North Korea Drills Show Increasing Tensions with United States

Shane Bassett, Ranger Review Editor

The tensions between the United States and the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) a.k.a. North Korea, continue to grow as North Korea build their nuclear program and work to grow their nuclear arsenal. Now according to NK News, North Korea with their citizens in small towns outside of the capital Pyongyang conducted exercises to help protect their citizens in case of an attack.


The drills that were conducted by the government and small towns were blackout drills. They require citizens stay indoors, and reduce as much lighting as possible. The purpose is to decrease the chance of being spotted by the enemy; particularly by an enemy aircraft.


“I feel like that is a very old tactic that was used all the back in the second World War. I guess that’s a bit of a smart plan,” said Malloy.


“Say you’re playing Chess and the other player is better than you. You’re going to anticipate their move. Say for once you do something crazy or stupid, you’re gonna throw them off. That’s what North Korea is doing. They’re trying to throw us off so we can’t predict what they’re going to do,,” said Holden Nitchals, also a Lewis-Palmer High School sophomore.


Some, including the US Defense Secretary James Mattis, say that this is a result of the already increasing nuclear threats from the DPRK as North korea has realized how dire the situation is. They are getting ready to prepare themselves for the worst.


The Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, has pointed a finger at North Korea accusing them of illegal and unnecessary missile and nuclear testing. He also goes on to say that any attack or threat from North Korea will be defeated and does not see the regime as a nuclear power of any sort.


“I really feel like it’s their fault for testing all these missiles and doing a nuclear program when we’ve specifically stated that we do not want any more nuclear states in the current country roster,” said Mack Walker, a Lewis-Palmer Sophomore, “they are already countries with large nuclear arsenals and nuclear weapons are just in general horrible weapons and any country that has it is essentially immune to any form of diplomatic use other than war.”

“I think that the relations between North Korea and the US gets to this height where it can’t get any higher unless it goes out to full out war. I feel all he wants is resources and I think it can get worse but not super worse because Trump will have to respond,” says Matthew Malloy 10.