How War With North Korea Starts

War with North Korea may only be a tweet away.

Imagine that you’re a North Korean military commander. You have been taught from birth that the United States – which has thousands of troops just across the border – is an enemy just as intent on destroying your country today as it was when it was at war with your homeland 60 years ago. One day, you see a U.S. military plane outfitted to carry bombs approaching the borders of your country. You have a split-second to decide what to do, and you have orders to shoot if necessary. You recall persistent news coverage of the U.S. president’s repeated statements in which he has threatened to annihilate you and your country.

The above excerpt was originally published in U.S. News & World Report.