The threat of war with North Korea increased a great deal this past week when North Korea successfully tested an ICBM missile capable of reaching Alaska and possibly Hawaii and the US west coast. Feeling empowered by the test, Kim Jong-un is promising more ‘gift packages’ for America. Some believe that his promise refers to testing improved ICBMs with longer range, making them capable of reaching the US mainland and some believe he is referring to the missiles carrying nuclear warheads.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called Tuesday’s launch of a long-range ballistic missile a “brilliant victory” and promised that more “gift packages” will be given to Americans.
According to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Kim called the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) a gift for the “American bastards” as U.S. citizens celebrated the Fourth of July.
The country’s state media reportedly described Kim as “feasting his eyes” on the ICBM, which was said to be capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead, before its launch. “With a broad smile on his face,” Kim urged his scientists to continue to “frequently send big and small ‘gift packages’ to the Yankees as ever so that they would not feel weary.” …
Close to half of North Korea’s trade and economy is with China, but China continues to refuse US requests to put pressure on North Korea to de-escalate the tension. Reports have surfaced that Russia’s Vladimir Putin is also upset that China has not tried to reign in power-hungry Kim Jong-un, indicating that Russia is also against the idea of a war between North Korea and the United States.