• Menace: Kim Jong Un Continuing with Obnoxious ‘Christmas Gift’ Threats

    Surge Summary: Confirming he is a maniac, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is threatening an ominous “Christmas gift” to America – and making moves implying he might mean it. He needs to be regarded as noting less than a threat to world peace.

    “North Korea is undergoing a flurry of activity around the holidays,” writes Newser’s Polly Davis Doig, “but predictably not of the merry variety:”

    “There is activity at a number of locations indicating that North Korea is laying the groundwork for an expansion of their ICBM program—more systems, more buildings, more capabilities,” Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, tells NBC News.

    Satellite images indicate a temporary structure has been built at North Korea’s Pyongsong site to accommodate a launcher arm. This development has occurred in the wake of North’s threat of a “Christmas gift” missile launch.

    For their part, Senior American military leaders tell CNN  the US is ready for any missile attack Pyongyang might attempt.

    The Associated Press adds that, on Sunday, Kim Jong Un convened a ruling party meeting to discuss next steps for bolstering the country’s military.

    Confirmed: Kim Jong Un is an erratic, dangerous menace. Cozying up to him, schmoozing with him hail-fellow-well-met-style isn’t working. While needless provocations from the civilized world are, clearly, ill-advised, so is pretending he is anything but a megalomaniacal, unstable tyrant who needs to be kept by concerned nations in a tightly-maintained cage of tireless vigilance.

    It’s a bummer. But that’s the only prudent response available to us.

    H/T: Newser/Polly Davis Doig

    Image: Adapted from: Dan Scavino – https://twitter.com/Scavino45/status/1006358006475427840, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=70704984

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