According to the latest news reports from East Asia, the North Korean military has test-fired yet another ballistic missile in the direction of Japan. Luckily for all parties involved, however, the missile splashed down harmlessly into the Sea of Japan after traveling over 620 miles.
Despite the fact that the missile splashed down into the sea, it still left military leaders debating their next steps in response to this latest escalation. Secretary of Defense James Mattis has said that this most recent launch “went higher, frankly, than any previous shot they have taken,” and a spokesperson for the Pentagon stated “We are working with our interagency partners on a more detailed assessment of the launch.” He then went on to assure the American public that “the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America, our territories or our allies.”
This is just after the North Korean government stated that it had missiles that were capable of striking “anywhere in the world,” directly threatening American cities and insinuating that it could rain nuclear destruction upon the continental US at will. Secretary Mattis, however, seemed to be unfazed by the North Korean threat, saying during a Congressional hearing that, in the case of a missile launch against the United States, “our ballistic-missile-defense forces at sea and in Alaska and California … the various radars would be feeding in..they would do what they’re designed to do as we make every effort to take them out.” Mattis also promised that “any threat to the United States or its territories, including Guam, or our allies will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming.”
The Japanese government, for its part, has promised to take the matter to the United Nations in an attempt to implement even steeper sanctions against the rogue nation. “We will seek for an emergency session of the UN Security Council,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in a statement. “The international community must unite and fully implement sanction measures.”
This is just the latest escalation from the Korean peninsula from the dictator known as “Rocket Man” to President Trump. When asked about the latest missile launch, our President promised “We will take care of it…It is a situation that we will handle.”
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