If they did, indeed, launch an ICBM, it may be the "final step" North Korea takes under the Kim regime, if the U.S. and our allies such as Japan and South Korea are threatened.
If it turns out to be true and we can confirm the launch of the Hwasgon-14 launch, it's going to signal the start of the biggest nuclear standoff in the world and a 'flipping off' by North Korea to President Trump.
U.S., South Korean and Japanese officials agreed that North Korea fired an intermediate-range missile into the sea off the coast of Japan, known as Japan's Economic Zone. The range of such missiles is around 3,500 miles, long enough to reach Guam, where U.S. forces are located.
"We are working with our interagency partners on a more detailed assessment," U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement. "We continue to monitor North Korea's actions closely."
Yes, we are like the 'dental monitor' in that LifeLock TV commercial who doesn't really fix cavities, but monitors for them.
The latest launch may be NoKo's most successful ballistic missile test thus far. State media said it was ordered and supervised by fat dictator Kim Jong Un, without the approval of Dennis Rodman.
The missile flew for about 40 minutes, reached an altitude of 1,500 miles, and beat the previous testing by about 10 minutes. A U.S. scientist monitored the height and distance and told the AP the missile could potentially be powerful enough to reach Alaska.
Predictably, President Trump responded to the launch in a whirlwind of tweets:
"North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life? Hard to believe that South Korea and Japan will put up with this much longer. Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all!"This missile launch might induce a new round of international sanctions, but it will likely have the same effect as hummingbird flatulence in a hurricane. North Korea is one of the most sanctioned countries on the planet.