Nathan Goralski ‘18: Heightened tension between North Korea and the United States continues as threats from North Korea escalate. The escalation presents itself not only on national and world news outlets, but now appear mainstream on social media outlets, such as Facebook and Twitter.
As both leaders from the aforementioned countries banter and insult one another online, the reality of a military response arose. The United States Air Force responded to the threats from North Korea with a warning as they flew through the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), which outlines the border between North and South Korea.
North Korea took our planes flying over the DMZ as a declaration of war.
“The whole world should clearly remember it was the U.S. who first declared war on our country,” North Korean Foreign Minister, Ri Yong Ho said. “Since the United States declared war on our country (in 1950 for the Korean War), we will have every right to make countermeasures, including the right to shoot down United States strategic bombers even when they are not inside the airspace border of our country.”
Although North Korea believes that we declared war on their nation, the United States thought otherwise.
“Not at all, we have not declared war on North Korea. Frankly, the suggestion of that is absurd,” Ms. Nauert, Press Secretary of the United States, said during a White House press briefing. “Our goal is still the same. We continue to seek the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. That’s our focus, doing that through both the most maximum economic and diplomatic pressures as possible at this point.”
The White House announced on September 29th that President Trump is visiting Asia in early November. He plans to visit China, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines. President Trump hopes that these nations, especially China, pressure North Korea into giving up their nuclear weapons.
With the stakes at their highest point, what will be these countries leaders plans be? Hopefully, the nations can resolve their conflict peacefully and avoid nuclear war.