Posted by David Gerstman
In a New Year’s announcement, North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un stated that his nation was on the verge of launching its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) – a missile capable of both carrying a nuclear warhead and reaching the United States.
This threat could President-elect Donald Trump’s first major foreign policy challenge, coming as it does after nuclear bomb tests of varying success by the North Koreans.
In response Trump tweeted that the launch “won’t happen.” In another tweet he chided China for not doing more to forestall the North Korea threat.
North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won’t happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2017
While acknowledging that American military experts doubt that North Korea is technologically ready to carry out its implied threat, CNN reported, “Trump may very well have to deal with an ICBM test and confront the danger Pyongyang poses to international stability.”