North Korea’s Troubling History
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un – Korean Central News Agency, via Reuters
By Andrew Fletcher
Most people remember Seth Rogen’s comedy The Interview as exactly that, comedy. The recent history of the real North Korea, though, is quite the opposite. A series of ominous events have turned the world’s attention to the country many view as a joke. On Wednesday a 4.8 seismic event was detected within the North’s borders, and the government-issued news program followed with an announcement that they had just detonated a hydrogen bomb. The H-bomb, as it is known, is much more powerful than the atomic bomb. The US infamously dropped two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to essentially end World War II. Kim Jong-Un, the North’s leader, claimed in December that they had developed the technology for an H-bomb, but this claim was met with much doubt.
There has been much speculation about this test as well. The North previously tested nuclear weapons in 2006, 2009, and 2013. These tests at the time spurred further sanctions on the country, and this one will too. Many critics both in the US and abroad have dismissed the claim as a lie, while others seem to be taking the situation out of proportion. Not only was the test less than the 6.8 event the US triggered in 1971 with an H-bomb, it was also less than the 4.9 event the North triggered in 2013 with an atomic bomb. The claim of a much powerful weapon may only be a defense strategy the North will use to acquire much needed aide. This likely possibility should ease the nerves of many on edge. While a hostile nuclear state is certainly something to be worried about, it is virtually impossible that they could attack the US. A strong response is not the way to go. A show of “strength” may propel things in the opposite direction of the path desired. A different strategy must be used to stabilize a desperate country. Call Seth Rogen.