It's no secret that North Korea is not exactly a fan of our way of life. Both their current leader and the one previous were extremely vocal about their disdain for the American way of life. Democracy and freedom is a scary notion when you have kept people under your rule for so long.
Here are 6 reasons we should be watching North Korea closer now than ever before.
1. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Trump are considering a preemptive strike to shut down North Korea’s nuclear program.
“If they elevate the threat of their weapons programs to a level that we believe requires action, that option is on the table,” Tillerson said in a press conference. Trump tweeted that North Korea has been “behaving badly.”
Yet such a strike might not be able to destroy every missile, such as ones hidden on mobile launchers or in the mountains.
2. North Korea has threatened nuclear retaliation if even a “single shot” is fired against it.
“The Korean People’s Army will reduce the bases of aggression and provocation to ashes with its invincible Hwasong rockets tipped with nuclear warheads and reliably defend the security of the country and its people’s happiness in case the U.S. and the south Korean puppet forces fire even a single bullet at the territory of the DPRK,” a press release stated.
3. The United States and South Korea currently are conducting a massive military exercise, called Foal Eagle, involving 15,000 American and 290,000 South Korean troops, The Diplomat reported.
Jeffrey Lewis, the director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, labeled Foal Eagle as a dress rehearsal for an attack on North Korea.
This year’s exercise included mock attacks on nuclear facilities by U.S. and South Korea forces.