WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has moved its ground-based interceptor missile defense system from test mode to operational amid concerns over an expected North Korean missile launch, a U.S. defense official said on Tuesday. The Pentagon and State Department have said a North Korean missile launch would be seen as "provocative."
Apparently, the pathological lunatic Kim Jong Il is prepared to incur the wrath of the most devastatingly powerful military in the history of the world.
Surely he won't even fly an ICBM over Japan (as he did 8 years ago), much less direct one in the general direction of the U.S., it's territories in the Pacific, or it's assets (ships) in that area of the Pacific Ocean.
I'm unfamiliar with diplomatic jargon but from what I've read, the term "provocative" is pretty strong and will illicit some action (though probably not direct military action) on the part of the U.S., if our sovereign territory or that of our allies is threatened...even if the fruitcake Jong Il says it's just a test.
If anybody out there has a good grasp for this situation and can shed some light on what might happen, if anything, I'd appreciate hearing your take.