Kim Jong-un is not detoured at all from testing his nuclear-capable weapons as he continues to fire off North Korea’s missiles in an attempt to show the world they have the technology to enter the nuclear game. On Sunday he embarked on the second launching of a test missile within a week’s time. News of this Sunday’s missile firing left very little hope for South Korea officials that they would see peace between the neighboring countries anytime in the near future.
According to the Daily Mail, this is just one in many events for North Korea in their attempt to develop its ballistic and nuclear weapons. The rocket was launched from the South Phyongan Province in the North Korean county of Pukchang on Sunday morning.
It took a path headed eastward about 310 miles before coming down in the sea. It went far above the Earth before topping off at a height of approximately 340 miles, which surpasses the height of the International Space Station. The ISS sits at an average of 248 miles above the Earth, according to Space.com.
The missile came down in the ocean just outside of Japan’s “exclusive economic zone,” with no damages reported. North Korea’s missiles now have the capability of range to travel to the West Coast shores of the U.S., making each missile test a scary event for the world. According to the BBC News, North Korea announces the success of the missile tests and the state-run news agency out of North Korea claims the missile is now ready to be deployed for military action.
According to Reuters, the Security Council from the United Nations is due to meet on Tuesday in a private session to discuss the latest North Korea test missile. This meeting is at the request of the United States, Japan, and South Korea, diplomats said on Sunday. It was on Sunday, May 21, when North Korea fired the most recent missile, which was a ballistic missile with mid-range. According to the Globe and Mail, Kim Jong-un warned that the North Korean weapons could reach the U.S. mainland.
Not only is Kim Jong-un not trying to hide the fact that they are testing the mid-range and medium long-range missiles, he ordered a parade through the streets last week to honor the technicians responsible for last weekend’s successful missile launch. He appears eager to share his “success” with the rest of the world.
A North Korean newspaper, the Rodong Sinmum, writes about the creators of these missiles last week. They conveyed, “they had “bravely rushed to complete their new goal” of showing the world how North Korea was on the verge of checkmating the US imperialists, by developing “another perfect weapon system,” according to The Australian.
South Korea’s government took Sunday’s missile launch pretty hard as the direction Kim Jung-un is going in is fairly clear with his North Korean missile launches. According to the Daily Mail, Kim Dong-yub, who is an analyst at Seoul’s Institute for Far Eastern Studies, believes that “if North Korea did indeed fire the Pukguksong-2 again, it might be part of attempts to stabilize the system before operationally deploying the missiles.”
People are now referring to the possibility of a World War III breaking out when it comes to Kim Jong-un’s defiance with the missile testing. The Military Times is offering up just what war with North Korea would look like when it came to the U.S. troops.
With Kim Jong-un closer than he has ever been to delivering a “nuclear-tipped missile” to the West Coast of the United States, Trump’s administration “sees no good military options in North Korea,” according to the Military Times.
The close proximity of Seoul to the North Korean border, could only mean that a preemptive strike would result in a “cataclysmic chain of events,” reports the Military Times. This would include a “profound loss of life.” With the help of China pushing diplomatic and economic measures, the U.S. was hopeful North Korea would feel the pressure enough to halt their weapon testing voluntarily.
While this is the game plan against North Korea today, it doesn’t seem to be very effective, as the missile tests continue. Without the use of nuclear weapons, a war with North Korea would entail “massive amounts of U.S. and South Korean forces getting involved and this could drag on for months.”
Jim Mattis, the Secretary of Defense, did not make any attempt to conceal what the U.S. is facing if, in fact, Kim Jong-un leaves this country with no choice but to take military action. Mattis said, “it is going to be tragic on an unbelievable scale.” Unless Kim Jong-un somehow changes his mind, it doesn’t look like a favorable outcome for troops. This would entail putting together some type of military action.
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