You can almost hear the wind being drawn violently out of the sails of Kim Jong Un’s threats this afternoon, as the Pentagon successfully tested the dictator’s worst nightmare.
While Kim Jong Un and his Hermit Kingdom continue to annoy and aggressively provoke the United States and others with their threats of a nuclear armageddon, one little, tiny, minuscule thing stands in his way: He can’t possibly get a rocket anywhere near America.
Even though the “supreme” leader has had a few successive successes in recent weeks, in terms of missiles not exploding within earshot of the launchpad, North Korea’s intercontinental ballistics department is still trying out for the pee wee team while America has two hands worth of Super Bowl rings. Today, the Pentagon proved another point to the diminutive DPRK deity after a previously unseen missile test went more than swimmingly, knocking an ICMB out of the sky in mid-flight.
“In a statement, the agency said an unarmed rocket launched from the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean was ‘destroyed’ by a ground-based interceptor launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California as it traveled outside Earth’s atmosphere.
“The successful test was the first of its kind in nearly three years.
“It came two days after North Korea tested a SCUD-type ballistic missile that landed in Japan’s maritime economic zone in the Sea of Japan.
“‘This system is vitally important to the defense of our homeland, and this test demonstrates that we have a capable, credible deterrent against a very real threat,’ said MDA Director Vice Admiral Jim Syring. ‘I am incredibly proud of the warfighters who executed this test and who operate this system every day.'”
Once again, the United States Military reigns supreme on the world stage. The west surely had little doubt that the test would be a success, and North Korea’s intense shuttering of their people’s information will mean that North Korean civilians will never know of the U.S. capabilities. But Kim Jong Un will surely get the news, and that could send him into a deep and morose mood heading into more risky dink rocket launches meant to intimidate the adults in the room.