North Korea has continued to threaten nuclear action against the U.S.A., with its latest test launch serving as a direct message to the White House. A ballistic missile was launched over northern Japan, causing panic, and resulting in a statement from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declaring he would do all in his power to protect his people. As South Korea retaliates with military action and the U.S.A. threatens worse, the whole world is waiting to see what happens next.
North Korea Launches Missile Over Japan
The latest missile test launch ordered by Kim Jong-Un flew over Japan's northern island, terrifying Japanese citizens and resulting in a sudden drop in financial markets. The Japanese military had the capability to shoot down the missile, but didn't attempt it. Instead, the missile ended up breaking into three pieces, landing in the Pacific Ocean, of the coast of Hokkaido.
Trump Says North Korea Is A 'Grave And Growing Direct Threat'
Since the latest missile launch, Trump has blasted North Korea as a 'Grave And Growing Direct Threat' and is now threatening that 'all options are on the table' - an indiscreet reference to the potential destruction the U.S. military could cause North Korea. South Korea also stands with the U.S. in condemning North Korea's actions.
White House Statement Criticizes North Korea's Contempt For Its Neighbors
In a statement released by the White House, Trump said, "The world has received North Korea's latest message loud and clear: this regime has signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior." Weeks ago, another White House statement threatened 'fire and fury' against North Korea if they continued to issue threats to the U.S.
They're Only Isolating Themselves Further
Referring to the most recent missile launch, Trump stated that North Korea is only isolating itself further, "Threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the North Korean regime's isolation in the region and among all nations of the world. All options are on the table." South Korean leader Moon Jae-in also wants to "showcase a strong punishment capability against the North."
South Korea Retaliates
To send a message that this won't be tolerated, South Korea responded within hours to Kim Jong-Un's missile launch. The military bombed a shooting range very close to North Korean territory, dropping eight bombs from four fighter jets. They then released video footage of their own missile test launches conducted the week before. If that doesn't say 'back off' we don't know what does!
South Korea Warns That Their Army Can Destroy North Korea's Leadership
The video of the eight bombs included a message from South Korean Colonel, Lee Kuk-no: "If North Korea threatens the security of the South Korean people and the South Korea-US alliance with their nuclear weapons and missiles our air forces will exterminate the leadership of North Korea with our strong strike capabilities." They're not messing around!
U.S.A. And Japan Commit To Increase Pressure On North Korea
In addition to South Korea's military display, President Trump and Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, confirmed that North Korea is a genuine threat and agreed to increase pressure. A White House statement read: "President Trump and Prime Minister Abe committed to increasing pressure on North Korea, and doing their utmost to convince the international community to do the same."
United Kingdom Condemns Missile Launch As 'Outrageous'
British Prime Minister, Teresa May, who is traveling to Tokyo this week, labeled North Korea's missile launch 'outrageous'. "We will continue to work with our international partners to put pressure on North Korea to stop those illegal tests and of course, I will have the opportunity on my visit to Japan over the next few days to be discussing those issues with Prime Minister Abe," she said.
Why Send The Missile To Japan?
It is widely thought that Kim Jong-Un directed the missile towards Japan, as it is on the path to Guam, the U.S. territory he threatened to attack two weeks ago. Though the missile traveled 1700 miles, it still fell 400 miles short of Guam. The mid-range ballistic missile, designed to carry a nuclear payload, broke into three pieces and fell into the Pacific Ocean, after traveling 1700 miles in 8 minutes.
Havoc Wreaked Across The Country
Millions of Japanese citizens were warned to relocate to sturdy buildings due to the missile. Morning train services were stopped, with the alarming message: "All lines are experiencing disruption due to missile launch." Yoshihide Suga, Japan's Chief Government Spokesman, said the missile posed an "unprecedented, serious and grave threat to our nation."
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