February 27, 2014
In the midst of threats and references to the Rocky films being hurdled at Vladimir Putin, North Korea is testing missiles and the US government is telling people not to worry about it.
From VOA News:
The United States is downplaying North Korea’s launch of four short-range missiles off its east coast.
Pentagon spokesman U.S. Army Colonel Steve Warren Thursday confirmed reports of North Korean missile tests, but said the U.S. military does not consider the launch a provocative action.
“We’ve seen these types of missile tests fairly regularly,” he said. “It’s a short-range Scud missile which they are allowed to test. Nevertheless, we always call on the North Koreans to refrain from provocative action.”
It is not uncommon for North Korea to test-fire short-range missiles. Such tests are believed to partly serve as political messages to the South.
Pyongyang’s government has not commented on the latest launches, which come as Seoul and Washington conduct large-scale joint military exercises. The North views the drills as an unacceptable provocation.
While I would not fear-monger about North Korea being some type of great enemy to the US, they do have the capacity to bomb California, and present some very strange types of rhetoric. It is at least something that needs to be thought about. And yet, the US government would rather spend their time on Syria, Iran and Russia, none of which have shown any aggression toward the United States.