On Sunday, February 8th, North Korea launched a satellite into orbit. Though North Korea claims the launch was for scientific and "peaceful purposes," many nations view it as a "front to test a ballistic missile,” particularly after reports the country may have performed a hydrogen bomb test last month. The UN Security Council was quick to “strongly condemn” the launch as a reminder that “a clear threat to international peace and security continues to exist, especially in the context of the nuclear test."
In South Korea, tensions have become acutely high, with warning shots fired Monday morning after a North Korean patrol boat crossed the maritime border between North and South Korea. South Korea has also begun talks with the U.S. to put in place Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), a defense system which can intercept missiles while they are in flight.