Since Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States, Kim Jong Un, the Supreme People’s Assembly leader, and Donald J. Trump have been verbally “taking shots” at each other. North Korea and the United States have been threatening each other since the American/Korean war in 1950, but the election of Trump triggered something and brought the threats up another octave.
On August 1, 2017, Kim Jong Un told reporters that North Korea’s military had constructed a surplus amount of new and destructive nuclear missiles that are able to reach America from North Korea. Kim Jong Un also stated that he would execute an experiment where he would launch three missiles near the shores of Guam, a U.S. military base, by mid-August, 2017.
President Trump responded to this threat in an interview saying, “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening beyond a normal state. They will be met with fire, fury, and frankly power by the likes of which this world has never seen before.” The missile strikes never did occur.
Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are both using a political method called the madman method. This strategy is used to discourage one another by seeming irrational and volatile. Theoretically, opponents would then avoid provoking the other fearing an unpredictable response.
An example of Trump’s madman strategy is when he lined up a huge array of tactical fighter jets, helicopters, and surveillance aircrafts to intimidate Kim Jong Un. Kim Jong Un in response aligned his soldiers while passing newly created nuclear missiles through the array to show the world the amount of power North Korea has.
All of this posturing could provoke a war between the United States and North Korea, and naturally, that would involve other countries. For instance, if the United States made the first move to attack North Korea, China, a close ally of North Korea, will assemble with North Korea to make the next move. As a result, Australia and South Korea, both of which are allies of America and common enemies of North Korea, will unite together to aide America.
America and South Korea have already been preparing with drills for an upcoming nuclear war.
Things have seemingly calmed down some recently, but the North Korea problem has not been solved by any means.