Saturday, April 15, 2017

North Korea Blinked: Shows off new missiles in huge military parade, but doesn’t test nuke

We haven't seen for a very long time a president that's not afraid to lead, from the front.
  President Trump warned  North Korean leader  Kim Jong Un that there would be serious consequence if he tested another nuclear weapon.  So far, not test has occurred. 

Washington Post reports North Korea put on a huge military spectacle Saturday to celebrate its founder’s birthday, parading its series of new and technologically advanced missiles in front of Kim Jong Un, and in a defiant show of force in front of the world.

North Korea did not, however, carry out another nuclear test or ballistic missile launch, against widespread speculation that it would seek to celebrate Kim Il Sung’s 105th birthday with a bang.
April 15 is the most important day in the North Korean calendar, and Kim Jong Un has celebrated his grandfather’s birthday with great fanfare as a way to boost his own legitimacy as the successor to the communist dynasty.

North Korea presented two of its newest missiles at the parade in Kim Il Sung Square on Saturday, including the submarine-launched ballistic missile it successfully fired last year and the land-based version it launched last month.

“And there were a lot of them,” said Melissa Hanham, an expert at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in California. “The signal that they’re trying to send is that they are moving ahead with solid-fuel missiles.”

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The challenge for The West is breaking the pattern of appeasement and acquiescence that they have shown in the past that enabled North Korea to acquire nukes in the first place.  Latest illustration?   The phony Iran nuclear deal that will let them develop nuclear weapons.  Sooner or later these rouge nations have to be dealt with in a serious way.     

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