North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile but fails during test
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News April 16, 2017 Updated: 4:23 AM
Last week, the White House announced, “President Trump has authorized a preemptive military strike against North Korea if they test fire another missile.” Most experts familiar with North Korea’s cultural pride and holiday celebrations fully expected they would, fire a missile during or shortly after, the 105th anniversary celebration of “The Day of the Sun,” the birth of the state founder, Kim IL Sung.
Early Sunday morning, a ballistic missile was test fired by North Korea, but exploded during launch, according to officials in Seoul. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said, “Trump and his military team are aware of North Korea's most recent unsuccessful missile launch. The president has no further comment."
U.S. warships are anchored off the Korean Peninsula in a show of readiness, if President Trump were to order a military response to North Korea‘s actions.
Foreign Policy experts have said, “Tough talk, bluster and brinkmanship is dangerous and not a safe posture for the U.S. to take on foreign policy matters." Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, U.S. policy of “strategic patience” is no longer part of the equation, with North Korea.
Americans are divided on the issue. Some are claiming, “Trump is deliberately shaking a hornet’s nest to create a conflict to distract from possible impeachment level findings in an FBI investigation into the Trump campaigns alleged collusion with Russia. Other Americans support his actions and are cheering the dropping of bombs, and deployment of warships, as a sign that America is regaining their superpower status, in the world.
North Korean leaders in Pyongyang said “We are trying to defend ourselves from hostility from the west, and Seoul.” Several military specialists have said, “North Korea is about four to five years away from developing the technology to deliver nuclear agents on the tip of the missile.
Anti-war activist point out, “the North Koreans did not threaten us, or Israel, until we threatened them.” “Every time bad news about Russia collusion or money laundering is reported, Trump will look for a way to convince Americans they are under attack from the ‘enemy du jour of the month,’ then drop bombs to get his poll number up.” Another observer told us, “Military generals will go along with Trump because they want to be seen as heroes, and others think they are helping the country.”
Opinions from analyst have varied as to why, North Korean lead er Kim Jong Un, would defy a threat from U.S. President Trump, there would be consequences if they fire another missile. Some insight into this issue came from CNN’s journalist in North Korea, Will Ripley, who explained, “North Korean people are aware of what is going on, they are not robotic, and would prefer peace and a seat at the table.”
In 2009 a six-nation agreement to provide aid to North Korea if they gave up the nuclear program was not successful. The U.S. and several other nations see their quest for Ballistic Missiles and nuclear warhead technology as, a threat.
Now that North Korea has defied the U.S., escalation will be determined by the reaction of U.S. and other nations to the recent, albeit failed, launch.