If their goal is ultimately to arm a rocket with a nuclear warhead, this hopefully will give them pause. Under the circumstances, that might not turn out too well for them.
I live in Japan. This is mainly what most people here have been talking about for the last couple of days. It's our heads they're trying to shoot the rocket over, and at us they'll aim it if they get it developed. Everybody understands how serious the situation is, believe me.
That doesn't mean we can't take some enjoyment in their failure, and have a good laugh at their expense. And in fact, part of that is (no pun intended) disarming the situation, breaking the tension and stress that it's causing.
We should try to over think this some more.
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North Korea has massive amounts of artillery and troops ready to devastate Seoul (check its proximity to the border on a map), killing thousands if not tens of thousands of people, should they ever choose a course of war. To Japan, their ability to develop nuclear missiles is somewhat akin to Russia putting nuclear missiles in Cuba in the 60s. They consider it an existential threat (as of course does South Korea).
If any militarized conflict between North and South Korea ever occurred, it would throw the entire Asian (and probably global) economy into turmoil. and potentially draw China (who supports North Korea) and the US (allied with S. Korea) into cold war type hostilities - and also draw the US into war directly, as there are a ton of US military bases in South Korea.
So N. Korea is in a position of strength by way of the fact that a) they don't care about starving their people, so sanctions don't work; b) they have a powerful "big brother" in China, and (most importantly) c) they are well positioned to wreak chaos on the region and the world by way of the destructive military power they've built up over the past few decades.
And this will only be worsened if they get nuclear capabilities.
If yes to any, why? is there natural resources there that they want?
From the little bit I've just come across, I see multiple border disputes. Is this what its all about? Also it seems the U.S. vs Russia tension from before has lead to some of this, does this still play a role in the dispute?
Guess the North Koreans really aren't rocket scientists.
They'll get it right one of these days. Man was made to break the sound barrier, and perhaps even go into outer space, and North Korea will make sure they are the first to accomplish this.
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