Millions of Japanese went into panic mode on Friday morning (Asia time) as yet another North Korean missile passed directly overhead before landing in the Pacific Ocean.
The missile launch — believed to have been an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) — followed a threat by North Korea to “nuke Japan and reduce the US ‘to ashes and darkness’ in response to the latest sanctions imposed by the UN.”
You have to wonder when the time will come that the United States decides enough is enough and launches a preemptive military strike against North Korea.
Kim Jong-un is playing a dangerous game; he seems hell-bent on provoking just such a militarily response from the United States. But to what end? He must know that if it comes down to it, North Korea would be no match against the United States and its allies.
Or is Kim counting on China’s military to have his back and be enough of a deterrent to keep the United States in check?
In any event, something will have to be done to neutralize the threat to the world posed by North Korea’s fast-developing nuclear weapons and missiles programs — and soon.