North Korea launched another missile today just before 7am local time. The missile was launched from Sunan near Pyongyang and flew eastward over Hokkaido in Japan. This comes two weeks after reports of a hydrogen bomb test. Yesterday, they threatened to “sink” Japan and turn the United States into “ashes” following harsher United Nations sanctions.
Instead of backing down, North Korean leader Kim Jong un appears to be ramping up his aggression. Threats haven’t worked. Negotiations from China haven’t worked. Sanctions, apparently, will not work, either. This puts the United States and all of east Asia in a poor situation. How do you deal with someone who may have nuclear weapons, the ability to deliver them, and a threatening posture that appears poised to strike at any moment?
Most of conservative media is currently focused on Donald Trump, Chuck Schumer, and Nancy Pelosi. Some are watching Bernie Sanders and single-payer healthcare. Ben Shapiro speaking in Berkeley is certain to be interesting. With all this happening, we cannot take our eyes off the existential threat that could trigger a nuclear war on the whims of an unstable man.
In response to the latest provocation, South Korea is reportedly conducting a ballistic missile drill in the East Sea. South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the country’s National Security Council will be holding an emergency meeting in response to the launch.
North Korea’s nuclear and missile program moving ‘faster than expected,’ expert says | Greg Paikot, Fox News
“They are moving forward very fast,” leading Seoul-based North Korea expert Andrei Lankov said about North Korea’s nuclear and missile program. “Much faster than expected.”
Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten, commander of Strategic Command, told reporters that while he was not in a position to confirm it, he assumes from the size of the underground explosion and other factors that it was a hydrogen bomb — which is a leap beyond the fission, or atomic, bombs North Korea has previously tested.
“Let’s reduce the US mainland into ashes and darkness,” said a spokesperson for the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, which oversees North Korea’s foreign affairs and propaganda, as reported by the state-run Korean Central News Agency. He even said the US should “be beaten to death as a stick is fit for a rabid dog.”
EYEWITNESS: North Korea missile launch triggered warning siren in Niigata, Japan pic.twitter.com/CBKL94Ft1Z
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) September 14, 2017
Dear the United Nations.
I get this distinct feeling that the economic sanctions are not working.
Yours in trust,
— Mister JD. (@misterjaydee) September 14, 2017
Hope Big Kim don't make a mistake launching these test missiles and one hit the U.S. or our Allies. North Korea is going to be "Non-Korea! pic.twitter.com/XykyO7ePZW
— Diamond and Silk® (@DiamondandSilk) September 14, 2017
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) September 14, 2017
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) September 14, 2017
This is not a situation that’s going to go away. The administration needs to send a message to North Korea that doesn’t go through the United Nations. The message needs to be clear and away from the public eye as taunting would be the wrong move. Kim Jong un needs to be allowed to tone it down without losing face. If we don’t address this immediately, there will be an attack. It’s just a matter of time.