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North Korea - the seed that no one thought would grow

It is no joke anymore that Kim Jong Un and the North Korean regime have the ability to initiate a third World War.

On Tuesday, Nov. 28, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea test-launched an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). According to Alex Ward, a reporter for Vox News, the missile flew ten times higher than the International Space Station and remained in the air for approximately 54 minutes before landing in the Sea of Japan.

Hawaii has begun to test it's nuclear warning sirens for the first time since the Cold War. The state is also adding 17 new sirens to the Big Island emergency system according to news network, West Hawaii Today.

State Emergency Management spokesman, Richard Rapoza, said the “very, very, very unlikely scenario” of a nuclear attack has to be prepared for, along with the “100 percent chance” the state will see another tsunami or hurricane. “We have to prepare for it because it exists,” Rapoza said. “But it doesn’t drive our plan.”

United States senator, Lindsey Graham, called for a removal of American militants and their families from American ally, South Korea. “I want them to stop sending dependents," Graham said in an interview on CBS's Face the Nation. “South Korea should be an unaccompanied tour. It’s crazy to send spouses and children to South Korea, given the provocation of North Korea."

Joint American and South Korean forces have been having frequent air exercises since the latest ICBM test. North Korean representatives and Pyongyang news outlets have warned the US of the danger that the regime can inflict if provoked any further.

North Korea's Foreign Ministry stated last Saturday that US President Donald Trump is "begging for a nuclear war" through what it called an "extremely dangerous nuclear gamble on the Korean Peninsula." Pyongyang's Rodong Sinmun newspaper published a commentary stating that the air drills and exercises are a "dangerous provocation [that is] pushing the region to the brink of nuclear war."

North Korea has yet to show the ability to reliably hit the east coast of the United States, but why wait for them to figure it out? "What more evidence do we want: 200 kilotons going off in Palm Beach?" said Jeffery Lewis, an expert on North Korea's missile program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies as reported by the Hill.

American national security adviser, HR McMaster stated at the Reagan National Defense Forum, the threat of nuclear war "increasing every day, which means that we are in a race to be able to solve this problem" before the regime does.

Aside from the possibility of nuclear war, North Korean missile and nuclear weaponry tests have caused a new problem for the people of North Korea. Nuclear waste has begun to cause a ghost disease.

NBC news talked to multiple North Korean defectors about the regime's nuclear program and how it's been affecting it's citizens. “So many people died [that] we began calling it 'ghost disease,’” says Lee Jeong Hwa, a defector who used to live by a nuclear testing site. "We thought we were dying because we were poor and we ate badly. Now we know it was the radiation."

Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, said this past Monday that "after two months of relative calm on the Korean peninsula, the resurfacing of tensions was regrettable." Wang also said that China has an open attitude on solutions to the North Korean nuclear issue, but that parties should be consultative.

Russia has seemed to take a more neutral approach to the North Korean nuclear issue, claiming that the nuclear tension should not affect citizens of the rogue nation.

Recently, Russia exported massive amounts of oil to Pyongyang, despite UN sanction aimed to cut the North's oil imports. Following the regime's sixth nuclear test in September, the United States called for a ban on all oil flowing into North Korea. However, the UN Security Council resorted to capping the regime's fuel imports by 30 percent, to secure support from Moscow and Beijing, which hold political and economic ties with the North.

The North Korean regime has become a serious threat to the safety of the world. Without reassured support from Beijing or the Kremlin, America cannot do much to prevent the actions of the North.

If Kim initiates a war, it is certain that the "mutually assured destruction" that kept the Soviets and Americans out of nuclear war decades ago, will not be enough to stop modern totalitarianism in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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