On Sunday September 3, 2017, North Korea conducted a successful test of a hydrogen bomb. The test created a 6.3 magnitude tremor–the largest a North Korean weapon has ever caused. As well as the nuclear test, North Korea has tested many intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), which have garnered international attention. The most recent test flew over the Tohoku region of Japan and crashed into the sea off the coast. The United States and many other countries have condemned these tests, and the UN Security Council has met to discuss further action against North Korea. Although North Korea is aggressively flexing their military power, an attack against the United States is not likely, and here’s why:
- North Korea simply wouldn’t win a war against the United States. The U.S. has the world’s most powerful military according to Business Insider, and if North Korea would be so rash to launch an attack on the United States, General James Mattis has threatened a “massive military response” that would ensue after a North Korean attack. North Korea’s limited military would prove no match for the powerful United States, and would quickly be destroyed with little intervention from other world powers.
- The North Koreans would lose a valuable trade ally in China. If North Korea attacked the United States, China would impose sanctions on North Korea that would cripple the country’s already struggling economy, as North Korea would lose about 90% of its trade.
- The tests are merely an ostentatious display of military power. I believe that the purpose of North Korea’s aggression is to keep them globally relevant, as well as arm them against invasion–even if temporarily. The country wants to make sure that nobody will attack them, and the public display of weapons testing is a defense mechanism.
North Korea will not attack the United States or its allies. If they do, the global community will work swiftly and cooperatively to eliminate the threat, using military force to end the regime and unify the Korean peninsula into a peaceful, democratic, and proliferated state.