For decades, North Korea was seen as a wayward and misguided nation whose threats weren’t backed by any real consequence.
It was for the simple reason that the Kim family, nepotistic rulers of the bizarre nation, were fond of letting their vitriol write checks that their military could never, ever cash. All that has changed in 2017 however.
Where previously the hermit kingdom fumbled around with missiles that refused to get off of the ground and underpowered “nuclear” detonations, North Korea has now become proficient. This year has seen three separate ICBM launches, (the first of their kind for North Korea), with the latest projectile being easily capable of reaching anywhere within the United States. Furthermore, a terrifying reality has set in regarding their nuclear capabilities after independent scientists verified that a nuclear detonation earlier this year was consistent with the seismic signature of a hydrogen bomb – the most powerful device yet tested by the rogue regime, with the power of approximately 15 of the weapons dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.
Now, the attitude regarding North Korea has changed dramatically, even in China, where the despotic nation’s only true allies reside.
While North Korea claims war with the United States is now “inevitable”, China is tending to agree, hoping to defuse the situation before it gets truly out of hand.
“Two American B-1B heavy bombers joined large-scale combat drills over South Korea on Thursday amid warnings from North Korea that the exercises and U.S. threats have made the outbreak of war ‘an established fact’.
“The annual U.S.-South Korean ‘Vigilant Ace’ exercises feature 230 aircraft, including a range of the U.S. military’s most advanced stealth warplanes, and come a week after North Korea tested its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) to date which it says can reach the mainland United States.
“A spokesman for the North’s foreign ministry blamed the drills and ‘confrontational warmongering’ by U.S. officials for making war inevitable.
“China, North Korea’s neighbor and lone major ally, again urged calm and said war was not the answer.
“’We hope all relevant parties can maintain calm and restraint and take steps to alleviate tensions and not provoke each other,’ Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in a statement.”
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean “supreme” leader Kim Jong Un have been trading barbs over the course of the last year, with both leaders touting their own military superiority in their statements.
Of course, North Korea’s claim to a superior fighting force is pure propaganda on the part of the government in Pyongyang, who are still working to convince their enslaved population that Kim Jong Un is some sort of divine character and that North Korea is the only truly great nation on the planet.
Defectors, many of whom have spent time in the nation’s litany of concentration camps, tend to disagree.