North Korea tries to strike again
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The latest attempt to test-fire a missile in North Korea failed when the rocket exploded a few seconds after launch.
North Korea is forbidden by the United Nations to test missiles and nuclear weapons, yet they continue to do so. In September of 2016, North Korea successfully tested its fifth nuclear weapon. According to the New York Times, in June 2016, North Korea successfully launched its first missile after five failures, experts then said that “the missile may be capable of reaching American forces based on Guam, in the Pacific Ocean.”
Earlier this March, North Korea fired four missiles that landed in Japanese waters according to BBC. The ultimate goal of these tests is for the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un, to create a nuclear weapon powerful enough to hit the U.S. Experts say that these missile failures are usually hidden from the North Korean population and will probably not deter Kim Jong Un from pursuing his ultimate goal.
Christopher Hill, a former U.S. ambassador to South Korea says that Washington really has “no good military options” to push back against North Korea other than stronger bilateral cooperation with China. He claims this is because the sanctions are not working, and neither are the negotiations.
China and North Korea are allies and so the United Nations and the US are starting to look to China for help. Hill believes that by 2020, North Korea will have a “deliverable nuclear weapon.”
The missile test came with a broadcast from a state-run news reader warning of a strike against the U.S. It states that "our military declares our stand to mercilessly smash all of our enemy's moves with our own preemptive special operation and attack, as the wicked plan for the U.S. and South Korean war maniacs' special operations aiming at our supreme leader is becoming apparent," according to NBC.
President Donald Trump took to twitter after the failed launch saying, “North Korea is behaving very badly. They have been ‘playing’ the United States for years. China has done little to help!” He believes that North Korea is trying to taunt the Trump administration by testing missiles and launching rockets to Japan, the New York Post reports.
The Trump administration is considering cutting North Korea off financially, stating that “the sanctions would be part of a multi-pronged approach of increased economic and diplomatic pressure - especially on Chinese banks and firms that do the most business with North Korea.”
This has been proposed to protect South Korea and Japan and to try to persuade China to get North Korea under control according to CNBC. It is not clear when President Trump will decide on a course of action.