Uncle Sam vs Rocket Man

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In his speech to the United Nation's General Assembly, President Trump warned that North Korea would be completely obliterated if they attacked the US. But what is the likelihood of an attack, and are we on the brink of World War III?

The idea of another World War has become a hot topic in the second decade of the 21st century. First the Arab Spring threatened global stability and there was mounting tensions between the East and the West. Then Russia's annexation of Crimea again sparked the theory of a potential World War. However a rogue Nuclear Nation with one person in charge threatening to destroy our way of life. Well that is certainly a real threat. But is there a potential for WWIII?

Well yes. Kim-Jong-Un's successive missile strikes have already shown that he has the capability to launch missiles at the United States. And people are worried. In the Japanese state of Hoakkaido, one man said, "I fear every day that one missile will hit my house." And Japan can't retaliate. Severe sanctions have been placed against North Korea, squeezing an already failing economy. However China is still supporting the regime saying that they are defending themselves against the US's aggressive behaviour. President Putin and Macron are also saying that a diplomatic solution needs to be reached. However, aggressive rhetoric between the US and North Korea means diplomatic solutions seem off the table.

So an attack is therefore likely. Well... not exactly. The state of Mutually Assured Destruction still exists and if the Regime does launch a missile at any US territory, they know that they would be obliterated. The US and NATO are more than 1000 times more powerful than the rogue nation, and that is known in Pyongyang. So while there is aggressive rhetoric and missile tests happening, attacks don't seem that likely.

So in conclusion, we have to wait and see. Is Kim Jong Un willing to attack the US? And also what does he gain? He will be destroyed. But diplomats are right to be cautious; in this unsteady world anything could happen.