The U.S. has made clear that if North Korea conducts another nuclear test, there would be severe consequences.
On Saturday local time, apparently North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile, and the word on the street is that it failed. Again.
U.S. officials were aware of the missile test and noted that it was not a nuclear missile. Apparently, it might have been able to hit Seoul, but not Japan. The Hill reported:
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“North Korea fired an unidentified missile from a site in the vicinity of Bukchang in Pyeongannam-do (South Pyeongan Province) early this morning,” the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.
The South Korean military is analyzing the type of the missile and the distance it flew, Yonhap added.
The last North Korean missile launch, which happened earlier this month, ended in failure when the missile blew up almost immediately.
In an interview with Reuters published late Thursday, President Donald Trump said “major, major” conflict with North Korea is possible, but that he would prefer a diplomatic solution.
Trump also told Reuters that he wants South Korea to pay for the $1 billion missile defense system. The system, the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), is designed to protect South Korea and Japan from missile attack, and it could be operational as soon as summer 2017.
On Friday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged the United Nations to take new sanctions against North Korea.
A day earlier, Tillerson said North Korea’s closest major ally, China, has pledged to impose unilateral sanctions should Pyongyang carry out another nuclear test.
House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy said on Thursday that the chamber would hold a vote on sanctions next week, which he said would target North Korea’s shipping industry and “those who employ North Korean slave labor abroad.”
North Korea has been threatening a preemptive strike against the U.S. and its allies. “In the case of our super-mighty preemptive strike being launched,” read an article in Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of North Korea’s Worker’s party, “it will completely and immediately wipe out not only U.S. imperialists’ invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the U.S. mainland and reduce them to ashes.”
On Thursday, North Korea released another video showing the White House in its crosshairs and aircraft carriers blowing up.
They released a similar video during the Day of the Sun celebrations. A musical was performed to celebrate Kim Il Sung, and it ended with a film depicting missiles flying to the United States and blowing up cities, leaving the American flag in flames. The video was also broadcast on state media.
Their missiles don’t seem to be doing all that great. If they can’t even make it to Japan, I really don’t think we have anything to worry about. Especially considering that many people were speculating that the missiles they had on display during the Day of the Sun parades appeared to be fake. Maybe they were spray-painted cardboard or paper mache. Or perhaps they were just really shoddy craftsmanship.
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