Washington: Sanctions against North Korea have been tried and failed. Serious negotiations appear to be a flow of pipelines. And any military strike would almost certainly cause massive devastation and horrific civilian casualties. The options of the Trump administration go from bad to worse when Kim Jong-un’s military marches approach more and more the possibility of attacking the American continent with nuclear weapons. Just as US President Donald Trump seeks to demonstrate his global determination after the most powerful nuclear test in the North, his influence is still limited by the new tensions he fueled with South Korea, as well as continued opposition from China and Russia. Trump took the unusual step of highlighting the disagreements between the United States and its conventional ally, including the possibility of withdrawing from a trade agreement with South Korea to protest against trade imbalances. He also suggested to Twitter that the two countries lacked unanimity in North Korea, criticizing South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae-in, who was more accommodating in the north than “the appanage” of his government.
This is an inconvenient time for complaints to be made and on Monday, the two leaders sought to demonstrate that they were confronted with North Korea together and strongly. The White House said during a phone call with Moon, Trump gave its approval “in principle” to lift restrictions on South Korean missile shipments and approve sales of “billions of balances” in Korea from South. US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told the UN Security Council on Monday that the North Korean leader, where diplomats were called to the emergency session despite the Labor Day holidays in the USA . Haley called for exhaustion of “all diplomatic means to put an end to this crisis”. But for those who have tried and failed for more than a decade to solve it, there seem to be few of these means that have yet to be tried and judged again. What has changed is the sense of urgency and growing public opinion among national security analysts that it is time to abandon the “denuclearization” and accept North Korea in the club nuclear. The North said the test on Sunday, the sixth since 2006, was a hydrogen pump designed to be mounted on its new intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Due to the failure to allow Pyongyang weapons programs to progress, Trump’s options seem to vary from what was previously considered: the US military had for years a comprehensive set of contingency plans prepared for possible North Korean strikes to try to disrupt its nuclear program or discourage development. On Sunday, Trump sent defense secretary Jim Mattis to warn of a “massive military response if the North continues to threaten the United States,” while Trump has hinted a call to the Japanese leader that he could even deploying its own nuclear arsenal, military options have always been considered impracticable because of the horror that would occur if North Korea reacted – as might be expected – by striking South Korea. The Nordcoreans have massive military assets stored on the most fortified border in the world. The United States has about 28,000 troops in South Korea, and there are hundreds of thousands of US citizens in Seoul, the capital, with a population of 25 million in the metropolitan area. General Joseph Dunford, president of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that if the war broke out, there would be heavy civilian casualties in the first few days before the US could undermine North Korea’s ability to attack Seoul.
Trump said on Twitter that the United States was considering stopping any trade with a country doing business with North Korea. It would be a dramatic escalation of the long-standing US strategy of increasing economic pressure on North Korea by limiting its access to the funds needed for its armaments programs. But many countries do business with North Korea, especially with China. Reducing trade with China, not to mention the others, would devastate the US economy and would be incredibly difficult to impose. Countless American companies have closed or beat strong, eliminating jobs with them. At the end of trade, the United States has worked for years to express Pyongyang financially and encourage others to do the same, especially China.