Imagine that one day, you were taking a stroll along the street, looking at the beautiful greenery, admiring the stunning volcanoes when suddenly, you get an alert on your phone blaring: The Japanese government is warning a missile could be flying toward Japan. Stay indoors, or find shelter. We will bring you more details soon. This was the case for the 5 million inhabitants of Hokkaido, the second-largest island in Japan. On October 3rd, 2022 in the morning local time, when North Korea fired a missile over the island, they were advised to seek cover. This was not unusual coming from North Korea since they’re known for these kinds of things. In this article, you’ll learn about how this conflict started, what either country’s intentions were, and all about the events that have happened so far.
1. How did the conflict start?:
The North Korean crisis of 2017–18 was a period of increased tension between North Korea and the United States that lasted throughout 2017. The beginning of it all can be traced back to North Korea's series of nuclear and missile tests, which demonstrated the country's ability to launch ballistic missiles outside of its immediate vicinity and suggested that its nuclear weapons capability was expanding faster than the U.S. intelligence community had anticipated. This was a normal joint military exercise between the United States and South Korea held in August 2017, American threats, and other factors led to an escalation in international tensions in the area and elsewhere. Early in September of that year, North Korea also carried out its sixth nuclear test, and heated words were said, heightening worries of a potential conflict.
Although the United States was the primary source of conflict, North Korea twice threatened Australia with nuclear attacks throughout the year, accusing them of standing with the United States and 'ignorantly' following them.
However, at the start of 2018, tensions drastically decreased as North Korea announced the restoration of the Seoul-Pyongyang hotline (Over 40 phone lines make up the Seoul-Pyongyang hotline, also known as the Inter-Korean hotline, which links North and South Korea.
The Red Cross maintains the majority of them, which pass through the Panmunjom Joint Security Area (JSA) in the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).). And also consented to hold negotiations with South Korea on participation in the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics.
The mending of relations started in 2018 when then-US President Donald Trump met with Kim in a historic summit. Kim praised their "special" relationship, while Trump said that the two presidents "fell in love."
2. What were everyone's true intentions?:
There's little to no information regarding the true intentions of the countries involved in this conflict. But according to C. Hymans, J. E. (2008). Assessing North Korean Nuclear Intentions and Capacities: A New Approach. Journal of East Asian Studies, 8(2), 259-292. https://www.jstor.org/stable/23418693, the article questions two widely held beliefs about the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea)-North Korea), the nuclear threat by utilizing a theory-driven approach firmly rooted in relative foreign policy analysis: first, that the North Korean leadership's nuclear intentions are a measured response to the external environment; and, second, that the DPRK has developed enough technical capacity to go nuclear whenever it pleases. To add to this, North Korea said that it was purportedly testing equipment to launch a military surveillance satellite into Earth's orbit.