New developments in North Korea missile testing situation (Details)

North Korea is celebrating the anniversary of its founding on Saturday, and South Korea expects the rogue nation to conduct another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch to mark the occasion.

South Korea’s assertion is based on the fact that North Korea traditionally conducts missile tests on significant dates or holidays, according to an AP report that cites a South Korean official from Seoul’s Unification Ministry as their source.

On Sunday, North Korea announced the successful detonation of a hydrogen bomb. The detonation marked its sixth nuclear test to date, and the most alarming.

A hydrogen bomb (H-bomb) poses a serious concern because it is a thermonuclear weapon, 1,000 times more powerful than an atomic bomb. The U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima on Japan in 1945 during World War II, killing over 200,000 people.

If North Korea can produce an H-bomb that has the capability of being attached to an ICBM, experts say it would be a powerful weapon of destruction. The latest tests of the reclusive nation’s military capabilities — including two ICBM tests in July, and an intermediate-range missile test near Japan in August — have led experts to agree that North Korea’s capabilities are swiftly advancing to dangerous levels.

During a press conference on Thursday, President Trump addressed North Korea’s continued advancement of its nuclear ambitions.

“I would prefer not going the route of the military, but it’s something, certainly, that could happen,” President Trump said. “Hopefully, we are not going to have to use it on North Korea. But if we do use it on North Korea, it will be a very sad day for North Korea.”

On Friday, North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) called U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley a “political prostitute.” Their insulting and provoking commentary stemmed from comments Haley made during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Monday, following North Korea’s H-bomb announcement.

“Nikki should be careful with her tongue though she might be a blind fool,” KCNA said. “The U.S. administration will have to pay a dear price for her tongue-lashing.”

During the Security Council meeting, Ambassador Haley said, “The time for half measures in the security council is over.”

Haley contends that with his “abusive use of missiles,” North Korea’s leader is “begging for war.”

“The time has come to exhaust all of our diplomatic means before it is too late,” she continued. “We must now adopt the strongest possible measures. Kim Jong Un’s action cannot be seen as defensive.”

KCNA mocked Haley’s request for sanctions. “She is crazily swishing her skirt, playing the flagship role in Trump administration’s hideous sanctions and pressure racket,” they reportedly said.

As the KCNA insults the U.S.’ United Nations ambassador, reports that the aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan, left its home port near Tokyo on Friday are emerging.

Reportedly, the Reagan is headed out for a patrol mission in the Western Pacific. It was previously scheduled for training this week, after routine maintenance in port, U.S. officials told Fox News.

From the carriers commanders’ Twitter account, a post regarding the patrol read: “Japanese Coast Guard ships escort RRN as she departs for patrol #Partnership.”

A second tweet read: “RRN gets underway for 17-2 Patrol to ensure safety and security of the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region.”

 

 

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