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Ryan Durburg

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Last Tuesday around 6 A.M. (Last Monday, 4 P.M. CT) a ballistic missile flew over the northern island Hokkaido in Japan. The missile was fired off from an unidentified location by Pyongyang in North Korea and eventually broke into three pieces and fell into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan, hitting nothing but water.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the test a “serious and grave threat to Japan.” President Trump says that he “stands with Japan 100%,” according to a White House report. This was North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s fourth missile launch test in four days. This time, however, he certainly had a greater effect on the world as it was publicized heavily.

This missile launch was a response to continuous military training of joint US and South Korean forces in the southern half of the Korean Peninsula. We’ve seen this stand-off-like tactic by Kim Jong Un many times before. The first time these tests were brought into the public eye was back in May, when Un fired a ballistic missile that landed 60 miles south of Russia’s Vladivostok region, which is home to Russia’s Pacific Fleet.

This also did not go over well as it was a violation of UN Security Council resolutions. All of this poses one question to take in account: What does this mean for America?

For years now American citizens have been worried about nuclear warfare with North Korea. Being such an isolated state with nuclear weapons always raises the concern of North Korea’s ultimate capabilities. Americans should have little to no worry about the current state of North Korea and the nuclear firepower they have.

The United States is in great hands–not necessarily because of who is in office–but because of the strength of the United States as a military world power.  We have the strongest military in the world and have a great ability to bounce back and sustain unity as a country. We are seeing this now in Texas and Louisiana after the horrible effects of Hurricane Harvey. As long as America stays united, nothing can break our composure.

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Ryan Durburg is a senior at Lake Forest High School. He enjoys playing/watching sports and being outdoors. Ryan will be writing for the In The News column...

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