ROGUE NATION DEFIES SANCTIONS, WARNINGS FROM CHINA, U.S.
by Sharon Rondeau
(Apr. 28, 2017) — At approximately 7:25 p.m. EDT on Friday, President Trump tweeted his sentiment concerning a failed missile launch by the communist state of North Korea earlier in the day in the United States but on Saturday in North Korea’s part of the world.
“North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!” Trump opined.
In response, a number of Trump’s detractors tweeted their disapproval of his “tweeting” on foreign affairs and of Trump generally.
The latest missile test follows a similar Easter Sundy launch which was also unsuccessful but occurred after a parade in which North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un displayed his growing military arsenal.
On Wednesday, the entire U.S. Senate attended a classified briefing at the White House on the administration’s strategy to deal with what it said is an “urgent national security threat.”
On Thursday, the North Korean regime aired a video depicting U.S. aircraft carriers being struck by missiles, after which they erupt in flames. The White House is also a target of the film, which is titled “Within the Scope of Destruction” and bears a caption stating that North Korea “leads the world in nuclear and missile technology.”
It is believed that the rogue regime has nuclear weapons capable of reaching Japan and China. According to The Chicago Tribune, North Korea desires “a nuclear-tipped missile that can strike the U.S. mainland.”
The Chinese government has pressured North Korea to halt its missile launches and is reportedly willing to impose unspecified sanctions if it deems them necessary.
The Trump administration has suggested that a major conflict could erupt between the U.S. and North Korea but on Friday stressed the importance of enforcing economic and diplomatic measures in light of its belligerence.
According to Newsweek, North Korea has launched 66 missiles over the last four years, coinciding with Kim Jong-Un’s reign.
That nation’s National Security Council met after Saturday morning’s attempted missile launch.
North Korea is a repressive, secretive nation which tortures, imprisons and kills its citizens with impunity. Its population experienced a four-year famine after support from the former Soviet Union ceased and the regime has directed its sparse resources to its nuclear program.
According to a Reuters report on Friday, China does not believe it has the ability to curb North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.
For two decades, the U.S. has worked with South Korea, a free country, to defend it against aggression from Kim Jong-Un and his late dictator father, Kim Jong-Il.