North Korea Attacks Again

Edith Perez

Riley Sims, Co-Editor-in-Chief

The tension between the U.S. and North Korea has escalated to a new extreme that has many worried. North Korea has conducted six nuclear test over the past 11 years. The most recent test was conducted on Sept. 3. They tested a hydrogen bomb, which is more powerful than an atomic bomb. State media has said that the bomb could be loaded onto a ballistic missile. This worries many international powers who predicted Pyongyang to be two years away from any significant advances. Now, the estimate is as early as next year. With the new advancements, North Korea is capable of hitting the U.S. mainland.

Recent news about North Korea has led many to wonder why North Korea dislike the U.S. The answer is traced all the way back to the Korean War. During the Korean War, the U.S. fought against North Korea and its communist ideology. Many of the damages, such as bombed water dams, are still prevalent in North Korea today. As Adolf Hitler did in Nazi Germany, the North Koreans needed somebody to blame for their economic distress, so they turned to America. North Koreans are taught from a young age to hate the “cunning American wolves”. It is easy for North Koreans to keep this perception of Americans because they are living in a controlled dictatorship located in an isolated part of the world. The country itself is located on a peninsula, surrounded only by China and South Korea. They limit who can come into the country by requiring a visa to enter.

Many steps on the international level have been taken in response to the North Korean nuclear testing. The United Nations has set up new sanctions on North Korea. They have restricted oil imports, banned textile exports and banned new visas for North Korean overseas workers. The sanctions were passed after a unanimous vote, which included North Korean allies Russia and China. Russian president Vladimir Putin believes that the sanctions are “useless” and that North Koreans would “rather eat grass than give up their nuclear program.” He believes diplomacy is the only answer. According to reports from China, they also believe that the sanctions will do little in getting the North Korean leader to surrender his weapons.

Following the UN sanctions in August, North Korea threatened to attack the American territory Guam, which is an important link between the U.S. and Asia. This event put the people of Guam on high alert. However, North Korea backed out almost a week after the threat, which lessened the tension between North Korea and the U.S. North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un said that he would be watching U.S. actions in the future.

North Korea has shown the world what they are capable of with their weapons, leading to many anxious global leaders. This is not the end of this issue and many wonder when, or if, it will stop.