Clearly, North Korea shows no intentions of modifying its behavior based on what the U.S., Japan, South Korea, or the U.N. have to say. The nation continues not only its missile development program, but its program to develop nuclear warheads that can be placed on those missiles.
The questions that remain are the ominous ones. When will North Korea be able to reliably deliver a functional nuclear warhead to the U.S. mainland via ICBM? When will that nation be able to do that via a submarine-launched missile? And what would cause its leader to order such an attack? None of that is pleasant to contemplate, and the tragedy is that nation has been allowed to continue this development program for decades.
Now it has come to a head. North Korea has been brazenly test firing missiles for months. And a couple of days ago Kim Jong-un ominously turned the heat up a notch by sending one right over Japan, triggering an alert and the evacuation of Japanese residents. While it landed harmlessly in the waters off Japan, it obviously could have been targeted to hit the island nation. Kim Jong-un just heard the equally ominous words from President Trump: “All options are on the table.”
“According to The Washington Post, the missile flew over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.
“Reports came from South Korean news agency Yonhap saying that ‘Pyongyang fired a ballistic missile which flew through Japan’s airspace,’ according to CNBC.
“CNBC also reports that NHK, a Japanese broadcaster, has issued a warning to locals to take shelter inside solid buildings or underground.”
Japanese leaders can only put up with that sort of provocation for a limited time before they will have no choice but to act. Which means certain involvement by the U.S.
“‘We will make utmost efforts to firmly protect the lives of the people,’ [Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō] Abe said as he entered his office for an emergency briefing on the situation.
“The missile is suspected to have landed somewhere in the Sea of Japan.
“This most recent missile launch comes just days after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un conducted a test missile launch of three short-range missiles on Friday, all of which were deemed successful.”
While President Trump has not tipped his hand by revealing specific “red lines,” he has promised “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if North Korea persists with its provocations.
Positions are hardening as Kim Jong-un shows no willingness to curtail his provocative actions. We can be sure that the status quo cannot continue. Someone has to give, or Korean War 2.0 will be off and running.
Source: Independent Journal Review