North Korea Missile Test; Terror Attack in Norway

Grind for August 14th
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Bad Behavior

The Headline

North Korea uses Trump quote to justify new missile test

The Grind

North Korea tested a new type of short-range missile on Saturday, further rattling neighbors who are already concerned by the regime’s hostile behavior.

Officials said the launch was a response to the US-South Korea military drills taking place this month.

The Details

On Sunday, a top North Korean diplomat justified the launch by quoting President Trump:

“Even the US President made a remark which in effect recognizes the self-defensive rights of a sovereign state, saying that it is a small missile test which a lot of countries do,” said diplomat Kwon Jong Gun.

Earlier this month, Trump said he had “no problem” with North Korea’s latest missile tests.

“These are short-range missiles,” he told reporters. “We never discussed that. We discussed nuclear. What we talked about is nuclear. Those are short-range missiles. Sure, and a lot of other countries test that kind of missile also.”

Trump might not be concerned about the tests, but analysts say North Korea’s new missile and rocket systems show noticeable improvements and represent a serious threat to US allies including South Korea and Japan.

Not Again

The Headline

Police investigate suspected terror attack in Norway

The Grind

Police in Norway are searching for answers after a lone gunman opened fire on the Al-Noor Islamic Center in the capital city of Oslo.

The shooter, described as a ‘white man around age 20,’ entered the mosque carrying “two shotgun-like weapons and a pistol,” said Mosque Director Irfan Mushtaq.

The gunman was overpowered by Mohammad Rafiq, a 65-year-old congregation member and retired Pakistani Air Force officer.

The suspect was arrested and charged with attempted murder. He was also charged with the murder of his 17-year-old stepsister after investigators found her dead body in a separate location.

The Details

Local police knew of the shooter before the incident. According to Police Chief Rune Skjold, the man exhibited “far-right” and anti-immigrant” views and did not have a “criminal background.”

The suspect had also expressed sympathy for Vidkun Quisling, the military officer and politician who led Norway’s government during the Nazi occupation (1940-45).

Before the shooting, the suspect is believed to have posted a message online in support of the gunman who killed 51 people in Christchurch, New Zealand in March.

Locals have responded to the incident by urging the government to do more to protect its small Muslim population.

“For so many years, the secret police says the Muslims are the biggest risk for this country, but if you look at those last two major incidents of terrorist activities, it’s not Muslims who have done this,” says Mushtaq.

Norway’s strict gun laws require residents to obtain permission from the local police chief before purchasing a firearm. Weapons are sold only to individuals with “sober habits” who have reasonable grounds for needing a weapon.

Fully automatic guns and some semi-automatic guns are banned.

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