The communist regime of Pyongyang is arguably the greatest threat to world peace right now. On Friday, the dictatorship of Kim Jong-un inched closer to a military confrontation with the United States.
On Friday, Pyongyang tested an ICBM missile that landed harmlessly in the Sea of Japan. However, in viewing North Korea’s latest rocket, weapons experts believe that Pyongyang is now capable of directly attacking the American mainland, The Guardian reported.
Such a dire warning comes in the wake of earlier missile tests that caused the state of Hawaii to beef up its public warning system. Honolulu is preparing for a North Korea strike, according to CBS.
In Asia, the Japanese government has increased its own readiness and has launched campaigns to warn its citizens about what to do in case of a nuclear attack.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has claimed that the latest North Korea missile landed within 200 miles of the Japanese coastline.
For the U.S., any assault on Japan is not only an attack on one of our most steadfast allies, but it is also a direct strike on our country.
After all, there are some 50,000 US troops currently stationed in Japan.
For Seoul, another close ally of America, the recent uptick in missile tests are leading some figures to demand for more investment in the South Korean military. Specifically, South Korea’s national security advisor, Chung Eui-yong, has reached out the General H.R. McMaster in order to negotiate the possibility of a joint US-South Korea plan to beef up Seoul’s own ICBM missile capabilities, New York Times repored.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson joined the fray by denouncing the governments of China and Russia for their role in “stabilizing” the economy and military of North Korea.
President Trump has so far refused to issue a “red line” like the one his predecessor issued in Syria. However, President Trump and his administration have openly mused the possibility of a military option in regards to North Korea.
Such an option could include anything from airstrikes to a ground invasion involving US and South Korean troops with a combined US-South Korea-Japanese naval armada pounding the North Korean coastline.
Beijing remains the wild card in this entire ordeal. The Chinese military has built up its forces on the North Korean border, which may put a stop to any American plans for a ground assault, reported Business Insider.
While Beijing has sought to distance itself from the “Hermit Kingdom,” they also seem unwilling to let the regime fall. We could be moving back again to a permanently frozen conflict.
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