18 Cartoons That Perfectly Sum Up Our Current Rift With North Korea

Erika Haas
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Posted: Aug 19, 2017 9:20 AM
18 Cartoons That Perfectly Sum Up Our Current Rift With North Korea

The past two weeks have been rather, well, tense as the United States and North Korea amped up the threats against one another, pushing and pushing until someone back down.

The showdown began when the U.N. Security Council unanimously voted to impose new sanctions - drafted by the U.S. - on the rogue regime.

The next day, Pyongyang vowed “thousands-fold” revenge against America. The threat was laughable…until the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency discovered North Korea’s new military capabilities.

President Trump responded to the news by issuing a threat of his own - for which he was widely criticized - against the rogue regime.

“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen,” he warned. "[North Korean President Kim Jung Un] has been threatening beyond any normal state. They will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which the world has never seen."

Shortly after, it was revealed that the Kim regime was considering an attack on Guam, a Pacific island, which also happens house a U.S. anti-missile system.

Guam didn’t seem all that worried, but President Trump was quick to double down on his earlier threats, adding that his original statement “wasn’t tough enough.”

This pushed North Korea to say that it considers the U.S. to be “no more than a lump which we can beat to a jelly any time.” Okay, Kim.

The following morning, Trump made it known that our military was “locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely.” 

Pyongyang must've finally got the message because the regime backed off its threat of firing missiles at Guam soon after. Trump called the move “wise.”

Now that you’re caught up to speed, enjoy these new cartoons - in addition to some oldies but goodies from earlier this year - that perfectly capture our ongoing rift with North Korea.

Thanks, Obama.

by Glenn McCoy 8/11/2017

Anyone got a fly swatter we can borrow?

by Tom Stiglich 8/10/2017

The U.N. can’t really ignore this one, now can they?

by Robert Ariail 8/09/2017

What we all picture when North Korea threatens revenge “thousands-fold."

by Steve Breen 8/09/2017

This seems much more fitting.

by Jerry Holbert 8/10/2017

Is this what we've come to?

by Chip Bok 8/11/ 2017

We all know how this story ends.

by Jerry Holbert 8/11/2017

Someone's mother should have taught him never to play with fire.

by Lisa Benson 8/08/2017

Perhaps the Left should direct their outrage elsewhere.

by Michael Ramirez 8/09/2017

That’s not quite how the game works, Kim.

by Gary Varvel 8/16/2017

And yet Democrats are still complaining that Trump took things too far with his “fire and fury” threat.

by Lisa Benson 8/15/2017

***The original version of this story ran on April 28th and has since been updated to include recent news and current cartoons. You can read the original post below***

Tensions are swiftly rising between the United States and North Korea; and unlike the previous administration, Trump isn't willing to put up with the rogue state’s antics. 

This week, senators gathered at the White House to discuss North Korea and how the U.S. plans to handle this “urgent national security threat.” The rogue regime may soon join the ranks of Iran, Syria and Sudan on the state sponsors of terrorism list. 

While the United States has issued several warnings to Pyongyang, it seems Kim Jung-Un is intent on testing the new administration’s limits. 

Earlier this month, North Korea announced it will begin conducting missile tests on a weekly basis, threatened to sink the USS Carl Vinson, and detained another U.S. citizen. The country also attempted yet another display of military strength and conducted its “largest ever” live-fire exercise this week, launching rockets and torpedoes at mock enemy warships. On Thursday, a North Korean website also released a propaganda video of a massive simulated attack on the U.S. 

Various members of the Trump administration have said they would like to solve things diplomatically. However, Trump acknowledged that there is still a strong chance that the U.S. will end up in a “major, major conflict” with the regime. 

While we wait to see what the White House’s next move will be, here are seven cartoons that expertly capture our current rift with North Korea. 

Those test launches seem to be going well…

by Henry Payne 4/20/2017

You sure about that one?

by Gary Varvel 4/19/2017

Nice try.

by Nate Beeler 4/18/2017

I think we know who has the winning hand here.

by Robert Ariail 4/18/2017

Sooner or later they’re going to get stung.

by Lisa Benson 4/18/2017

“Urgent threat,” huh?

by Glenn McCoy 4/17/2017

Yikes.

by Jerry Holbert 4/25/2017