Recently, North Korea tested its sixth hydrogen bomb since the nation began nuclear testing in 2006. The bomb tested on September 3rd was the most powerful bomb yet, with an explosive yield of 120 kilotons. That’s the same explosive yield achieved by detonating 264.55 million pounds of dynamite.
Several nations have already stepped up to the plate to call out North Korea’s troubling behavior. Still, others believe that this may be the final test before an actual strike.
Have we passed the point of no return with North Korea? Is war inevitable?
What Actions Are We Taking?
The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, asked the Security Council on Monday to impose the strongest of sanctions against North Korea in light of their nuclear tests. In Haley’s words
The time for half measures…is over…Enough is enough. War is never something the United States wants. …But our country’s patience is not unlimited.
With measures like these and economic sanctions in the works, it seems as though it is only a matter of time before one side or another strikes. Considering today’s missile technology and the nuclear power of either side, a strike from a nuclear warhead would be catastrophic. With a man like Kim Jong-Un in charge of a nation with nuclear force, anything seems possible.
Who and What to Watch
When evaluating a stand-off such as this, it is important to closely follow both sides. As mentioned before, Nikki Haley has asked for certain sanctions to be set against North Korea. We have yet to see what the results of those demands will be. However, we can safely assume that with each successive nuclear test, certain nations will respond as they see fit.
There is a strong possibility that President Trump with attempt to impose economic sanctions that are similar to what President Roosevelt and other world leaders did to Japan in 1941. This too was brought up by Haley during Monday’s meeting. While we hope these diplomatic solutions do not end in another bombing like those we saw in Japan, it will be interesting to see what, if any, sanctions the president puts on North Korea and what effect they will have on the already fuming stand-off.