Seeds: In October of 2006 North Korea (more formally titled the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, which is ironic since it is not a democracy, a republic, nor is it of the people) announced that it launched its first nuclear weapons test. Over the next few years, North Korea continued to boast that they had an impressive nuclear program. By 2009, they were recognized as being a “fully fledged nuclear power.” When Kim Jong-un succeeded his father, Kim Jong-il in 2011, the nuclear tests continued.
Core: On Wednesday, January 6th, 2016, North Korea announced that they launched a successful hydrogen bomb test. A tremor was detected with a magnitude of 5.1, and monitors stated that it was unlikely to be natural. Since this, many have questioned the authenticity of this claim, citing that it is possibly a nuclear weapon, but most likely not an h-bomb since they are considerably more complex.
Skin: There certainly are a multitude of debates around the subject of whether North Korea even has the capability of developing a hydrogen bomb. Many believe that because North Korea is so isolated they are lacking the technological capabilities. However, others air on the side of caution; South Korea specifically has asked countries such as China to step in.
Leaves: Today, September 9, 2016, it was confirmed that North Korea has carried out yet another test of an atomic weapon. The test has now put the US in a bit of an awkward situation. At this point, the US can either continue to put pressure on North Korea through sanctions (something that clearly has not work, as evidenced by the recent nuclear test) or react in a far more harsh fashion (something that could be potentially dangerous if the country has attained the ability to make nuclear weapons.)
Food for Thought: Do you think North Korea actually has the technology capable of creating h-bombs? How much of a threat do you think North Korea is? Tell us what you think.
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