Chest Thumping, Li’l Kim Style

North Korea has been in the news almost from day one with the Trump admin…..nukes are a problem….his missiles are a problem and now he has added yet another factor to the equation…..

“North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?” President Trump tweeted Monday night after Pyongyang’s latest missile launch. The Japanese government estimates that the intermediate-range missile launched early Tuesday local time flew for around 40 minutes—longer than similar recent launches—before landing in Japan’s exclusive economic zone, the AP reports. “Hard to believe that South Korea … and Japan will put up with this much longer,” Trump tweeted. “Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all!”

US Pacific Command says NORAD “assessed that the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America,” CNN reports, though David Wright at the Union of Concerned Scientists says that according to distance and flight time estimates, the missile had a maximum range of around 4,160 miles—enough to reach Alaska, though not Hawaii or the lower 48 states. Sources tell the New York Times that Trump’s call for a “heavy move” from Beijing comes after a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping Sunday night, in which Trump warned that the US is ready to act on its own to pressure North Korea if China is unwilling to take action.

Granted this guy is a bit of a nut case…..and thumping his chest does nothing to calm the situation…..to antagonize the US he sent out a message….

North Korea’s first successful launch of an ICBM has shocked the world—and caused some gloating in Pyongyang. North Korea’s KCNA news agency quoted Kim Jong Un as saying “American bastards would be not very happy with this gift sent on the July 4 anniversary,” the Guardian reports. The agency said Kim, who has vowed not to give up the country’s nuclear program, urged his nuclear scientists to “frequently send big and small ‘gift packages’ to the Yankees.” According to KCNA, the missile North Korea launched Tuesday is capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead.

His words got him what he desires the most….the spotlight……

  • The US and South Korea responded to the launch with a joint ballistic missile exercise in the Sea of Japan Tuesday, reports the BBC. The two countries warned that “self-restraint” was “all that separated armistice and war.”
  • The US vowed to take tougher measures on North Korea, with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calling for global action, reports Reuters. “All nations should publicly demonstrate to North Korea that there are consequences to their pursuit of nuclear weapons,” he said. The United Nations Security Council will hold a meeting on the issue Wednesday.
  • The New York Times looks at the different options President Trump can proceed with, and finds that they are “few and risky.” One option that China and Russia agree on involves Pyongyang suspending its nuclear weapons program in return for the US suspending
  • The launch of an ICBM has long been seen as a “red line,” though analysts believe Pyongyang may still be years away from having long-range nuclear capability, the AP reports. Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, a former commanding officer of the British Armed Forces Joint Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Regiment, says “in capability of missile terms and delivery, it is a major step up and they seem to be making progress week-on-week,” but “actually marrying the warhead to the missile is probably the biggest challenge, which they appear not to have progressed on.”
  • The Los Angeles Times reports that the ICBM launch wasn’t a huge surprise for some analysts, who observed that North Korea had two mysterious launch failures at the same facility last fall.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation looks at just how far the North Korean ICBM could go. Experts believe Alaska and possibly some America’s Pacific bases are now in range, as is northern Australia.
I say it again…this dude is a nutcase…..but is he serious about this “gift” thing?
First, calmer heads need to prevail…we already have one chest thumper we do not need more of them in the mix.
I believe that his verbiage is mostly “chest thumping”…he will play this until he gets some concessions from the US and others….the thing to do is meet with him diplomatically and work on a serious end to all this silliness.
Now the problem with that scenario is that the Trump plan is to cut the State Department, our nation’s diplomats, that if successful would put a wrench in the works.  Six months into the Trump era and we still do not have a full compliment of diplomats….that is what should be the most worrying….for without them then this thing could spiral out of control.
To solve this situation will take more than tough words and tough Tweets…it will take word and so far I do not see there is any capabilities to do so from DC….
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18 thoughts on “Chest Thumping, Li’l Kim Style

  1. You are right to say he just wants attention. Maybe it is best to just ignore him? Stop reporting these launches, and what he has to say, and just leave him alone in the corner like a naughty boy…
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. I know very little if anything about the mental make up of “Kim” but I do know one thing …. I think The U.S. is taking him a little too casually — I am remembering Pearl Harbor …. History repeats itself ….. I am afraid that one sweet morning I am going to wake up to TV pictures of Half of Seattle or something ….

    1. He may be a nutcase but I do not think he has it in him to pull off anything he claims to want….NK would be a greasy spot on the map…..

      1. Delusion can be a dangerous thing and who knows who in his regime might be feeding him encouragement about the military power and might of his little nothing nation ….. He might actually get to the point where he believes his own propaganda …. He might be like Hitler was and believe that if NK goes to war and loses then the NK people do not deserve to live …. that was a Hitler thing …. Kim might be inspired (afflicted) in the same way —

      2. I think that if that occurs China would be the best bet to handle the situation….it would be in their best interest….

      3. I have always silently, secretly feared a Russo-Chinese alliance more than most of the people I know …. Something that suddenly materializes on the world stage …. using the element of surprise, shock, awe and disbelief to their advantage ….. a modern Blitzkrieg of International jockeying and intrigue … and perhaps even actual conflict.

      4. I cannot see Russia nd China agreeing on much…but the possibility that they could form a bloc to counter NK…it would be in everyone’s benefit…..and that could be the killer of any deal….they do not like each other much…..

      5. Necessity is often the mother of invention and it does not necessarily follow that known foes cannot form working alliances for mutual protection.

      6. That is very true….but after decades of competing with each other on the international stage I just cannot see them making nice now…no matter the reason…kinda like US and Iran….

      7. But totally unlike US and England … vis a vis “The Revolution.” I remember when Vietnam was our mortal enemy and now we are trading partners. — I cannot completely agree that the possibility of an alliance there is unlikely.

      8. Like I said anything is possible…it just depends on the circumstances…..but whichever…we can hope that calmer heads prevail on both sides.

      9. I wish calmer heads had prevailed when Hitler was laying waste to Poland, don’t you? I bet old Anthony Eden probably had the same kinds of thoughts … but’s not how insane minds work is it?

      10. Would Hitler had gone into Poland if they had a nuke? We can do “what ifs” all day we will not know until there is a push…I still think he is chest thumping….

      11. Hitler came close to having a nuke himself. One day I think there will be a launch and an …… “Accident.”

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