Highs and lows, that's the theme of the conflict on the Korean Peninsula. A few weeks back we seemed to have hit the highs in tension after a long period of lows, but since then, the highs have leveled off. However, the highs seem to be returning, and the possibility of tension peaking is relatively high.
Just today The Sun reported that North Korea is threatening "final doom of the US". North Korea states what they always state, that the peninsula is on the brink of war when South Korea and the US are holding military drills.
Kim Jong Un though has vowed not to stop his nuclear program, and according to that same The Sun article, Kim plans to accelerate the program. Kim still promises to test a nuke at anytime.
More concern also comes from another The Sun article which stated North Korea's Navy and submarines are preparing for missile tests. The worry of these tests is, the missiles may be able to reach the USA and could be under the guise of a test, but is actually a live missile.
President Trump has been showing military strength, but all that has seemed to do is ruffle the feathers of North Korea and not deter them. China has been trying to help as well by sanctioning North Korea, but that has also failed to stop Kim.
President Trump said in an interview that he'd be open to meet Kim Jong Un and talk this thing out. Here's the video on that per Fox News:
China has been playing a role, especially after the Trump-Xi meeting in Mar-a-Lago last month, but China seems to have been sending mixed signals. On one hand China has been threatening North Korea, but on the other, China has been urging the US and South Korea to stand down.
According to France 24, China wants the US to halt the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea. That raises more concern, and almost makes it seem like China would like to double cross the US and South Korea if war broke out on the peninsula. China and their president are smart, and still shouldn't be trusted all that much. That article stated China is worried about THAAD affecting their own ballistic missile capabilities, which really make you think, is China really an ally or nemesis? Let's say nemesis.
Japan though has been a key ally in this conflict, they've deployed their Navy to accompany the USS Carl Vinson fleet that is off the Korean coast. Japan's president Abe even amended their "peace constitution" to include Japanese allies in the self defense clause, which Japan can only use their military in self defense.
The highs and lows continue in the Korean Peninsula, and it seems that the highs are returning with all the talk and action from all parties involved. Kim Jong Un is one nuke test away from receiving a MOAB on Pyongyang, but that wouldn't end the war, it could start a war for the ages. Let's hope the right nations are on our side, and bring the Kim regime to destructive end.