North Korea, South Korea, and the United States have technically not made a truly lasting peace agreement since hostilities ceased in the early 1950s. Never has that been more apparent than in the past few years.
North Korea’s foreign policy has seemingly become more erratic and unpredictable since Kim Jong-un took power after his father, Kim Jong-il, died in 2011.
Internally, the 33-year-old Supreme Leader has purged 140 members of his own ruling party and senior officials, according to a 2016 report from South Korean think tank, Institute for National Security Strategy.
It seems as though the North Koreans are desperate for a way to strike at the American, as well as Japanese mainlands. In fact, four missiles were fired over 600 miles into the Sea of Japanese early this month, according to the BBC.
Slowly, but steadily, Kim Jong-un is testing the patience of the South Koreans, President Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and even their closest ally, the Chinese.
The saber rattling is quickly turning into the possibility of a retaliatory strike.Getty Images/KNS/AFP
While the thought of the North Koreans having nuclear weapons may be terrifying, they are still far away from developing a reliable missile to transport them.
A recent test of a new missile system has suffered an explosive failure just seconds after liftoff, according to U.S. officials. The failed test was confirmed in a statement from South Korea’s Ministry of Defense:
“South Korea and the US are aware of the missile launch and to their knowledge North Korea’s missile was not successfully launched.”
While this launch may not have been successful, this much is clear: North Korea is quickly becoming a major issue for President Trump and his administration.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with allies to discuss the issue during his recent trip to Asia.