New developments between old rivals highlight today's edition of CNN 10. Those rivals are North Korea and the United States. They fought on opposite sides of the Korean War in the early 1950s' and though that fighting stopped in 1953, the U.S. has remained an ally of South Korea and an enemy of North Korea.
Usually, when the U.S. has a new president like it does now, North Korea tries to test the American administration. It might launch a new missile into the sea. It might announce new developments in its nuclear weapons program. The communist Asian countryseesthat programasits right. The U.S. and several other members of the United Nationsseethat programasillegal.
They've put sanctions, penalties, on North Korea's economy to pressure it to give up its nuclear program. American presidential administrations have alsospoken out againstNorth Korea. They've tried to further isolate the communist country. They've tried direct diplomacy with it.
Butso farnothing has stopped North Korea's nuclear program. And now new satellite images show the country has been making moves around the facility that America believe is used to store nuclear weapons. Experts say it looks like a new building has appeared at the facility right at the spot where two underground tunnels lead to it. Researchers believe North Korea might be trying to hide its growing stockpile of weapons.
So how does this impact the U.S. government? It hasn't announced its policy on North Korea yet. Sources say the Biden Administration will do that when it's finished a review on what's going on with the communist country. But like his predecessors, President Joe Biden ultimately wants North Korea togive upits nuclear program.
He says that program is a serious threat to international peace. And critics say that if the president doesn't announce his policy and strategies soon, North Korea could start taking actions that make the situation more complicated and disarmament less likely. So there's some pressure on the U.S. government to address North Korea sooner rather than later.