Kim Jong-un, totalitarian leader of North Korea, recently detonated its most powerful nuclear bomb in a secret underground facility, claiming it could be mounted on a strategic ballistic missile to target enemies around the world.

The head of the International Atomic Energy said the test was a clear violation of many UN Security Council resolutions and in disregard of repeated demands of the international community. The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization said it was another breach of the accepted norm against nuclear testing respected by 183 countries since 1996.

Dr. John Nilsson-Wright, senior lecturer on Asian international relations at Cambridge University, had believed North Korea was still two to three years from miniaturizing a nuclear weapon to be carried on a long range missile, but the latest nuclear bomb test by North Korea's leader, and his threatening rhetoric about reducing Seoul and Washington to a "heap of ashes," showed Nilsson-Wright that North Korea's commitment to develop nuclear capabilities was as strong as ever and a cause for world alarm.

Our President Donald Trump' bombastic words about North Korea being destroyed by the greatest concentration of "fire and fury" the world had ever seen if Kim Jong-un should strike the U.S. with nuclear weapons did not and will not improve the dangerous situation in the Far East.

Many people in today's world apparently do not have fear of a nuclear confrontation between nations. There have been only two cities (Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan) bombed with nuclear weapons during World War II on Aug. 6 and Aug. 9, 1945.

John Hersey wrote his book entitled "Hiroshima" based on Japanese who survived the nearly incomprehensible carnage delivered by an American B-29 that day. Having read Hersey's book all those years ago, I hope and pray that nuclear war will never take place anywhere.

Harold Hopp, Mason City


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