Matt 24: 10 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom."
North Korea is ready to shoot off more than their mouth! The launch is on, in spite of world opinion. All of the dialog has been spoken, but accomplished little, only the rhetoric remains.
Formerly with the U.S. space program, James Oberg is in North Korea for the launch. He has commented that the rocket is “not a weapon, but 98% of a weapon.” He inferred that the North Koreans require a little more weapons technology, but not much.
Since the Korean Conflict of the 1950s, South Korea and the North have had a “truce”, not a “treaty.” That means they are still technically at war. The south warned the northern capital of Pyongyang, if they fired their rocket it will deepen their isolation with the world and trigger further condemnation.
The South continues to complain about North Korea, who walked out on disarmament talks three years ago, saying the North is also preparing a third nuclear test following the illegal launch.
China seems to be North Korea’s only major ally. Chinese officials reiterated a plea for calm and said that all sides should make an effort to establish peace in the region.