US President Donald Trump has threatened total destruction of North Korea and has unmarked Rex Tillerson, his own secretary of state, when he has spoken of communication channels with Hermit kingdom. In Pyongyang, Kim Jong-UN has ensured that he will tame "with fire old American Beaver", and his regime has indicated that it takes Trump's words as a declaration of war. The tension in Korean peninsula continues to grow and possibility of a military escalation of serious consequences. A study that published this week's 38 North specialized page estimates that a North Korean nuclear strike against Seoul and Tokyo could leave up to two million dead.
Since Kim Jong-UN's arrival in power in December 2011, North Korea has drastically accelerated its nuclear program. During his tenure he has carried out four nuclear tests, each more potent than previous one. The last, on October 3, blew up a hydrogen bomb, according to experts, with a power of up to 250 kilotons. Today, analysts estimate, this country has an arsenal of about 20 nuclear bombs.Learn More
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During Kim's tenure, North Korea has also completed 98 missile tests of varying scope and has made progress at a much higher pace than most analysts have calculated. This July was testing for first time an intercontinental missile, one of great targets of its weapons program and with which it could attack US territory. Their stated goal is to reach balance with United States, so that ir armament deters Washington from attacking country or attempting a regime change.
A goal that Trump, who publicly mocked Kim at U.N. General assembly by calling him "Rocket Man," has assured that he is not willing to tolerate. This Thursday, in a meeting with military leaders, I emphasized that "we cannot allow this dictatorship to threaten our country or our allies with a loss of life unimaginable." We'll do what we can to keep it from happening. "And it will be done if necessary, believe me."
So far, main way to respond to koreanic provocations, international sanctions, has not seemed to take effect. This September UN Security Council unanimously adopted a new round, which includes embargo on Korean exports of textiles and a reduction in fuel supply. In addition to se new sanctions, China, most important North Korean ally, has announced complementary measures, such as closing neighboring country's businesses in its territory.
The rapid advancements of North Korean armaments program have caused severe anxiety among America's great allies in North Asia, South Korea, and Japan: Two of last missiles launched by Pyongyang crossed Nippon territory. Both countries have tried to reinforce ir defences; Seoul has installed in its territory American manufacturing anti-missile shield known by its acronym THAAD, and Tokyo has opted for purchase of Aegis system.