The Reading / Listening - North Korea - Level 2

The Vice President of the USA, Mike Pence, has said US-North Korea relations have changed. Mr Pence said that the USA has been very patient with North Korea for many years. It tried talking to end North Korea's nuclear weapons testing. However, President Donald Trump promised he would stop North Korea developing nuclear weapons. He said: "Since 1992, the US and our allies have stood together for a denuclearized Korean Peninsula. We hope to achieve this objective through peaceable means. But all options are on the table." One of these options is to attack North Korea's missiles.



Mr Pence's warning came the day after North Korea tested another missile. Pence said North Korea's missile testing is a danger to the USA because soon, North Korea will have missiles that can reach America. North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister said his country would continue to test missiles. He said: "We'll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis." He added that an "all-out war" would happen if the US took military action. North Korea's ambassador to the UN said the US was "disturbing global peace and stability" and was using "gangster-like logic" in its foreign policy.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    North Korea - Level 0 North Korea - Level 1   or  North Korea - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/04/17/524316419/pence-tells-north-korea-the-era-of-strategic-patience-is-over
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39623882
  • http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2017/04/356_227711.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. US-North Korea relations have
  2. the USA has been very patient
  3. Donald Trump promised he would
  4. developing nuclear
  5. the US and our
  6. achieve this objective through
  7. all options are on
  8. One of these options
  1. peaceable means
  2. weapons
  3. is to attack
  4. allies
  5. the table
  6. changed
  7. stop North Korea
  8. with North Korea

Paragraph 2

  1. Mr Pence's warning came
  2. North Korea tested another
  3. on a weekly, monthly and
  4. an all-out
  5. f the US took military
  6. North Korea's ambassador
  7. gangster-
  8. foreign
  1. to the UN
  2. like logic
  3. policy
  4. yearly basis
  5. the day after
  6. war would happen
  7. missile
  8. action

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Vice President of the USA, Mike Pence, has said US-North Korea (1) ___________________ changed. Mr Pence said that the USA has been (2) ___________________ North Korea for many years. It tried talking to end North Korea's nuclear (3) ___________________. However, President Donald Trump promised he would stop North Korea developing nuclear weapons. He said: "Since 1992, the US (4) ___________________ have stood together for a denuclearized Korean Peninsula. We hope to achieve (5) ___________________ peaceable means. But all options are on the table." One of these options (6) ___________________ North Korea's missiles.

Mr Pence's warning came (7) ___________________ North Korea tested another missile. Pence said North Korea's missile (8) ___________________ danger to the USA because soon, North Korea will have missiles that (9) ___________________ America. North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister said his country would continue to test missiles. He said: "We'll be (10) ___________________ missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis." He added that an "(11) ___________________" would happen if the US took military action. North Korea's ambassador to the UN said the US was "disturbing global (12) ___________________" and was using "gangster-like logic" in its foreign policy.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheVicePresidentoftheUSA,MikePence,hassaidUS-NorthKorearelat
ionshavechanged.MrPencesaidthattheUSAhasbeenverypatientwith
NorthKoreaformanyyears.IttriedtalkingtoendNorthKorea'snuclearw
eaponstesting.However,PresidentDonaldTrumppromisedhewouldst
opNorthKoreadevelopingnuclearweapons.Hesaid:"Since1992,theU
SandourallieshavestoodtogetherforadenuclearizedKoreanPeninsula
.Wehopetoachievethisobjectivethroughpeaceablemeans.Butallopti
onsareonthetable."OneoftheseoptionsistoattackNorthKorea'smissil
es.MrPence'swarningcamethedayafterNorthKoreatestedanothermi
ssile.PencesaidNorthKorea'smissiletestingisadangertotheUSAbeca
usesoon,NorthKoreawillhavemissilesthatcanreachAmerica.NorthKo
rea'sViceForeignMinistersaidhiscountrywouldcontinuetotestmissile
s.Hesaid:"We'llbeconductingmoremissiletestsonaweekly,monthly
ndyearlybasis."Headdedthatan"all-outwar"wouldhappeniftheUStoo
kmilitaryaction.NorthKorea'sambassadortotheUNsaidtheUSwas"dis
turbingglobalpeaceandstability"andwasusing"gangster-likelogic"in
itsforeignpolicy.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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