A senior official from North Korea has just announced that it will start conducting “missile tests weekly” setting off another tense standoff with the international community.
The news comes after a failed missile launch that the Trump administration said would have caused the United States no choice but to respond with military force. President Trump has even warned that the United States might do a pre-emptive strike if North Korea launches the tests.
“We’ll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis,” Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryol said in the statement.
He then stated that an “all-out war” would happen if Trump stood by his words and responded with military action, and said, “If the US is planning a military attack against us, we will react with a nuclear pre-emptive strike by our own style and method.”
The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike group is currently off the coast of North Korea ready to take action while Vice President Pence is in South Korea speaking with our allies. Pence stated in a speech there that “North Korea would do well not to test President Trump’s resolve.”
“North Korea would do well not to test his resolve — or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region,” Pence said during an appearance with Acting South Korean President Hwang Kyo-ahn. “Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan.”
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov even came out against any US intervention to North Korea and warned that any unilateral use of power by Trump would be a “very risky course.”
Trump has previously said that North Korea “will be taken care of” with or without China’s help. Currently, talks are underway with China in order to convince North Korea not to conduct missile tests, but those talks appear to not be working.
H.R. McMaster, Trump’s top national security adviser, said that “all options were on the table” in regards to North Korea.
The question is: What will Trump do if North Korea lives up to its word and conducts further tests? Is he willing to provoke Russia?
Trump would have to launch a strike against them – or risk being humiliated on the world stage, after saying any further launches won’t happen. Does anybody see Trump backing down?
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