What Is a Thermonuclear War? North Korea Officials Declared It Could Break Out At Any Time
President Donald Trump hasn't even been in office for 100 days, and already tensions between countries have reached a scary point. Claiming the United States had created a "a dangerous situation," a North Korea official said "a thermonuclear war may break out at any minute."
North Korea's UN Ambassador Kim In Ryong made the relationship between his country and the United States even clearer by saying North Korea is "ready to react to any mode of war desired by the U.S." But with all the back and forth between the United States and North Korea, you may be wondering: what is a thermonuclear war?
Thermonuclear war involves thermonuclear weapons, such as hydrogen bombs. Hydrogen bombs are more powerful than atomic bombs, also known as fission bombs.
Kim also said that the U.S. South-Korean military exercises are the "largest-ever aggressive war drill." The comments came after Trump told North Korean government that it's "gotta behave."
Vice President Mike Pence weighed in on the matter on Monday.
[The] era of strategic patience is over. President Trump has made it clear that the patience of the United States and our allies in this region has run out and we want to see change. We want to see North Korea abandon its reckless path of the development of nuclear weapons — and also its continual use and testing of ballistic missiles is unacceptable.
Pence and his family spent the weekend in South Korea to visit the demilitarized zone between the North and South.
But White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said during his press briefing Monday, Trump is not likely to reveal exactly how he will handle the situation in North Korea.
He holds his cards close to the vest, and you're not going to see him telegraphing how he's going to respond to any military or other situation going forward. ... So I don't think that you're going to see the President drawing red lines in the sand, but I think that the action that he took in Syria shows that, when appropriate, this President will take decisive action.
This is all a reaction to a very weird week in relations between the United States and North Korea. On Wednesday, rumors were going around that North Korea was going to do an underground nuclear weapon test. Simultaneously, journalists in the country covering a military parade were tweeting that they were being round up in buses. Although some thought they were being taken to see nuclear tests, they were really brought to see a new street opening.
Around the same time, NBC News was reporting that the United States was preparing for a preemptive strike in case North Korea did a nuclear test. The nuclear test never happened, but the fact that so much panic occurred and that it was believable isn't a good sign for the relationship between the countries.
Tensions are obviously high all around, and it will be interesting to see how the administration handles such a serious threat to peace.