Grind for December 5th
“He who has a why to live can bear almost anyhow.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche
North Korea threatens to attack Japan, insults prime minister
North Korea described Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as a “political dwarf” and “perfect imbecile” after he condemned a weapons test on Thursday.
“North Korea’s repeated launches of ballistic missiles are a serious defiance to not only our country by also the international community,” said Abe.
According to South Korea, the North fired two “unidentified projectiles” from South Hamgyong province on Thursday. The projectiles landed in the Sea of Japan.
North Korea, which is banned under UNSC resolutions from launching ballistic missiles, says it was testing a “super-large multiple-rocket launcher.”
On Saturday, North Korea’s KCNA media described Abe as the “most stupid man ever known in history” for failing to “distinguish a missile from a multiple launch rocket system” and claimed Japan “may see what a real ballistic missile is in the not distant future.”
Japan and North Korea are less than 700 miles apart.
Analysts believe the weapons launched on Thursday were KN-25’s, a type of rocket so large it is often considered a “ballistic missile.”
“The North Koreans are playing a semantics game, basically, and by the same token so is Abe,” says MIT researcher Vipin Narang. “The bigger line…is that Abe may soon see a ballistic missile under his nose. It seems to suggest that they are gearing up to start testing longer-range systems.”
What we know about the terror attack in London
Two people were stabbed to death and three injured near the London Bridge on Friday afternoon in an incident that has been labeled a terror attack (this is the same location that was targeted in a terror attack claimed by ISIS in June 2017).
The suspect, wearing a false bomb, was shot to death by police and identified as Usman Khan, 28.
“This individual was known to authorities, having been convicted in 2012 for terrorism offenses. He was released from prison in December 2018,” said Neil Basu, assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.
Hours after the London incident, three people were injured in a stabbing attack at a busy shopping area in The Hague (a city in the western Netherlands). Police are unsure if the two events are related and have not released the names of the victims.
“Clearly, the Metropolitan Police are continuing their investigations and I can assure you, assure everyone, that anybody involved in this crime and these attacks will be hunted down and will be brought to justice,” said Prime Minister Boris Johnson. “This country will never be cowed or divided or intimidated by this sort of attack. And our values, British values, will prevail.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan described the public’s response to the incident as “breathtaking heroism.”
GOOD TO THE LAST DROP:
Did you know… In one day, a full-grown redwood tree expels more than 2 tons of water through its leaves.