In a piece of terrifying news, it has been revealed that North Korea may have successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles.
In an annual white paper released on Tuesday, the Defense Ministry in Japan concluded that “it is possible that North Korea has achieved the miniaturization of nuclear weapons and has developed nuclear warheads.”
The new sanctions imposed on the country have prompted North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to ratchet up the increasingly dangerous rhetoric aimed at the United States. In an interview with PBS reporter Lisa Desjardins, a woman speaking through an interpreter issued this warning on behalf of Jong-un:
“The U.S.’ villainous illegal actions against our country and people will be reciprocated by thousands-fold. If it thinks that it will be safe because it is across an ocean, there is no bigger misunderstanding than that.”
A decade after North Korea’s first nuclear test, it appears the country now has nuclear capability as well as delivery systems, including intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of hitting the American mainland. As reported in the Washington Post, officials here in the United States have determined that Kim Jong-un controls up to 60 nuclear weapons, although some independent experts believe the number is smaller.
Instead of attempting to diffuse the mounting crisis, Donald Trump has fueled the flames by issuing a threat of his own, saying that if North Korea continues to threaten the U.S. “They will be met with fire and fury, and frankly, power which this world has never seen before.”
With Special Counsel Robert Mueller and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman breathing down his neck, this is exactly the sort of distraction Trump is looking for. The fact that he is dealing with a lunatic who can unleash nuclear weapons on the United States and its allies in the region doesn’t matter. Maybe that’s because Trump is a lunatic of the same stripe as that tin-pot dictator in North Korea.
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