One step closer to a renewed war with North Korea

With a White House in chaos led by the impulsive egomaniacal man-child Twitter-troll-in-chief, Trump is about to meet his first serious foreign policy/national security challenge from his equally deranged egomaniacal man-child doppelgänger Kim Jong Un of North Korea.

What could possibly go wrong?

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Saturday North Korea’s 2nd intercontinental ballistic missile test puts much of U.S. in range:

[H]ours after the launch left analysts concluded that a wide swath of the United States, including Los Angeles and Chicago, is now in range of North Korean weapons.

The Korean Central News Agency said that Kim expressed “great satisfaction” after the Hwasong-14 missile reached a maximum height of 3,725 kilometers (2,314 miles) and traveled 998 kilometers (620 miles) before accurately landing in waters off Japan. The agency said that the test was aimed at confirming the maximum range and other technical aspects of the missile it says was capable of delivering a “large-sized, heavy nuclear warhead.”

Analysts had estimated that the North’s first ICBM on July 4 could have reached Alaska, and said that the latest missile appeared to extend that range significantly.

Immediately after the launch, U.S. and South Korean forces conducted live-fire exercises. South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo called for the deployment of strategic U.S. military assets — which usually means stealth bombers and aircraft carriers — as well as additional launchers of an advanced U.S. anti-missile system.

Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said the missile, launched late Friday night, flew for about 45 minutes — about five minutes longer than the first. The missile was launched on very high trajectory, which limited the distance it traveled, and landed west of Japan’s island of Hokkaido.

The KCNA quoted Kim as saying that the launch reaffirmed the reliability of the country’s ICBM system and an ability to fire at “random regions and locations at random times” with the “entire” U.S. mainland now within range. The agency said that the test confirmed important features of the missile system, such as the proper separation of the warhead and controlling its movement and detonation after atmospheric re-entry.

Kim said the launch sent a “serious warning” to the United States, which has been “meaninglessly blowing its trumpet” with threats of war and stronger sanctions, the KCNA said.

The North Korean flight data was similar to assessments by the United States, South Korea and Japan.

David Wright, a physicist and co-director of the global security program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said that if reports of the missile’s maximum altitude and flight time are correct, it would have a theoretical range of at least 10,400 kilometers (about 6,500 miles). That means it could have reached Los Angeles, Denver or Chicago, depending on variables such as the size and weight of the warhead that would be carried atop such a missile in an actual attack.

President Donald Trump issued a statement condemning the missile test as a threat to the world — when he was not otherwise engaged in a long Twitter rant against GOP senators for his failure to repeal “Obamacare” (priorities man!) — and rejecting North Korea’s claim that nuclear weapons ensure its security. “In reality, they have the opposite effect,” he said.

Trump said the weapons and tests “further isolate North Korea, weaken its economy, and deprive its people.” He vowed to “take all necessary steps” to ensure the security of the U.S. and its allies.

Washington and its allies have watched with growing concern as Pyongyang has made significant progress toward its goal of having all of the U.S. within range of its missiles to counter what it labels as U.S. aggression. There are other hurdles, including building nuclear warheads to fit on those missiles and ensuring reliability. But many analysts have been surprised by how quickly leader Kim Jong Un has developed North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs despite several rounds of U.N. Security Council sanctions that have squeezed the impoverished country’s economy.

Trump has said he will not allow North Korea to obtain an ICBM that can deliver a nuclear warhead. But this week, the Defense Intelligence Agency reportedly concluded that the North will have a reliable ICBM capable of carrying a nuclear weapon as early as next year, in an assessment that trimmed two years from the agency’s earlier estimate.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the launch a “serious and real threat” to the country’s security.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the launch a “serious and real threat” to the country’s security.

Suga, the Japanese spokesman, said Japan has lodged a strong protest with North Korea. “North Korea’s repeated provocative acts absolutely cannot be accepted,” he said.

The French Foreign Ministry condemned the launch and called for “strong and additional sanctions” by the United Nations and European Union. “Only maximal diplomatic pressure might bring North Korea to the negotiating table,” the ministry said in a statement.

“This is a 4G threat: global, grave, given and growing,” France’s U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre told The Associated Press. That’s why we call for a firm and quick reaction including the adoption of strong additional sanctions by the Security Council.”

A spokesman for Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that Dunford met at the Pentagon with the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, Adm. Harry Harris, to discuss U.S. military options in light of North Korea’s missile test.

The spokesman, Navy Capt. Greg Hicks, said Dunford and Harris placed a phone call to Dunford’s South Korean counterpart, Gen. Lee Sun Jin. Dunford and Harris “expressed the ironclad commitment to the U.S.-Republic of Korea alliance,” Hicks said, referring to the U.S. defense treaty that obliges the U.S. to defend South Korea.

Abe, too, said Japan would cooperate closely with the U.S., South Korea and other nations to step up pressure on North Korea to halt its missile programs.

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July 27 is a major national holiday in North Korea called Victory in the Fatherland Liberation War Day, marking the day when the armistice was signed ending the 1950-53 Korean War. That armistice is yet to be replaced with a peace treaty, leaving the Korean Peninsula technically in a state of war.

We just moved one step closer to a renewed war on the Korean peninsula that will have catastrophic consequences for all parties in the region — and possibly even a threat to the U.S. mainland.

And we have an impulsive egomaniacal man-child Twitter-troll-in-chief who could announce a war with North Korea on Twitter before consulting the Pentagon, something the Pentagon actually was concerned was happening earlier this week. Pentagon Reportedly Feared Trump’s Transgender Ban Tweet Was Announcement of North Korea Strike. It is simply too dangerous to have a mad man in the White House to respond North Korea’s mad man. We need adults in the room right now.

2 Responses to One step closer to a renewed war with North Korea

  1. Whatever we think, it is the opinion of most intelligence agencies that this situation comes to a head during the next 2-3 weeks.

  2. “…when he was not otherwise engaged in a long Twitter rant against GOP senators for his failure to repeal “Obamacare” (priorities man!)…”

    Are you saying that a President cannot handle multiple priorities at one time? One of the complaints about Obama was he didn’t seem capable of hanling foreign policy and domestic issues at the same time or with the same level of interest.

    “That armistice is yet to be replaced with a peace treaty, leaving the Korean Peninsula technically in a state of war.”

    A “technicality” that has been in effect for 65+ years without fear of us jumping into war. It only comes up in conversation when fearmongers try to scare people into opposition of existing politicians. It has been used unsuccessfully by both Republicans and democrats for years.

    The only thing that could spark a nuclear response from us would be Pyongyang launching a nuke at us or one of our allies, and even then it is not guaranteed. Hit us, I am all but certain we would respond; hit an ally and I am not so certain. In any event, I don’t think we are in danger of that happening near as much as your message implies. Even Kim Jung Looney knows enough about his limitations to keep him from launching nukes at the world. Right now, he is getting the attention from the world he craves, soldifying himself at home as the man in chanrge, and basking in the glow of being a nuclear power.I can’t imagine he would see any gain in going a step further and launching them. He’s fat, dumb, and happy right now; why go another step further and ruin everything because, even if we didn’t use nukes, we would start leveling North Korea and he would have no place to hide? He would become another Hussein, living in holes and hiding. He knows and doesn’t want it. Even his earstwhile ally China would not support him if he used a nuke. He would have no where to turn.