North Korea succeeded in test-firing a Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile on Wednesday. Five previous tests since April went wrong, but the latest success suggests that the isolated country has made some technological progress and may soon be able to target the U.S. military base in Guam.
Seoul decided to take the issue to the UN Security Council. But there is no guarantee that the crisis will end any time soon. Easing sanctions on the North would only make matters worse, and China must be persuaded to stay on board at all cost.
In these circumstances it is astonishing that none of the political parties here have uttered a word in condemnation of the test. The stock market calmly closed slightly higher than the day before amid forecasts that the faraway U.K will remain in the EU, and people simply went about their business as if nothing had happened. This numbness to real and present danger is perhaps even more terrifying.
Full article: Why Are We Numb to the N.Korean Threat? (The ChosunIlbo)