On Feb. 12, 2017, North Korea conducted the latest in a series of tests of a new propulsion system for their nuclear missiles. For years, North Korea has been working towards the development of inter-continental nuclear weaponry, which could pose a very great threat to the rest of the world. The missile launched over the weekend had a greater range than any previously tested, flying five hundred kilometers before falling into the ocean. While this is nowhere near inter-continental range, it could pose a threat to one nation that has a very close location in addition to tense relations with North Korea: Japan. Along with the range to drop a nuclear explosion on a Japanese city, these new missiles under test from North Korea possess one other key feature that makes them particularly dangerous and threatening to the international community. The newer missiles are powered by solid fuel, an improvement that allows the missiles to be fired at much shorter notice from less specialized sites. The danger is that North Korea could very feasibly arm and launch a nuclear missile at Japan or other surrounding nations with very little warning. There have been no nuclear weapons dropped on a civilian population since the world first witnessed their destructive power in 1944, and the international community is very determined to prevent such death and destruction from happening ever again. If North Korea were to target a city with one of their new weapons, it would result in a response from the worlds allied nations the likes of which hasn’t been seen in almost a century.
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