Flashing Before our Eyes! Two Weeks with North Korea.
Many Americans are finding themselves confused with the language of international diplomacy in North Korea. In order to understand any transaction, one must understand the currency of that transaction. In North Korea, Kim Jung Un trades in anguish. He buys it. He sells it. Then, he uses it to solve every problem that he creates for himself along the way.
The perimeters of this negotiation are as follows. As Kim Jung Un builds his missile stockpile, he slowly increases his capacity to create anguish. But, if we try to halt his missile program, he threatens to unleash anguish on all of his neighbors. Lets see how the last two weeks of anguish peddling has worked out for this otherwise lovable dictator.
On August 16th, 2017 Kim Jung Un claimes to have ordered rocket engines and rocket warhead tips from the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science in North Korea. Then, about three days later, he launched three missiles that all failed miserably. We do not know weather the failed rockets came from the same manufacturer that is set to make the new rockets.
At that point, those countries closest to the danger zone started sounding the trumpets. On August 23rd, 2017, a few days after Kims provocation, The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in both agreed to seek tougher sanctions on North Korea.
That brings us to August 29th, 2017. Two days before we published this article, Kim Jung Un finally got one of those rockets working. So, he launched it right over Japan. Then he crashed it into the ocean just east of Japanese waters.
I don't know if you've been paying attention to the dates in this article. But, all of this happened within a two week span of time. What will the next two weeks bring? How many nuclear missiles does North Korea have? What advice would you give diplomats making decisions on North Korea? Take a brief moment to read the group rules before you post all of your answers in our Multi Faith Social Action group.