North Korea held perhaps the largest military parade ever in the hermit country’s history to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the ruling Workers’ party. The highly choreographed event marked thousands of troops goose stepping through the capital of Pyongyang, accompanied by tanks and other armored vehicles. The event started with an emotional speech delivered by the leader of the totalitarian state, Kim Jong Un, and ended with the unveiling of the country’s largest and newest intercontinental ballistic missile.
Instructors, click the link below to download this week’s lecture for use in your classroom. The deck contains a writing prompt and a debate question as well as other assessment questions.
“North Korea: What we know about the ‘massive’ new missile on parade”
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“South Korea concerned over North’s display of new weaponry”
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- Writing: What is the best way to achieve stability on the Korean peninsula? How should the international community go about getting North Korea to end its nuclear weapons program?
- Debate: Is it right for the U.S. and other nuclear countries to pressure North Korea to denuclearize?
- Poll: Should the U.S. and its allies use force to create regime change in North Korea?
- Short Answer: What would be the consequences if North Korea and the United States get into a military conflict?
Current events quiz:
1) All the following are true EXCEPT.
a. China is an ally of North Korea
b. North Korea has nuclear weapons
c. North Korea has less than a million active troops
d. More than 25 million people live in North Korea
2) North Korea has threatened all the following countries EXCEPT for?
c. United States
d. South Korea
3) Why did North Korea hold a military parade?
a. To send a message to China that it wants to reopen its border
b. To commemorate the anniversary of the Workers’ party
c. To celebrate the country’s thriving economy
d. To lift the spirts of South Korean’s who are dealing with COVID-19
4) Relations between the United States and North Korea have recently improved concerning nuclear talks. (T/F)
5) North Korea has missiles although it currently lacks nuclear weapons. (T/F)
6) North Korea has one of the largest militaries in the world. (T/F)
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