Kim Jong Un has fired 3 ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan today, according to reports from the U.S. and South Korean military authorities.
For months, North Korea has been making strides to compete with the United States and other global superpowers in terms of nuclear weapons, despite the worldwide consensus that Kim Jong Un is not to reach that technological milestone.
As the hermit kingdom continued to test rocket and after rocket despite ever-increasing international pressure and economic sanctions, the United States was forced to respond. Once Kim finally popped off two highly successful ICBM’s in July, President Donald Trump warned the dainty dictator that any further provocation would be met with a “fire and fury” the likes of which the world had never seen.
This seemed to have some effect on Kim, who slowly backed down from another threat to strike the U.S. territory of Guam with rockets.
Now, just days later however, North Korea has fired at least three ballistic missiles, with at least two of the devices splashing down in the Sea of Japan, and a third possibly failing immediately upon launch.
“North Korea launched at least three ballistic missiles into the East Sea on Saturday morning, according to South Korean and U.S. militaries.
“The North fired ‘several unidentified projectiles’ from the vicinity Gitdaeryong in Gangwon Province starting at around 6:49 a.m., said the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).
“Some of those flew more than 250 kilometers in the northeastern direction, it added.
“The U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) also said, ‘Initial assessment indicates three short-range ballistic missile launches.’
“‘The first and third missiles at 11:49 a.m. (Hawaii time) and 12:19 p.m. failed in flight,’ the PACOM’s spokesman Cdr. David Benham said in an emailed statement. ‘The second missile launch at 12:07 p.m. appears to have blown up almost immediately.'”
Kim’s constant provocations will likely result in necessary U.S. military action, especially now that the tiny nation appears to have at least some projectiles that could reach the American mainland.
The U.S. faces a tricky situation in confronting North Korea, however. Both Russia and China have indicated that they could side with Kim Jong Un in any conflict between the U.S. and North Korea, creating the potential for a global conflict in the Pacific.