Friday, July 28, 2017

Rumors of War - Kings of the East

North Korea test-fires improved ballistic missile - UPI.com
UPI reports: "North Korea launched an improved ballistic missile with intercontinental range late Friday, South Korea's military said, a provocation seen as Pyongyang's answer to Seoul's recent dialogue offer and the international community's move to toughen sanctions. [...] The North's missile launch, the second in less than a month, prompted South Korean President Moon Jae-in to ask U.S. Forces Korea to deploy four additional THAAD interceptor launchers at its new base in Seongju, south of Seoul. [...] North Korea has been seeking to develop a nuclear-tipped ICBM capable of hitting the mainland United States, arguing its nuclear program is aimed at countering Washington's hostile policy against it."

Comment: Does it seem like there is one a month now? At this rate they will have perfected the process and routine of missile launches in short order and if they have miniaturized the bombs enough to fit on a warhead, well, there you go. It seems unlikely that Trump will be able to kick this can down the road to his successor. On the other hand, the military option could be catastrophic. I'm glad he is a master deal-maker because this calls for some finesse.

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