Kim Jong Says It's Time To Get Ill
On the Fourth of July, North Korea's dictator Kim Jong-il launched a salvo of seven short, medium, and long range missiles.
It's oddly coincidental that at about the same time Americans were shooting rockets into the sky to celebrate independence, Kim Jong-il and his communist regime decided to shoot rockets into the sky over the Sea of Japan.
It's almost poetic. One nation shoots rockets to celebrate freedom, democracy, and independence while another nation shoots rockets in an act of belligerence and aggression toward the nation of freedom, democracy, and independence.
Despite the failure of the single long-range missile, the Taepo Dong-2, the launches confirmed that North Korea is seeking to advance its missile arsenal which could pose a greater threat to both the United States and its allies in Asia.
While North Korea is openly pursuing nuclear weapons and is thought to have a small number of such weapons, mating these weapons to ballistic missile delivery systems requires additional technological steps which seem to have not been achieved either.
North Korea has long had an array of weapons that could destroy Seoul or hit Japan, including American forces based there. The only new element in the dramatic barrage into the Sea of Japan was the launching of its intercontinental-range Taepo Dong-2, the missile that, if they get it working, could possibly hit targets within the continental United States.
So far they have tested the Taepo Dong twice and both have failed dismally, but just in case we parked a Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense cruiser just outside North Korean waters to intercept any missiles that may have posed a possible threat.
North Korea is known for its erratic behavior. They have a history of doing provocative things to improve its position at the bargaining table and obtaining concessions from the rest of the world.
As for attempting to use the launch as a negotiation point we could possibly tell Lil' Kim -
“Never mind we thought you guys were dangerous. We may have over emphasized your capabilities. We’ll get back to you when your missiles can actually leave the launch pad.”
Certainly telemetry and other data from failed missiles will help their scientists avoid mistakes in the future and eventually get it right. Add to that the fact that North Korea has developed strong relationships with enemies of the U.S. (Iran), and the result is cause of great concern.
The U.S. and Japan have agreed to work together on a U.N. resolution demanding that nations halt funds and technology that could be used for North Korea's missile program.
Surprisingly <---insert sarcasm here Russia and China oppose sanctions against North Korea.
But, nothing seems to have dissuaded Kim Jong-il from his present course of action and he has vowed to carry out more tests and threatened to use force if the international community tried to stop him.
If the U.N. Security Council can't agree on how to handle this situation, how will it be resolved?
We all know how well crazy dictators listen to the U.N. ...
You can only yell "Stop! Or We Shall Say Stop! Again" so many times.
Will it be resolved by the international community, or will the U.S. and Japan eventually take matters into their own hands?