- - Monday, January 30, 2017

As U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis heads to South Korea for consultations on the threat from Kim Jong-un’s Stalinist regime, the reclusive North Korean leader seems to want to send a threatening message by restarting the plutonium nuclear reactor at the Yong-Byon Nuclear Scientific Research Center. Analysts believe the facility is now in operation.

This would allow the North to produce additional nuclear material for use in building more atomic weapons of mass destruction. The North Korean hermit kingdom also provocatively positioned ICMBs north of the capital on the day of President Trump’s inauguration, in a direct threat to American allies and territories in the Pacific. Western intelligence believes North Korea may have the technology to miniaturize a nuclear warhead for placing atop a missile to deliver it.

The North has repeatedly used the threat of nuclear weapons to cause tension with Washington. The Trump administration believes that China could and should help with the situation as they hold influence of the North Korean dictator. With tensions also rising in the South China Sea, it seems obvious, that beside the Islamic State and terrorism, our new president faces his greatest challenge in the Pacific theater.

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