North Korea’s alarming nuclear tests



FILE PHOTO: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 16, 2017. KCNA via REUTERS

Aly Johnston, Writer

Over the past year, tensions between North Korea and the United States have risen bringing with them the threat of nuclear war. Over the past month, however, missile tests by North Korea have occurred more frequently and have become much more powerful. The most recent nuclear test, executed on September 3rd, 2017, caused a 6.3 magnitude seismic event, according to a CNN report.  North Korea carried out its sixth test of a nuclear device, claiming that the missile was a hydrogen bomb.    Japan updated its analysis of the bomb, saying it is now ten times more powerful than the bomb that devastated Hiroshima in 1945.

After this event, President Donald J. Trump took to Twitter. He tweeted “North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test. Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States…..” He followed up with another message; “..North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success.”

At the United Nations General Assembly on September 20th, CNBC noted that Trump made threatening remarks about North Korea, saying “The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” Describing Kim Jong Un, he said “Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime.”

CNN reports that Kim responded to the the president’s remarks, saying Trump’s comments reflect “mentally deranged behavior,” according to a statement released by North Korea’s news agency, KCNA. Kim felt that “Trump has denied the existence of and insulted me and my country in front of the eyes of the world.” He also threatened that North Korea will make the United States “pay dearly for his speech calling for totally destroying the DPRK.”

While both sides continue to threaten the other, no action has been taken to directly harm either country, However, it looks like this feud won’t be over anytime soon.