The Dangers of North Korea

Evan Gehring
Block 4B
The Dangers of North Korea
The United States of America (U.S.)is a country that, by this point in history, has established itself as a strong country, almost invincible, some would say. And yet, there exists a small country, one that “can barely keep the lights on” (Martin 1), which seems so dangerous to this strong nation, that it is considered to be one of the most hazardous countries in the world, enough to be considered a part of an “axis of evil.” For about half a decade now, North Korea has remained one of the most isolated countries in the world, in every way imaginable. Economically, politically, and socially, North Korea wishes to have as few relations with the rest of the world as possible. Thus, the nation’s economy, as well as its citizens, suffers severely (Cooper 325). And yet, it is so feared. It is often wondered what is going inside of this “black hole” that is North Korea, and nobody seems to really know. What little is known, however, is what is so frightening.
President George W. Bush announced during his State of the Union Address on January 29, 2002 that the U.S. was facing against an “axis of evil,” which included Iran, Iraq, and North Korea. This was when he feared that North Korea was developing nuclear weapons, and knew that they had a history of aggression and that those two things combined could be a very dangerous thing for the world. While planning the next move to stop the nuclear program, North Korea admitted in April of 2003 for the first time that they did indeed posses nuclear weapons, violating both the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons(NPT) of 1985 as well as the Agreed Framework of 1994 (Nuclear Weapons Program 1). By doing this, North Korea had proven that no treaty would stop them from achieving their goals regarding nuclear weapons, meaning that no matter what the U.S. did, the program would continue. Since the 1980’s, especially from 2002 until the present,...