Why Korea is not Really a Nuclear Threat


By Vanessa Leal, Reporter

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Hwasong-14 – intercontinental ballistic missile, second test-fire. Picture provided by KNCA in Pyongyang, North Korea, on July 29, 2017. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The presidency of Donald Trump has the world on edge. A particular area of concern for many is the advancement of nuclear weapons and the escalation of threats between North Korea and the United States. Tensions flared most recently when the President of the United States took to Twitter to call Kim Jung-un “Rocket Man” in addition to sharing various policy objectives. In turn, the North Korean government called these comments “a declaration of war.”

Political science professor David Faris said North Korea has been back to their nuclear weapons development program since the Agreed Framework (a deal between the U.S. and North Korea signed in 1994 to interrupt North Korean engagement in the development of nukes) was broken by the Bush administration in 2002.

The threat is now at increased attention of the media and governments across the globe due to persistent testing of nuclear missiles under the command of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un.

Professor Faris said the escalation comes from the fact that North Korea has only recently advanced its technology enough to target their nuclear weapons.

“They’re farther than expected in miniaturization, which is the ability to make a nuclear warhead small enough to put in a missile and then to developed guidance systems to target and fire it at Japan for instance, or South Korea,” said Faris.

On the other hand, Professor Faris explained that country of North Korea scores seven-seven in the Freedom House rankings for Civil Rights and Political Rights, where one means completely democratic and seven means completely tyrannical.

“North Korea is one of the most authoritarian countries in the world. Incentives and structures that guide relations between other nuclear armed states may not apply there because the leadership sometimes appears not to be rational.” Faris said.

Furthermore, Faris also said that there are problems within the current U.S. leadership.

“The President of the United States is very inexperienced in international affairs,” said Faris.

Program Director of International Studies, Professor Philip Hultquist analyzed President Trump’s handling of the crisis with a discussion on North Korea’s search for security.

“The Trump administration has responded to the provocation by escalating the tensions and threatened total destruction of their entire country,” Hultquist said.

On North Korea’s end, professor Hultquist mentioned the fact that Kim Jong-un has assassinated his own family members and anyone who has opposed his leadership, which suggests insecurity by Kim Jong-un regarding his hold to power.

“If we eventually want North Korea to denuclearize, we need to assure them that they do not need nuclear weapons for their own security,” said Hultquist, who then turned to criticize Trump for doing the opposite.

“Threatening them with total destruction is not the best way to convince them that we aren’t a threat to them and they don’t need a nuclear deterrent from the U.S.,” Hultquist said.

Professor Faris said North Korea could be building their nuclear arsenal to steer the U.S. away from a possible invasion.

Most of observers will say look at what happened to Iraq. Iraq didn’t have any nuclear weapons and America invaded them and now they’re gone; and look at what happened to Libya. Libya had a nuclear weapons program, they gave it up and then a couple of years later the US bombed Libya and overthrew their leader,” said Faris.

Faris said that there are diplomatic efforts that the United Nations Security Council could take. However, it is unclear whether or not any sanctions would have an actual effect on North Korea.

“The security council of the UN can pass resolutions placing sanctions on North Korea. The reality is there’s already so many sanctions in North Korea and the country is already so poor that is really questionable whether that will have any impact,” Faris said.

Roosevelt students also commented on the situation with North Korea.

“I saw a few NBC news updates yesterday saying Trump had called Kim Jong-un ‘rocket man’ and said he was going to give tougher sanctions on North Korea,” said junior political science major Beckett Costello, concerned about the escalation of rhetoric. “I feel like it is fighting fire with fire and not really getting anywhere to try to solve the conflict.”

Junior journalism major Kayla Rogers said North Korea is only one of her concerns under the current administration.

“I’m concerned about this entire planet right now because it seems like it’s up in chaos and we can’t depend on Trump to do anything. I don’t see him handling this very well,” Rogers said.

Professor Hultquist reminded us of the importance of understanding what is going on with North Korea crisis.

“This is one of the most dangerous situations on the planet and as people with a say in the U.S. government, we have an obligation understand foreign affairs and to put people in power that ensure that U.S. power is wielded responsibly,” Hultquist said.

