How Do We Resolve The North Korean Military Crisis?

How Do We Resolve The North Korean Military CrisisAt about the same time every year, North Korea runs low on food and fuel. They then threaten war against the surrounding countries. Everyone settles, attends consultations, provides assistance and then the crisis dies down. How could this year be any different?

‘Reckless streak’

For one, North Korea’s new leader, Kim Jong Un, has a limited experience in crisis management and this could lead quickly to fatal results. Add to that the fact that the country is now a nuclear weapons state that has successfully tested nuclear weapons, and you have a time bomb waiting to explode any time. And with Kim Jong Un’s reckless streak, this situation could quickly go out of control.

Before, the presence of U.S. troops on the Korean border has kept North Korea from attacking the south. But this time around, with a more advanced technology, a missile can be easily launched across the border. And we can only guess what would happen next.

‘Lose their cool’

It’s a good thing that the U.S. is taking NoKor’s threats seriously and has been making firm but calculated show of power that’s enough to reassure its South Korean and Japanese allies. But what should be taken in careful consideration is how China will participate in this situation.

If by any chance, South Korea and Japan lose their cool and decide to turn against North Korea and the latter collapses, millions of deprived citizens would rush across the border into China — a situation in which we know China will be reluctant to play nice.

If there is one crucial time for China and the U.S. to conduct a dialogue about handling the North Korean military crisis, now would be the perfect time. Still, we do not know how everything will turn out.

Do you think North Korea will carry out its threats of an attack against South Korea and its allies? Is Kim Jong Un bluffing?

Image: Herald Sun

Huge Asteroid Flies Harmlessly Past Earth

A newly discovered asteroid the size of a city block cruised past Earth well beyond the orbit of the moon Thursday night (June 14), providing a rare treat for scientists and telescope-equipped observers.

The 1,650-foot-wide (500-meter) near-Earth asteroid 2012 LZ1 came within 3.3 million miles (5.3 million kilometers) of our planet during its closest approach at 8 p.m. EDT Thursday (0000 GMT Friday). Since that’s about 14 times the distance between the Earth and the moon, the asteroid was never close enough to threaten Earth, or to be seen by most backyard skywatchers.

But folks who stayed inside could get a good look on their computers. The Slooh Space Camera, an online observatory website, streamed live views of 2012 LZ1’s flyby that were captured by a telescope in the Canary Islands, off the west coast of Africa.

The asteroid didn’t exactly streak off into deep space after sidling up next to us. It’s moving somewhat parallel to our planet at the moment, researchers said, meaning that large telescopes should still be able to track it for the next week or so.

Scientists are still taking 2012 LZ1’s measure, for the space rock was just discovered this week. Astronomer Rob McNaught and his colleagues detected the asteroid on the night of June 10 and 11 using a telescope at Siding Spring Observatory, in the Australian state of New South Wales. While 2012 LZ1’s size and proximity to Earth qualify it as a potentially hazardous asteroid, it doesn’t appear to pose much of a threat to our planet anytime soon.

Have you watched the near-Earth asteroid fly-by? Give us your comments and feedback below!

Source: Space

Image: Local 10