North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is reportedly promising more missile launches after North Korea launched the country’s first intercontinental ballistic missile this week, igniting a global crisis and prompting responses from South Korea and the U.S..
North Korea announced Tuesday that it had successfully tested an ICBM in what is widely seen as a major step forward for the country’s nuclear program. The Associated Press reported Wednesday that North Korean state media was celebrating the launch. Read more (7/5/17)
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley raised the possibility of war with North Korea on Wednesday, saying the U.S. is prepared to use military force “if we must.”
“Their actions are quickly closing off the possibility of a diplomatic solution,” Haley said of North Korea at a U.N. Security Council meeting. “Yesterday’s actions by North Korea made the world a more dangerous place.” Read more (7/5/17)
Though United States officials claim North Korea’s missile poses no threat to the U.S., other experts believe it may have the range to reach Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, Reuters reported.
The U.S. government says it has every tool to defend against a potential ICBM. “We do have confidence in our ability to defend against the limited threat, the nascent threat that is there,” Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters.
Still, Alaskan leadership would feel even more assured if there were a larger military presence on their turf.
“Recent news of North Korea’s efforts to build up nuclear weapons capabilities underscores why it’s so important to increase America’s military presence in Alaska,” Gov. Bill Walker said in a statement provided to Mic. Read more (7/6/17)