The situation with North Korea continues to heat up.
After North Korea’s latest missile test, The Washington Examiner reported that Pyongyang now possesses the capability to strike the island nation of Guam. The missile test was accompanied by more threats from the Kim regime.
On Friday, North Korea launched a missile from Pyongyang over the Hokkaido region of Japan. The launch came as a response to the latest round of sanctions against the regime imposed by the United Nations.
According to The Washington Examiner, the missile was not aimed at Guam, but it did show that the rogue nation now has the ability to hit the island, which is a US territory that houses thousands of American soldiers. The missile was airborne for about twenty minutes, and traveled 2,300 miles. Guam is only 2,100 miles away from North Korea.
Previously, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has identified Guam as a potential target while trading threats with President Donald Trump. At that time, it was unknown whether or not Kim could follow through with his threats — the recent missile test has removed all doubt.
The United States has responded by condemning the rogue nation’s actions. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has called for new sanctions against the regime that go beyond the United States’ recent sanctions. “United Nations Security Council resolutions, including the most recent unanimous sanctions resolution, represent the floor, not the ceiling, of the actions we should take,” Tillerson said. “We call on all nations to take new measures against the Kim regime.”
After the U.N. Security Council issued its eighth round of sanctions, North Korea used its state-run news agency to release a statement threatening the United States and Japan.
They said, “The army and people of the DPRK are unanimously demanding that the Yankees, chief culprit in cooking up the “sanctions resolution,” be beaten to death as a stick is fit for a rabid dog.” They continued, “There’s limit to patience. Now is the time to annihilate the U.S. imperialist aggressors. Let’s reduce the U.S. mainland into ashes and darkness.”
Pyongyang also had some words for Japan, stating, “’The behaviors of Japs, sworn enemy of the Korean nation, are enraging us. The wicked Japs should not be pardoned.” They also stated, “The four islands of the archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche. Japan is no longer needed to exist near us.”
It is clear that the North Korean regime does not intend to back down anytime soon. Historically, sanctions have been largely ineffective against Pyongyang for two reasons: The Kim dynasty has not cared whether or not its people starve — they keep them in perpetual hunger. Additionally, China has continued to sell goods to Pyongyang.
For this reason, many have suggested that the US also levy sanctions against Chinese banks and businesses who choose to trade with the North Korean regime. However, it is not clear what type of consequences this could have for the United States.
The situation with North Korea has steadily intensified in the past year. The Trump administration is attempting to succeed where other administrations have failed. Each aggressive act on the part of Pyongyang only takes us closer to a military confrontation.