Week in Review (3rd – 7th July)

North Korea tested long-range missile

North Korea has tested a long-range missile that might have reached as far as Alaska experts believe. The launch was in defiance of a ban by the UN Security Council (UNSC). The US and South Korea have held a ballistic missile drill as an answer and declared that the armistice could be abandoned at any time. The allies wanted to demonstrate their strength through actions as well.

Furthermore, the US has asked for an urgent meeting of the UNSC and a meeting with the 15 members took place on Wednesday earlier this week. Washington said they will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea and called its actions a new escalation of the threat. Kim Kong-un declared North Korea to be a proud nuclear country.

A long-range missile is usually designed to carry a nuclear warhead. Its minimum range is 5,500km but most of them fly about 10,000km and more. Experts say it is yet unclear if North Korea is really able to miniaturise a nuclear warhead that would fit into a long-range missile. But it seems they are on their way to achieve just that and the missile test proved that US territory is now within North Korean cross-hairs.

long-range missile (lɒŋ- reɪnʤ ˈmɪsaɪl) – die Langstreckenrakete

to reach(ri:tʃ) – nach etw greifen, hier: etw erreichen

launch (lɔ:n(t)ʃ) – der Abschuss

defiance (dɪˈfaɪən(t)s) – etw/jdm zum Trotz

ballistic missile drill (bəˈlɪstɪk ˈmɪsaɪldrɪl) – die Raketengeschossübung

to declare (dɪˈkleəʳ) – etw verkünden, bekanntmachen

armistice (ˈɑ:mɪstɪs) – der Waffenstillstand

to abandon (əˈbændən) – etw verlassen, hier: etw aufgeben

strength (streŋ(k)θ) – die Stärke, die Kraft

urgent (ˈɜ:ʤənt) – wichtig, dringlich

member (ˈmembəʳ) – das Mitglied

escalation (ˌeskəˈleɪʃən) – die Steigerung

threat (θret) – die Bedrohung

proud (praʊd) – stolz sein

usually (ˈju:ʒəli) – nomalerweise, gewöhnlich

to carry (ˈkæri) – etw tragen

warhead (ˈwɔ:hed) – der Sprengkopf

to prove (pru:v) – etw beweisen

territory (ˈterɪtəri) – das Gebiet

cross-hairs (krɒs- heəʳ) – das Fadenkreuz

Trump´s vision for Europe

President Trump arrived in Europe for the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. His first stop was Poland where he was warmly greeted by Polish president Andrzej Duda who shares his hostile view of immigration and strong sense of national sovereignty. Trump will give a speech in Warsaw laying out his vision for America´s relation with Europe.

During his visit he promoted US gas as an alternative to Russian energy. Poland is trying to become less energy – dependent on Russia. Last month they received the first shipment of US liquefied natural gas. Furthermore, Trump reaffirmed his support for Eastern Europe. President Duda believes that Trump´s visit strengthened their position in the European Union. Poland is at odds with its fellow EU states over its governments wish to exert control over the courts and the media.

Security in Hamburg has been tightened as 10,000 people are expected to gather for protests. People are arriving by train since the beginning of this week. Police has already confiscated a number of homemade weapons. The Polish branch of Greenpeace also used the opportunity to protest against Trump´s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement.

summit (ˈsʌmɪt) – der Gipfel, das Gipfeltreffen

to greet (gri:t) – jdn begrüßen

to share (ʃeəʳ) – etw teilen

hostile (ˈhɒstaɪl) – feindselig

view (vju:) – die Sicht, hier: der Standpunkt

sense (sen(t)s) – der Verstand, der Sinn für etw

sovereignty (ˈsɒvrənti) – die Oberhoheit

speech (spi:tʃ) – die Rede, die Ansprache

visit (ˈvɪzɪt) – der Besuch

dependent (dɪˈpendənt) – abhängig sein

to receive (rɪˈsi:v) – etw erhalten, bekommen

liquefied natural gas (ˈlɪkwɪfaɪd ˈnætʃərəl gæs) – das Flüssigerdgas

to reaffirm (ˌri:əˈfɜ:m) – etw bestätigen, etw bekräftigen

support (səˈpɔ:t) – die Unterstützung

to strengthen (ˈstreŋ(k)θən) – etw kräftigen, etw verstärken

at odds (ɒd) – sich streiten, im Konflikt stehen

fellow (ˈfeləʊ) – der Kumpel, hier: die Mitglieder-Staaten

to exert (ɪgˈzɜ:t) – etw ausüben

to tighten (ˈtaɪtən) – etw anziehen, etw verstärken

to expect (ɪkˈspekt) – etw/jdn erwarten, mit etw rechnen

to gather (ˈgæðəʳ) – sich versammeln

to confiscate (ˈkɒnfɪskeɪt) – etw beschlagnahmen, etw einziehen

branch (brɑ:n(t)ʃ) – der Zweig, die Branche

opportunity (ˌɒpəˈtju:nəti) – die Gelegenheit

decision (dɪˈsɪʒən) – die Entscheidung, der Entschluss