North Korea Engine Test May Be Prelude To Partial ICBM Flight
by Pamela Williams
North Korea acted in defiance of Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson’s meeting to Asia on March 19, 2017.
On that day Tillerson was meeting with China, and the outcome was one of patience and alliance. Both countries had decided to come together in order to restrain North Korea’s progress in developing nuclear weapons. But Rex Tillerson said that the military option was not off of the table.
However, North Korean state media announced its latest rocket-engine test on Sunday, saying it would help North Korea achieve world-class satellite-launch capability, indicating a new type of rocket engine for an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). This is an outrageous move on North Korea’s part, and I dare to say Tillerson must be fuming right now. He leaves to come home and gets the news Lil’Kim just did another test.
Americans are having a tough time trying to understand Lil’Kim, but I don’t think it is that hard. The following is how I see Lil’Kim…at least to some extent.:
I Am a Sociopath
Remorse is alien to me. I have a penchant for deceit. I am generally free of entangling and irrational emotions. I am strategic and canny, intelligent and confident, but I also struggle to react appropriately to other people’s confusing and emotion-driven social cues.
I was a perceptive child, but I couldn’t relate to people beyond amusing them, which was just another way for me to make them do what or behave how I wanted them to. I didn’t like to be touched and I rejected affection. The only physical contact I sought usually entailed violence. The father of a friend in grade school had to pull me aside and sternly ask me to stop beating his daughter. She was a skinny, stringy thing with a goofy laugh, as if she were asking to be slapped. I didn’t know that I was doing something bad. It didn’t even occur to me that it would hurt her or that she might not like it.
My parents ignored my blatant and awkward attempts to manipulate, deceive, and inveigle others. They neglected to notice that I associated with childhood acquaintances without really forming connections, never seeing them as anything more than moving objects. I lied all the time. I also stole things, but more often I would just trick kids into giving them to me. I envisioned the people in my life as robots that turned off when I wasn’t directly interacting with them. I snuck into people’s homes and rearranged their belongings. I broke things, burned things, and bruised people.
Aggression, risk taking, and a lack of concern for one’s own health, or that of others, are hallmarks of sociopathy. When I was 8, I almost drowned in the ocean. My mother said that when the lifeguard fished me out of the water and breathed life into me, my first utterances were gasps of laughter. I learned that death could come at any moment, but I never developed a fear of it.
That is the way I see Lil’Kim. He is not afraid of anything the United States will do to him. He is not afraid to die, and he will continue on the path he is on for as long as he lives. It is important to him to win what he considers to be a “game.” As the Sociopath said, “Aggression, risk taking, and a lack of concern for one’s own health, or that of others, are hallmarks of sociopathy.”
They say Kim does heavy drugs and drinking, so he is most likely always on a high. Most likely he sees this as a game. His scientists are pushed to work toward his goal to establish nuclear weapons to show the United States he is just as powerful as we are. So do not expect Kim to negotiate or think reasonably, because he does not have that capacity.
“Through this test, it is found that engine function has made meaningful progress but further analysis is needed for exact thrust and possible uses,” Lee Jin-woo, the spokesman for the South Korean defence ministry, told a briefing. North Korea’s state media released pictures of the high-thrust engine test overseen by leader Kim Jong Un, and reported him hailing it as “a new birth” of its rocket industry.
South Korean expert on rocket engineering said the test was ominous. “This was a comprehensive test for the first-stage rocket for an ICBM, and that is why it was dangerous,” Kim Dong-yub of the Institute for Far Eastern Studies in Seoul told Reuters. “It appears that North Korea has worked out much of its development of the first-stage rocket booster.” But Kim said the North had still not mastered the atmospheric re-entry technology needed for an ICBM, so it had work to do before being able to hit the United States. Nevertheless, it might soon demonstrate that it has perfected the system’s booster rocket stage.
“What could be next is they would make a new type of ICBM with this new engine system and launch it, but not the entire stages, but to make only the first stage, fly about 400 km and drop. “They are not going to show it all at once.”
AIMING FOR U.S.? North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests and a series of missile launches in defiance of U.N. resolutions, and is believed by experts and government officials to be working to develop nuclear-warhead missiles that could reach the United States. Leader Kim Jong Un said this year the country was close to test-launching an ICBM. Kim’s ambition is believed to be to develop a launch vehicle able to strike a part of the continental United States, most likely Alaska, just over 5,000 km (3,000 miles) from the North’s missile test site.
Last week, Tillerson issued the Trump administration’s starkest warning yet to North Korea, saying a military response would be “on the table” if it took action to threaten South Korean and U.S. forces. Experts disagreed in their initial assessment of whether the North’s test was for the engine for an ICBM, and for which stage of a rocket it was meant for. U.S. aerospace expert John Schilling said the engine appeared too big for any ICBM North Korea was working on but would be a good fit for the second stage of a new space rocket it is planning to build. Joshua Pollack, of the Washington-based Nonproliferation Review, said the design with four verniers, or steering nozzles, was familiar in the North’s older, long-range rockets launched to deliver objects previously but said it could be the second stage of a missile, not the first. “Since the comparable display of 2016 was the first stage of an ICBM, we could speculate that this is the second stage,” Pollack told Reuters in an email.
North Korea fired rockets in 2012 and in 2016 to put objects into space. Experts say space rockets and long-range missiles involve fundamentally identical technologies, but with different configurations for trajectory and velocity for the stages. China said on Monday the situation with North Korea was at a new crossroads with two scenarios – a deterioration to war or a diplomatic solution. “Any chance for dialogue must be seized, as long as there’s hope,” Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in Beijing.
(Additional reporting by James Pearson in Seoul and David Brunnstrom in Washington; Editing by Robert Birsel and Jack Kim) ((firstname.lastname@example.org; +82 2 3704 5650; Reuters Messaging: email@example.com)) Keywords: NORTHKOREA MISSILES/ (UPDATE 3,Read more: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/nkorea-engine-test-may-be-prelude-to-partial-icbm-flight-20170320-00253#ixzz4bs19LUsg
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