Kim Jong un’s North Korean regime are no strangers to exaggeration when it comes to threats levied toward the United States and its allies. In fact, up until recently, there were really only two things you could count on in terms of North Korean diplomacy: that they would offer up outlandish threats, and that the majority of the rest of the world would chuckle, offer them the geopolitical equivalent of a pat on the head, and get back to more pressing matters.
Over the past year or so, however, things have changed. Six nuclear tests, including one that appeared to be a successful detonation of dual-stage, or hydrogen bomb, warhead in conjunction with a litany of successful and failed ballistic missile tests have proven that Kim is no longer just a little guy with a big mouth – he’s suddenly a dangerous dictator with a stockpile of weapons of mass destruction.
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