This time the missile went right over Japan again, and another 1,370 miles further. North Korea wants to show the world it can punch above its weight. Nukes and ICBMs will place it in a select club that demands more responsibility than the hermit kingdom has shown. Such a hissy-fit of threats only proves that Kim Jong-un lacks the maturity to handle the world’s most powerful weapons.
As Konstantinos Roditis wrote, we shouldn’t give in to the shake down. But it’s more than a shake down. North Korea wants a confrontation with the United States. They want to show the world they can take on the greatest foe, the world’s only mega power, and win. Their next move might be to kill someone, because human life is meaningless to them (except for Kim’s).
We shouldn’t give North Korea the satisfaction of taking on America. Japan has been questioning its role in the world and in national security lately. Germany has a military, and they sell submarines all over the world (notably to Israel). Japan has a military, but is constrained by its Constitution from taking any action except in immediate self-defense. That plays to North Korea’s advantage.
President Trump signaled this month that he wanted Japan, along with South Korea, to bolster arms spending. In a Twitter post two days after North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test, Mr. Trump said he would allow the two countries to “buy a substantially increased amount of highly sophisticated military equipment from the United States.” (New York Times)
What’s clear is that the best path to avoid a catastrophic war for the United State and South Korea is to deny North Korea a target other than an outright and direct attack. The saber-rattling will continue until they kill someone, and will likely stop if China intervenes on the side of the world. In other words, the North can’t afford a 2-front war with China backstopping the Yalu river and a cruise-missile-armed Japan to the east.
The advantages of a re-armed and offensive-equipped Japan are to stabilize the Pacific rim without the U.S. playing babysitter and universal target.
After new missile test, U.S. says North Korea threatens whole world |Jack Kim, Susan Heavey, Reuters
WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson accused North Korea on Friday of threatening the entire world, after Pyongyang fired a missile over Japan for the second time in under a month in defiance of international pressure over its missile and nuclear programs.
“For those … who have been commenting on a lack of a military option, there is a military option,” he said, adding that it would not be the Trump administration’s preferred choice.
This latest test comes after the U.N. Security Council recently added sanctions. President Trump earlier this week claimed the toughest-ever sanctions against the regime are, “no big deal.”
“There is a consensus among all key nations that denuclearization of the peninsula is the only acceptable objective,” McMaster said.
Haley said North Korea will be “front and center” at Mr. Trump’s first U.N. General Assembly in New York next week.
He’s playing the long game. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may be the most hawkish leader in Japan’s postwar era, but when it comes to dealing with North Korea, he’s armed with little more than tough talk. Yet the Japanese people’s growing fear of their belligerent neighbor has served one key policy aim of Abe’s right-wing government: “normalizing” the militarization of the constitutionally pacifist state. Since Abe’s been in charge, there’s been an annual increase in Japan’s Self-Defense Forces budget, meaning North Korea may be helping rearm its historic rival to the east.
Since Trump's "fire and fury" comments, North Korea has fired two missiles over Japan and tested a nuclear weapon
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) September 14, 2017
— Reuters (@Reuters) September 15, 2017
Japan has had its sovereign space threatened – they do have the right to defend and stop the threat and menacinghttps://t.co/OjnC9rNPMT
— Tony Shaffer (@T_S_P_O_O_K_Y) September 15, 2017
South Korea military: North Korea ballistic missile traveled 2,300 miles & flew over Japan. Note: Guam is about 2,100 miles from North Korea
— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) September 14, 2017
North Korea’s Juche religion paints the United States as the world’s biggest devil. The U.S. should deny any confrontation to the Norks other than the one that annihilates them. That should be reserved for an actual attack. We should, as Konstantinos noted, shoot down any future missile attempts that are possibly in range of our interceptors. We should also encourage Japan to change its constitution. World War II has been over for a very long time, and Japanese Imperial military doctrine–the era of the Shogunates–is over for good.
Japan has been singled out to be World War II’s final casualty, wedged between the United States, China, and North Korea. It’s time for Japan to be a stabilizing counterweight in the Pacific rim. After being South Korea’s shameful and inhuman occupier, they might become the Korean people’s best defender.