashar al-Assad by the images of innocent children being killed in a ruthless chemical attack, the nightmarish tales that have been retold by concentration camp survivors are surely adequate to invoke the wrath of the United States military.