Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un have been hitting each other hard and steady with insults over the course of the last week, posturing for a possible conflict in the coming weeks.
Trump, ever so fond of giving his political enemies nicknames, referred to North Korean despot Kim Jong Un as “Rocket Man” in a speech to U.N. this week, just before telling the General Assembly that Kim’s actions could soon leave the United States with no option but to “totally destroy” North Korea.
This blustery threat was seen by Kim as the ramblings of an “old lunatic”, or, more correctly translated, a “dotard” – a medieval word that refers to someone in the throes of senility.
English disparities aside, Kim Jong Un’s insult was accompanied by the threat of further nuclear testing, possibility outside of his preferred under-mountain method, and possibly in the open Pacific Ocean – an escalation that would more than likely lead the world into war.
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Early Saturday morning, authorities picked up rather pronounced seismic activity in the northeastern regions of the reclusive nation, leading many to believe that Kim had once again performed an underground test of a possible hydrogen bomb.
“South Korea’s weather agency said a magnitude 3.0 earthquake rocked North Korea on Saturday and that it appeared to be a natural occurrence. However, reports about the temblor contained conflicting information about its scale and nature.
“A Chinese monitoring agency said the quake was actually stronger – at magnitude 3.4 – and that it was like caused by an explosion, Japan’s Kyoto News reported.
“The quake occurred in the area where North Korea recently conducted a nuclear test, the South Korean agency reported.
“The nuclear proliferation watchdog CTBTO said the unusual seismic activity detected took place about 31 miles away from previous nuclear tests and that it would be investigating, the group’s executive secretary, Lassina Zerbo, said in a Twitter post.”
Another nuclear test would certainly grab headlines in the United States, especially given the extremely short recovery time between today’s incident the the purported hydrogen bomb detonation.
Meanwhile, experts have been warning that the U.S. missile defense systems aren’t all that they’re cracked up to be, posing the rather unnerving question as to why installations in Japan or South Korea did not intercept the latest missile tests by the rogue regime.