Since February of this year, North Korea has launched 12 ballistic missiles, and they’re not going to stop anytime soon.
A few weeks ago, North Korea threatened the island of Guam, a territory of the United States, with an attack of missile strikes and possibly nuclear warheads by the middle of the month.
This lead to a unanimous United Nations vote to impose the biggest sanctions package, targeting export revenue and banning major exports, on North Korea to date.
However, sanctions like this have been tried since North Korea’s first nuclear test in 2006, and hasn’t hindered progress with their nuclear program. On August 28, North Korea launched another missile, this time going over Japan.
It flew over the island of Hokkaido and landed in the sea without causing any damage. However, the Japanese government did warn its citizens of the overhead missile and advised many to take cover.
United States ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, responded. “The time for half measures in the Security Council is over. The time has come to exhaust all of our diplomatic means before it’s too late,” she continued, “[Kim Jong Un’s] abusive use of missiles and his nuclear threats show that he is begging for war. War’s never something the United States wants, we don’t want it now. The time has come to exhaust all diplomatic means to end this crisis, and that means quickly…”
This isn’t the only time there has been nuclear tension between the United States and North Korea. Presidents before Donald Trump had to deal with North Korea and their antics.
Back in 1994 during the Bill Clinton era, North Korea threatened to abandon the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, an international treaty put in place to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.
Clinton had to get them back in the reigns, and did so with the Joint-Framework Agreement, a deal to stop work North Korea’s nuclear program for $4 billion worth of American benefits.
In 2002 during George W. Bush’s administration, North Korea abandoned all agreements and began again on their nuclear program in 2003. During Barack Obama’s eight years, he had to respond to two significant nuclear tests during his presidency.
Now, President Trump has experienced many missile launches in his seven months of presidency and now must taking action against threats towards Guam.
This situation is not something that’s been taken lightly by the United States, the United Nations, nor the rest of the international community