North Korean Crisis

The facts about North Korean missile testing


North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un applauds during a celebration for the scientists responsible for the recent tests.

Payton Woodruff, Staff Reporter

More than 80 missile tests have been conducted since Kim Jong Un began his reign over North Korea. Since just February, there have been 14 total tests launching about 21 missiles. One of the most recent and most publicized testings of these weapons was flown directly over Japan causing worry for the island country and America as well.

When the missile was flown over Japan, the government sent out warnings across the television and alerts to phones as a precaution, even though the missile was not likely to cause any destruction. Luckily, the missile landed in the sea without causing any land damage.

“North Korea’s reckless action of launching a missile that passed over Japan is an unprecedented, serious and grave threat,” said Shinzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister after the event. While the launch over Japan was a threat in itself, the threat to America lies in what the accomplishment of that test means.

The fact that the missile was able to reach over Japan means that North Korea has the technology and advancement to make one that reaches Guam. “Some experts say Guam, a fueling and staging hub for U.S. military action in East Asia, would be a prime target because there are always heavy bombers there and the North Koreans have openly identified it as a threat,” according to the Washington Post.

The quick advancements of North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapon prototypes are very alarming and produce serious threats to the world. The Washington Post mentions, “A new assessment by the U.S. and East Asian intelligence officials concludes North Korea will be capable of launching a nuclear-capable, intercontinental ballistic missile as early as next year.”  Some officials also conclude that once this happens, the prototype nuclear program will advance and soon the missiles will be made by assembly line. This meaning that the missiles would be at a ready to actually use as weapons, threatening the U.S. and other countries across the world even more.

The U.S has begun to take some precautionary measures. According to the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), “The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is developing a number of systems that could offer multiple opportunities to defeat limited ballistic missile attacks.” The defense of these types of attacks would involve a series of four functions, “Detection, discrimination (separating the missile from everything else), fire control (determining exactly where to intercept), and killing (hitting the missile with some type of interceptor),” says the CFR.

However, there are other things that the U.S. could be more careful about in this crisis. Including the impulsive language used by our current president. As CNN puts it, “In a war or words, like the one in which the USA is currently engaged with North Korea, it is essential to use those words effectively. But President Donald Trump is mangling the US’s ability to do so.”