While most, if not nearly all, countries welcomed in the New Year on Sunday with celebrations, rejoice, and a promise for a progressively safer nation, Kim Jong-un did the opposite.
The North Korean dictator announced to his population that plans to test launch intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) is “actively progressing.”
The news came as an unpleasant shock to the rest of the world, especially to the United States, who has been labeled as a target by the irrational leader.
“Research and development of cutting edge arms equipment is actively progressing and ICBM rocket test launch preparation is in its last stage,” were the words that Jong-un used on the night of the New Year.
In retaliation to these comments, the United States urged all states around the world to show the North that there would be consequences for such actions.
Such actions have been continually denounced and prohibited by numerous United Nations Security Council sanctions, yet it has not stopped the power hungry North Korea. Even though there has been no current attempt by the totalitarian dictatorship to test ICBM’s, past events and, now, current knowledge of the effects of nuclear weapons, is enough to ensure that the threat does not become real.
In his controversial speech, Kim Jong-un continued on to state that North Korea is now a “military power of the East that cannot be touched by even the strongest enemy.” To many Western leaders, this comment was also received as a threat, and it was interpreted that the use of nuclear weapons will not be used as a deterrent, but as a tool of war.
Academics have been interviewed across numerous news sites in an attempt to discover how soon such a weapon will be tested. It has been brought to light that such a test will not occur soon, but will more than likely go ahead in the next few years, which is a thought that worries many.
With the inclusion of nuclear weapons in a world that has been drastically seeking their avoidance since their first real threat during the Cold War, the goal of true peace seems questionable.
The Guardian has reported that the country has made extreme progress on the quest to become the world’s nuclear power.
Yet the question remains, how do you withhold a country that will not listen? How do you stop a nuclear weapon? The MAD doctrine has proven to us that fighting fire with fire will only lead to total destruction, therefore, how can we truly stop the potential actions of North Korea peacefully, or, at all?