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North Korea: World Threat or Paper Tiger?

In the 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, both the Soviets and the USA pushed to the brink of nuclear war. Now, with the USSR gone, North Korea has quickly become the United States’ greatest enemy. During the Obama administration, the United States and her allies quickly placed severe economic sanctions on North Korea in order to try to force the country to abandon its efforts to build nuclear weapons.

Relations between North Korea and the United States have never been good, but tensions have risen quickly ever since Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. Trump has repeatedly spoken out against N.K. and has even sent U.S. Navy ships to sail near the country. With Trump antagonizing North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, it seems he is pushing us closer to war than ever before.

Conservative Junior John Mindrup stands by Trump and said, “He’s gotten a little tougher but a lot of it is just talk.” Mindrup also noted that Trump has been put into a tough position, he elaborated, “[Trump is] just trying to deal with the situation.” Most Americans agree that North Korea is a dangerous country. Mindrup added, “[North Korea] poses a real threat to world security and world peace.” Although it is clear that North Korea is trying to develop nuclear weapons, the small nation hasn’t done much more than threaten other countries.

Recently Trump stated “There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea.” With Trump increasing the military budget by $54 billion, it seems he is not only ready for war, but excited by the prospect of it.

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