NORTH KOREA RECEIVES FLAK; MEASURES TIGHTENED
Recently, pictures of Kim Jong with a hydrogen bomb had surfaced. The newspaper by the ruling party, namely, Rodong Sinmun, carried pictures of Kim near a metallic capsule, identified as the latest addition to North Korea’s missile arsenal. It’s not news that North Korea has always been paranoid about US attacking it and in turn has constantly confirmed that it will continue its efforts to develop a missile that reaches the US.
A projectile was launched from the Sunan region of North Korea in September. North Korea apparently launched the missile as a test launch. Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, said the missile launch was an “unprecedented, serious and grave threat” since this missile flew over its island, Hokkaido, and landed in the sea. The missile is the first to cross Japan since 2009 and North Korea’s 6th strongest launch. 1
The recent missile launch was evidently meant to try and warn the United States, most importantly one man, Donald Trump. This belief is strengthened by the fact that this launch comes at a time when US and its allies in the north conduct various military exercises.
North Korea has always pushed its limits when it’s come to the US but what makes it scarier now is the shift of power in the US. The world doesn’t know what would be US President Donald Trump’s reaction to the recent threat to the country’s security; especially after his ‘fire and fury’ speech. He was quoted as saying, “As I said, they (North Korea) will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.”
US and Japan had called for an emergency SC meeting which might end up in more restrictions on North Korea.
Trump has now tightened sanctions around North Korea and almost attacked its closest ally, China. Trump said, “Today I’m announcing a new executive order, just signed, that significantly expands our authority to target individual companies, financial institutions, that finance and facilitate trade with North Korea.”
South Korea maintains its position of diplomacy by saying that any action taken is fine as long as it doesn’t affect the peace of the country. Trump used this excuse to place more stringent trade and refugee rules. Trump tweeted: “North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A.” 2