Obama has done everything to provoke North Korea save painting a target on Washington. (SEE HERE.)
Or maybe he just did...
Obama to host world leaders for nuclear summit
Washington (CNN) - Dozens of the world's highest-profile leaders will begin arriving Wednesday in Washington for a major gathering devoted to securing nuclear material.
The session comes at a moment of global unease after terror attacks in Belgium and a steady drumbeat of nuclear provocations from North Korea. U.S. officials say preventing ISIS from obtaining nuclear material remains a top priority heading into the gathering.
President Barack Obama will host dignitaries from 56 nations and organizations for the Nuclear Security Summit, including British Prime Minister David Cameron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Francois Hollande, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.
He'll convene a trilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Thursday morning, seeking to further improve ties between the Asian leaders who have only recently reconciled after being at odds over historic grievances related to World War II.
Obama will sit for talks with President Xi Jinping of China on Thursday afternoon to discuss security, climate and economic issues.
North Korea will factor heavily into Obama's talks with all three Asian leaders as the hermit nation continues its missile tests, even after rounds of tough sanctions.
North Korea: We Are Ready for ‘Pre-Emptive Nuclear Strike’ on U.S.
North Korea has once again asserted that it will use its nuclear weapons arsenal against the United States. Unlike previous statements, however, a note from the rogue state’s foreign minister on Monday insisted that North Korea is fully equipped and ready to use a nuclear weapon on the United States, not just willing to do so.
Foreign Minister Lee Su-yong insisted in a statement Monday that Pyongyang would not hesitate to use their nuclear weapons against America, and they now no longer needed to wait for their scientists to build the weapons necessary for such an attack.
...It is not the first time (this month) that North Korean officials make similar threats. Most recently, the North Korean government released a propaganda video over the weekend depicting a nuclear attack on Washington D.C. The video is titled “Last Chance.”
...North Korean state media has made clear that this latest round of belligerent activity is a protest against a scheduled meeting between President Barack Obama, South Korean President Park Geun-hye, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe later this week. The heads of state are scheduled to meet in Washington D.C. to discuss constructive approaches to curbing North Korean aggression. Park will meet with each head of state individually, as well, according to Yonhap. President Xi Jinping of China will also be in Washington this week and is expected to attend the larger Nuclear Security Summit.
It's "put up" or "shut up" time for North Korea. They'll never have a better opportunity (from their perspective).
PS: Russia did not send a representative to the Washington Summit.