North Korea has a real problem with not feeling loved. It’s obvious that Kim Jong-Un never got enough hugs as a kid. While the entire world is focused on what Russia is doing inside of the Ukrainian border, North Korea is feeling neglected.
What does a country with way too many weapons and a leader with a screw loose do to get attention? They start “testing” missiles. And this time, they’ve decided that they want to test more of their long-range ones.
As if we don’t have enough to worry about, we have to pause to give Kim a warning.
South Korea reported that North Korea has been throwing a temper tantrum in the form of firing a long-range missile toward the sea. It’s been a while since they’ve done such a thing – the last one was in 2017.
The only thing that this does is raise the pressure aimed at forcing the U.S. and some of its other rivals to accept the fact that they have nuclear power AND remove crippling sanctions.
Apparently, Kim has never heard of the concept of playing nice to get what one wants.
Militaries of both the U.S. and South Korea have been warning that North Korea is preparing to make quite the show – and launching their biggest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) to date is proof of that.
The question is what’s going to be done about it.
Joint Chiefs of Staff from South Korea have yet to provide a few details, including whether the missile that was recently launched was ballistic or how far it flew.
Makoto Oniki, the Deputy Defense Minister of Japan, decided to weigh in to say that, based on its country’s calculations, it traveled around 660 miles and reached a maximum altitude of 3728 miles. He also wagered a guess that it was a new ICBM. The missile was fired at an angle higher than usual, and Oniki believes that was to ensure that the missile didn’t reach the territorial waters.
The coast guard of Japan reported the details of the missile, warned vessels in the nearby waters of the possibility of falling objects. There were no reports of damage to either aircraft or watercraft.
An emergency National Security Council meeting was called by Moon Jae-in, the president of South Korea. He was quick to criticize the North Korean leader because he broke a self-imposed moratorium on the testing of ICBMs. He also said that the test posed a “serious threat.” Moon went on to tell officials that they needed to explore “all possible response measures,” which included working with U.S. allies and international partners.
Oniki pointed out a bigger issue, “Even when the international community is responding to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, North Korea has been forcing its missile launches, which could one-sidedly escalate provocations.”
Of course, that’s exactly why Kim is doing it. He’s not launching the missiles because he’s bored. He’s looking to start some trouble – and since no one respects Biden as a world leader, he’s pushing the envelope to see just what he can get away with.
And it looks like Kim will have to be dealt with sooner rather than later. Leif-Eric Easley, an international studies professor at the Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul explains that Kim wants to advance its missile capabilities regardless of technical and economic setbacks. “It would be a mistake for international policymakers to think the North Korean missile threat can be put on the back burner while the world deals with the pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.”
So, it looks like Kim’s temper tantrum will get him the attention he so desperately craves.