North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is making it clear that the missile fired toward Japan on Monday was just the first in a series of missile tests that will lead up to an attack on the waters around Guam. It’s a very deliberate statement of defiance to the world and specifically to the United States. President Trump already warned that there would be “fire and fury” like the world has never seen if Kim attacked Guam, where the US has military bases. And America’s UN Ambassador Nicki Haley warned that “enough is enough, and said, “No country should have missiles flying over them like those 130 million people in Japan. It's unacceptable.”
President Trump has issued his first statement on North Korea since Monday’s missile launch. You can read it at the link, but bottom line: “All options are on the table.” The White House also released a transcript of a phone call between Trump and Japan’s Prime Minister (deliberately released, not leaked) to show that they agree that North Korea “poses a grave and growing direct threat” to their countries and South Korea, and they are “committed to increasing pressure on North Korea” and rallying for other countries to do the same.
Kim seems determined to leave Trump no option other than annihilating his country, a terrible situation that was inherited from years of bad presidential decisions about North Korea, starting with Bill Clinton’s decision to allow them to build modern nuclear reactors for “peaceful, energy-generating purposes.” Now, as Kim openly threatens the world like a toddler with a machine gun, we have a virtually identical deadly deal by Obama putting Iran on the same track. Whatever Trump ends up doing about North Korea, it should be accompanied by circumventing the same thing happening in Iran a few years down the road.
In the meantime, it’s been reported that South Korea’s special forces are in training to assassinate North Korea’s leader. I have to imagine the same option must have occurred to some of some North Korea’s military forces as well.