I think its just all a scare tatctic to get other countries not to attack them kinda of how like the Cold War was.
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I think it's very unlikely in the near future HOWEVER that doesn't mean it's impossible. There's always a certain amount of risk we have to live with. Personally, I'm actually much more worried about large super powers and their nuclear arsenals (the US or Russia mostly) than about countries like North Korea. Also, many people have no idea how incredibly close we have been to a nuclear war already several times in the past. For example back in the early 80s, a computer at a Russian nuclear radar and observation station gave out a false alarm in the middle of the night. There was only one officer on duty because the boss had already gone to sleep. According to the officer, America had just launched several long-distance nuclear missiles that would hit Moscow and St. Petersburg in about 20-25 minutes. The officer knew the protocol: he had been trained to react to such an attack by immediately launch a nuclear counterstrike and contact the Kreml after that. He first tried to reach his boss by phone but his boss didn't pick up. Imagine being in that kinda situation. Imagine the pressure on your shoulder. Literally the whole world is counting on you not to do something wrong and you only get 1 or 2 minutes to think about the decision. While seeing the American missiles coming closer and closer, the officer finally decided to commit refusal to obey orders (which of course was a huge crime, especially in a political system such as the Soviet Union) and he chose to ignore the missiles because he believed it was a computer bug. After pushing the button to ignore the missiles rather than launch a counterstrike, the computer was quiet for about 2 minutes, only to let the sirens go off again and show American missiles now even closer to Russia. Most people would have believed it at this moment and finally launched a counterstrike. But in an act of great bravery, the officer decided for a second time that it must be a computer bug. It later turned out that indeed, it had been a computer bug and his boss told him that he himself would have immediately launched a nuclear counterstrike without even thinking about the possibility that it could only be a false alarm.
That night, billions of people around the world were quietly sleeping in their beds or going about their daily business and they didn't even know how freaking lucky we all were just because of that one guy in a Soviet control station who decided against launching a counterstrike.1