It seems like only a few weeks ago we were regaling just how well Donald Trump’s tough talk had worked in curbing Kim Jong Un’s madness.
Unfortunately, the delusional dictator of the DPRK is back at it again, not only threatening to once again strike Guam with a battery of conventional missiles, but apparently also working to develop even more high tech ways in which to deliver those projectiles.
“Kim Jong Un, placing his foot firmly back on the gas in his war of wills with the United States, reportedly ordered more rocket engines and warhead tips for the rogue regime’s ramped-up intercontinental ballistic missile program.
“The state’s official KCNA news agency released the report stating the dictator ordered increased production after visiting the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science, according to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.
“‘He instructed the institute to produce more solid-fuel rocket engines and rocket warhead tips by further expanding engine production process and the production capacity of rocket warhead tips and engine jets by carbon and carbon compound material,’ the report said.
Experts are torn on whether or not this is simply another bargaining exercise by the sly Kim, who employs a pattern of escalation and deescalation to get what he wants on the world stage.
Like a toddler with a handgun, Kim has negotiated his way through global politics by threatening to put his finger on the trigger when he doesn’t get his way, which, lately, has been extremely often. New sanctions by China and others have created an oppressive environment for the dictator, who has struggled in the past to keep his nation afloat through abject poverty following a famine in the 1990’s that killed millions of North Koreans.