North Korea Deadlock
A nuclear war escalation is looming over the Korean peninsula with spillover effects on its neighboring countries. The Japanese Defense Ministry warns of North Korean threat entering “new stage” with Kim Jong Un’s regime acquiring nuclear warheads capable of being placed on a missile. Once dismissed by South Korean officials as merely an empty claim, this is now a real threat with global implications.
In the wake of this information, Japan holds evacuation drills.
On the diplomatic front, the newly imposed U.N. sanctions following North Korea’s missile tests, which worth over $1 billion, resulted in a hard-line position from Pyongyang, stating that its missile and nuclear tests are not up for negotiations.