It has been 2 months and not much has come out of North Korea….and then when we least expect it…..Li’l Kim is back with a vengeance.
The two-month lull is over: North Korea has launched another missile, ending a pause in testing that had raised hopes for diplomatic progress. The ballistic missile went up about 3am Wednesday local time and flew east before coming down in the Sea of Japan. “We will take care of it,” President Trump told reporters afterward, per CNBC, but he did not elaborate. Military analysts from the US and South Korea were still assessing the type and scope of the missile. More details and developments:
- An ICBM? One big question is whether it was a standard missile or one of the intercontinental variety capable of reaching the US. The answer wasn’t immediately clear, but the initial assessment points to an ICBM, according to Pentagon spokesman Col Robert Manning, per Yonhap News Agency.
- Long flight: Early reports suggest the missile flew for about 50 minutes, which the Guardian reports would be a North Korean record. The Pentagon’s Manning estimates it went about 620 miles, and it may have come down within 200 nautical miles of Japan’s coast, reports the AP. There were conflicting reports on whether it actually flew over Japan, as previous missiles have done.
This most recent test set a couple of records……
North Korea says its latest missile is capable of reaching the entire US mainland—and experts warn that Pyongyang could be right. The Hwasong-15 missile launched early Wednesday went up almost 2,800 miles—10 times the height of the International Space Station—and flew around 590 miles, demonstrating what analysts say is the capability to hit American cities including Washington, DC. “With this system, we can load the heaviest warhead and strike anywhere in the mainland United States,” North Korean newsreader Ri Chun Hee said in a special broadcast, per the Washington Post. “This signifies that our rocket development process has been completed.” Japanese officials say the intercontinental ballistic missile did not fly over the country, but landed in the sea off its northern coast. In other developments:
- Game-changer. Analysts say that Pyongyang probably still has some technical hurdles to overcome, including mastering targeting and the ability to deliver heavy warheads, but the launch is still a game-changer, Reuters reports. “We don’t have to like it, but we’re going to have to learn to live with North Korea’s ability to target the United States with nuclear weapons,” says Jeffrey Lewis, head of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program.
Of course Fearless Leader had to open his worthless mouth and out fell the normal crap…….
In a completely inept response, North Korea launched an ICBM, and all the president could say was we will take care of it, and it is a situation we will handle.
Trump said, “I will only tell you we will take care of it. We have Gen. Mattis in the room with us, and we’ve had a long discussion on it. It is a situation that we will handle.”
Experts believe that North Korea can now fire a missile that could reach New York or Washington, D.C. and all Trump can say is that we will handle it. Does the President understand what is going on around him? Does he have the mental capacity to grasp the danger to the world that this threat poses?
When people question Trump’s mental state, responses like this one are exactly what they are talking about. The President Of The United States needs to project strength and have a plan in moments like these. This isn’t an episode of The Apprentice. Trump can’t bluff his way through issues of war and peace.
We’ll handle it is the kind of answer that an in over his head idiot gives when he doesn’t understand the issue and has no intention of doing anything about it.
There is something seriously wrong with Donald Trump. His answer is more proof that he is not fit to be president.
And then our clueless UN ambassador had to open her mouth and let shit fall forth…….
US Ambassador Nikki Haley said Wednesday that North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile that some observers believe could reach Washington and the entire US Eastern Seaboard “brings us closer” to a war the US doesn’t seek, the AP reports. Haley, speaking at an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council, said that if war comes as a result of further acts of “aggression” like Tuesday’s launch, “make no mistake the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed.” “The dictator of North Korea made a decision yesterday that brings us closer to war, not farther from it,” Haley said. “We have never sought war with North Korea and still today we do not seek it.”
The Trump administration threatened new sanctions on North Korea after the reclusive government shattered 2½ months of relative quiet with its most powerful weapon test yet. President Trump tweeted that he spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping about Pyongyang’s “provocative actions,” and he vowed that “additional major sanctions will be imposed on North Korea today. This situation will be handled!” Trump’s top diplomat, Rex Tillerson, said the US could target financial institutions doing business with the North. The fresh deliberations about new forms of punishment for North Korea came after its government said it successfully fired a “significantly more” powerful, nuclear-capable ICBM it called the Hwasong-15. Outside governments and analysts concurred the North had made a jump in missile capability.
Does this douche realize that her words could,be construed as a declaration of war?
She then proceeded to dictate what China should or else……..
“We now turn to President Xi to also take that stand. We believe he has an opportunity to do the right thing for the benefit of all countries. China must show leadership and follow through. China can do this on its own, or we can take the oil situation into our own hands,” she said.
How do you think that ultimatum will sit in the craw of the Chinese?
THe one “bright” spot that I saw was something that Li’l Kim had to say after the last test…..”North Korea has declared itself a full nuclear power, saying they have the ability to deliver a “super-large heavy warhead” anywhere within the mainland United States now.”
North Korea has long believed that negotiation could only take place once the US was no longer able to hold the threat of attacking over their head
This could be the perfect time to try diplomacy….but the problem is that we have NO diplomats other than a clueless SecState and a president that is suffer from on-set dementia.
For 10 months Trump has promised that NK would never become a nuclear power and in one missile test Li’l Kim made Trump out a liar (we all knew he was but this just confirms it)……
As the Trump administration seeks to prevent North Korea from becoming a nuclear power, it will probably want to close the barn door as well, now that the horse has gotten out.
Tuesday’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile simply underscores the status quo. It changed nothing. North Korea is a nuclear power. It also has a highly sophisticated missile program. The two will soon be linked—if they’re not already—and Pyongyang will shortly have the ability to launch nuclear attacks on the U.S. mainland. (By the way, can we marvel for a moment at the technical aptitude of the North Koreans? This impoverished, isolated country has managed to build weapons of fearsome strength and remarkable sophistication. They’ve literally mastered rocket science, under the most arduous of circumstances.)
Trump inherited a shit sandwich but that does not absolve him from doing the right thing……that is if the nit wit is capable of doing anything right……
US President Donald Trump certainly has a point when he complains that he inherited the difficult problem in North Korea. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has shown no interest in negotiation, or even in listening to what anyone has to say about his reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and the long-range missiles needed to deliver them.
But the fact that Trump inherited the problem does not absolve him of responsibility for addressing it. So far, he has failed even to articulate, much less implement, a strategy for dealing with North Korea. Almost one year into his presidency, his only achievement has been to secure additional sanctions at the United Nations. Worse still, his bitter complaints about his predecessors suggest that he has no idea what to do next.
So yet another opportunity to avoid a possible war will be missed…..that we can count on.