İlknur Şebnem Öztemel-TDO-10.08.2017- Both North Korea and USA threatened each other ‘’nuclearly’’.
North Korea made two successful missile tests in the last month and there are allegations about Pyomngyang’s acheivement on developping an intercontinental missile which is able to shut American forces. Secondly, on Saturday, United Nations Security Council (UNSC) accepted resolution 2371 that orders each member of UN to end buying coal, iron, iron ore and sea products from North Korea. This was a very significant step to cut economic sources of Pyongyang as it will likely to led a drastic decrease in North Korean national income from 3 billion dollars to only one billion dollars. An increase in Pyongyang’s aggressiveness was expected.
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump made important statements on Tuesday, in New Jersey. He said “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen”.
Following, North Korean state-run media agency KCNA reported that Pyongyang was “carefully examining” a plan to strike Guam where is located 3,400km (2,100 miles) away and hosts an American military base including a submarine squadron, an airbase and a coastguard group. North Korean authorities threatened to create an “enveloping fire” around the territory.
On the other hand, Governor of Guam, Eddie Calvo, dismissed North Korea’s threat and said the island was prepared for "any eventuality" with strategically placed defences. Calvo added that he had been in touch with the White House and there was no change in the threat level.
Technically, Pyongyang and Washington is since 1950-1953 Korean War. Pyongyang defend its nuclear program as a bulwark against perceived US hostility and proudly flaunted its progress in developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting American soil.
Additionally, there is an interesting coincidence here as today (9 August) is the 72nd anniversary of American atomic attack on Nagasaki. During the ceremony, Nagasaki mayor Tomihisa Taue told ‘’Tension is mounting when it comes to the international situation surrounding nuclear weapons". He acknowledged "Strong fears are spreading that nuclear weapons may be used in the not-so-distant future".
Meantime, Donald Trump put an end to debates and tweeted as ‘’. Hopefully, we won’t need to use nuclear weapons but there will be no time in history when USA won’t be the most powerful nations of the World’’.
It is not sure which leader is more determined. However, it seems World will experience another Cuban Missile Crisis or worse.