Friday, February 3, 2017

Mattis warns North Korea of 'overwhelming' response to nuclear use

US defence secretary James Mattis and South Korean defence minister Han Min-koo in Seoul (3 Feb 2017)

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38850995

Summary: US defense secretary James Mattis stated that if North Korea uses nuclear weapons, there would be an effective and overwhelming response. Mattis reaffirmed US support in South Korea. He also confirmed plans to implement a US missile defense system in South Korea. North Korea had its fifth nuclear weapon test last year, and threatens that they can carry out a nuclear attack on the US, although experts say it is doubtful. China and Russia, however, don't agree with the missile defense system. They claim that it is provocative and may allow the US to spy on their militaries with its radar. Some South Koreans also fear that the bases may become targets and endanger nearby citizens.

Connection: This is connected what we recently learned about the use of nuclear weapons in WWII. Towards the end of the war, the US had dropped two atomic bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, causing a devastating outcome. Many were burned to death, some were killed by the shrapnel, and others died due to the explosion itself. Not only were many killed, but it also lead to much radioactive contamination in the area. Since then, the US has learned from its tragic effects and have not used the atomic bomb again.

Questions: Do you believe the US should implement the missile defense system in South Korea? Do you believe it will make the country safer? Or, do you believe it will only provoke the North Koreans to attack even more? Also, do you believe it is the US's responsibility to protect South Korea in this case?




5 comments:

  1. I think the U.S should not do anything. But to stay alert and be prepared to fight. Going to South Korea and implementing a missile defense will threaten the Koreans.

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    1. I agree with you because I believe that the US shouldn't do anything too severe to provoke the North Koreans, but at the same time be prepared to defend the South Koreans.

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  2. I think implementing a missile defense system is a wild card because who knows what would happen so, I don't think they should try to implement one only because who knows how the other countries would react.

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    1. I also agree with you because it is very difficult to predict how exactly the neighboring countries would react and could potentially put both the US and South Korea at risk.

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  3. Implementing a missile defense system will cause tension between nations and could lead to another massive war, that we can not afford in any way.

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