A view to a kill — Kim Jong- un style
LIKE a bad guy from a James Bond movie, this is the moment North Korea’s delusional dictator moved the world a step closer to global conflict.
Kim Jong-un — seated in a padded chair behind an executive desk in the middle of an isolated runway — con- tinued to antagonise the US as his generals fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan on Friday.
He celebrated the successful launch of his furthest-ever missile test by branding America “the big power chauvinists” and vowed to “make the US rulers dare not talk about military option”. In response, President Donald Trump scheduled talks with the leaders of Japan and South Korea to address the crisis.
NORTH Korean leader Kim Jong-un says his country is nearing its goal of “equilibrium” in military force with the United States, as the United Nations Security Council strongly condemned his “highly provocative” ballistic missile launch over Japan on Friday.
The North’s official Korean Central News Agency carried Kim’s comments yesterday — a day after US and South Korean militaries detected the missile launch from the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.
It travelled 3700km as it passed over the Japanese island of Hokkaido before landing in the northern Pacific Ocean. It was the country’s longest-ever test flight of a ballistic missile.
The North has confirmed the missile was an intermediate range Hwasong-12, the same model it launched over Japan on August 29.
The increasingly frequent and aggressive tests are seen as North Korea’s attempt to win greater freedom by raising doubts in Seoul and Tokyo that Washington would risk the annihilation of a US city to protect them.
The KCNA said Kim expressed great satisfaction over the launch, which he said verified the “combat efficiency and reliability” of the missile and the success of efforts to increase its power.
While the English version of the report was less straightforward, the Korean version quoted Kim as declaring the missile was operationally ready. He vowed to complete his nuclear weapons program in the face of strengthening international sanctions.
Photos published by North Korea’s state media showed the missile being fired from a truck-mounted launcher and a smiling Kim clapping and raising his fist while celebrating from an observation point.
Kim said the country’s final goal “is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the US and make the US rulers dare not talk about military option for the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)”.
The UN Security Council accused North Korea of undermining regional peace and security, and said its nuclear and missile tests “have caused grave security concerns around the world”.
Japan’s UN ambassador Koro Bessho called the missile launch an “outrageous act”.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in, a liberal who initially pushed for talks with North Korea, said its tests currently made dialogue “impossible”. “If North Korea provokes us or our allies, we have the strength to smash the attempt at an early stage”.
Kim Jong-un watches (main) and then celebrates a rocket launch with military elite cheering him on.
Kim Jong-un at the launch.