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North Korea’s nuclear threat

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Preceding a blatant threat to bomb the United States of America, North Korea completed a successful rocket launch on Dec. 12, 2012 and its third nuclear test on Feb. 12, 2013. Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, violated earlier restrictions placed on North Korea by the United Nations Security Council by going forth with the rocket launch, resulting in further sanctions.

In response to North Korea’s recent tests and launches, which specialists believe is an attempt to form a nuclear missile capable of reaching the United States, China and the United States drafted the fourth sanctions resolution to be placed on North Korea.

The newly implemented sanction, agreed upon by all 15 U.N. Security Council members, is intended to affect North Korea’s ruling class by not permitting other nations to export luxuries such as jewelry, yachts and race cars. According to Time News, North Korea threatened to cancel the cease-fire along the Korean Peninsula that ended the Korean War in 1953.

Tension between the United States and North Korea has been heavy since the Korean War. During the war, the United States urged the United Nations to force back North Korean troops that had invaded South Korea. Troops pushed out North Korean forces, and then continued the attack into North Korea. Eventually the dispute resulted in a stalemate.

A North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman stated that the North “strongly warns the U.N. Security Council not to make another big blunder like the one in the past when it earned the inveterate grudge of the Korean nation by acting as a war servant for the U.S. in 1950.” It was also said that North Korea will not hesitate to carry out “a preemptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors,” according to Time News.

North Korea has blatantly threatened to commit a nuclear attack against the United States of America, and specialists believe that, if they are not there already, the country is inches away from gaining the technology to form a nuclear weapon capable of reaching the United States.

According to The New York Times, Fu Ying, a Chinese vice minister of foreign affairs, visited North Korea’s capital and insisted against a missile test, however North Korea disregarded China’s warning.

So,  if North Korea is launching missiles, testing nuclear weapons, threatening to bomb the United States, and opposing its closest ally—an ally that is crucial to the economic survival of its government—then why are American’s not fretting over potential catastrophic events?

Chloe Sorenson, a senior, said, “I think they took the term ‘bombs away’ a little too seriously.”

Students at Carlmont have adapted to hostile relations with North Korea. Americans have adopted the mentality that we are safe because we are a world superpower and North Korea does not yet have the technology to put force behind their threats, but the later is soon to be proven wrong.

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North Korea’s nuclear threat