Almost hourly these days our news stations are airing some story on North Korea…..and with each of these stories the calls for the US and its allies to do something gets louder.
But what to do is where this whole thing falls apart.
We have a wide array of suggestions….from “nuke ’em” to “be patient”
There are good solutions and really horrible ones…..
To understand the logic behind North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons requires some knowledge of its political origins and the state of its economy.
The international media is full of the new confrontation between the U.S. and the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea (‘DPRK’) in which the DPRK is continuing with its efforts to produce nuclear weapons and, simultaneously, build intercontinental ballistic missiles to deliver the nuclear warheads to targets which would include the continental U.S. Some progress has been made by the DPRK in the last ten years in the production of nuclear weapons; five underground tests have been conducted (two successfully). There has also been a gradual progress by the DPRK in building missiles which are increasing in payload and range. This program goes on and has precipitated an elevated response from the U.S. as the prime guarantor of peace in South Asia and in South Korea, its immediate neighbour and prime target.
Despite the rhetoric of diplomacy in the United Nations and efforts at diplomacy between the U.S. and China, the progress and determination of the DPRK goals has not diminished. The stationing of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) carrier strike group and the SSGN 727 Michigan, an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine loaded with nuclear missiles offshore Korea has had little apparent effect in dampening the DPRK determination to press ahead with the development and testing of its weapons and delivery systems.
There are no bad solutions with the exception of “nuke ’em” to this problem…..but all is reallyu needed is a think fest and a view of all possible solutions.
I believe we have people in place that can handle this situation….what we do NOT need is a knee jerk solution or one devised on Twitter.