The robot kingdom with a god-king (who looks fat and foppish, “dressed to kill”) seems to be closer to having long range ICBM’s than we had thought. The forecasts of their ranges keep creeping up, all the way to Washington now. The time table seems compressing, conceivably before 2020.
Furthermore, North Korea wants to have several of these so it could keep fighting in case of a pre-emptive strike. And it may be better able to bury the testing and locations than had been thought.
(Although the recent blast in Afghanistan might well have been intended to send a message.)
The other component is a challenge to Trump’s “America First”. For the time being, North Korea has taken the entire country of South Korea hostage, so to speak, as well as Japan. So it can continue to build up its ICBMs and nukes, maybe even a hydrogen bomb.
Conservative Post commentator Charles Krauthammer says we have cards to play, mainly China, “not your friend, a currency manipulator”, here Krauthammer also gives a link to Post coverage of the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 (when I was a “patient” at NIH).
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said that this country could be at grave risk before the end of Trump’s term, to CNN, Sunday morning, here.