Saturday, September 2, 2017

Is it Time to Shoot Down One of Kim Jong-un’s Missiles?

The title question really says it all. Kim Jong-un shows no signs of bowing to international pressure from China, the United States or, really, anyone. As Andrew Malcolm reported this morning, there have been multiple launches of both medium and long range missiles this month and the diminutive dictator has already announced that he’s ordered more.
These launches have had the world on edge and seen President Trump setting fire to his Twitter feed threatening retaliation. But a preemptive strike is fraught with problems. So what if we don’t actually strike North Korea, but instead blow one of his test launches out of the sky? That’s the question being posed by a number of military analysts in this Reuters report.
North Korea’s firing of a ballistic missile over Japan could increase pressure on Washington to consider shooting down future test launches, although there is no guarantee of success and U.S. officials are wary of a dangerous escalation with Pyongyang.
More attention is likely to focus on the prospects for intercepting a missile in flight after North Korea on Tuesday conducted one of its boldest missile tests in years, one government official said. (Interactive package on North Korea’s missile capabilities –
Such a decision would not be taken lightly given tensions over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.
Read the rest from Jazz Shaw HERE and follow link to a related story below:

Trump Says ‘Talking Is Not The Answer’ In North Korea

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