Kim Jong-Un, the North Korean president is at it again. Amid the continuous rising tension with the United States, North Korea launched a ballistic missile early on Monday, July 3rd.
Under a numerous set of The United Nations resolutions, North Korea is banned from creating or testing ballistic missiles. A South Korean military statement stated that the missile took off from The Banghyon airfield in the north and flew approximately 580 miles before landing in the sea between the North and Japan. This is the first of such missile test that North Korea has conducted since Donald Trump and his South Korean ally Moon Jae-in resolved to pressurise the north to come to the negotiation table. I believe that this puts the United States in a dilemma.
Surprisingly, the test of the missile came hours before the Independence day celebrations in the U.S which is due on July 4th. A similar test by the North was conducted in 2006, at almost the same time where 6 ballistic missiles were tested. The United States president has been trying to woo countries like Japan, China and South Korea to pressure the North to stop its nuclear creation and test programs. So far the results have been futile.
On late Monday, Trump posted the following tweet, of course referring to Kim Jong-Un. “North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life? Hard to believe that South Korea and Japan will put up with this much longer. Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all!” What caught the attention of everyone was the heavy move phrase.
Could this be an onset of possibly the 3rd World War? Over the recent period, the North has been trying to build and test nuclear weapons which would be able to reach the American military bases in the Pacific. North Korea’s leader also vowed to develop the ability to attack the U.S with nuclear weapons. This creates more tension as no one can predict the next move for these two nations.