The Conflict And Tensions Between North Korea And The Cuban Missile Crisis

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Over the past several years, North Korea has focused largely on military and nuclear weapon development, and this year they are beginning to test multiple types of nuclear missiles. In particular, they successfully tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile that accurately traveled 400 kilometers on April 23rd, 2016 (Cook, 1). Tensions between North Korea and the US continue to rise, and concerns about a potential conflict and contingency plans are understandably high. The U.S. has made sure to maintain “close coordination with [their] regional allies and partners” to discuss strategies and deal with this rising threat (Cook, 1). Looking back at history, many comparisons can be drawn from a particular event during the Cold War between the US and USSR. President John F. Kennedy’s oval office address during the Cuban Missile Crisis on October 22nd, 1962 also talks about the concerns of a potential attack and a plan of action in the event of said attack (Kennedy, 1).
The first source concerning North Korea’s missile testing is a CNN article that discusses the submarine missile success
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While this doctrine is not openly discussed today, a nuclear war against North Korea would most certainly result in massive casualties on both sides, and both countries are willing to use their full nuclear power to deter the enemy. In the throes of the Cold War and Cuban Missile Crisis, JFK expresses that America’s military is more than ready to retaliate in equal or greater fashion than Russia, and now in today’s case, it is North Korea. Currently, North Korea is only in the preliminary stages of creating missiles for transcontinental strikes, but by 2020 they “could have anywhere from 20 to 100 weapons capable of hitting its neighbors or even the United States” (Cook, 1). This brings up another similarity between the two events; the open display of military and nuclear

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