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The past few months have shown the North Korean regime’s escalation in nuclear weapons. In deliberate provocation, they have touted their nuclear powers with frequent missile launches into the surrounding bodies of water. Recently, a weapon was launched over Japan as well. The most recent weapons test occurred Sunday, with the North Korean government claiming the weapon detonated was a hydrogen bomb. Concern has been expressed over the action and it has received extensive media attention. Let’s break it down; here is what you need to know about the hydrogen bomb test:

This is the country’s sixth, and most powerful, nuclear test

While it cannot be completely confirmed that it was a hydrogen bomb, the power from the explosion solidifies the likelihood of the claim. Tremors from the explosion reached South Korea and China and triggered a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. The blast was exceedingly more powerful than the past five nuclear tests by the North Korean regime. In comparison to past nuclear events, evidence shows this most recent bomb is nearly seven times the size of the bomb used on Hiroshima of World War II. This rapid escalation has caused concerns about North Korean nuclear ability.

Experts claim that North Korea is now officially a global threat

The threat is no longer regional, according to Mr. Yukiya Amano of the International Atomic Energy Authority. Many had assumed the North Korean threat was isolated, however this new bomb test proves otherwise. Experts now believe the nation’s advancement in nuclear technology puts the continental United States at risk. In fact, a North Korean diplomat warned that the country is prepared to send “gift packages” to the United States. This is certainly inflammatory language on the part of the North Korean government, and many are not taking it lightly.

President Trump has responded, threatening “a massive military response”

Via Twitter, the President announced that one option on the table was to cease all trade with countries that are “doing business with North Korea.” He also criticized the attitude of “appeasement” from the South Korean government towards their northern counterpart. Further, more military-oriented responses have been introduced to the President in the days following the nuclear event. His Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis stated, “We are not looking for the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea, but as I said, we have many options to do so.” All of the possibilities have been summed up in President Trump’s vague answer of “we’ll see” when he was asked directly about the issue on Sunday.

Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley issued a strong statement to the Security Council

“Enough is enough,” Ambassador Nikki Haley informed the Security Council on Monday. With urgency and strength, the ambassador explained that the United Nations has exhausted its diplomatic options. “The time for half measures…is over,” she said, and expressed that stronger actions need to be taken. She also condemned the actions of Kim Jong Un and his regime, claiming that he is “begging for war.” Ambassador Haley’s statement warned the globe that the United States will take proper measures to appropriately defend its territory and allies. In the coming days, the implications of her statement on the United Nations’ next course of action will hopefully become more evident.

Liana I.
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Liana is a follower of Christ and current communications student at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She enjoys writing, reading, and serving others.

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