Tag: North korea
There are a lot of weird things in the world. Volcanoes, deep-sea creatures, Macklemore—you name it. If you’re keeping a list of these things, make sure to make room for something else—Dennis Rodman. The former NBA player has recently stated his intention to open up a form of “basketball diplomacy” between the United States and North Korea. Yep, this is real.
Written by Matthew Harper. DM by Bobby Williams. "The days when North Korea could create a crisis and elicit concessions, those days are over," said President Barack Obama Tuesday, May 7, after a meeting between himself and South Korean President Park Geun-hye. It was Park’s first trip to the United States in her only recently begun presidency.
It seems that Kim Jong-un is not going to back down from his never-ending threats as of late. The North Korean crisis appears to be getting more serious on a daily basis, and many countries are now prepared to deal with any possible military action by any involved side. On April 5, the small communist nation moved mid-range missile launchers to its eastern coast. According to Fox News, North Korea moved a missile with “considerable range to its east coast after an unnamed spokesman for the North Korean army warned the U.S. that its military has been cleared to wage an attack using ‘smaller, lighter and diversified’ nuclear weapons.” Furthermore, North Korean officials have supposedly warned foreign embassies within the nation that, after Wednesday, April 10, they “cannot guarantee the safety of diplomats.” BBC News says that both Russia and the United Kingdom are standing firm and saying that they have “no immediate plans to evacuate their embassies in the North Korean capital.”
Written by Matthew Harper. Media by Bobby Williams. North Korean news agency KCNA has quoted one of the country’s military spokesman as saying that “there is no need to keep north-south military communications” in a time when “war may break out at any moment.” Those military communications between the neighboring nations were the last channel of any sort of communication between them. The Pentagon, as it seems to do on a weekly basis, condemned North Korea’s actions. Pentagon spokesman George Little said that this was “yet another provocative and unconstructive step” (Reuters). Other recent unconstructive steps included a bizarre video North Korea posted on YouTube showing an imaginary missile strike on United States government buildings—not to be confused with their strange, Call of Duty enhanced New York City attack video from a month or so back—and the recent ordering of rocket and artillery units into “combat posture,” meaning that they would be in place to target bases in Hawaii, Guam, and even the mainland of the United States (BBC News). The nuclear test that North Korea carried out in early February continues to fuel tension between the nation and nearly the rest of the globe, but especially with South Korea and the United States. BBC’s Lucy Williamson, located in Seoul, South Korea, says that there are large-scale military exercises taking place in North Korea, but it’s still believed that the communist nation is far from being capable of actually carrying out any sort of attack on the United States or any of its allies other than South Korea. This would bring a swift, serious response by not only the U.S., but also much of the rest of the free world.