Enough is enough: The world puts North Korea on notice

Leaders worldwide are condemning North Korea’s latest round of testing of missiles and a nuclear device.

This year alone, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un regime has fired as many as 24 missiles. These actions are beyond provocative — they put countries and people at risk.

“North Korea’s relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them must be reversed,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said after North Korea’s November 28 missile test.

Graphic showing nuclear weapon yield estimates (State Dept./Julia Maruszewski)
(State Dept./Julia Maruszewski)

North Korea also has increased the power of its nuclear devices. When North Korea conducted its first nuclear test in 2006, the device was estimated to produce less than one kiloton, a unit of explosive power equivalent to 1,000 tons of TNT. North Korea’s most recent test, September 3, was estimated at more than 100 kilotons.

These provocations have raised objections from the international community. President Trump has called North Korea a “rogue nation” whose words and actions are “very hostile and dangerous.” See how the rest of the world describes North Korea’s recent missile launches and nuclear test:

Illustration of globe with world leaders' quotes around it (State Dept./Julia Maruszewski)
(State Dept./Julia Maruszewski)