We’ve long been headed for a showdown with the rogue regime of North Korea, and the latest move by the hermit kingdom brings us a step closer to the fireworks.
North Korea, and their maniacal leader Kim Jong Un, have made it a point to act as recklessly as possible in regard to the United States and her allies in recent months, launching the nation’s first, true intercontinental ballistic missiles and testing what is a likely a thermonuclear hydrogen bomb – both pieces of technology that are forbidden for the reclusive nation.
This escalation has promoted the United States and South Korea to work closely with one another on a number of military drills, designed at deterring the whims of Kim Jong Un. For the most part, this has worked to keep Kim in check militarily, while still allowing him to run his mouth via North Korea’s state-run propaganda agencies.
This weekend could be much different, however, as Kim looks poised to place his missiles into launch positions as South Korea and the U.S. conduct joint naval drills off of the Korean Peninsula.
“North Korea is believed to be preparing to launch a ballistic missile ahead of an upcoming joint naval drill by the US and South Korea, a news report said Saturday, citing a government source.“The US navy said Friday that a US aircraft carrier will lead the drill in the coming week, a fresh show of force against North Korea as tensions soar over the hermit state’s weapons programme.
“The move will likely rile Pyongyang which has previously responded angrily to joint exercises.“The Donga Ilbo daily, quoting a government source, said satellite pictures show ballistic missiles mounted on launchers being transported out of hangars near Pyongyang and in the North Phyongan Province.
“US and South Korean military officials suspect the North might be preparing to launch missiles capable of reaching US territory, the newspaper said.
“This could be the Hwasong-14 inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM), whose range could extend to Alaska, or Hwasong-12 intermediate-range missiles which Pyongyang threatened to fire towards the US Pacific territory of Guam in August, the report said.”
North Korea has been treading on thin ice with U.S. President Donald Trump in recent weeks, issuing and receiving a number of fiery threats with the United States.
Should Kim decide to send a projectile skyward during the joint drills, it will almost assuredly be considered an act of war for which Kim Jong Un could pay dearly. His continued efforts to poke and prod at America and her defenses will eventually awaken a sleeping giant whose fingers are already at the doorstep of the DPRK, and who could easily wipe their smile, and the rest of the tiny nation, off of the map.