North Korea vs. TrumPOTUS

Please, Mr. Trump. Don't antagonize the country with the newly developed nuclear power.

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Please, Mr. Trump. Don't antagonize the country with the newly developed nuclear power.

Thomas Stevens '19, Broadcast Journalism Writer

Well, this isn’t good.

North Korea has announced (on January 12th) it has the capability to and could at any time fire an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile at the US of A.

Trump has responded by tweeting “North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the US. It won’t happen!” So, not only did he decide to not even dignify the issue with a proper press conference, he went out and poked one of the world’s most dangerously provocative nation states with a stick by calling their bluff.

I’m not going to pretend Hillary was some sort of saint, but.. really? Moving on, it’s been speculated that while North Korea’s technology has developed to the level it could hit the US homeland, the US homeland is protected by a massive missile defense system program including interceptors, anti-ballistic missiles, high-altitude defense elements, and other missile suppression methods. Long story short, it could intercept a single missile from a ticked off, secluded “communist-utopia” kingdom.

However, should NK fire the missile, let’s just say that’ll cause some very, very haywire events to happen. Trump, I know we don’t get along, but as a DC resident, I’d sort of not like to be on the receiving end of this war, because the initial missile could be shot down but who’s to say China and Russia, North Korea’s strategic allies, won’t fire off their own missiles, and while the missile defense system is made for intercepting single missiles, it’s not calibrated to counter a missile strike on the level at which technically sophisticated nations operate, like Russia or China.

But forget all of the above issues, Mr. Trump, after your inauguration, can you just save the heavy reading and not cause World War III, and deescalate the situation with ChiRussia (the power couple)?