The tension between the US and North Korea is quite obvious, but things may soon be taking a turn for the worst. So, how bad could this get? Well, I’m sure you know the answer to that.
According to a story published by South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency an intense test blast could be to come. Ring Yong Ho, the former minister of the isolated nation, told these journalists that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could be planning the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific. He stated that they currently had no idea what actions could be taken as it is something that would be ordered by Kim Jong Un himself.
This terrifying news comes just days after quite the exchange between President Trump and Jong Un himself. As you may know in a speech before the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump called Jong Un a suicidal ‘rocket man’ and literally threatened to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea if the US was forced to defend itself or any allies. Jong Un allegedly responded with a written statement calling Trump and ‘mentally deranged US dotard’ and mentioned that frightened dogs tend to bark louder.
In recent years, North Korea has set off several powerful nuclear test blasts but they were all carried out deep inside a mountain. An explosion on the ground, underwater, or in the air has not happened in quite some time. As you may have noticed, Ri did not specify where or how high this hypothetical H-bomb test may occur. That leaves us with a lot of questions.
One of the big risks to people, if this were to happen, is whether or not North Korea were to launch a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile (or a shorter range rocket) or not. Such a missile test would show North Korea has miniaturized its weapons and if this is a hydrogen bomb, it would show that North Korea could pull off a devastating thermonuclear strike on US soil. That being said, missiles are prone to failure in many ways.
This bomb could, in theory, be dropped from a plane but is more likely to come by a missile. Because missiles can have issues, the bomb could possibly detonate where it is not intended to. CNN reported that regardless of the geopolitical fallout the environmental effects of something like this could be devastating. The blast itself would likely destroy or contaminate marine life leaving a series of knock-on effects.
If you recall the testing carried out by the US in the Marshall Islands, you know that the people there have suffered from things like high cancer rates, birth defects, and so forth. These kinds of tests have also been found to cause landslides, tsunamis, and earthquakes. While the damage to humans could be limited depending on the area that North Korea picks, there will still be damage.