Now, on to Korea. Another tiny detail about the failure of the latest North Korean missile launch has come out tonight that makes a ton of difference in our understanding of how Trump’s negotiations with the Chinese may be affecting North Korea’s actions.
Today was the celebration of the birth of the grandfather of North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong-un, 105 years ago. I’m not quite sure what the significance of the number 105 is, other than a good day to start trouble.
For the preceding week, the buzz in the MSM was that Tiny Kim would light off his latest underground A-bomb test – presumably the first test of a miniaturized ballistic missile-capable warhead. However, President Trump’s version of muscular diplomacy may have gotten in the way.
Last week, China ordered the return of a massive shipment of Korea’s most significant export – coal.
Then, the next day, China moved 150,000 troops to the northern border of North Korea.
We had been criticized for exaggerating that number by a factor of 10, but it has now been confirmed that the number of troops is between 150,000 and 175,000.
Lastly, China told Korea that if they went ahead with their nuke test, the flow of oil from China would come to a complete halt. Korea gets 90% of their oil from China.
So, experts watched closely today to see if the Koreans would bend to the Chinese demand and sure enough – they did.
However, Tiny Kim did decide to attempt to show off the latest ballistic missile believed to be their first prized ICBM, a guided ballistic missile with a minimum range of 5,500 kilometres, or 3,400 mi., primarily designed for nuclear weapons delivery.
This was thought to be the game-changer for the north, as it would put parts of the U.S. in its range.
However, the missile launch exploded seconds after liftoff – a huge embarrassment for the Tiny Kim regime.
But it gets more interesting, about 3 hours ago it was reported by Fox News’s reporter on the scene in Korea, Greg Palcott, that the North Korean ICBM was exploded as a result of an unconfirmed cyber attack.
If so, was it the U.S.? Not as likely as the Chinese. This could well be yet another fruit of President Trump’s muscular diplomacy negotiations with the Chinese leader in Florida last weekend.