With much of the world seemingly in disarray, (and headed toward what feels like an inevitable global conflict), the petty tyrants of the geopolitical order are acting even more foolish than usual – and that’s saying something.
Among them we must count Vladimir Putin, the madman of Moscow, who continues to suggest that he’s going to start using nuclear weapons in Ukraine, (and elsewhere), now that his abysmal invasion has revealed to the world just how vulnerable Russia is.
But Putin isn’t the only one waving his proverbial arsenal around either, and North Korea’s latest missile tests come complete with a sobering caveat.
North Korea’s recent missile tests involved “tactical nuclear” drills to simulate hitting the South, and were overseen by leader Kim Jong Un in response to US-led joint military exercises in the region, state media said Monday.
Kim made acquiring tactical nukes — smaller, lighter weapons designed for battlefield use — a top priority at a key party congress in January 2021, and this year vowed to develop North Korea’s nuclear forces at the fastest possible speed.
Kim, like Putin, appears to be preparing for an unholy action.
The country revised its nuclear laws last month, outlining a wide array of scenarios in which it could its nukes, with Kim declaring North Korea an “irreversible” nuclear power — effectively ending the possibility of negotiations over its arsenal.
The news comes just days after US President Joe Biden suggested that the world was closer to “nuclear annihilation” than perhaps ever before, noting the Cuban Missile Crisis of the 1960’s as being a similar threat.