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Backed Into A Corner? North Korea Threatens US Safety

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Backed Into A Corner? North Korea Threatens US Safety

There are no good options in dealing with North Korea. The rogue government just reported that they have successfully launched a missile which could hit “anywhere in the world.” Adam Mount, the senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, said, ”It’s a major threshold … a really difficult question will be whether Donald Trump feels like he’s (been) backed into a corner and doesn’t have options short of war,” he said. “I think what we’ll have to grapple with in Washington is that none of our tactics or our levers mean the same thing anymore,” Mount added.
The North Korean state television announced on July 4th that it had successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) for the first time. This has been seen for a long time as a red line for the already tense bilateral relations with other governments.
Euan Graham, director of the International Security Program at Sydney’s Lowy Institute said this development is a foreign policy failure for the United States, going as far back as the Clinton administration. “It’s a failure that goes beyond any one (US) administration,” he said. “An ICBM actually takes the threat (of North Korea) right to the US homeland … that’s the dangerous dynamic that will be a driver for how the US responds,” Graham said.
North Korea has repeatedly threatened that they would attack the United States with a nuclear weapon. And for months, it has been suspected that an ICBM test was imminent. Before Trump took office, he tweeted that North Korea would not be allowed to create a weapon capable of reaching the US. “North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the US. It won’t happen!” he said at the time. Now, it seems impossible to stop North Korea from crossing the nuclear threshold.
Euan Graham said, “The inevitable end point will be that we do live with a nuclear North Korea with long-range missiles in some form and it is only a matter of time until that bitter pill is swallowed in Washington,” he said. “(Either way) we’ve got no doubt a rocky road for the remainder of this year.” Graham continued regarding how China has impacted the scenario, “I think it’s now impossible for the Chinese to argue that they are positively restraining Kim Jong Un. If he has got to the threshold of an ICBM test and claimed that, then it shows he is not threatened by Chinese reactions or any further UN sanctions,” Graham said. “It’s a poke in the eye for China.”
War with North Korea would be devasting, sanctions don’t seem to impact them, and China doesn’t seem to have much influence either. The options are not good for the future.
What do you think our response to North Korea should be?

Credit: CNN

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