Above our heads right now is a North Korean satellite “tumbling in orbit.” Even though it doesn’t house a nuclear payload, it poses a major threat. It isn’t about to fall on somebody’s house or car. It’s much worse than that. The dangers are, firstly, that it is careening through space, and secondly, that it is the next step in North Korea’s aggressive nuclear policy.
Kwangmyongsong 4 (translated Shining Star 4), the satellite launched on February 7, is currently traveling about 300 miles above the Earth on a roughly north-south orbit, according to cbs. If it were alone in the vastness of space, there wouldn’t be a problem. But it is not alone.
These satellites bear a remarkable resemblance to Pyongyang’s missiles. The latest satellite rocket utilized liquid fuel, similar to the engines in North Korea’s submarine-launched ballistic missiles.
The timing also calls into question whether this test was a test of missiles more than a test of satellites.
On Tuesday, United States Director of National Intelligence James Clapper confirmed that North Korea has resumed production of plutonium at a reactor in Yongbyon. Kim Jong-un had announced that plutonium production was restarting back in September last year. Clapper said that “North Korea has been operating the reactor long enough so that it could begin to recover plutonium from the reactor’s spent fuel in a matter of weeks to months.”
These revelations come on the heels of what North Korea claimed to be the successful test of a hydrogen nuclear weapon in January.
You can top all this off with the usual anti-American rhetoric that pours out of Kim’s dictatorial regime. Combine these factors, and you have a radical nation that could easily provoke nuclear war.
North Korea’s strategy didn’t stop when it gained nukes. Its strategy now seems to be about gaining the means to counter and challenge the United States, earning concessions in exchange for promising a toned-back approach, and developing regional ascendency.
Kim Jong-un’s defiant acts show there is little to no fear of backlash from the United States. This will undoubtedly embolden the regime and give it reason to push even harder next time.
This year, Kim has already tested a nuclear weapon with little to no response. Then he flew a crude satellite that passed over America, tumbling over San Jose, California, just one hour after the Super Bowl ended. Again, there was practically no response from the White House.
Keep watching. We are going to see more and more aggressive policies coming out of Asia as America’s enemies rush to fill the power vacuum. For more on this trend, request and read our free booklet Russia and China in Prophecy and our article “The Kings of the East.”
Full article: How North Korean Satellites Threaten the World (The Trumpet)