Kim Jong Un, the dainty despot at the helm of the hermit kingdom of North Korea, doesn’t seem to know when enough is enough.
For decades, North Korea has played a strange game of aggression and forgiveness, somehow finding ways to milk the benefits of their good behavior within the international community. The only reason that this immoral “cup game” seems to work is that North Korea’s tyrannical rulers can squeeze their citizens for the difference, as they have all grown of age in a nation with no connection to the outside world, and whose previous generations were convinced that the Kim dynasty were somehow divine.
The latest tiff involving Kim and Co. comes after nuclear negotiations between North Korea and the United States ended in a stalemate just weeks ago.
In retaliation, the tiny Asian nation “test fired” several short range missiles on Friday.
Now, just a day later, their upping the ante, and looking for any attention that they can get on the global stage.
North Korean state media on Sunday showed leader Kim Jong Un observing live-fire drills of long-range multiple rocket launchers and what appeared to be a new short-range ballistic missile, a day after South Korea expressed concern that the launches were a violation of an inter-Korean agreement to cease all hostile acts.
Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency said Kim expressed “great satisfaction” over Saturday’s drills and stressed that his front-line troops should keep a “high alert posture” and enhance combat ability to “defend the political sovereignty and economic self-sustenance of the country.”
The weapons launches were a likely sign of Pyongyang’s growing frustration at stalled diplomatic talks with Washington meant to provide coveted sanctions relief in return for nuclear disarmament. They also highlighted the fragility of the detente between the Koreas, which in a military agreement reached last September vowed to completely cease “all hostile acts” against each other in land, air and sea.
President Donald Trump has insisted that he foresees a deal being struck between the United States and the DPRK – a much different opinion than that of the South Korean government who first called the world’s attention to Kim’s latest rocket launches.