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.