Kim Jong Un threatened the West once again on Sunday when he announced that they would be testing another intermediate-range missile that he claimed is “combat ready.”
The launch of the ground-to-ground Pukguksong-2 from the city of Pukchang came one week after North Korea launched another missile, the Hwagsong-12.
Reuters reported that the Korean Central News Agency reported “reliable late-stage guidance of the warhead,” which means that their missiles are becoming increasingly accurate.
The KCNA also said that Kim had called the Pukguksong-2 a “successful strategic weapon.”
Conservative Tribune reports:
The test comes just days before the U.N. Security Council is supposed to meet behind closed doors to discuss North Korea’s recent spate of missile tests, at the behest of the United States, South Korea and Japan.
While the Security Council is generally about as effective as homeopathic medicine, it’s become clear that Kim isn’t going to scale back with a very strong finger-wagging in the way that his father did. This means a containment strategy with actual consequences for the Kims might be in the offing, although I wouldn’t hold my breath.
The latest infraction of the numerous U.N. resolutions and sanctions aimed at Kim’s horror show of a regime also comes as a rebuke to newly-elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Moon had pledged to reach out to Pyongyang and had allegedly been rethinking the deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system in North Korea.
“I will try to solve the security crisis urgently,” Moon said in his inauguration speech less than two weeks ago, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. “If needed, I will fly to straight to Washington. I will also go to Beijing and Tokyo and even Pyongyang in the right circumstances.”
However, South Korea seems to be running out of patience as their aggressive neighbor continues to test missiles and ignore international rules.
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