October 22, 2020

Why U.S. military action against North Korea is not imminent

Despite the rhetoric, a pre-emptive strike on Pyongyang remains unlikely anytime soon

In recent days, mass media have been reporting a so-called North Korea crisis, with some media and pundits warning of “imminent war” or even “nuclear war.”

Some media outlets sent reporters to Guam to cover North Korea’s “threat to launch a ballistic missile attack” in the waters surrounding the U.S. territory. The hysteria escalated in the shadow of Donald Trump’s outbursts on Twitter and his verbal comments aired through broadcast and print media. Some pundits described the situation as the most dangerous and volatile since the Cuban missile crisis.