September 3, 2017

Dictator Watch - Kim Jong Un's H-bomb

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has just tested a more powerful atomic bomb - a hydrogen bomb. That's a dramatic step up in destructive power from his country's previous nuclear tests.  Combine with the testing of intercontinental missiles it means the rogue nation has become an existential danger. ang’s sixth nuclear test came after Kim Jong Un showed off what he described as a hydrogen bomb for an ICBM
SEOUL—North Korea said it conducted a sixth and significantly larger nuclear test Sunday, stepping up pressure on President Donald Trump in what is shaping up to be his biggest foreign policy crisis.

In a televised statement, North Korea described the underground explosion, which triggered a large earthquake, as a “perfect success in the test of a hydrogen bomb for an ICBM.” Pyongyang said “the creditability of the operation of the nuclear warhead is fully guaranteed.”

The test came just hours after leader Kim Jong Un showed off what he described as a hydrogen bomb capable of being mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The explosion at the nuclear test site at Punggye-ri in North Korea’s mountainous northeast triggered an initial magnitude-6.3 earthquake, followed by a magnitude-4.1 temblor that was possibly caused by a structural collapse, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
After 8 years of an Obama administration that focused half-halfheartedly on Iran before caving on a terrible deal, while ignoring North Korea the Trump administration has been left with a couple of terrible messes to clean.  This one will be particularly challenging for president Trump. Pyongyang might be full of bluster, but Kim Jong Un could indeed be a tinfoil hat nut job. Dealing with the former is manageable, the latter is at best, tricky.

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