North Korea’s Nuclear Threats Raise Eyebrows
By Eoin Lyons ’15
"Stalwart pilots, once given a sortie order, will load nuclear bombs, instead of fuel for return, and storm enemy strongholds to blow them up." According to North Korea's Air and Anti-Air force commander Ri Pyong-chol, North Korea is fully ready for intercontinental ballistic missile and nuclear attacks on the United States if threatened. Enemy capitals will be turned "into a sea of fire." North Korea's first strikes will be a "signal flare marking the start of a holy war."
Is it all talk? This isolated, totalitarian nation guided by its young leader Kim Jong-un, has launched several rockets over the past year, including one in February that resulted in still more United Nations sanctions.
These belligerent threats have pushed international communities to respond by providing billions of dollars in aid. Between 1995 and 2008, the United States alone provided North Korea with over $1.3 billion in assistance.
Solutions will not come easy. "Trying to think of a solution is super complicated... There are a bunch of other nations with the potential of getting accidentally involved," says Daniel Li ’15.
Joey Koblitz ‘14 says, "Diplomatic relations have gotten out of control." He recommends we "stop dodging this and sit down in a conference with [North Korea] until both sides reach a reasonable compromise."
How this may turn out, only time will tell.
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