So NoKo Is Totally Going Loco and the U.S. Has Had Enough

The Background 

Tensions between North Korea and the U.S. are at an all-time high, thanks to the rogue nation launching (what was later confirmed to be) an intercontinental missile on Independence Day. The U.S. has threatened military action if necessary, but is first trying to play nice by going through the U.N. Security Council. Nikki Haley (a.k.a. the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations) addressed the council yesterday at an emergency meeting, and promised consequences if China didn’t back them up. National Post

What Else You Need to Know

Since North Korea relies on China for 90% of its trade, China’s the country that’s really holding the cards. While they obviously don’t want to make Kim Jong Un mad (they’re a heck of a lot closer to an insane man with nuclear weapons than the rest of us), they also have a responsibility to the the world. If China can use their powers of trade to get NoKo under control, we may just be able to avoid WWIII.

What’s Next?

Haley said the U.S. will work with China and other countries to try and manage the situation, but if that doesn’t work, the U.S. has no problem using its “considerable military forces to defend itself and its allies.” (P.S. We’re within the range of the intercontinental missile, too…so uh, thanks.)