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Sep 16, 2017 09:14 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

US ponders for a solution as North Korea crisis worsens

The US is now looking for a way to find a solution for the situation in the Korean peninsula, and a conventional military option seems highly impossible

US ponders for a solution as North Korea crisis worsens
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un

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The US finds itself in a tough situation as it scrambles to find a proper response to the North Korean threat. The hermit nation’s continuous missile tests along with its nuclear program are placing Washington in a real spot of bother.

North Korea missile test last week was the second time that the country had sent its missiles flying over the Japanese territory. More alarmingly for the US, the missile which flew approximately 3700 km proved that the US territory of Guam is within its range.

The advancement in missile capabilities comes at a time when Pyongyang has beefed up its nuclear arsenal. The country had successfully tested a Hydrogen bomb earlier this month which is far more powerful than atomic bombs.

The US is now looking for a way to find a solution for the situation in the Korean peninsula, and a conventional military option seems highly impossible.

According to retired Col. Richard Klass Klass who was quoted in a report from The Hill, "Kim Jong-un knows we’re not going to launch a conventional attack, and unless we can do a blockade and get the Russians and Chinese to agree to it, I don’t think he’s going to stop doing what he’s doing.”

This would mean a much lighter economic sanction than the one US envisages. Neither Russia nor China is likely to accept any tough sanctions against Pyongyang, particularly the blockade of oil supplies.

The other option i.e. to put pressure on China on all fronts may further worsen the situation. Harry Kazianis, director of defense studies at the Center for the National Interest in US told The Hill that this would mean ‘sanctioning Chinese banks and could also include stepping up so-called freedom of navigation patrols in the South China Sea and arming the Taiwanese.’ Thus leading to a new cold war.

Ultimately the only possible solution, according to many is to accept the nuclear capacity of Pyongyang and live with it. “What I think we can do is mitigate and shrink how big that program has to be. We can shrink it to 50 ICBMs, rather than 200 ICBMs. I’d rather live with a North Korea with 50 ICBMs than 200. It’s the difference between millions of lives or hundreds of millions," said Kazianis.
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