US tests another ICBM: A message to North Korea or WWIII provocation?

Minuteman launching from Vandenberg


The US test-launched an ICBM today:

August 2, 2017

An unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base early Wednesday to test the weapon’s reliability to “defend against attacks on the United States and its allies,” the Air Force said.

The Minuteman III missile was fired at 2:10 a.m. from the base northwest of Santa Barbara, according to the Air Force Global Strike Command. The missile, equipped with a single test reentry vehicle, traveled 4,200 miles to a test range near the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

The strike command said the test was “not a response to recent North Korean actions.” Rather the launch “demonstrates that the United States’ nuclear enterprise is safe, secure, effective” and can protect against strikes, the command said.

The test comes after North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday — the second in less than a month. The two-stage missile crashed off the coast of Japan’s northernmost island, Hokkaido. Independent defense analysts say such a missile may be capable of reaching California and other parts of the West Coast.

Vandenberg is on the West Coast of the USA and is very near Grover Beach, California, where the Continuing Church of God USA office is located. While I did not see this particular launch, I heard it as it was loud enough to awaken me. As mentioned before, I spent nearly 5 years working on Vandenberg: 3 1/2 years while in the military and 1 1/2 working for an aerospace firm.

The USA seems to hope that the success of this test will discourage North Korea. But since North Korea has continued missile launches despite USA threats, this test is not likely to change the minds of the leaders of North Korea. It is more likely that the leaders in North Korea will decide that that there are better ways than long-range missiles to detonate nuclear, dirty, or emp bombs in the USA.

While the messaging from North Korea has been consistent–it says it will continue to develop its nuclear missiles no matter what, the messaging from the USA has been a bit odd. For example:

August 2, 2017

America’s top envoy is sending a message to North Korea that “we are not your enemy,” while the White House continues to assert that all options remain on the table to halt Pyongyang’s ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs.

During a rare appearance at a State Department media briefing Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States does not “seek regime change, we do not seek a collapse of the regime, we do not seek an accelerated reunification of the peninsula, we do not seek an excuse to send our military north of the 38th Parallel.” …

Graham said during a U.S. television appearance (NBC’s Today) President Donald Trump has told him, “There will be a war with North Korea over their missile program if they continue trying to hit America with an ICBM.”

Graham quoted Trump as saying, “if thousands die, they’re going to die over there.”

Asked about Graham’s comments, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders initially repeated a statement the administration has used frequently in the past, “All options are on the table.”

August 2, 2017

On Tuesday, Tillerson said the US was willing to talk to North Korea, while US Senator Lindsey Graham said military options are “inevitable if North Korea continues” on its current path of weapons development.

If North Korea is not an enemy, then why does the USA care about its nuclear program? Other nations have nuclear weapons. Of course, unlike most other nations, North Korea has threatened to use its against the USA and others–I believe that US President Donald Trump does consider North Korea to be an enemy. An enemy he expects to fight. Notice also the following:

August 2, 2017

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) says President Donald Trump is ready for war with North Korea if the rogue nation doesn’t cease its development of a nuclear missile capable of reaching the United States.

He has told me that. I believe him,” Graham said on NBC’s “Today” on Tuesday. “If I were China, I would believe him, too, and do something about it.”

Host Matt Lauer said military experts believe there is no good military option for handling North Korea. Graham insisted those experts were wrong.

“There is a military option: to destroy North Korea’s program and North Korea itself,” Graham said, adding that he prefers a diplomatic solution.

Why World War 3 could happen in 2017 – threats from North Korea, Syria, Putin and Isis are worse than during the Cold War

2017 has already seen a number of major terrorist attacks, which, coupled with rising tensions around the world and nuclear sabre-rattling from North Korea, have increased fears of a major military conflict.

The Sun has spoken to a range of military and terror experts about the threat of World War Three in 2017 …

Throughout the past year events have been taking unexpected twists and turns. …

there’s North Korea pushing ahead with its ballistic missile tests in its bid to become a nuclear power.

In response Japan has carried out air attack drills and dished out leaflets on what to do should Kim Jong-un’s nukes rain down.

Kim responded by reportedly telling its giant neighbour it would be a “piece of cake” to nuke Japan and leave it “blanketed in radioactive clouds”. …

According to a regime defector North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un‘s  New Year’s resolution was to be a fully fledged nuclear power. …

The country also threatened the US with a “full-scale” nuclear war

In a sign of its dangerously skittish nature, it even threatened to nuke Donald Trump’s home town of New York to silence the President’s ongoing mocking of their missile programme.

In July, 2017, the US Air Force deployed a number of supersonic bombers in a ‘North Korea nuke drill’ amid reports Donald Trump was weighing up a military strike against Kim Jong-un.

Will Donald Trump risk starting a world war?

Arms-control experts say the rest of the world really should be worried about the potential fallout from some of the President’s tweets.

John Andrews, International affairs expert and veteran foreign correspondent, told Sun Online: “He [Trump] will be a real challenge for diplomats.

“One of the reasons is that we’ve become used to there just being one genuinely unpredictable world leader and that was Kim Jong-un.

North Korea has clearly tried to provoke Donald Trump and he is unlikely to do nothing but talk. While I do not believe that war with North Korea would start World War III, it could lead to many problems for the USA.

So will Donald Trump just wait?

Some analysts believe it is simply a matter of time before North Korea “has a full-fledged ICBM that could hit any part of the U.S. with a nuclear weapon.” Here are comments related to one:

August 2, 2017

SEOUL, South Korea — It may already be too late for sanctions to halt North Korea’s missile program.

That’s the view of analysts who have watched Kim Jong Un accelerate progress on North Korea’s decades-long quest for a functioning intercontinental ballistic missile.

Friday’s launch, the second in a matter of weeks, showed it’s just a matter of time before he has a full-fledged ICBM that could hit any part of the U.S. with a nuclear weapon.

As North Korea’s economy holds up, and the regime moves beyond the startup costs of its nuclear program, efforts to choke off its finances become less effective, the analysts say.

That leaves U.S. President Donald Trump with limited options. A military strike could have devastating consequences for the Korean peninsula. At the same time the U.S. is loathe to make the concessions that Kim demands to get him to the negotiating table.

“No amount of sanctions will stop Kim Jong Un from having his ICBM,” said Andrei Lankov, a professor of Korean studies at Kookmin University in Seoul, who has written several books on North Korea. “As long as the Kim family stays in power — and they’re likely to stay in power for a long time — denuclearization is not possible. Period.”

US President Donald Trump, while acting like he hopes China and/or his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson can resolve this, is more likely considering multiple military options.

Military options that could devastate the regime in North Korea, but also have ramifications for those living in South Korea, Japan, and even the USA.

As regular readers of this page are aware, I have long contended that North Korea will basically one day reunite with South Korea and that it would take war for this to happen.

War seems immanent.

Jesus warned of the following:

7 But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet. 8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows. (Mark 13:7-8)

We are certainly in a time of wars and rumors of wars. Issues related to North Korea, could well cause ‘troubles’ for those in the USA.

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