The North Korea crisis in 300 words

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 12, 2017

So it is more than a little eerie, here on August 9, 2017, that the top story around the world is that of North Korea and its threats to possibly target the island of Guam, a USA territory in the Pacific Ocean, with a nuclear-tipped missile.

Based on various data points, analysts (yours truly included), have been trying to construct models and theories to explain the rationale behind Kim Jong Un's confrontational behavior and his quest for nuclear weapons.

They have tested nuclear devices five times.

"It's what we learned from the Cold War: Nuclear weapons can have a stabilizing effect". "A strong sense of anxiety is spreading across the globe that in the not-too-distant future, these weapons could actually be used again".

"On Aug. 8, President Trump appeared to threaten first use of nuclear weapons against North Korea". Trump has a different concept of diplomacy. He is not one to back off or back down. Such inclusion could minimize concerns about outside interference and promote appropriate policies and actions by North Korean leaders. The defector claimed that North Korea's first nuclear weapon contained only 4 kilograms of the limited supply of plutonium North Korea made, and continues to make, at its reactor at Yongbyon.

"I don't think the rhetoric is the problem", Rubio said.

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Meanwhile, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said in a written statement that North Korea should "cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and destruction of its people". The very possible scenarios that could unfold boggle the mind and chill us to the bone.

Still, that first generation managed to avoid nuclear conflict from the end of World War II to the present day, despite the proliferation of nuclear weapon and occurrence of many bad armed conflicts. He defended the president's words, while also downplaying them. The new information about the North's weaponry, and this week's bellicose exchange, should alarm China, Russia and other governments.

Here's a truth when it comes to analyzing North Korea's military capability and strategy: It is frequently an educated guessing game. "Terrifyingly, it's that sort of "confusion" that leads to big bombs being dropped and lots of people dead". The state's only memorial dedicated to Korean War veterans opened in Mint Hill in 2014. Unlike his brother's who served in World War II, he didn't return home to a heroes welcome. That is, until the "Battle Of Guam", which lasted from July 21-August 10, 1944 - 73 years ago this week. After Imperial Japan's surrender, Korea was divided at the 38th parallel.

A million or so Japanese might die as well (that would depend on the fallout), and a few tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers in western Pacific bases (from targeted strikes).

Said Niedenthal: "I believe that the people of Micronesia have already done their fair share for mankind". North Korea can never have enough missiles to attack the USA or its local allies and survive: it would be national suicide.

"I expected some kind of welcome like that, it just wasn't there".

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