North Korea has doubled down on its bid to become the most belligerent nation on the face of the Earth. In a statement today, a North Korean foreign ministerial spokesman divulged that Kim Jong-un has complete unilateral power to test ballistic missiles when and where he sees fit.
After his aggressive statement, Trump was asked what the U.S. response to North Korea’s failed launch of yet another ballistics missile test would be.
…”You’ll soon find out,” but did not elaborate on what the U.S. response would be.
Trump stepped up his outreach to allies in Asia over the weekend to discuss the North Korean threat and make sure all are “on the same page” if action is needed, a top White House official said.
Not to be upstaged, North Korea issued the following statement:
“Now that the U.S. is kicking up the overall racket for sanctions and pressure against the DPRK, pursuant to its new DPRK policy called ‘maximum pressure and engagement’, the DPRK will speed up at the maximum pace the measure for bolstering its nuclear deterrence,” a spokesman for North Korea’s foreign ministry said in a statement carried by its official KCNA news agency.
DPRK refers to the former name of the North Korean nation, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Notice that the spokesman makes mention of the “new DPRK policy called maximum pressure and engagement?”
Translation: We’ll do whatever the hell we want and you can’t do a thing about it.
Time will tell if they’re right.