North Korea’s Threats Aren’t As Serious As They Seem

The problem arising between North Korea and the United States has taken the world by surprise. It seems as though a lot of discordance and agitation has risen since Mr.Trump has taken ahold of the US presidency. Between conflict amongst US citizens, to conflicts between the US and other countries, President Trumps negative attitude has began to affect us all. North Korea has always had a desire for power and now feels threatened by Trumps desire for the same.

North Korea tests missiles by launching them straight into the air and calculating the distance, then translates that upward distance to how far it will travel horizontally. The problem with this is that North Koreas missiles have problem reentering airspace without their missiles blowing up before they hit their desired targets. North Korea has slowly began to improve their quality of weapons but no one will truly know the damage they can do until North Korea decides to strike. The National Interest Organization has released a very informative article on some perspective facts relating back to the quality of North Koreas weapons.“The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) efforts to develop long-range ballistic missiles and nuclear warheads are accelerating.  Pyongyang already has or will soon possess ballistic missiles capable of threatening virtually any target in the Western Pacific region. As if that were not enough to cause U.S. defense planners sleepless nights, the latest Worldwide Threat Assessment by the Director of National Intelligence believes that 2017 will be the year that North Korea tests an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), a weapon with sufficient range to deliver a nuclear weapon to Hawaii, Alaska and the continental U.S”. Based on our research thus far it seems that maybe North Korea doesn’t have the power to do as much damage to the US as their leader Kim is expressing.

In the beginning North Korea was aiming their targets on Hawaii, a US territory in the middle of the pacific ocean. But North Korea is behind in terms of technology, weapons, aircrafts, and other supplies that they would need in order to successfully have a missile reach that far. Since conducting multiple missile tests we believe that North Korea may have discovered their lack of advancement in the war genre. However, they have now set their eye on a new target, one much more attainable in the terms of distance and capabilities. Guam is a US territory but is under their own rule, to a point. For example Guam is protected by the US and have military forces residing on their lands but they are not allowed to take part in any official voting for the governments of the United States. Guam is perfectly located between the Korean peninsula and the South China. A quote from an article about Guam’s standing in all this and “Robert E. Kelly, an expert on North Korea at Pusan National University in South Korea, said that the North Koreans always respond to threats with the “most outlandish rhetoric” but that Pyongyang also knows that attacking the United States would be suicidal”.

Foreign policy and national security experts have raised questions about Trump’s threatening response to North Korea, noting that past administrations have tried to avoid the President commenting on North Korea’s threats in order to avoid giving them credibility.” I take exception to the President’s comments because you’ve got to be sure that you can do what you say you’re going to do,” Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, said in an interview with Phoenix radio station KTAR earlier this week. “The great leaders I’ve seen don’t threaten unless they’re ready to act and I’m not sure President Trump is ready to act” has been quoted by CNN Politics commenting on how Mr.Trumps behavior and comments back to the leader of North Korea perhaps are giving false accusations.  . Although secretary Mattis has given statements saying our military forces are ready to encounter any direct threats or attacks on the US, maybe it is not necessary. Declaring war or perhaps implying that the military is ready to fight puts stress on the american people, the men and women in the military and the families of these members.

In an article discussing the alliance between Australia and the United States, it showcases how important and valuable our allies are especially in a situation like this because we never know just how serious North Korea is. Australia is a great ally to have because they are directly between the United States and North Korea. If any attack was made upon any US soil, the United States military members located in Australia along with the AUS army, would be ready to move onto North Korea and fight with power. This article is very informative because it provides a commentary thread between the AUS prime minister Turnbell and the US Vice President Pence. A quote from this article gives us a feeling for just how tense this relationship is, “Tensions between North Korea and the US have reached new heights after the Trump administration sought to punish the rogue nation for its ICBM test launches via UN sanctions”. North Korea briefly makes statements throughout this article relating bak to the fact that ‘the US isn’t the only super power’ implying that they are one too while also referring to how how great they have become. This leads us to the question: Since North Korea has been so doormat and quiet these last few years, have they improved their war tactics and have they increased their nuclear and missile products enough to actually have an impact against the United States?

Many resources and articles have encouraged the on going threats between each country, we as a nation have to think about all the actions and the way our president is handling these situations. We as a superpower country deserve the right of protection and someone who truly cares about our well being and our families well being. Not just about the nature of being powerful, Mr. All mightily, or the reputation of not backing down. We deserve to feel comfortable in our own homes.

 

http://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/north-korea-threatens-to-turn-young-people-into-5-million-human-bullets/news-story/905b7408d017beb4c6d6abffbdc198bc
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/10/secretary-mattis-says-u-s-is-ready-to-counter-north-korean-threat.html
http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/11/politics/trump-north-korea-overt-threat/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/08/09/why-north-korea-threatened-guam-the-tiny-u-s-territory-with-big-military-power/?utm_term=.e0330ad7864f
https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/08/north-korea-guam/536286/
http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/could-north-korea-launch-pearl-harbor-attack-hawaii-21850

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