What’s going on in North Korea?

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NORTH KOREA- There’s a stern warning coming from North Korea that has many worried.
On Tuesday, the country delivered its latest threat on state television — telling foreigners in South Korea to get out or risk getting caught up in a nuclear war.

The north says it cannot guarantee the safety of foreign diplomats after Wednesday….including many Americans.
Right now, some united states leaders believe the threat is just “rhetoric” while others say North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles represent a clear threat to the u-s and its allies.

Tension has been rising – especially since North Korea’s young leader, Kim Jung Un took over.
History and political science instructor at NIACC, john schmaltz says it’s first important to realize North Korea is a communist-driven country and their current leader is the grandson of the original dictator who invaded South Korea in the 1950’s.

Schmaltz says this country has a history of  “saber rattling” or just making sure everyone knows they can be a threat.
He says right now, it’s all talk.

He believes first and foremost, the United States should try and de-escalate the rhetoric and not make it worse with threats of their own.

Secondly, he says the country needs to make sure their relationship with china remains strong since that country has been historically known to have good relations with North Korea.
But schmaltz says this is still a situation that needs to be watched carefully.

“The fact that they have a large conventional force as well as the nuclear force particularly, they are a threat to allies to the United States, two countries we have collective security agreements with South Korea and Japan, so we have to be concerned about those two key partners of the U.S…If they were to be attacked by North Korea,” said History and Political Science Professor John Schmaltz.

Schmaltz said if those two place are attacked, the United States would have to follow through with their alliance and send a military response.

Schmaltz said if North Korea did attack, it could also end up impacting the stock market.


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