The threats are amping up.
Nuclear warfare is no laughing matter, but for a long time, it seemed that it was a thing of the past. Considering the huge amount of wreckage, damage, and loss of life that nuclear warfare could provoke, most people wished that it would never resurface. Unfortunately, with recent tensions between North Korea and the United States, it looks like the world is once again at a point where fearing nuclear warfare is part of the everyday.
Recent threats from North Korea are amping up the tension even more. The United States has been threatened with “miserable and final ruin” by North Korea, and it’s only getting worse from here.
North Korea’s Threats
Not too long ago, the fear of nuclear warfare was so commonplace that schoolchildren and adults alike were taught what to do in case a bomb was dropped in a range that would affect them. People built bunkers and were constantly fearful of nuclear attacks. However, for most Americans, this fear seemed like it belonged to a previous generation and was completely a thing of the past.
Well, it’s become clear in recent months that this is no longer the case. Although numerous cities report having stores of nuclear weapons, and some believe that even more have unreported weapons, the tension between America and North Korea is forcing the conversation of nuclear war back into the public consciousness. Along with this consciousness comes a great deal of fear.
This fear has been considerably amplified given North Korea’s recent threats and actions. This is following North Korea’s sixth nuclear test and two fired missiles over Japan within a month’s time. However, according to North Korea’s state newspaper, these tests are only a “deterrence” system of self-defense.
The newspaper went on to say that the U.S.’s actions of placing more sanctions on North Korea’s nuclear actions make America guilty of “shameful logic and a brigandish deed to justify its crimes against peace on the Korean Peninsula.” It went on to say that North Korea “is now in full readiness to destroy the enemies’ bases with its resolute and preemptive strike if they show any slight sign of provocation.”
“Miserable and Final Ruin”
These threats are serious and unsettling, but they are nothing compared to the clear threat that the paper continued with: “In case the US opts for confrontation and war at last, defying the strategic position of the DPRK, nuclear power of Juche [the country’s state ideology] and a world military giant, it will meet horrible nuclear strike and miserable and final ruin.”
North Korea’s state paper insisted that it was not threatened by America’s sanctions. The paper printed that “the DPRK has had access to everything and gained everything it could do despite the harshest sanctions and blockade by the hostile forces, and it is a daydream to calculate that the DPRK can be shaken to change its attitude in face of the new ‘sanctions.’ ‘The enemies’ reckless and ridiculous sanctions, pressure, threat and blackmail will offer an opportunity to the DPRK to bolster up its deterrence, while bring bitterer [sic] disgrace to them.”
If there’s one thing North Korea is surely exhibiting right now, it is confidence. The state newspaper reported that North Korea “towered as the most powerful nuclear weapons state despite the unprecedented difficulties and trials,” and that it “is not afraid of any sanctions, pressure and war.”
In response, the UN Security Council, which considered North Korea’s missile launch to be “highly provocative,” is holding a meeting on Thursday to consider North Korea’s threats and actions.
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