There are few things as entertaining as the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea, with their fat little dictator and starving nation, making nuclear weapons as fast as possible for the the big glow-fest.
(In the News) On 27 May, a South Korean naval patrol ship fired warning shots at two North Korean vessels that crossed the Northern Limit Line off South Korea’s northwest coast. The North Korea vessels were a fishing boat and a naval patrol ship. The intrusion lasted ten minutes. The North Korean vessels returned North in response to the warning shots.
Incidents off the northwest coast occur regularly and increase in frequency in late spring and early summer. A contributing condition is that North Korea navy stations must provide for most of their own food and much of their budget out of local resources. Smuggling, illegal fishing and poaching, commercial transportation, piracy and holding fishing crews for ransom are included in their criminal repertoire.
On 28 May the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) published a warning notice from the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army (KPA).
“As reported, the puppet military gangsters of south Korea sent many armed ships into the territorial waters of the DPRK from 05:53 on Friday (27 May) to wait for a chance of provocation and then fired, without any prior warning, 40 mm rocket gun shells at an unarmed ferryboat of the Navy of the Korean People's Army, which was towing a boat.”
“This reckless military provocation was evidently prompted by a premeditated sinister plot to bedevil north-south relations and further aggravate the tension on the Korean peninsula….”
Who do they get to write this stuff? Seriously...and they take themselves very seriously. Do they go to school to learn this traditional communist cant? I suspect that they do, but they must not realize that it's comedic.
“In this regard, the KPA General Staff on Saturday, 28 May, sent the following notice to the south Korean authorities who let the puppet military gangsters make a preemptive attack, defying the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea's (DPRK) good faith and magnanimity: Firstly, the backstage manipulators of the case should apologize to the entire nation for the puppet military gangsters' reckless military provocation….”
To prove a point, North Korea launched a missile in the early morning on Tuesday, 31 May. The launch appears to have failed, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).
"North Korea attempted to launch an unidentified missile from the region near Wonsan at around 5:20 a.m. (2020 GMT 30 May), but it is presumed to have been unsuccessful," the JCS said in a brief text message.
The military is studying details of the launch and is maintaining a high level of combat preparedness, the JCS said. Sources said the launched missile probably was a Musudan/BM-25 intermediate-range ballistic missile.
The estimated launch location and the activity pattern support the judgment that the North launched a Musudan/BM-25 ballistic missile. North Korea launched three Musudan/BM-25 missiles on various dates in April from near Wonsan. All of the launches were unsuccessful.
Naturally the concern is that one day they'll get it right and will be able to launch a ballistic missile that doesn't fail.
Republican Presidential contender, Donald Trump, has said that he holds China accountable for the actions of North Korea (a species of Chinese client state). He's right. China could shut down this drama in about fifteen minutes by not feeding their dog.