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Just as it seemed that President Donal Trump had finally harbored a somewhat decent relationship with North Korea, calling North Korean President Kim Jong Un a “friend,” North Korea announced that they had a “Christmas surprise.” Over the past few years, Trump has met with Kim a handful of times to discuss North Korea’s missile testing and its other nuclear arms. Talks appeared to go well, and the threat of North Korea seemed to die down, until now.
Many believe this to mean that North Korea will resume long-distance missile testing. Communication between the US and North Korea regarding their nuclear testing seemed to come to a halt. North Korea was warned to stop their long-range missiles, but they continued to develop their shorter-range weapons. According to CNN, their missiles had a “maximum flight distance of about 380 kilometers (236 miles) and an altitude of 97 kilometers (60 miles).” Although apparently, they have stopped making missiles that would be able to target the US, the Japanese Prime Minister has stated, “…the multiple ballistic missiles launched by North Korea are a serious threat to the international community.”
Not only has North Korea been threatening the US, but their new missiles are also now a massive threat to other countries. Other Asian countries such as South Korea and Japan have been in contact with the United States and have been moderating Kim Jong Un’s erratic and threatening behavior. Furthermore, it seems as if the North Korean President is offended that the US is not treating North Korea as some significant threat. The fact that the United States is not going out of their mind in fear seems to be hurting North Korea’s ego, and they now believe that US policymakers are trying to leverage communication with Kim in order for domestic political gain. Naturally, Kim did not like this, and according to CNN, “the dialogue touted by the US is, in essence, nothing but a foolish trick hatched to keep the DPRK bound to dialogue and use it in favor of the political situation and election in the US.” Essentially, the communication between the US and North Korea is only something that Trump is doing to improve his status for the upcoming election.
Now that we know that North Korea is offended that the US is not giving them enough attention, what does this mean to the national security of the US, based on their “Christmas gift?” North Korea claims their gift is up to how the US responds, saying, “It is entirely up to the US what Christmas gift it will select to get.” For now, it seems that the US must wait, as the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea will meet at the end of December to discuss issues regarding their situation both at home and abroad.
One has to wonder when will the conflict end? It seems like the millionth time that, during a time of relative peace, North Korea stirs up drama to just receive attention. When, or will, Donald Trump finally say, “enough is enough?” For the time being, it seems that the US just needs to wait in order to see the outcome of one of North Korea’s many threats.
Berlinger, Joshua. “North Korea Warns US to Prepare for ‘Christmas Gift’ and Releases Photos of Kim Jong Un on Horse.” CNN, Cable News Network, 5 Dec. 2019, https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/04/asia/north-korea-christmas-gift-kim-jong-un-intl-hnk/index.html
“US, North Korea on Collision Course as New Year Deadline Looms.” The Business Times, The Business Times, 9 Dec. 2019, https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/government-economy/us-north-korea-on-collision-course-as-new-year-deadline-looms.