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North Korea Is Again Fired Up

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North Korea continues to defy United Nations Security Council’s ban from firing ballistic missiles much to the chagrin of Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The North had fired off 13 rounds of short- or medium-range launches since May before its latest round late last week.

This move has forced Abe to once again condemn Pyongyang for its “repeated launches of ballistic missiles.”

The North, however, pooh-poohed Abe’s statement that they were testing ballistic missiles rather than a “super-large multiple-rocket launcher.”

In a report, North Korea’s KCNA state media noted, “It can be said that Abe is the only one idiot in the world and the most stupid man ever known in history as he fails to distinguish a missile from a multiple launch rocket system while seeing the photo-accompanied report.”

It further stated, “Abe may see what a real ballistic missile is in the not distant future and under his nose. Abe is none other than a perfect imbecile and a political dwarf.”

Throughout 2017, following Donald Trump’s assumption of the U.S. presidency, tensions between the United States and North Korea increased, and there was heightened rhetoric between the two, with Trump threatening “fire and fury” and North Korea threatening to test missiles that would land near Guam.

Since then, there has been rapprochement of some sort between Washington and Pyongyang.

President Trump has met three times with the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for denuclearization talks.

However, both leaders have failed to make any progress thus far.

In the meanwhile, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has set an end-of-year deadline for the United States to offer more concessions.

As that deadline approaches, North Korean officials have repeatedly issued veiled warnings about bigger provocations, though none appear to have been as direct as their latest statement.

Marcia Wright, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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