North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has announced that North Korea is in the “final stage of preparations” for testing of an intercontinental ballistic missile. The announcement could very well be a test of our incoming president, Donald Trump, who wasted no time responding.
North Korea has routinely been testing short- and medium-range missiles throughout the Obama administration, with little to no response from Obama himself. Some of these missile tests have been successful, although most have failed. A successful long-range missile test would mean that North Korea had weapons capable of reaching Guam, or the west coast of the United States.
Trump immediately responded to Kim Jong Un’s announcement, tweeting his response:
He then pointed the finger at China:
China has been taking out massive amounts of money & wealth from the U.S. in totally one-sided trade, but won’t help with North Korea. Nice!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2017
Trump will be inaugurated on January 20th, and a successful long-range missile test from North Korea would be the first big national security test of his administration. Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs quickly responded to Trump’s criticism. “We hope that all sides avoid using words and actions that lead to escalating tensions,” the spokesman, Geng Shuang, said. He claimed that China wanted to defuse the situation, and “has made tremendous efforts to promote a peaceful and effective solution to the North Korean nuclear issue.”
How Trump responds to shows of aggression from North Korea is also of great concern to South Koreans, who still rely on the United States to keep them safe from North Korea.