Despite pressure from the U.S., South Korea, Japan, and even China, North Korea is moving ahead with its missile testing program. On Tuesday, after launching its third successful missile test in recent days, dictator Kim Jong Un reportedly said the U.S. could expect more of the same in the weeks and months to come. The country’s official state news agency quoted Dear Leader as issuing a dire warning to North Korea’s enemies:

“He expressed the conviction that [the test] would make a greater leap forward in this spirit to send a bigger ‘gift package’ to the Yankees,” said KCNA.

The latest test came on Sunday evening. North Korea reportedly launched a Scud missile from the east coast town of Wonsan; the missile stayed in the air for approximately six minutes before landing in the Sea of Japan, according to U.S. Pacific Command officials.

Kim Jong Un has made no secret of his intentions to develop a long-range missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead all the way to U.S. mainland soil. Some experts believe that he already has ballistic missiles that could reach U.S. territories like Guam, though most think the regime is still several years away from getting anywhere close to cities like New York and Washington, which he often threatens to reduce to rubble. Nonetheless, the recent uptick in testing has the entire international community on edge, and there’s no question that Kim already is capable of launching a devastating nuclear attack on U.S. allies in the region.

President Trump said Monday that the rogue nation would do itself a favor by succumbing to international pressure.

“North Korea has shown great disrespect for their neighbor, China, by shooting off yet another ballistic missile…but China is trying hard,” he wrote on Twitter.

Whether that’s true or not remains to be seen, but unfortunately, China’s cooperation may not be enough. As reported by CNBC, there are other nations in the region helping to prop up the Pyongyang maniac:


Earlier this month, Washington warned ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nation to cut ties with the pariah state “but it does not appear that ASEAN countries are ready to turn the screws on Pyongyang, at least not yet,” Kent Boydston, research analyst at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, said in a recent note.


“Southeast Asia’s collective insouciance has helped Pyongyang fly mostly under the radar, fill its coffers, and keep its criminal enterprises afloat.”


Trump has done a good job getting the Chinese to see reason when it comes to Kim Jong Un; now it may be time for Singapore, the Philippines, and others to recognize that a nuclear-armed North Korea is a danger to everyone in the Pacific Rim.