If you had any smidgeon bit of glimmering hope for 2017, you might want to put that on hold. According to CNN, North Korean man-boy dictator Kim Jong Un has announced North Korea is “close to testing an intercontinental ballistic missile.”
In a New Year’s Day address, he told North Korean citizens:
‘Research and development of the cutting-edge tech weapons are actively progressing and strengthening our defense capabilities, including last stage preparation of tests for intercontinental ballistic rocket launch have been continuously succeeding.’
‘The political and military position of socialism should be further cemented as an invincible fortress. We should resolutely smash the enemies’ despicable and vicious moves to dampen the pure and ardent desire of the people for the party and estrange the people from it.’
North Korea conducted two nuclear tests last year, and with assurances coming so early in the year, it seems they plan to surpass those two. Indeed, one North Korean diplomat who defected said that North Korea is “racing ahead with nuclear development after setting up a plan to develop it (nuclear weapons) at all costs by the end of 2017.” In 2016, they successfully tested a rocket engine for launching satellites.
Experts estimate though that North Korea is still two to three years away from being an actual threat to the US homeland. However, with a new President-elect Trump nearing his Inauguration Day, the chances of inciting and motivating the mysterious political leader is great. President-elect Trump recently tweeted:
‘The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.’
The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2016
He also spoke with MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski following that tweet saying, “Let it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin responded to Trump’s comments by bragging that Russia’s nuclear capabilities are more efficient than the US system. However, he noted that he was not interested in an arms race.
However, the hyper focus of all three countries on nukes is terrifying to say the least. The chances of being thrown into a three-way arms race with a skulking competitor like Russia and an isolated country seeking legitimacy seems far too great with soon-to-be President Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric.
You can check out more about Kim’s address below.
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