The rhetoric of North Korea is heating up as they are now making direct threats to the United States regarding the use of nuclear weapons.
On Thursday North Korea threatened the United States saying they would continue to test and develop weapons with the goal of being able to attack American territory.
According to the New York Times, on Friday North Korea threatened South Korea stating that their neighbor to the south could suffer “physical countermeasures” for enforcement of any international sanctions that attempted to stop its nuclear weapons activities.
The threat of North Korea has given the United States and China a common goal. According to the USA Today, U.S. envoy for North Korea Glyn Davies and senior Chinese officials held talks in Beijing on Friday.
Davies told reporters, "We reached strong consensus that a nuclear test will be troubling and will set back efforts to de-nuclearize the Korean Peninsula. De-nuclearization is a necessary precondition to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula."
Cold War fears revisited
The possibility of a nuclear weapons powered North Korea stirs up global fears of nuclear war that last existed during the Cold War.
The Cold War, the period from the end of World War II to the early 1990s was a time of tension between the nuclear super powers of the United States and the Soviet Union. With the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 the era known as the Cold War came to an end.
Long before the United States used the phrase homeland security there was a concerned effort to prepare Americans for nuclear military attack known as The United States Office of Civil Defense.
Cold War civil defense efforts promoted by the U.S. government to educate the public included the memorable "Duck and Cover" cartoon that taught children what to do during a nuclear attack. United States Office of Civil Defense literature such as Survival Under Atomic Attack was common during the Cold War Era.
For many people who consider themselves survivalists and preppers preparing for a nuclear attack is not something that ended with the cold war.
We will be following the actions of North Korea in the months ahead, as well as exploring a bit of the history of the United States Office of Civil Defense. Follow us on the social media links below.