Above: Kim Jong Un.
The main story that seems to be gripping the United States and much of the world today is North Korea's successful test of an ICBM (inter-continental ballistic missile) capable of reaching Alaska. Though the North probably will not preemptively strike the United States or elsewhere (the consequences of a United States retaliation would be catastrophic to North Korea, if not sheer suicide--this is something it seems Kim Jong Un will take into account give the fact that his priority seems to be the proliferation of his regime). However, this does seriously complicate how President Trump and the United States will deal with North Korea. An invasion of North Korea seems to be out of the question, as even though the North will probably not have the capability to mount a nuclear warhead on the missile for a few years, they have a massive artillery arsenal stationed just at the border with South Korea, certainly capable of attacking Seoul--which is just 30 miles south of the border. This situation is sure to continue to complicate in the upcoming weeks, months, and years.
In business, Japan and the European Union appear set to announce a major free trade agreement that would rival the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in scope. This move could be seen as a challenge to the United States' supremacy, and a rebuke of President Trump's isolationist policies when it comes to trade--especially at a time when certain United States industries seem to be slowing down.
Also in business, Qatar, perhaps because of a feud with its Arab neighbors, has vowed to ramp up production of liquefied natural gas by 30%--this move is predicted to cause a weakening of gas prices.
Over the weekend, President Trump came under some fire for his attacking tweets aimed at news anchor, Mika Brzezinski. Many are questioning whether somebody of the president's stature should be tweeting these sorts of things--they have been referred to as 'bullying' and 'rude.'
That's all for today. Have a great Wednesday! More than halfway there!