This past Easter weekend, tensions were at an all time high in the Korean peninsula after the U.S.A. had forewarned ruler Kim Jong-Un about his nuclear arsenal and subsequent missile testing. The US Navy decided to park their armada of war ships right there on the peninsula, ready to react at the first sign of potential serious nuclear threats. “Live from Pyongyang” is how North Korea’s military parade became popularly known online over the weekend as North Korea celebrated the passing of their former supreme leaders’ birthday with a full blown military parade, complete with missiles and thousands of soldiers marching in unison to emphasize the extent of their military power. It was broadcast live on many news channels with North Korea trying to get this one message across: this is an unusual communist nation harboring seemingly tons and tons of weapons, with their leader Kim Jong-Un reportedly wishing to guard his people more than he actually wants to go to war.
This sets up an interesting situation, sort of like that time when North Korea were in the World Cup in 2010 and lost by huge score lines, but yet, this is not what they had told their people of how North Korea did in the tournament (read here). So, what is already evident is that Kim Jong-Un might continue the facade of how great a nation they are, especially when faced with the imminent danger of a reaction from the U.S. military that are still languishing in the Korean peninsula, as we speak.
Kim Jong-Un had been told the world was watching his military parade (and it did), and that if he did any more missiles tests, that the U.S.A. would respond in kind. However, this weekend Kim defied this notion and did a missile test which went horribly wrong (major facepalm)!
All the while, (and luckily for him) he kept his people in the dark by keeping them distracted throughout Sunday during the “Celebration of the Sun” parade (read here). Seemingly since that failed launch, there has been no immediate reaction from the U.S.A. yet, since most likely the White House administration were caught up in more important things on Easter Sunday, like an Easter Egg hunt, rather than worrying about the incredibly poor accuracy of North Korea’s missile arsenal.
Of course, much scrutiny has also been placed on North Korea’s reported nuclear weapons arsenal with Kim Jong-Un stating that he would use them without any hesitation. Is this a thinly veiled threat to save face in front of the North Korean people in order to avoid looking weak? Do the U.S. already know this? Or is there a genuine threat of a war burgeoning any day now? Here you can find out more about the failed missile launch that wasn’t reported to the people of North Korea, since they were too busy being part of the “Celebration of the Sun” parade and all. Maybe the government thought they shouldn’t bother their people with such a downer piece of news, while they were out swimming about in their pools or going to the hairdresser to indulge in one of the 15 state approved hairstyles, (none which resemble the famous crop top of Kim Jong-Un himself, of course). How considerate of them.
“Ignorance is bliss” as they say. We wonder what the average everyday person in the United States thinks or even if anyone really cares that much about the topic of North Korea. During the weekend, a senior North Korean official accused the US of turning the Korean peninsula into the “world’s biggest hotspot” and creating “a dangerous situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment”.
Kim In-ryong, North Korea’s deputy UN ambassador, said the country is “ready to react to any mode of war desired by the US”.
Meanwhile, Mike Pence assured Japan that the US would work closely with its allies in the region to bring about a peaceful resolution to any tensions arising from their presence in the Korean peninsula. Pence went on record saying “We appreciate the challenging times in which the people of Japan live with increasing provocations from across the Sea of Japan”
Mike Pence said during talks in Tokyo to Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe this morning, “We are with you 100%”. However, Pence called for China to play a bigger role in the current stand-off, specifically on North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.
Mike Pence also said, “While all options are on the table. President Trump is determined to work closely with Japan, with South Korea, with all our allies in the region, and with China.”
“We seek peace always as a country, as does Japan, but as you know and the United States knows, peace comes through strength and we will stand strongly with Japan and strongly with our allies for a peace and security in this region.”
Other leaders in the region near North Korea have called for patience, whilst Mike Pence couldn’t help himself to add to the reality of the situation, stating, “But the era of strategic patience is over. President Trump has made it clear that the patience of the United States and our allies in this region has run out and we want to see change. We want to see North Korea abandon its reckless path of the development of nuclear weapons, and also its continual use and testing of ballistic missiles is unacceptable.”
So all in all, it looks like the U.S. will work closely with China, Japan and South Korea during these highly tense times, perhaps even helping Kim Jong-Un to continue to save face in front of his people, provided that he doesn’t do another missile test of any kind that is.
Whilst many fear a war, perhaps this is just a matter of mind games by the supreme leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un, purely to try and mess with the U.S.A.? Let’s be honest, they have to make sure that he doesn’t look like a complete embarrassment in front of his people, so they’ll probably do whatever’s best to keep the smoke and mirrors up. It’s either continue to bluff, or prepared for a bombardment from one of the U.S. Navy’s many war ships that are situated out on the peninsula right now. We already saw precision strikes from the U.S. in response to the chemical weapons attack in Syria, plus the use of the MOAB (mother of all bombs) killing pivotal ISIS fighters in a tunnel system in Afghanistan.
We have no doubt that such strikes would definitely give Kim Jong-Un something to think about. Maybe he’ll realise that Barack Obama is no longer in office now, and that promises of retaliation will be kept. We’ll be keeping an eye on this developing story throughout this week, as North Korea promises to keep doing weekly missile tests.
Brainstain, over and out!
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