Kim Jong Un and his despotic regime have had egg on their face for the better part of two weeks after a series of embarrassing missile test failures.
The rogue nation, who has been extremely busy antagonizing the rest of the free world with rhetoric, twice attempted the launch of ballistic missiles in recent days. Both tests failed miserably, with the missiles exploding soon after launch in both incidents. The first test may have even been brought down by U.S. cyber warfare, according to some in the international community.
While these tests have already placed Kim Jong Un at the top of Uncle Sam’s list of global bad guys, his latest threat would create an must-engage scenario for the rest of the planet as well.
“North Korea warned Monday that it will carry out a nuclear test “at any time and at any location” set by its leadership, in the latest rhetoric to fuel jitters in the region.
“Tensions on the Korean peninsula have been running high for weeks, with signs that the North might be preparing a long-range missile launch or a sixth nuclear test — and with Washington refusing to rule out a military strike in response.
“A spokesman for the North’s foreign ministry said Pyongyang was ‘fully ready to respond to any option taken by the US’.
“The regime will continue bolstering its ‘preemptive nuclear attack’ capabilities unless Washington scrapped its hostile policies, he said in a statement carried by the state-run KCNA news agency.
“‘The DPRK’s measures for bolstering the nuclear force to the maximum will be taken in a consecutive and successive way at any moment and any place decided by its supreme leadership,’ the spokesman added, apparently referring to a sixth nuclear test and using the North’s official name, the Democratic Republic of Korea.
“The North has carried out five nuclear tests in the last 11 years and is widely believed to be making progress towards its dream of building a missile capable of delivering a warhead to the continental United States.”
A nuclear test by North Korea would mean certain doom for the reclusive dictatorship, who currently is facing international pressure on their borders and in the sea surrounding the Korean Peninsula. With the U.S., Japan, Russia, and China all poised and ready to respond to any uptick in dangerous maneuvers, Kim Jong Un’s days remain numbered.