North Korea Now Expanding Long-Range Missile Capacity

North Korea Now Expanding Long-Range Missile Capacity July 31, 2018

After declaring that we would all sleep a lot easier knowing he has personally ended the nuclear threat from North Korea, now comes word that Kim Jong-Un is expanding his long-range missile capacity at one facility to create at least one and perhaps two new ICBMs capable of reaching the United States.

U.S. spy agencies are seeing signs that North Korea is constructing new missiles at a factory that produced the country’s first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States, according to officials familiar with the intelligence.

Newly obtained evidence, including satellite photos taken in recent weeks, indicates that work is underway on at least one and possibly two liquid-fueled ICBMs at a large research facility in Sanumdong, on the outskirts of Pyongyang, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe classified intelligence.

The findings are the latest to show ongoing activity inside North Korea’s nuclear and missile facilities at a time when the country’s leaders are engaged in arms talks with the United States. The new intelligence does not suggest an expansion of North Korea’s capabilities but shows that work on advanced weapons is continuing weeks after President Trump declared in a Twitter posting that Pyongyang was “no longer a Nuclear Threat.”

Trump will be no more successful at stopping North Korea’s plans than the presidents before him. I said that from the moment he started making noise about it. That’s because we simply don’t have any good options. We could launch a war and depose the Kim regime, but that would result in millions of lives lost and risk confronting China, which we have no desire to do. We’re stuck. North Korea has nuclear weapons, they’re going to continue to have them, and the best we can do is contain the threat.

The difference between Trump and the presidents before him is that Trump lives in a fantasy world where everything he says and does is pure genius and he is the hero of every story. He has a crying, desperate need to declare every action a victory unlike anything the world has ever seen, and to tell us how easy it was too. If only we’d elected a genius like him decades ago, there would be no more problems in the world as he would have fixed them all, Nobel Peace Prize in one hand and the vagina of some unsuspecting TV hostess in another.

So where past presidents were careful and measured in their statements, never going beyond cautious optimism, Trump leaves after spending only a few hours with Kim and signing a declaration that did literally nothing whatsoever and declared the problem solved. He’s probably still baffled that we didn’t declare him to be emperor for life on the spot.

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