Kim Jong Un Is Not A "Madman"; He Is Acting Perfectly Rational
The major pundits on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox "News" have painted a very consistently inaccurate portrait of the DPRK leader, bestowing upon him titles such as "madman", "lunatic", "nut-case" and every defamatory name under the sun. Is the purpose for this suppose to be the testing of nuclear weapons? The United States currently has 6,800 warheads. Russia has more than that. There is a combined total of over 15,000 nuclear weapons worldwide. Why is it particularly insane for the DPRK to seek possession of the same modes of self-defense? Besides that, Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un have both witnessed the US topple multiple governments, overthrow leaders, and interfere in elections (please tell the Democratic Party, by the way) for decades.
The situation has only been exacerbated by statements like the one made by Gen. James Mattis, who stated that further nuclear *tests* would be met with "the end of [the DPRK's] regime and the destruction of its people". This certainly not the statement someone would make who was making an attempt to de-escalate force. The statement only rubs sore the memories of other regime-ending wars, and the destruction of other peoples in the mind of someone who seeking only to survive. Pursuing the same destructive ends, "pastor" Robert Jeffress stated that Trump has been given authority from on high to "take out Kim Jong Un". So much for "blessed are the peacemakers".
So due to the consistently inflammatory remarks and actions of the Trump administration, North Korea has responded by threatening the US territory of Guam with 4 nuclear-capable medium-range missiles due by mid-August. I cannot find evidence that Guam has access to missile defense systems, but reportedly the Japanese defense minister stated that Japan could legally intercept a Guam-bound nuclear missile, implying the possibility of solidarity from Japan with the people of Guam.