America on brink of war?

Is war about to break out between America and North Korea?

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America on brink of war?

Throughout her 2016 election campaign Hilary Clinton repeatedly warned that Donald Trump should never be trusted with America's 'red button'; the metaphorical button that's used to represent the president's authority over the country's nuclear arsenal.

"A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons" read one of her election time tweets.

At the same time, an independent information campaign called #NoRedButton was broadcasting adverts to swing states around America warning "Donald Trump is weeks away from having the unchecked ability to light the world on fire."

Less than three months after his inauguration, Trump has already launched missile strikes on Syria. And now tensions are rising between America and North Korea over Kim Jong Un's nuclear weapons and missiles programs.

North Korea's nuclear program has been a concern for the international community since the early 2000s.

Since the start of this century, there have been numerous attempts to agree disarmament deals.

In 2005, North Korea agreed to a landmark deal to give up its nuclear ambitions in return for economic aid and political concessions.

Ultimately, the deal failed, and the country has since carried out several tests with nuclear bombs; in 2006, 2009, 2013 and in January and September 2016.

The 2006, 2009 and 2013 tests were all believed to be atomic bomb tests. North Korea claimed that its January 2016 test was of a hydrogen bomb.

At the start of 2017, Kim Jong Un started to become more vocal about his desires to build up North Korea's nuclear arsenal in both quality and quantity.

On 13th April Trump ordered the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group to head for the Korean peninsula in an attempt to deter North Korea from launching a nuclear test over Easter weekend to mark the 105th anniversary of the birth of North Korea's founding father Kim Il-sung.

On Sunday 16th April, the North Korean leader launched a missile test as planned. However, the test failed and reports started circulating that the whole enterprise might have been sabotaged by an American cyber attack.

The seriousness of the situation has caused the Chinese government to intervene, with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yei releasing a statement urging both the USA and North Korea to deescalate the tension before it gets to an “irreversible and unmanageable stage”.

Yei also called on both sides to 'refrain from threatening each other”, warning that "There can be no winners in a war between the US and North Korea".

Was Hilary right when she said "It’s not hard to imagine Donald Trump leading us into a war just because somebody got under his very thin skin.” in June 2016? Is America really on the brink of a possible conflict, nuclear or otherwise, with North Korea?

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