How To Deal With The Reality Of A Nuclear-Armed North Korea?

David Maxwell Comment:  “A veiled recommendation for the South to go nuclear.”
 
It has become clear that peace is nowhere close to being achieved on the Korean Peninsula. The denuclearization talks must continue, not because they can actually get North Korea to scrap its nuclear weapons, but to contain the situation. But South Korea must also come up with concrete measures to protect its 51 million citizens from a nuclear-armed North Korea. North Korea does not need to find a “new path.” South Korea does.

How to Deal with the Reality of a Nuclear-Armed N.Korea?

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un chaired an extraordinary meeting of the Workers Party Central Committee on Saturday where he vowed to boost the isolated country’s armaments to head for a “new path” — a change of tack from economic development to further nuclear arms buildup. But Kim never had any intention to scrap his nuclear weapons. Which dictator would, after so much money and time has been spent on it? During his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump last year, Kim as good as said that his idea of “denuclearization” is for the U.S. to withdraw its troops from the Korean Peninsula first before he scraps his nuclear weapons. Instead, he has since bolstered the range and effectiveness of his nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. It became evident during the Hanoi summit this year that the North only meant to scrap rusty old facilities in exchange for eased U.S. sanctions. Now that plan has hit a brick wall, he is simply showing his true face.

The Trump administration is mulling military options in the event of a North Korean provocation, according to U.S. media reports. But a full-scale war with a nuclear-armed state is out of the question. Trump has warned the North not to stymie his chances of re-election, which is all he is interested in, and if he eases some sanctions in exchange for North Korea freezing its nuclear weapons to win votes, the North will become a bona fide nuclear power. China and Russia rather hope this will happen.

It has become clear that peace is nowhere close to being achieved on the Korean Peninsula. The denuclearization talks must continue, not because they can actually get North Korea to scrap its nuclear weapons, but to contain the situation. But South Korea must also come up with concrete measures to protect its 51 million citizens from a nuclear-armed North Korea. North Korea does not need to find a “new path.” South Korea does.

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