Kim Jong Un and the hermit kingdom of North Korea, on which some say he barely has any remaining grip, are now issuing ludicrous threats to the United States.
The leadership in Pyongyang has long been at odds with the world around it. Born out of extreme isolation and unfathomable secrecy, North Korea’s “supreme leader” has roundly rejected the possibility of ever demonstrating compliance with international standards of decency. Between his continued efforts to brainwash the North Korean people, his defiance to international nuclear weapons law, and his purported use of atrocious forced labor camps, Kim Jong Un has done nothing but antagonize the Asian continent and beyond.
Now, with China breathing down his neck with 150,000 troops amassing at the border, and the United States sending one heck of a fighting force within striking distance of the reclusive regime, Pyongyang has a defiant, albeit dangerous message for those who wish to cross their imaginary line: We will nuke you.
“President Trump said ‘North Korea is looking for trouble’ just hours after the rogue regime vowed to respond with nuclear weapons to any military strikes by the United States.
“’North Korea is looking for trouble,’ Trump tweeted. ‘If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! USA.’
A US aircraft carrier group led by the USS Carl Vinson is steaming to the Korean Peninsula following continued missile tests by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
North Korea said it was prepared to respond to any military operations by the US.
“’Our revolutionary strong army is keenly watching every move by enemy elements with our nuclear sight focused on the U.S. invasionary bases not only in South Korea and the Pacific operation theater but also in the U.S. mainland,’ the country’s state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper said.”
The news from the state-run paper should be taken with a hefty heaping of salt, given that North Korea’s missile tests are only successful a fraction of the time. While nuclear tests have thought to have been successfully conducted by the despotic dictator, hard evidence of these rogue rumbles has been hard to come by.
Perhaps the more pressing issue will be the effect that a U.S. led strike will have not only on diplomatic relations with China, but what revenge Kim Jong Un could exact on his people should the U.S. begin military operations. Given the atrocities no doubt committed under his reign, and the aforementioned loss of totalitarian information control by the supreme leader, Kim Jong Un could very easily lash out against his own citizens, who have for years bore witness to the mayhem inflicted by the government.