Political pundits have been speculating about North Korea for decades. Yet the past few weeks have seen a dramatic increase in the tensions between the regime of Kim Jong-un and President Trump’s administration. If we’re to believe the reports coming out of North Korea, it would seem they aren’t afraid of Donald Trump.
A state-run media organization passed the message on Sunday. The Korean foreign ministry saw the US attack on Syria to be “absolutely unpardonable.” The Korean Central News Agency acknowledged the rumors that the Syrian strike was meant as a warning for North Korea, but it noted that the country remained unafraid.
There’s debate domestically about the purpose of the Syrian missile strike. While the Trump administration claims it was nothing more than a direct response against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons, many see other motives. China’s diplomatic envoy was visiting with Trump when the attack commenced, and some feel that it was meant to be a message for China about how Trump plans on dealing with the growing threats from Korea.
And it could clearly be read as a warning for Kim Jong-un. His regime continues to test missiles and make sweeping pronouncements about the county’s long range capabilities.
“President Trump is willing to act when governments and actors cross the line,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said of the attack on Syria. “It is clear that President Trump made that statement to the world tonight.”
Pyongyang remains defiant. They labeled the US actions “unforgivable.” The foreign ministry claims North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons to be “the right choice a million times over.”
“We will bolster up in every way our capability for self-defense to cope with the U.S. evermore reckless moves for a war and defend ourselves with our own force,” they wrote i a statement Sunday.
As for that pursuit, North Korea remains ambitious, but behind. They continue to test missiles, many of which fail. They’re hoping to develop a viable intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States.
In response to the testing, and to Kim Jong-un’s rhetoric, the Pentagon has taken direct action. Saturday, the USS Carl Vinson set sail with several destroyers. They are headed into the western Pacific, where they can more closely monitor the situation on the Korean peninsula.