Next Stop, North Korea!

Next Stop, North Korea!

North Korea is on its way towards an international showdown. As Kim Jong Un becomes increasingly aggressive, China and the United States are being forced to consider more drastic action. So far, Donald Trump has already taken military action against militants in Syria and Afghanistan — will North Korea be next?

If North Korea moves forward with another nuclear test, there is a distinct possibility that both China and the United States will react harshly. And it’s rumored that the next nuclear test could be as early as Saturday.

“Two things are coming together this weekend,” retired Adm. James Stavridis said. Stavridis is the former commander of NATO and currently works as an NBC analyst. “One is the distinct possibility of a sixth North Korean nuclear weapons detonation and the other is an American carrier strike group, a great deal of firepower headed right at the Korean Peninsula.” Indeed, NBC is reporting that Trump is considering a preemptive strike, should it appear that North Korea will carry out another nuclear test.

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North Korean officials seem to be enjoying themselves, however, and are seemingly purposely ramping up international tensions. This week, when hundreds of foreign journalists were in Pyongyang, they teased a “big event” that would make international headlines. Many thought it would be another nuclear test, but it turned out to be nothing more than the opening of a new street.

Meanwhile, the United States Navy has a strike group making its way towards North Korea. Two destroyers have been put into position already, both armed with Tomahawk missiles and one of which is stationed just 300 miles from the North Korean nuclear test site. The military has also placed bombers in Guam, ready to attack if necessary.

Donald Trump has also been meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Chinese troops have been sent to the border and they have sent their top nuclear negotiators to North Korea. The United States also has to make sure that whatever action they take has the approval of South Korean officials first, as North Korea would very likely retaliate with an attack against their southern neighbor.

Currently, North Korea does not have the potential to launch a nuclear weapon. They’re even further away from being able to hit the United States. But Trump has made it very clear that he’s tired of the threats and aggression, and is ready to put an end to it once and for all.

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