AFter all the saber rattling yesterday and despite calls from China and Russia to calm the rhetoric down the President increased tensions in the Pacific.
The United Nations imposed new and substantial sanctions on North Korea at the urging of the United States. The North Korean response was clear, they were not happy and were ready to take action. They described the sanctions as an attempt to “strangle a nation” and said, “physical action will be taken mercilessly with the mobilization of all its national strength.”
The New Threat
Only hours after the North Koreans issued that threat in response to the UN sanctions, the Washington Post reported that the North Korean nuclear effort had reached a new milestone in its capability.
According to a confidential assessment by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), provided to the Washington Post, says that North Korea has successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead that can fit inside the countries missiles.
It is important to note that a similar assessment from the DIA has previously been released and proven false at that time. The North Koreans have been working diligently to improve their nuclear capabilities since that time.
This is a dramatic development in North Korea’s effort to become a full-fledged nuclear power. In recent missile testing, the North Koreans showed their ability to launch an Inter Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) that would be able to reach the United States.
The Response From 2 of the World’s Most Volatile Leaders
The President was asked about the North Korean threat and also the news of their increased nuclear capability by the press during a meeting at his New Jersey golf resort Tuesday. The meeting was unrelated to the North Korean threat, but the President took the opportunity to further escalate the rhetoric with a threat of his own.
The President said, “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire, and fury like the world has never seen.” This warning issued by the President torpedoes Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s ongoing diplomatic efforts with Pyongyang.
In response to the President’s threat, the always volatile and unpredictable North Korean regime again responded with a threat of their own. This time, the threat was specific, the state run news agency in North Korea said the North Korean military is “examining the operational plan” to attack the US territory of Guam. The statement released by the state run news specifically mentioned a potential strike on Andersen Air Force Base meant to “to send a serious warning signal to the US.”