Kim Jong Un continues to test the world’s patience.
His nuclear weapons program is pushing the world to the edge of nuclear war.
Now he’s just crossed a red line that may make World War 3 inevitable.
North Korea recently conducted their 15th missile test of 2017.
They fired an intercontinental ballistic missile over Japan, terrifying residents who awoke to an air raid warning and told to find shelter.
The missile traveled over 2,000 miles before falling into the Pacific Ocean.
The Daily Mail reports:
“North Korea has fired another test missile over Japan, leading to global condemnation amid already high tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear warhead tests.
The missile flew over the northern island of Hokkaido, where thousands were awoken by air-raid sirens for the second time in just three weeks, and landed some 1,240 miles off the cape of Erimo just before 7am local time (10pm Thursday GMT).
The rocket, believed to be a intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), flew for about 19 minutes over a distance of about 2,300 miles, according to South Korea’s military – far enough to reach the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, which is 2,100 miles from North Korea. “
In response, South Korea test fired missiles that could strike the launch site in North Korea.
South Korea fired two missiles in response to North Korea's missile launch, but one failed — falling into the sea in the early flight stage
— Will Ripley (@willripleyCNN) September 15, 2017
But the real target of this launch appears to be the U.S. territory of Guam.
Guam is home to nearly 200,000 U.S. citizens as well as Anderson Air Force base.
This latest test shows North Korea has the capability to threaten a U.S. territory with nuclear annihilation.
The Daily Mail also reports:
“The missile test was carried out mere hours after North Korea threatened to nuke Japan and reduce the US ‘to ashes and darkness’ in response to the latest sanctions imposed by the UN, which puts a cap on textile exports and import of crude oil.
Japan’s defence minister Itsunori Onodera said Friday he believed North Korea has the U.S. territory in mind with its recent nuclear missile tests. as he warned that ‘similar actions (by the North) would continue’.
‘We cannot assume North Korea’s intention, but given what it has said, I think it has Guam in mind,’ Onodera said. “
The test came after North Korea threatened to sink the island of Japan and turn the U.S. into ashes.
But firing a missile over the air space of a sovereign country is considered an act of war.
Since the missile didn’t hit anything on land, this will not lead to armed conflict.
However, it’s another step in an escalating crisis that could end with a mushroom cloud over a major city.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing conflict.