WHAT IT IS
- North Korea’s recent aggression towards the U.S. and its allies has raised concerns of neighboring countries, such as Japan and South Korea.
- As North Korea continues to expand its nuclear program, politicians from Japan and South Korea have pushed for more powerful weapons.
- Japan and South Korean officials admitted that the situation is tense but has not reached the point of a crisis.
WHY IT MATTERS
This is an especially uneasy situation for Japan and South Korea. It is unknown how powerful or how far North Korea’s nuclear weapons can travel, but Japan and South Korea depend upon the U.S. to deter any attacks. If either country decides to strike, this would start a full-fledged international conflict.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- President Trump threatened to unleash “fire and fury” upon North Korea if they continue their rhetoric.
- North Korea responded that if the U.S. attacked, they would strike American military forces in Guam.
- U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis issued an ultimatum to North Korea stating to “cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and destruction of its people”
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
- Is this the closest the world has come to WWIII to since the Cold War?
- Click for a timeline of North Korean/U.S. relations over the years.
- How do you believe President Trump will respond to North Korean nuclear threats?
- Can THAAD protect us against North Korea?