Threats towards the United States from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un are hardly uncommon, but the bizarre Pyongyang regime is stepping up their war rhetoric in the wake of President Trump’s Syria strikes. Noting the escalating training exercises the U.S. is conducting across the border to the south of their country, North Korean state media warned Tuesday that they would unleash a nuclear weapons attack at the slightest provocation from U.S. military forces.
The state’s official newspaper said the regime was ready to respond to any aggression. “Our revolutionary strong army is keenly watching every move by enemy elements with our nuclear sights focused on the U.S. invasionary bases not only in South Korea and the Pacific operation theatre but also in the U.S. mainland,” they wrote.
Some experts expect that Pyongyang will mark the 105th birthday of the late Kim Il Sung with another major nuclear test. North Korea’s capital will already be in a festive mood this Saturday to honor the country’s founder and Reuters notes that they often like to use occasions like this one to launch tests in defiance of the UN Security Council. With the world’s eyes on the new Axis of Evil – Syria, Iran, and North Korea – it could be the perfect opportunity for Kim Jong Un to “show off” once again.
President Obama told some whoppers in his time, but he was likely telling Trump the truth when he called North Korea the most urgent problem on the international stage. The madman behind the Bamboo Curtain is not mellowing with age, and every year he is propped up by his Chinese caretakers, the world gets another year closer to calamity. Kim Jong Un knew that Obama was not a serious threat to his regime; he does not know what to expect from his brazen successor.
He’ll continue to feel protected as long as China sees mutual benefit from keeping his around; if he senses, however, that President Trump is pulling away his only real ally, he could act out of sheer desperation.