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The US Must React Strongly To North Korea's Missile Test

| by Shani Shahmoon

North Korea has gone under the United States' radar for far too long; this administration must take action.

Nearly 20 ballistic missiles were fired from North Korea in 2016, according to the United Nations, and despite the sanctions put on the unruly country, nothing has stopped them from continuing.

On March 6, while Americans were just starting their day, our allies surrounding North Korea were repeatedly provoked by North Korea firing missiles, which landed as close as 186 miles from Japan's shores, according to LiveMint.com.

While former President Barack Obama's administration failed to hold back North Korea, President Donald Trump's administration needs to actually follow up on their hardline promises.

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Thae Yong-ho, the former North Korean deputy ambassador in London, told The Independent in an interview that the Kim Jong-un regime plans to complete its nuclear weapons program by the end of 2017.

Americans are clouded by their privilege of relatively mild neighbors, so it's easy to forget the promises our government made to support countries that are in hostile locations and protecting us from the most violent regimes overseas -- who are no longer shooting guns and throwing grenades, but rather equipping themselves with nuclear weapons that could reach the United States. All that needs be done is the pressing of a button.

The U.S. has formed essential alliances with South Korean and Japan for multiple reasons -- and Kim, the supreme leader of North Korea, is one of them.

South Korea and the U.S. are in the process of implementing The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD) which, when placed in a key spot of South Korea, will intercept rockets fired in the region, according to Bloomberg.

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While THAAD may protect people, it does not change the fact that the Kim regime will continue to come up with new ways to threaten America and its allies.

While Trump hasn't formally outlined a plan to deal with North Korea, he has gone to Twitter (don't hold your breath) to attempt to address American fears.

"North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won't happen!" Trump posted.

Americans are eagerly waiting for the administration to actually do something, though.

Clearly, economic sanctions pose no burden, as they have been in place since July, according to the Business Insider timeline.

The Trump administration has to go beyond cyber-bullying and economic barriers to deal with this enemy.

It has never just been about protecting our allies (though we should consider the high importance of our relationships with South Korea and Japan for reasons beyond security). It is very clearly, and now more than ever, about our government taking precaution to protect Americans.

Wouldn't that be "great," Mr. Trump?

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Sources: The Independent, Bloomberg, LiveMint.com, Business Insider, Donald J. Trump/Twitter / Photo credit: CNN

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