North Korea Tests Trump With Missiles, Signals More Coming

November 29, 2019   |   by James G. Dalton

North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles and could be planning even bigger moves, stepping up pressure as it threatens to walk away from sputtering nuclear talks unless President Donald Trump offers up concessions by year end.

The two missiles were fired in rapid succession from North Korea’s east coast Thursday, traveling a distance of about 380 kilometers (240 miles) and reaching a height of about 100 kms, Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono told reporters. South Korea’s Defense Ministry provided similar data on the flights and called the launches “regrettable.”

There may be more to come with the brisk movement of vehicles detected this month near an ICBM launch site, South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported, citing an unidentified South Korean official. The movement appears to be associated with an engine test and South Korea is keeping a close eye on the situation, it said.

The latest test came two years to the date since leader Kim Jong Un’s regime last test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting all of the U.S. Kim put a brief freeze on testing after that and then resumed firing with a vengeance from May, sending off about two dozen missiles — almost all of them short-range ballistic missiles.

“Kim considers Trump as his political hostage and sees himself in a position to dictate the terms of the deal by demonstrating his capability to influence Trump’s chance for re-election,” said Chun Yungwoo, South Korea’s former chief envoy to international nuclear disarmament talks with North Korea.

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North Korea released photos of the Thursday test. Kim, who has been on hand for many of the operations this year, attended the launch and “expressed great satisfaction over the results of the test-fire,” the country’s official Korean Central News Agency reported Friday.

The missiles tested appear to be North Korea’s KN-25, a solid-fuel rocket designed to fired off in rapid succession from a mobile launcher that typically holds about four tubes. A series of shorter-range missile launches in recent months has improved North Korea’s ability to make solid-fuel ballistic missiles that are easier to move, hide and fire than many of its liquid-fuel versions.

“These tests help improve their solid-fuel motors and not only is it good for their short-range systems, it would likely make their long-range missiles quicker and more powerful,” said Melissa Hanham, a weapons expert and deputy director of the Open Nuclear Network.

Kim’s testing freeze ushered in unprecedented diplomacy with Trump, leading to historic meetings in Singapore, Vietnam and the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas. But Kim and Trump have little to show for their negotiations, with the U.S. and North Korea unable to agree on what they mean by denuclearization.

Since the talks have started, Kim has been busy churning out fissile material for bombs and developing new missile technology that could make the next big launch of an ICBM even more concerning to Pentagon military planners, weapons experts have said.

Trump has brushed off North Korea’s missile tests, which Japan and others say violate United Nations Security Council resolutions, signaling to Kim that he can continue developing his weapons program as long as he doesn’t fire off another ICBM.

Kim has given Trump until the end of the year to ease up on sanctions choking his state’s paltry economy. In recent weeks his top cadres have been quoted in official media as expressing frustration by what they saw as U.S. inflexibility. The Trump team has said North Korea can only get rewards when it completely gives up nuclear arms — a move Pyongyang has said would be tantamount to political suicide.

“We, without being given anything, gave things the U.S. president can brag about but the U.S. side has not yet taken any corresponding step,” a spokesman for the State Affairs Commission headed by Kim said earlier this month. He added that the U.S. will face a “greater threat” if it does nothing.

via newsmax

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  1. ROB RAMPY

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    November 29, 2019 @ 5:33 pm

    HEY JD ….
    WELL, IT WOULD APPEAR THAT KIM JONG UN
    HAS A LEARNING DISABILITY.
    WHEN HE LOOKS IN THE MIRROR HE
    APPARENTLY, DOES NOT SEE HIS LITTLE “ROCKET MAN” SELF.
    TO THE CONTRARY. KIM CLOSES HIS EYES AND ENVISIONS HIMSELF ABOUT TEN FEET TALL, WITH A MUSCULAR PHYSIQUE, AND WITH BRAIN POWER FAR IN EXCESS OF
    EINSTEIN’S.
    “HOW COULD THIS BE” ? ONE MIGHT ASK,
    WITH SOME CONCERN. I CALCULATE THAT HIS
    VISION OF HIMSELF IS DUE TO TWO PRIMARY
    EVIL INFLUENCES–THAT OF HIS FATHER AND THAT OF ZI JINGPING.
    YOU SEE, HIS FATHER SHOWED HIM HOW MUCH HIGHER UP ON THE LADDER HE WAS
    THAN EACH MEMBER OF THE HERD OF THE HUMAN SLAVES HE RULED OVER WITH THE POWER OF LIFE AND DEATH, AS A
    COMMUNIST DICTATOR.
    KIM COULD ORDER THE EXECUTION OF ANYONE HE DISLIKED, AND TO ADD TO THE
    OCCASION, KIM COULD CHOREOGRAPH THE ENTIRE AFFAIR, ADDING MUCH TO THE PLEASURE BY WATCHING THE SHREDDING
    OF THE VICTIM’S BODY.
    JINGPING’S INFLUENCE NOW, GIVES THIS
    GIANT SIZED, SICK MINDED, LITTLE FELLOW
    A FEELING OF THE SECURITY HE ENJOYED
    UNDER HIS OWN FATHER’S TUTELAGE.
    JINGPING KEEPS KIM ON A STRING BY
    MAKING HIM BELIEVE THAT IF HE CONTINUES TO BUILD THE MISSLES AND DEVELOP THE NUCLEAR WARHEADS (WITH DESIGN AND MATERIEL ASSISTANCE FROM CHINA), THAT HIS ROLE IN KEEPING AMERICA, SOUTH KOREA, JAPAN, TAIWAN AND THE ENTIRETY OF SOUTH EAST ASIA CONSTANTLY DISTRACTED AND FRUSTRATED, THE HE, THE GREAT KIM JONG UN, WOULD BE A MAN OF SUPREME STATURE IN THE EYES OF THE LEADERS OF THR ENTIRE WORLD. IN ADDITION TO THIS ASSURANCE, KIM JONG UN’S STATUE WOULD, ONE DAY, STAND BESIDE THOSE OF HIS FATHER AND GRAND FATHER.
    SO, IT IS MY CONCLUSION THAT KIM WILL CONTINUE TO DO AS XI JINGPING STRONGLY SUGGESTS–THAT KIM WOULD, BEFORE TOO LONG RULE OVER THE GREAT KOREAN
    EMPIRE INCLUDING THAT ELUSIVE PORTION NOW REFERRED TO AS SOUTH KOREA.
    KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK J.D. RR

  2. Dale Hammond

    Reply
    November 30, 2019 @ 3:57 am

    I would love to see the “little rocket man” have his next rockets shot down by American missiles from off the coast.

  3. Kerry Hansen

    Reply
    November 30, 2019 @ 5:58 pm

    I would like to see a rocket go off in his shorts.

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