Citing the South Korea’s Defense Ministry as a source, according to prominent news outlets including SKYNews, BBC & ABC, North Korea attempted to launch a missile from their East Coast test facility near Sinpo in the Province of South Hamkyong. Reportedly the missile exploded mere moments after launch.
The South Korean Defense Ministry said:
"North Korea attempted to test an unidentified type of missile from Sinpo area in the South Hamkyong Province this morning, but we suspect the launch has failed."
As Vice President Mike Pence visits South Korea on a diplomatic tour, this move only serves to heighten tensions between Washington D.C. and Pyongyang, which are already on a razor’s edge.
These events coincided with the “Day of The Sun” celebration in Pyongyang, a festival day which marks the birth of North Korean founder Kim Il-Sung. Military parades and shows of martial strength are typically celebrated. The celebrations stand in a stark contrast to the growing fear around the world that we are rapidly approaching a major war. CNN was among the few international media groups invited to attend.
Here is a breakdown of the events leading up to this latest stand-off:
North Korea has repeatedly threatened throughout 2015 & 2016 to reduce South Korea and the United States to “A Sea of Fire” since the rise of Kim Jong-Un. These sentiments have only increased since the election of President Donald Trump.
President Trump tweeted on April 11th encouraging Chinese pressure on North Korea, the apparent response from Beijing was almost immediate:
I explained to the President of China that a trade deal with the U.S. will be far better for them if they solve the North Korean problem!
In a surprising move, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force has deployed a group of destroyers to rendezvous with the Carl Vinson Strike Group. This move is especially striking as Japan is restricted tightly in its Defensive operations by their post-WWII constitution which forbids them to engage in war.
Russian military forces have mobilized near Vladivostok a mere 8 miles from the North Korean border. President Putin’s intentions for this move are unknown at this time.
As of 8PM EST 04/15/17, the Trump Administration has not yet released a statement or response to this most recent act of provocation from North Korea. The world waits anxiously as leaders in Moscow, Beijing and Washington D.C. weigh their options.
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Written by Matthew Holloway
Matt Holloway is a blogger and host presenting Millennial, Constitutional, Conservative commentary on the 21st Century American Republic in an increasingly Progressive, Globalist world.