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North Korea’s Cry for Attention?

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On Saturday, North Korea carried out a test of a ballistic missile, which can be a delivery vehicle for nuclear weapons. Even though the test failed, with the missile blowing up almost immediately, the U.S. and the rest of the world were alarmed by the actions of the rogue Communist nation and its young dictator, Kim Jong Un. In defiance of the United Nations, North Korea over the last decade has been developing nuclear weapons that could one day threaten the U.S. and allies such as South Korea and Japan. To pressure North Korea to halt its nuclear program, the U.S. has long imposed tough economic sanctions. But Kim continues to spend much of his nation’s scant resources on its military, even as many North Koreans face starvation. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have recently suggested that they may go beyond sanctions if North Korea continues to develop nuclear weapons.


  1. What does the wording on Kim Jong Un’s hat mean? What recent campaign slogan is the cartoonist referencing? 
  2. What’s happening in the background of the image, and how does Kim Jong Un seem to feel about it? 
  3. Why might Kim want the world to pay attention to him? Why might he want North Koreans to think their nation is making great preparations to battle foreign enemies?
  4. Do you think the U.S. should punish North Korea by continuing to impose sanctions or should it do something more aggressive? Explain.

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