I never believed that North Korea’s Kim Jong-un was serious about bringing peace to the Korean peninsula.
I never believed that Kim would destroy his nuclear weapons nor would he dismantle his weapons program, nuclear or conventional.
Others like myself have believed that Kim’s actions were nothing more than stall tactics while they continued to develop new weapons in hopes of forcing the surrender of South Korea and the unification of the Korean peninsula.
It seems that many of us are again proven right as North Korea just successfully tested a new ‘ultramodern tactical weapon’ and they did so because of the United States.
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American Military News – North Korea says it tested an ‘ultramodern tactical weapon’ in challenge to United States – North Korea successfully tested what it called a “newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon,” state-run media reported Friday, dealing a challenge to the United States as the two sides face a stalemate in nuclear talks.
Leader Kim Jong Un observed the test at the Academy of Defense Science and “expressed great satisfaction,” calling it a “decisive turn” in bolstering the combat power of the North Korean army, according to the Korean Central News Agency.
It was the first publicly reported weapons test observed by Kim since the North test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile nearly a year ago.
The portly, third-generation leader has more recently appeared in photos meeting with world leaders such as President Donald Trump amid diplomatic efforts to persuade the North to give up its nuclear weapons.
The report didn’t provide details about the weapon tested, and it didn’t appear to be the type of nuclear device or long-range missile frequently fired by the North last year as it sparred with Washington over its nuclear weapons program…
The same report states that even with some major progress made by the US military, our superiority over North Korea is no longer certain.
It is now feared that if a war broke out between the US and North Korea that American casualties could be quite high, perhaps too high.
This knowledge will only help to make Kim bolder and less likely to submit to US demands to denuclearize.
It appears the greatest and most effective weapon the US has is the harsh sanctions placed upon North Korea.
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