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Tensions high between U.S. and North Korea

By Taylor Devore
On October 30, 2017

It’s no secret that the United States of America, alongside modern day South Korea, were at war with North Korea post World War II.

The results of the Korean War were catastrophic and would be the first major event of the Cold War, but also set the tone for later conflicts between America and North Korea over the use and testing of nuclear weapons and warfare.

In December 2015, North Korea claimed to have tested a hydrogen bomb. That claim was met with skepticism from both the White House and South Korea. 

The claim was later proven to be true when two more bombs were detonated with additional testing in January, March and September 2016. 

Around that same time, the U.N. had issued five sanctions against the country because of the nuclear and missile tests. As of July 4, North Korea had been testing their newest weaponry in their arsenal: The intercontinental ballistic missile (IBM). 

This did not sit well with current U.S. President Donald J. Trump and is what leads us to discussing President Trump and Chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea/Supreme Leader of Democratic Republic of Korea/North Korea Kim Jong-un.  

According to the Aug. 10 edition of the New York Times, North Korea’s IBM appeared to be capable to hit Hawaii and Alaska. Then, after a second missile was tested many weeks later, it was said that it had the potential to hit the state of California. 

Trump responded to these tests with, “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” 

This comment prompted Kim Jong-un to rebuttal that North Korea would dare to create “an enveloping fire” around the island of Guam in hoping of urging the U.S. to “take the first step away from the dangerous line”.  

In response to this, Australia completely stood by the United States (via Australian prime minister Malcom Turnbull), China kept disagreeing with the U.S. while siding with North Korea with the stance of “American naval operations in the South China Sea would only force it to deepen its military build-up there” and South Korea remained completely neutral, previously stating “that the people had agreed not to do anything on the Korean Peninsula that would catch the South off guard.” 

The way I see it, the worst-case scenario that could occur between North Korea and the United States is if the missiles were to be set off, targets would include Japan, South Korea, Guam (part of the Northern Mariana Islands) and the United States. 

It is fair to mention that should this happen and if the people that reside on Guam (or any other Northern Mariana Island) somehow evacuate before the missiles strike, they also risk getting caught in the crosshairs. 

A major factor to consider is that the United States’ financial sector could decrease significantly. As of late, the stocks have been on an upward trend with the economy back in good shape so war could cause decrease stocks with the possibly of another recession or great depression. 

However, should a war between North Korea and the United States break out at any given time, the fact of the matter is that both countries have strong military units and the fight could not only be chaotic on both sides but could also severely impact all citizens of both countries, both positively and negatively. 

While the Trump administration’s plan on how to proceed with North Korea’s/Kim Jong-un’s nuclear and missile test is currently unknown, one thing shall remain clear when it comes to defending our home soil: No matter what lies ahead for our current president, he seems unwilling to back down from this threat until Kim Jong-un and the North Korean weaponry and missile testing has ceased once and for all.

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