About now everyone with a couple of functioning ears will know that NK fired a couple of missiles towards Japan and they landed in the Pacific.
Japan knew they were coming and let lose the high shrills of the CD sirens.
Then back in Washington the chest thumping began all over again….
North Korea’s provocative new missile launch has prompted an early morning warning from President Trump in which he says that “all options are on the table.” Trump doesn’t offer specifics but chastises Pyongyang for launching a ballistic missile that flew over Japan. “The world has received North Korea’s latest message loud and clear: this regime has signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior,” said the presidential statement, per the Washington Post.
In its coverage for the North’s test launch, the New York Times characterized Pyongyang’s move as a “direct challenge” to Trump, who said last week that the North was “starting to respect us” after Trump began talking tough. Trump spoke with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday night, and afterward Abe told reporters that Japan and the US were “completely matched” in their stances and would discuss ways to increase international pressure on the North. Pyongyang has twice before fired missiles over Japan, in 1998 and in 2009, but it said afterward that those missiles were carrying satellites. The AP reports that the latest launch involved a midrange ballistic missile, which is “unambiguously” for military purposes, unlike the two earlier missile launches.
After all the news I got to thinking…..after all the foreign aid and cash we ship to Japan and they have NO way of intercepting these missiles?
Do they have the capacity for self-defense? Were they timid? Did the US stop them from acting?
If so, why did they allow the missiles to come so close?
In the aftermath of North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile across Japan early on Tuesday morning, the Japanese government went to great lengths to reassure the public that it is taking all the necessary steps to protect them. In truth, however, there was effectively very little that the Japanese military could have done to neutralize this latest provocation by Pyongyang.
I have no expertise in Asian affairs so I have to do what most people do when they want answers…..RESEARCH.
NK has fired numerous missiles at Japan…..just what is the plan here?
North Korea’s launch of a missile over Japan early on Monday morning was certainly irresponsible. But for Pyongyang, it was more of a carefully calculated risk than a reckless gamble. It is the latest step in a strategy aimed not to get into a shooting war but designed to build up the nuclear and missile capabilities that the regime firmly believes it needs.
A potential nuclear power firing missiles is of course enough to put the world on edge – and possibly provoke retaliation. Even mainstream U.S. commentators such as Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass are now suggesting that Pyongyang’s apparent irresponsibility is so great that it undermines faith in deterrence as a strategy and turns “a preventive strike [into] a serious option, notwithstanding its high risks and potential costs”.
After a speech before the UNSC Amb. Haley made it clear the path that lay before us….
One day after North Korea conducted its largest-ever nuclear test, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley says the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, is “begging for war,” CNN reports. Haley made the claim during an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council Monday as part of a lobbying effort to convince them to take the “strongest possible measures” against North Korea after the country detonated a thermonuclear warhead underground on Sunday. “Enough is enough,” Haley said. “We have taken an incremental approach, and despite the best of intentions, it has not worked.” Yesterday Defense Secretary Jim Mattis responded to the latest test by saying the US will answer North Korean threats with a “massive military response — a response both effective and overwhelming.”
Experts believe the explosive tested Sunday has a power range of between 50 and 150 kilotons, far larger than the power of the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima at the end of WWII, the BBC reports. Pyongyang claims it has the capacity to reduce the warhead in size and attach it to an ICBM capable of hitting the US mainland, though some analysts remain skeptical. Regardless, Haley said, US patience with North Korea is “not unlimited.” “Only the strongest sanctions will enable us to resolve this problem through diplomacy,” she told her colleagues on the security council. “We have kicked the can down the road long enough. There is no more road left.”
At the latest UN Security Council meeting on North Korea’s nuclear test, US Ambassador Nikki Haley declared that the US is certain North Korea is “begging for war.” She added that the US, which has been threatening to attack North Korea for months, doesn’t want a war.
The more I research this situation the more I smell something fishy….there is more to this than the straight up bravado that we hear about nightly.
Watch this soon the real reason for this news will come to light….if it has not already.