Last night, Anna Fifield at the Washington Post reports: North Korea Says It Was Practicing to Hit U.S. Military Bases in Japan with Missiles.
Kim Jong Un presided over Monday's launch of the four missiles, "feasting his eyes on the trails of ballistic rockets," the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported in a statement that analysts called a "brazen declaration" of the country's intent to strike enemies with a nuclear weapon if it came under attack.This morning, the AP reported: "China says will take measures against U.S. missile system deployed in South Korea, says U.S. and Seoul will bear consequences."
"If the United States or South Korea fires even a single flame inside North Korean territory, we will demolish the origin of the invasion and provocation with a nuclear tipped missile," the KCNA statement said.
The four ballistic missiles fired Monday morning were launched by the elite Hwasong ballistic missile division "tasked to strike the bases of the U.S. imperialist aggressor forces in Japan," KCNA said. The United States has numerous military bases and about 54,000 military personnel stationed in Japan, the legacy of its postwar security alliance with the country.
Is anyone at the White House paying attention to this, or nah?
I definitely know where Donald Trump stands on Arnold Schwarzenegger's performance on The Apprentice, but I have significantly less clarity on where he stands on a major foreign policy issue in East Asia.