WHAT IT IS
- For decades, North Korea has been testing missiles and nuclear bombs.
- Despite UN sanctions, which have remained in place since 2006, North Korea continues to expand its weapons program, especially under Kim Jong Un.
WHY IT MATTERS
A war could break out. While North Korea has been consistently belligerent, the Trump administration is taking a new U.S. approach to this threat of armed conflict (and possibly nuclear war), warning that the U.S. is prepared to use military force, provoking North Korea even more.
WHERE ARE WE NOW
- President Trump has threatened to send an armada to North Korea (though it isn’t clear where the fleet is actually heading).
- Japan also plans to deploy warships to join the U.S. fleet.
- Chinese President Xi Jinping urged for a peaceful resolution.
- North Korea held a military parade displaying its range of missiles in celebration of Kim Il Sung’s birthday but failed to launch a missile, which blew up immediately, on the following day.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
- Preventing a war is a team effort.
- While all attention on missiles and nuclear bombs, the fact that North Korea has the largest artillery force in the world has been largely overlooked.