After their latest ballistic missile test, North Korea claimed they had the entirety of the U.S. mainland within the reach of their military – including the nation’s capital, Washington, DC. And while U.S. officials have declined to speculate too heavily on the capability of the rogue regime, preferring instead to focus on the fact that no U.S. interests were in danger of being struck by Wednesday’s missile launch, there is no doubt that Kim Jong Un’s ambitions are growing more dangerous by the day.
Pyongyang is no stranger to hyperbole, but experts have concluded that they may be telling the truth about the range of this week’s Hwasong-15 missile, which is said to be capable of carrying a nuclear payload.
“With this system, we can load the heaviest warhead and strike anywhere in the mainland United States,” said a North Korean newscaster on the regime’s state-run media. “This missile is far more technologically advanced than July’s Hwasong-14. This signifies that our rocket development process has been completed.”
This was the first ballistic test in two months and the first since a new round of U.S. and UN sanctions against the regime. The missile went further than any previous test launch, reaching a final height of 2,800 miles before coming back down into the Sea of Japan. Defense Secretary James Mattis acknowledged the seriousness of the situation, saying the missile “went higher, frankly, than any previous shot they’ve taken.” He noted soberly that they are on a mission to construct missiles “that can threaten everywhere in the world.”
The latest test is yet another indication that North Korea is a problem that history has determined belongs to President Donald Trump to solve once and for all. After months of negotiations with our European and Asian allies, round after round of threats and sanctions against North Korea, and attempts to bring China over to our side when it comes to pressuring the regime, Trump is left looking at a dictator who appears no closer to giving up his nuclear ambitions than he was in January.
“I will only tell you that we will take care of it,” Trump said of the latest launch. “It is a situation that we will handle.”
As disastrous as full-blown war with North Korea would be in terms of human casualties, we are quickly getting to the point where there may be no other options. The idea of simply allowing this maniac to become the world’s next nuclear-armed superpower is flatly unacceptable and a grave threat to the United States and the world as a whole. If there are alternatives that lie between appeasement and war, they are scarce…and the time for deploying them is running out.