North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has long been provoking the United States with threats of nuclear annihilation, prompting a swift rebuttal from U.S. President Donald Trump as well.
This has, of course raised the tensions between these two nation to absurd degrees over the course of the last year. Trump has promised to send “fire and fury” to the hermit kingdom during an exchange that had Kim Jong Un threatening to reduce the American continent to “darkness and ash” – rhetoric the likes of which few in America have ever witnessed between two nations.
As if to prove what a realistic threat that North Korea can now be, Hawaiians found themselves accidentally under the threat of nuclear annihilation this weekend when an alert was sent to citizens of the Aloha State that warned of an incoming ballistic missile. The alert was a false alarm, but the 38 minutes of absolute panic in Hawaii was not.
The incident, and the reaction to it, thoroughly vindicates the nation’s concern over the madness of Kim Jong Un, and the perception of the threat that he represents.
Now, the U.S. State Department is issuing one of the sternest warnings in its history regarding North Korea, leading many to believe that difficulties between the two opposing nations aren’t going to dissipate anytime soon.
“Americans can travel to North Korea, if they wish — but it may just be a death wish, the U.S. State Department cautioned.
“The State Department last week issued a stark warning to people setting out for the Hermit Kingdom, cautioning that anyone heading to the dangerous dictatorship should prepare for the possibility of not returning.
“’The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in North Korea as it does not have diplomatic or consular relations with North Korea,’ the State Department published Wednesday on its website.
“Those who wish to travel to North Korea must be approved for a special validation, which are handed out on ‘very limited circumstances.’ U.S. travelers given the approval to experience Kim Jong Un’s regime should then prepare for the worst — including drafting a will and making funeral and property arrangements with family and friends.”
This latest warning from the State Department was likely instigated, at least in part, by the death of American Otto Warmbier, who was imprisoned a North Korea concentration camp for removing a poster from the wall of a hotel. Warmbier fell into a coma within days of his sentence beginning, likely due to the abuse by the notoriously anti-American guards, and was returned to the United States a year later.
Upon his arrival to the U.S., Warmbier promptly perished from his injuries, but not before his parents made startling claims about the agitated and agonizing condition in which their son had been returned to them.