He’s said to be a chain-smoking, beer-drinking, maniacal tyrant who binges on Swiss cheese while his people starve. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., called him a “crazy fat kid.” President Trump scolded him for “acting very, very badly.” The Chinese were apparently asked to scrub the Internet of references to his nickname, “Kim Fatty the Third.”
In his most wide-reaching display of “crazy,” North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, 33, freely taunts the world by testing missiles, leading to speculation that a sixth nuclear test could be in the near future.
Communist North Korea tested another rocket engine on Friday that could be part of their development of an intercontinental ballistic missile, according to reports. This follows another test launch just a month ago, and the New Year’s Day announcement by the North Korean dictator that the country was in the final stages of test-launching an intercontinental ballistic missile.
The website 38 North, which provides analysis by the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, published new satellite imagery of North Korea on Wednesday that appeared to show increased activity at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, indicating that North Korea could be in the final stages of preparing for a nuclear test.
“This clearly is one of those preparatory steps that take them to an intercontinental ballistic missile that really works,” said Gordon Chang, author of “Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World.”
Intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBMs, have a minimum range of about 3,400 miles, but could be developed to travel further. North Korea has the missile power to strike the U.S., Chang said.
“They already have 3 missiles that can hit the lower 48 states,” Chang said, citing North Korea’s arsenal that includes the Taepodong-2, KN-08 and the KN04 missiles.
Chang believes that Pyongyang is less than four years away from putting a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach the U.S. mainland.