Will North Korea Conduct a Missile Test?
Will North Korea conduct a missile test during President Trump’s Asian visit? US officials fear the country will greet Trump with a test. A launch, or nuclear explosion, would fit Kim Jong-un’s pattern of provoking. It is reported that Kim might provide such a scene in order to throw President Donald Trump’s trip off script.
Trump Has Reacted to Such Provocations with Anger
In August Trump threatened to unleash “fire and fury” against the North. He has met Kim’s recent provocations with growing anger. Trump told reporters today, in an on-the-record meeting aboard Air Force One, “Well, we want to get it solved. It’s a big problem for our country and for the world, and we want to get it solved. And there’s been 25 years of total weakness, and so we’re taking a very much different approach.”
South Korean Intelligence Has Detected Activity
South Korea’s Yonhap News agency reported Friday that their intelligence community has detected activity at a North Korean missile facility that would be consistent with a coming test launch. One Asian diplomat said it was impossible to predict what Kim might do, but said that a missile test would offer an opportunity for the US and its allies to “show solidarity against Kim’s regime. The sense of uncertainty underscores Kim’s ability to spark an international crisis at the time of his choosing.
North Korea threatened to detonate an atomic bomb over the ocean after Trump’s speech at the United Nations in September in which he referred to Kim as “Rocket Man,” and on Oct. 25 the country’s foreign minister reiterated the threat.
It seems that Trump’s visit is a prime time for Kim to “show off” to the world!