It is quite obvious that this was a provocation on the part of the US and South Korea.
The US and South Korea were engaged in war games and they are planning on keeping the war games provocations up.
The US and South Korea are to stage fresh war games in the Yellow Sea in the coming days in a show of force against the North Korean regime, as diplomatic and military tension remained high on the Korean peninsula.If they are going to start fresh war games, it means they have held previous war games. Which were the provocations that North Korea responded to.
On top of all this we have the US taking this opportunity to move the USS Washington provocatively close to China, to the Yellow Sea.
"The USS Washington left Yokosuka US Naval Base south of Tokyo on Wednesday morning and will begin the joint exercises on Sunday"
China has previously warned the US on taking such provocative actions. Previously the US backed off.
This time, something else is going on. This time, it has to do with expanding the currency war to a real military conflict.
The US postponed plans for similar exercises last August after Beijing reacted furiously to its announcement that it was sending the USS Washington to the Yellow Sea, with one Chinese general describing the move as a "flagrant provocation".
The US is displeased that China would not devalue their currency.
This decision by China to not destroy their own economy, in order to bail the US out of the disaster of their own making, is all the reason the US needs to fire warning shots at China.
I have covered this topic in previous posts
Therefore the provocation of North Korea, the moving of the USS Washington into the Yellow Sea, are all the opening salvos of an attempt to provoke or intimidate China.
This could end badly, or not.
But in a nutshell, this is my take on what is going on.
If anyone else has an opinion, feel free to leave your thoughts.