Baby Un Tries a Missile Test, Fails Miserably
On Sunday after his big parade, Kim Jong Un (alias Baby Un) decided to press his luck and conduct a missile test. It blew up seconds after launch. Had it been a nuclear test, other actions from the United States might have come into play. Vice President Pence was on a flight to South Korea when the missile launch failed.
North Korea has a history of failed missile tests, such as the one that spiraled out of control just prior to Trump’s visit with Xi Jinping. It’s not so much that they are technically able to produce missiles- they are. But they appear to be just horrible enough at creating them to be dangerous if they continue to pursue a nuclear weapon.
A White House foreign policy adviser told reporters aboard Air Force Two that the type of missile that North Korea tried to fire on Sunday was medium-range, and that it exploded about 4 to 5 seconds after it was launched.
According to the adviser, the test had been expected and the U.S. had good intelligence both before and after the launch. The adviser, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the administration’s initial understanding of the launch, said there was no expected response from the Trump administration because there was no need for the U.S. to reinforce the failure.
The Vice President said he was in contact with President Trump twice during the day on Sunday. The administration has reportedly settled on a strategy of “maximum pressure and engagement” to deal with North Korea. They are believing that China will be able to rein in the wacky leader. If not, then all options are on the table.
There are no plans to attack the DPRK at this time, although the presence of the USS Carl Vinson and its strike group near the peninsula is a powerful backup in case the rogue regime has other plans. Satellite images have shown that the North Koreans are close to having a nuclear test…THAT test could cause some serious repercussions. It would be their 6th nuclear test.
Vice President Pence attended an Easter service with troops at Yongsan in South Korea, and eating a fellowship meal with them. He then advised them that “our resolve has never been stronger, our commitment to this historic alliance with the courageous people of South Korea has never been stronger and with your help and God’s help, freedom will ever prevail on this peninsula.”
“This morning’s provocation from the North is just the latest reminder of the risks each one of you face every day in the defense of the freedom of the people of South Korea and the defense of America in this part of the world. Your willingness to step forward, to serve, to stand firm without fear, inspires the nation and inspires the world.” VP Mike Pence
Pence and his wife are on a 10 day diplomatic trip to Asia which will include Japan, Australia, and Indonesia. The purpose is to reassure our allies that we will stand with them if North Korea malfunctions.