North Korea has been antagonizing the West for months, scheduling missile tests, threatening to attack South Korea, and spouting off communist-era rhetoric whenever possible.
The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency is planning to respond to the North Koreans next week by conducting a first-ever test of a working intercontinental-range ballistic missile.
The missile will show the North Koreans what real military might looks like and what it looks like to have missiles that actually work.
“These test launches verify the accuracy and reliability of the ICBM weapon system, providing valuable data to ensure a continued safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent,” the Air Force Global Strike Command said in a statement.
“While U.S. officials believe Pyongyang is some years away from mastering re-entry expertise for perfecting an ICBM, it is making advances,” noted Reuters.
Conservative Tribune reports:
This year alone, the Hermit Kingdom has already reportedly conducted eight missile tests, though none of them involved an ICBM.
The only problem, as noted by The Associated Press, is that the Pentagon’s interceptor has a “spotty track record, succeeding in (only) nine of 17 attempts against missiles of less-than-intercontinental range since 1999.”
The chances of Tuesday’s test being successful therefore seem fairly low, though it ought to nevertheless serve as a loud and clear message to Kim — and the rest of the world — that we too are making advances with our own technological pursuits.
Hopefully this will put the north Koreans in their place. They need to learn that there are real consequences for their actions.
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