In an effort to dissuade Kim Jong Un from feeling too froggy, the U.S. has launched an intercontinental ballistic missile of its own this week.
North Korea has been working overtime to develop the technology necessary to reach the United States with a nuclear-tipped ICBM, in an attempt to make good on their longstanding threat to completely obliterate America. Of course, the rhetoric spewing forth from the rogue regime has been the same for decades as North Korean scientists and military leaders struggle with decades-old struggles in their arsenal.
It was only weeks ago that Kim Jong Un was able to finally launch a missile that was considered “intercontinental”, breaking a barrier in weapons-tech that many believed was still years away for the dictatorship. Now, with two such launches under their belt, and bizarre submarine activity spotted off the coast of the Korean Peninsula, it seems as though the conflict between Kim and the United States is nigh.
That’s why, on Wednesday, the United States provided a show of force themselves.
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“The Pentagon conducted a test of an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile on Wednesday, with the timing expected to be of note in both North Korea, which recently tested its missile arsenal, and in China, which has been urged by the Trump administration to pressure North Korea on its nuclear program.
“The test came a day after Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said that the United States was not seeking a regime change in North Korea and would be willing to talk to Pyongyang.
“’We do not seek a collapse of the regime, we do not seek an accelerated reunification of the peninsula, we do not seek an excuse to send our military north of the 38th Parallel,’ Mr. Tillerson told reporters at the State Department on Tuesday. Mr. Tillerson assured North Korea ‘we are not your enemy,’ but added that Pyongyang ‘is presenting an unacceptable threat to us and we have to respond.’
“’We would like to sit and have a dialogue with them,’ Mr. Tillerson said.”
The dialogue will likely never occur, given the egregious hatred that Kim Jong Un and his government hold for the United States.
President Trump had earlier attempted to use China’s leverage to corral the diminutive despot in Pyongyang, but to no avail. Now, the United States has to concern itself not only with the direct threat that Kim could possibly pose to our nation, but the bevy of U.S. allies who lie much closer to the unhinged leader.
Kim Jong Un’s second ICBM launch of July landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone with little to no warning; a move that could have spelled disaster for any ships or aircraft in the area.