The New Beginning

“Know thyself, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.” -Sun Tzu


Julie Makinen and Steven Borowiec

Replicas of North Korean Scud-B missiles and South Korean Hawk surface-to-air missiles are displayed at the Korean War Memorial in Seoul on July 8.

Alyssa Greenway, Journalist

North Korea was founded on September 9th, 1948. Pyongyang is the capital and largest city of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and the current leader of North Korea is Kim Jong-un the son of former Kim Jong-il. The original leader of the Kim dynasty was Kim il-Sung in (1948 till his death 1994).

The countries that are allied with North Korea are China and Russia. North Korea was reported to have discharged ten missiles which had a total of four that failed.

The missiles were fired on, February 12th, March 6th, March 22nd, April 4th, April 16th, April 29th, May 14th, May 21st, May 29th, June 8th, July 4th, July 28th.

There were many different missiles. Some of these missiles have different ranges. A Hwasong-7/ ER Scud is a short-range missile or a medium ballistic missile that is solid fuel ( a rocket with a rocket engine that uses solid propellants) and travels 1,000km. Hwasong-12 is a intermediate-range ballistic missile, liquid fueled (a rocket engine that uses liquid propellants) with a 3,000-5,500km range. Hwasong-14, an intercontinental ballistic missile, also liquid fueled, has a 5,500km range.

KN-15/ Pukguksong-2 is a medium-range ballistic missile that is solid-fueled with a range 1,000-3,000km. KN-17 is a short-range ballistic missile or a medium-range ballistic missile that is solid fueled and a range between 1,000 and less or 3,000km.

The most recent missile launches that have been fired have been targeted for Japan. There have been a total of two missiles launched so far.

South Korea is on the brink of war with North Korea because they were threatening them and shutting off warning missiles. Currently there are 28,500 American soldiers are based in South Korea.

It has been said on social media that North Korea and the United States are closer to a nuclear war than any other time since the Cold War.

North Korea has threatened to sink Japan and turn the U.S. to “ashes and darkness” and stated that the U.S. should be “beaten to death like a rabid dog” as reported from Justin Mccurry on a British news website The Guardian.

President Trump has responded to North Korea by warning that it faces “fire and fury”, while Pyongyang has threatened to strike the American territory of Guam.

Mr. Harris U.s History teacher at PVHS, had replied to the crisis, “I don’t think they have the ability to reach the mainlands in the United States” …“it should be a main concern for the rest of the world.”

Many residents in the U.S think that we should annihilate the North Koreas and be done with it; however, others think the opposite, wanting Trump to stay out of this war.

North Korea has treated their people poorly and have kept them in the dark. The citizens there have no access to the Internet or television , they only know what the leader wants them to know.

It has been said that if they don’t follow the rules the people would be beaten and executed for disobeying them.

North Korea has been antagonizing the United States for a long while, and it’s believed that the leader should be annihilated. If war were to happen between America and North Korea, we should stay away from as much casualties as possible to the innocents citizens in North Korea.

The Korean citizens are mostly innocent and their lives should be spared. Americans should take these threats very serious to protect our country, and brace for action.