The Communist regime of North Korea continues to be defiant and shoot off missiles, testing their range and their nuclear capabilities. Several of these missiles have flown over Japan, a rather aggressive move for a test shot, which has caught the eye of countries around the world.
Especially the U.S.
In light of the rising tensions, the Trump administration has been considering the possibility of shooting down missiles, even if they aren’t aimed in our direction or toward one of our allies.
This situation is getting very heated.
The Washington Examiner is reporting:
A Trump administration official said it is up to the Pentagon to decide if North Korea’s continued missile launches and weapons tests warrant action from the United States.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his advisers must determine “whether North Korea’s missile program has progressed to the level of being such an inherent threat that the Pentagon would recommend targeting a missile even if its trajectory did not indicate it would hit the U.S. or its allies,” CNN reported.
The potential change in approach comes less than 24 hours after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters the U.S. has not tried to intersect any of Kim Jong Un’s missile launches because they have not been a threat to national security.
“No. 1, those missiles are not directly threatening any of us,” Mattis said Monday evening.
Mattis suggested that North Korea is simply testing the boundaries, seeing how far they can push things before being smacked for it in an attempt to discover where they might be vulnerable to outside threats.
President Trump gave a speech at the UN on Tuesday where he made it clear that should North Korea cross the line, it will be a mistake they will regret.
Via the Washington Free Beacon:
President Donald Trump said the U.S. will “totally destroy North Korea” if forced to defend itself during a speech before the United Nations on Tuesday.
Trump, who recently referred to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as “Rocket Man” in a tweet, used the term again during his first speech before the U.N. General Assembly. Castigating North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and belligerent behavior, he called on the body to unite against the rogue regime.
“No nation on earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles,” Trump said. “The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.”
North Korea is becoming unhinged, which definitely makes them a credible threat to the United States. If diplomatic channels don’t remain open and fix the situation, we may have to resort to military operations to send a message loud and clear to Kim Jong Un, that we are not to be trifled with.