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New Jersey community gets second small earthquake this week

An earthquake was detected in a New Jersey community for the second time this week.
A 1.0 magnitude earthquake, about 11.5 kilometers below the ground, was registered just outside of Morristown around 8:05 a.m. Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Police did not field any calls from residents about the earthquake, NJ.com reported.

The minor quake follows a 1.7 magnitude earthquake detected about a mile west of Morristown on Monday night. The USGS received 170 „Did you feel it?“ responses on its website for that quake.

Some residents called police and reported hearing a loud boom that night, but nobody requested assistance, the Morristown Patch reported.

Until this week, 2017 had been a relatively quiet year for earthquakes in North Jersey. The region recorded 16 quakes last year, according to NorthJersey.com.

New York is America’s Next Major Quake (Revelation 6)

America’s Next Big Quake

Doug Fabrizio

The devastation wrought in Mexico City by a recent massive earthquake may have rattled more than a few nerves along the Wasatch Front. Salt Lake City is, of course, overdue for a significant seismic event. So are other places in the United States, such as Los Angeles, the Pacific Northwest, even New York City. In a new book, science writer Kathryn Miles tours the country in search of the latest research on America’s next big earthquake and what’s being done to address the threat. She joins us Wednesday to talk about it.

Kathryn Miles is the author of several books, including her newest, Quakeland: On the Road to America’s Next Devastating Earthquake [Independent bookstores|Amazon|Audible].

Learn more about predicting earthquakes in Utah and how well the state’s buildings could stand-up to a great shake from KUER’s news team.

British Nuclear Horn Prepares for Nuclear War (Daniel 8)

World War 3: Michael Fallon warns Britain is ready for NUCLEAR WAR with North Korea

BRITAIN is ready for war if “reckless” North Korea starts a nuclear conflict, the Defence Secretary has warned.


Sir Michael Fallon said the UK was conducting a series of military drills alongside the US as tensions continue to rise with dictator Kim Jong-un’s regime.

As fears gather that the hermit kingdom’s missile launches could trigger World War 3, Sir Michael said Britain’s decision-making would be “rapid”.

And he revealed nuclear submarine crews at the Clyde naval base in Scotland are “ready” for war, should it breakout.

US warships have also been practicing shooting down missiles in drills off Scotland’s west coast, he said.

Sir Michael told the Daily Mail: “North Korean tests have shown the danger of rogue states developing longer range missiles.

“By hosting this cutting-edge exercise, Britain is at the forefront of developing a more effective response to this growing threat.”

“Today the nuclear dangers are intensifying from a reckless North Korea and increasingly assertive Russia.

“UK weapons remain the only credible way to deter the most extreme dangers, reminding any aggressor the benefits of an attack would be vastly outweighed by the consequences.”

Tensions with North Korea have ratcheted up in recent days with North Korea accusing Donald Trump of declaring war on the country.

The US President has warned the secretive state would be “totally destroyed” if Kim Jong-un provoked a military conflict.

Sir Michael was speaking after holding security talks with Nato’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the 29 ambassadors of the North Atlantic Council at Clyde.

And he warned the UK’s nuclear deterrent was the only way to fend off Pyongyang’s military ambitions.

Asked whether the UK was preparing for war, Sir Michael said: „We are working very closely with the United States on all the diplomatic pressure that is needed now to bring this illegal testing programme to a halt.

„We have to exhaust every conceivable diplomatic channel before we start considering any kind of military action.”

Mr Stoltenberg said: „We continue to work for a peaceful political negotiated solution to the crisis in Korea and we continue to strongly condemn the testing, the development of missiles and nuclear weapons.

„At the same time every nation has the right to defend itself and of course also the United States has the right to defend itself against attacks and Nato is there to defend all allies and that’s part of self defence, which is part of the UN Charter.

„We will continue to work for maximum pressure on North Korea to create the conditions for a negotiated solution.

„We call on North Korea to abandon its missile programmes and nuclear programmes and we support the efforts to step up the pressure on North Korea including with economic sanctions.“