It was only a matter of time before North Korea tried flexing its muscles with the Trump administration now in office. But unlike the former Obama administration North Korea is going to swiftly find out that the standard rules of the past are not the rules of the future. A military spokesman has confirmed that North Korea launched numerous ballistic missiles last week. The news blew up in the mainstream media because four of them landed merely 200 miles away from the Japanese coastline in the Sea of Japan.
Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis said the following about the incident,
“There were four that landed. There may be a higher number of launches that we’re not commenting on. But four landed and splashed in the Sea of Japan.”
The Joint Chief of Staff stated,
“We are conducting an analysis on the projectiles to determine their type and other specifications. It will take a while before we come up with a final analysis (based on U.S. satellite data).”
It has been confirmed the missile flew approximately 600 miles from their launch point. Davis claims they are in retaliation for the military drills being held by Washington D.C. in South Korea. North Korea maintains they are an invasion rehearsal.
While it remains unknown what types of ballistic missiles they are it is confirmed they are not intercontinental ballistic missiles. The new administration is still in the beginning stages of formulating their policy with North Korea but will in all likelihood view this as provocation.
Despite being North Korea’s friend and neighbor China got involved when their foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang commented on it to the media saying,
“China opposes North Korea conducting the relevant launch activities in violation of the Security Council resolution. We also noted that the U.S. and South Korea are currently engaged in a large-scale joint military exercise that targets North Korea. Under the current circumstances, all sides concerned should be restrained and refrain from irritating each other or taking any actions that could escalate regional tensions.”
At a Monday press conference Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated the following to a Reuter’s reporter,
“Definitely, we are seriously worried – these are the sort of actions that lead to a rise in tension in the region and of course in this situation, traditionally, Moscow calls for restraint from all sides.”
This is not the first time North Korea has tried to provoke the United States into going to battle. In February the country released a new intermediate range missile. Last year they conducted two different nuclear tests. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un blames it on what he calls an increase in hostility by the South Korean and American government.
There have been rumors that North Korea is quickly looking to conduct an ICBM test that would potentially be able to reach the mainland of the United States. But there is no tangible proof to assert that claim thus far that the public knows about.
If North Korea were to sincerely take such drastic action there is no doubt the Trump administration would take fast and serious action. Unlike the Obama administration who stood by and watched as North Korea launched missiles the Trump administration has made it clear they will not tolerate this type of behavior.
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