North Korea’s Rhetoric and the Arrival of U.S. Stealth Fighters Highten Tensions

U.S. stealth fighters recently moved into the Korean Peninsula as sources from South Korea and the U.S. say that tensions are rising with the possibility of war increasing.

This weekend, a statement from North Korea released from its Foreign Ministry stated that Donald Trump is “begging for nuclear war” because of “extremely dangerous nuclear gamble”. National security adviser HR McMaster responded to a question regarding a nuclear war after North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile. He commented on the topic by saying, “I think it’s increasing every day, which means we are in a race, really, we are in a race to be able to solve this problem.”

The Pyongyang’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper, which is carried by Korea’s Central News Agency, wrote that U.S.-South Korea air exercises taking place throughout the week are pushing us to the “brink of nuclear war” and are a “dangerous provocation”.

There has been an ever-growing concern after the launch of North Korea’s missile. The missile was able to fly higher and longer than any of their past weapons, showing North Korea’s capability of reaching the U.S. through nuclear weapons.

McMaster also added on that Kim Jong Un wouldn’t change his behavior “without some significant new actions in the form of much more severe sanctions.” This led McMaster to suggest cutting off North Korea’s oil imports, an act that would have to be enforced by China. “We’re asking China not to do us or anyone else a favor, we’re asking China to act in China’s interest, as they should, and we believe increasingly that it’s China’s urgent interest to do more,” he said.

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham believes that the U.S. is running out of time because of Kim Jong Un advancing his arsenal. Graham also stated that he doesn’t want the Pentagon to send any more military dependents to South Korea.

He backed this up through reasoning, “it’s crazy to send spouses and children to South Korea, given the provocation of North Korea. So I want them to stop sending dependents. And I think it’s now time to start moving American dependents out of South Korea.”

With new weapons and ongoing threats, the tension between the U.S. and North Korea continues to grow, scaring many.

Photo: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Aaron Henson/Released

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