The United States is hosting the Nuclear Security Summit 2016, a two-day event, in Washington, D.C. this week. The gathering is reportedly being attended by 50 world leaders in an effort to come to a global consensus on reducing nuclear threats around the world.
President Obama made a statement at this year’s Summit directly addressing North Korea’s constant bluster about its building a substantial arsenal of nuclear weapons and the desire to use such weapons, these threats are taken very seriously due to Kim Jong-un’s constant nuclear testing and missile launches.
China’s President Xi Jinping, one of the world leaders attending the Summit this week, showed a united front on addressing North Korea’s actions but differ on the method on how that should be accomplished. China feels negotiations would be a better option as it sees America’s plan of setting up a defense system in South Korea as a move that is possibly a long-range strategy to use such a system against China in the future.
In typical North Korean fashion, its response to the warnings and admonitions coming from the Summit was to fire missiles into the sea off its eastern coast and attempt to jam GPS signals in South Korea.
Meanwhile, there are neutral parties, the Swiss and Swedish, who keep a silent watch on the Demilitarized Zone who are committed to staying on guard unless dismantled by a peace treaty or called into action by war.