By Marchelle Miller
With the potential attack from North Korea, U.S. citizens have the fear ingrained in the back of their minds that North Korea could attack the United States or its territories at anytime. Kansas City being the literal and figurative heart of America we could possibly be a potential target for an attack.
An Intercontinental Ballistic Missile is a missile that can travel at an estimated 3,400 miles to potentially attack other countries and can be equipped to fit a modified nuclear warhead. North Korea has had 15 tests this year with each missile going farther than the last. North Korea has boasted about their missile program and their increasing ability to “…reduce the U.S. mainland to ashes and darkness,” according to North Korea’s official news agency KNCA.
The last missile North Korea tested on Sept. 15 was six times more powerful than the bomb the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima. The U.S. and other countries including China, Russia and formed sanctions against North Korea on oil imports, textile exports and ending additional overseas labor contracts, suppressing smuggling efforts, and stopping joint ventures with other region. According to CNN, in a foreign ministry statement, North Korea said that increasing the sanctions and pressure would only accelerate their missile program.
Some of the students at Ruskin High School genuinely fear for the safety of Kansas city and their own lives.
“I feel that North Korea is a major threat to the U.S.,” senior Brittney McBride said. “If there was a bombing I feel that we wouldn’t be prepared to fight back.”
Students are concerned with North Korea’s power and harsh words by both presidents.
“I’m scared that we’re going to die,” senior Diamond Taylor said. “We are going to die because of Trumps wrong decisions and words to provoke Kim Jong Un.”
Other students have a sense of safety from our American military’s and aren’t afraid of what North Korea has planned.
“I feel that if North Korea attacked we would destroy them real quick,” senior Ikenna Enechukwu said. “They wouldn’t stand a chance.”
Teachers at Ruskin have a different outlook on North Korea.
“If they try to do anything they’ll be wiped off the face of the Earth,” history teacher Kevin Utterback said.
Stating there isn’t anything to really worry about even if North Korea does try something there would be total and complete backlash from the U.S. and it’s citizens.
“North Korea is a dangerous situation. Their national leader is insane and they have nuclear weapons. Any conflict on the Korean Peninsula would undoubtedly go nuclear and result in the destruction of Seoul, which would have world economic consequences,” history teacher William O’Brien said. “No one will invade America because the invaders wouldn’t just have to fight the American military, they’d have to fight the American people….and we have guns.”
At a recent UN meeting, Sept. 22, Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho made a statement about President Donald Trump after his blatant disrespect towards North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un.
“None other than Trump himself is on a suicide mission. In case innocent lives of the US are harmed because of this suicide attack, Trump will be held totally responsible.”
There are a lot of mixed emotions about North Korea and their power. One thing can be for certain, North Korea will shoot a ICBM somewhere whether it is South Korea or the United States and no one knows exactly when.