North Korea fires missile over Japan in sharp escalation of tensions | The Japan Times

Emblem of the Prime Minister of Japan

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In a breaking story, the Japan Times reported that in an “unprecedented, grave and serious” threat to Japan, nuclear-armed North Korea test-fired an unidentified ballistic missile that overflew Japan on Tuesday morning.

Source: North Korea fires missile over Japan in sharp escalation of tensions | The Japan Times

Whilst there was no damage nor casualties, this was a serious escalation. Although the Japanese prime minister was quickly alerted, it seems that Japan took no evasive action. But Prime Minister Abe quickly phoned President Trump. Since 1951, there’s been the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan. After WWII, the US occupied Japan until full sovereignty was returned in 1951. In return for Japan agreeing not the militarize again, the US agreed to defend Japan.

Japan and the US are currently involved in defensive tests, which may have irritated North Korea.

The Japan Times concludes:

The White House has said that all options remain on the table, including military action, stoking concerns of a second Korean War that would devastate the region.

Thoughts?

How to avoid nuclear war with North Korea – Lead – Economist

This is a must-read lead article from the Economist. It cautions that there are no good options to curb Kim Jong Un but blundering into war would be the worst.

Source: How to avoid nuclear war with North Korea

The conclusion suggests that it’s really time for cooler heads to prevail.

We have seen today that the Chinese President called President Trump perhaps that will do the trick?

Two hours ago, China’s leading newspaper People’s Daily tweeted:

Chinese President Xi spoke w Trump over the phone on Sat, called for restraint to avoid escalation of tensions on Korean Peninsula

Unfortunately, I fear that Trump is playing to the US domestic audience to try to win back some popularity and deflect attention from the Russian enquiry. Are Americans so gullible that they can’t see the dangers of US military intervention in North Korea?

Perhaps, it’s time for anti-war demonstrations to return to America’s streets?

Thoughts?