Tensions continue to build on the Korean peninsula. Satellite imagery indicates that North Korea is preparing for a sixth nuclear test. Vice President Pence visited the demilitarized zone over the weekend during his Asian trip.
Anxiety over nuclear weapons is rising as President Trump deals with growing volatility on the Korean peninsula.
Trump’s past statements in support of a buildup of nuclear weapons, combined with North Korea’s increasingly bellicose rhetoric, have stoked fears about how the situation will unfold.
“I think there’s a cycle of concern and anxiety that comes when North Korea is conducting tests,” said Alexandra Bell, senior policy director at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. “But I do think there’s a little more concern now because this administration has a different approach to dealing with and talking about North Korea.”