“If it [the U.S.] wants to sleep in peace for the coming four years, it had better refrain from causing a stink at its first step.”
The U.S. and South Korea are holding military exercises in the region.
- These drills happen periodically and can stoke tension with North Korea, which views these drills as provocative.
- Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Tony Blinken are on an overseas trip to Asia, visiting Japan and South Korea.
- Sec. Blinken revealed that the U.S. has reached out to North Korea but has yet to hear a response.
Why It Matters: The U.S. designated North Korea a state sponsor of terror – one of only a handful of countries with that designation, including Iran, Sudan, Syria and Cuba – for supporting terrorist activity around the world. The nuclear nation has threatened America and remains isolated from nearly the entire world.
by Jenna Lee,