Kim Jong-un: A Clear and Present Danger
Seoul, North Korea, Aug.15th, 2017 – After several days of tension, Kim Jong-un, the dictator of North Korea, decided to not fire missiles at United States territory Guam.
US President Donald Trump had promised retribution for any attack on any US Territory stating that he would meet any attack from North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen” and that “military solutions are now fully in place,locked and loaded,should North Korea act unwisely.” Trump also stated that the US would act to defend allies Japan and South Korea.
While it can only be speculated as to what caused Kim Jong-un to change his mind, it can be assumed that Trump’s tough talk probably played a factor in his decision. This is not the first time the Communist nation has threatened the United States or its allies in the region. In July of this year, the North Korean government threatened nuclear strikes against the US in response to the CIA director telling Trump that the US needed to find a way to separate the dictator from his growing arsenal. This concern was due to the young dictator’s increasingly unhinged behavior, even by the standards of his eccentric family. Kim Jong-un has had one-hundred and forty senior officials in the country’s government executed. He also had his half-brother assassinated.
US allies in the region have also found themselves threatened by Jong-un. In July of this year, the North Korean government fired ballistic missiles at Japan and warned the US that American territory was in range of North Korean missiles. Kim Jong-Un seems to be intent on war with the United States for unknown reasons. How to respond to this threat has been a contentious debate.
President Trump’s threat of ‘Fire and Fury’ makes his position quite clear, but others disagree with his view that we should respond to this threat with military action.
Susan Rice says that the US should tolerate a nuclear North Korea and that war with the small nation would be “catastrophic.” H.R. McMaster simply said that Rice was “not right.” In general, conservatives have supported military action against North Korea whereas Liberals have been generally opposed to the idea.