Russian legislators who recently visited Pyongyang claim that Kim Jong-un is preparing to test a long-range ballistic missile that could likely reach the U.S. mainland.
Anton Morozov, a member of the International Affairs Committee in the lower house of parliament, made the claim in a recent telephone interview. Morzov was one of a delegation sent to North Korea by the pro-Kremlin Liberal Democratic Party. The delegation met with high government officials but not the military.
Russia has recently been hosting meetings with North Korean officials but has been keeping the subject matter and outcome of the meetings quiet.
Yesterday evening, Donald Trump held a photo-opp after a dinner meeting with his high level military officials in which he made cryptic and ominous remarks in regards to the meeting:
"You guys know what this represents?" Trump asked reporters, referring to the meeting. "Maybe it's the calm before the storm. Could be the calm, the calm before the storm."
When asked by reporters to explain, Trump refused, saying: "You'll find out."
Trump also stated in regards to North Korea, "We cannot allow this dictatorship to threaten our nation or allies with unimaginable loss of life,” he said, vowing to “do what we must do to prevent that from happening and it will be done, if necessary. Believe me.”
Trump also said that he expects his military aides to provide him with “a broad range of military options, when needed, at a much faster pace.”
Donald Trump has expressed no intention of making peace with North Korea and has told his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson that he is wasting his time with diplomacy. In Trump's embarassing inaugural speech before the United Nations General Assembly last month, he threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea.
The United States has repeatedly rejected offers from North Korea to freeze their nuclear weapons program if the United States stops their annual war games targeting North Korea.
The next round of war games to threaten North Korea will likely be held on October 20. In addition to the ships already in the area, the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier along with a guided-missile cruiser and a nuclear-powered submarine are on their way to the Korean Peninsula.
Representative Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) asked his colleagues to support his bill that would bar Trump from launching a nuclear first strike without congressional approval. Earlier this year more than 500,000 people signed a petition expressing support for H.R. 669, Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017. So far, the bill has 56 cosponsors, none of them Republican.
For more information about American's conflict with North Korea and how it could be resolved please read the Trillions article, "Understanding North Korea and How Trump Could End America as We Know it".