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Lizzie Williams

Mr. King

English I

24 April 2017

North Korea’s Nuclear Program

North Korea’s growing nuclear weapon count has been on the watch for many years by

most world countries, but within the past ten years the stockade has become more of a marketing

brand for fear for other countries. The county’s dark past, with previous oppressive regime may

have forged this militaristic authoritarian rule, but the dynasty is what is preventing any further

progress towards a civilized cordial government. The county’s strict policies prevent active

journalists from filming and distributing anything but a positive outlook on this secretive

country. An even more horrendous fact about North Korea is its nuclear program. Without much

insight to the governments inner workings, many nations fear the worst. And despite lack of

contact with other nations, North Korea has been able to acquire the knowledge and supplies to

build and test nuclear weapons.

While North Korea has been on the radar for nuclear activity since 1969 it did not test

nuclear weapons until early 2000’s (Graseck). The Non-Proliferation treaty was created to make

North Korea stop and dismantle its nuclear program in exchange for supplies (Graseck).

However, despite signing the treaty North Korea continued to build up its military reserve. These

negotiations halted under President Bush after the events of 9/11, resulting in Bush categorizing

North Korea as a threat to the U.S (DiFilippo). In 2006, “six-party talks” began between
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America, North and South Korea, and three other nations, hoping to negotiate peace and

diplomacy but untimely these conventions ended in non-fulfillment (Graseck).

Within the past decade, five nuclear missile tests have occurred (Jervis). Four of these

were placed under scrutiny and have been confirmed to be atomic bombs (Jervis). The fifth

missile was claimed to be hydrogen by Kim Jong Un, but the blast magnitude shows otherwise.

Another case of North Korea’s boisterous propaganda was during the 2015 border crisis. During

this crisis, North Korea fired a barrage of missiles and bombs on the edge of the demilitarized

zone and later claimed that hydrogen bombs were amongst the fire. These claims, though entirely

false boost the northerners worship of Kim Jong Un, North Koreas leader. (Jervis).

North Korea’s militarism is ultimately the countries very purpose often sporting parades

and tank shows. However, the nuclear program in possession of such an antagonistic ruler has

ignited the fear of impending war. The program itself sets North Korea as a serious threat to

South Korea and Japan that are both within missile range, as well as the international

community. While steps are being put in place to prevent further escalation into nuclear power it

is unknown how the North will respond to these measures.

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