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The past few weeks has seen rapid degradation of the U.S relations between countries like Russia and North Korea.

The first major event happened on April 7th, when President Trump ordered U.S battleships to launch 59 Tomahawk Cruise Missiles to strike the Shayrat airbase in Syria. This was the first time that the U.S has ever directly attacked the Syrian government, known as the Assad regime.

As one of Assad’s few allies, Russia released a statement saying the strike was a “an act of aggression against a sovereign country violating the norms of international law under a trumped-up pretext”. They then also stated that it “substantially impaired” Russian / U.S relations.

Later in the day, a Russian warship was spotted heading in the direction of the U.S fleet near the Middle East, but it later turned back. Other than the warship incident, no physical retaliation has happened from Syria or any of their allies.

The other main concern among the global community is North Korea. The country recently showed off two of its new intercontinental missiles that they claim can reach the United States.

North Korea also recently tested some of its new long range icbm missiles, but according to South Korean intelligence, the tests seem to have failed.

On May 7th, the North Korean government detained a professor from the United States. They took him on suspicion of “Hostile Acts”, but the North Korean officials did not release any other specific details on the professor’s crimes.

This is not the first time this has happened either. Three other United States citizens have been detained in North Korea under similar suspicions.

Although President Trump stated he would meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un under “the correct circumstances”, he also refuses to rule out military actions against the country.

The United States and North Korea never truly ended the war on the peninsula. In July of 1959 a, what was suppose to be temporary, ceasefire was signed to allow for an easier decision to peace in the region. Unfortunately to this day, nearly 64 years later, no peace negotiations have ever taken place.

This means that if the U.S president so chooses, the war could begin again without congressional approval. It has become part of the North Korean doctrine, that because only a ceasefire was signed,  they are still at war with the United States.

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