Look, I’m not going to lie, the majority of conversations I’ve had over the Easter long weekend has been talk of how fucked and scary the world is becoming.
After the Second World War, the threat of nuclear war has been one that has always remained as just that: a threat.
Over the last week, US President Donald Trump has been responsible for two missile strikes in the Middle East, Syria and Afghanistan.
In the same week, Trump gave China an ultimatum to deal with the threat of North Korea or the US would have to take care of it.
North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2017
The world collectively watched over the weekend as North Korea celebrated the 105th birthday of its founding father Kim Il-Sung.
The main concern was that the Hermit Kingdom would test a nuclear missile to prove it has the muscle to take on the world.
North Korea did test a missile, but luckily it wasn’t nuclear. Even more favourably, it failed miserably.
A South Korean defence official told CNN that the launch happened in Sinpo, a port city in eastern North Korea.
Apparently, this was the site of a ballistic missile test which took place earlier this month. It reportedly fell into the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea.
A White House foreign policy adviser said that initial reports seem to show that this most recent launch could have been a medium-range missile. However, US intelligence is still attempting to determine the exact kind.
North Korean Army showing off submarine missile. Credit: PA
US Pacific Command said that it tracked a missile launch at around 5:30pm ET.
US Navy Commander Dave Benham added that the missile blew up ‘almost immediately’, reports Reuters.
The South Korean defence ministry added: “North Korea attempted to test an unidentified type of missile from [its eastern port of] Sinpo,” they then said that the launch on Sunday had ‘failed’.
Since Trump publicly voiced his concerns about North Korea, the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson has been deployed to the region. He’s also sent a fleet of submarines which are apparently far more powerful than the carrier.
The US fleet. Credit: PA
But China and Russia aren’t having any of it and have decided to send their own fleets to pretty much spy on the US.
The Japan News says the ships are ‘strengthening warning and surveillance activities in the waters and airspace around the area’.
Beijing and Moscow have teamed up recently to help cool tensions between the US and North Korea, fearing they will be caught in the crossfire.
China’s Foreign Ministry has posted a statement on its website saying: “China is ready to coordinate closely with Russia to help cool down as soon as possible the situation on the peninsula and encourage the parties concerned to resume dialogue.”
Foreign Minister Wang Yi alarmed the world when he told reporters that conflict could literally break out ‘at any moment.’
The USS Carl Vinson is reportedly due to arrive on April 25, which awkwardly coincides with North Korea celebrating the 85th year since their army was created.