As the world continues to turn in the direction of conflict, one despotic dictator in Asia has been consistently poking and prodding the United States.
Kim Jong Un of North Korea has ramped up his already ridiculous rhetoric in the months following the election of U.S. President Donald Trump. The “supreme leader” of North Korea originally had promised to detonate a nuclear device on the day of Trump’s inauguration, but, as with many threats by the hermit kingdom, nothing came of it.
Then, as Donald Trump began to assert his authority on the world in the form of an airstrike in Syria, North Korea moved again to vie for the U.S.’ attention. By conducting yet another illegal ballistic missile test, and simultaneously prepping one of their nuclear research sites for an assumed detonation, Kim Jong Un has provoke Trump into sending a U.S. Navy strike group to the waters off of the Korean Peninsula.
When the U.S. military moves, the world will surely take notice. In this case, the relocation of the USS Carl Vinson and support ships caused both China and Russia to send spy ships to the region, while Japan added her military might to bolster the United States’ threat of force. China and Russia have since deployed armaments and troops to their borders with Kim Jong Un’s unhinged regime, in a move designed to deter the North Korean leader from taking any undue action.
Now, even in the face of this gargantuan international pressure to behave, Kim is continuing to hold massive military drills to celebrate his nation’s founding.
“North Korea staged what appears to be the largest firing drill on Tuesday to mark the 85th founding anniversary of its military, a government source said.
“‘Signs are detected that North Korea’s military is conducting a large-scale drill around the eastern port city of Wonsan on the anniversary,’ the source said.
“North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is presumed to have watched the exercise involving some 300-400 long-range artillery pieces that can put Seoul and its adjacent areas within range, it added.
“The move is seen as North Korea’s show of military force against Seoul and Washington instead of staging a large-scale provocation on the founding anniversary of the Korean People’s Army.
“Speculation has been rife that Pyongyang may conduct its sixth nuclear test or launch a long-range ballistic missile to mark its military event.”
Kim Jong Un has been entirely unpredictable in the past, as were previous leaders based out of Pyongyang. The military buildup surrounding North Korea may do little to deter the eccentric dictator from displaying the full might of his military forces, which at one point was considered the 4th largest army on the planet.