North Korea Is reacting

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From the past few months, United States is both willing to act with military combat and political diplomacy with North Korea.

President Trump is paranoid about stockpiles of nuclear weapons which North Korea possesses and wants their immediate removal. It is because Kim Jong - Un has increased missile testing since he took over the country in 2011. That’s why a military strike has already been discussed in the White House.

Americans think that North Korea is not a regional problem anymore, but an international problem. Fox News poll cites North Korea a bigger threat to United States than ISIS and believe that it is the US military that can stop North Korea’s nuclear program and diplomacy will not yield any productive measures.

Infact, United States has already sent a nuclear armoured submarine to the region to boost its military strength. It is working for harsher sanctions against the communist country. Japan also has entered in a military alliance with US and has sent its warships to join the drills.

Americans have had a history of hate relationships with major communist countries of the world. Under a mutual defense treaty signed with South Korea in 1953, about 28,000 US troops are already deployed near the region and warplanes rotate the sky on regular deployments.

In 1994, North Korea and US agreed to a framework where North Korea was to freeze its nuclear development capabilities in return for economic concessions. In 2005, both countries agreed to respect each other’s sovereignty and exist peacefully to normalise relations. But the times clearly have changed.

North Koreans have dodged imposed UN sanctions since their first nuclear test until now. With the help of foreign investments, they are progressing with their nuclear programme.

In this serious situation to seek defensive measures, United States has installed THAAD anti ballistic missile system at South Korean sites, which North Koreans, Russians and Chinese believe as a serious security threat in the region. ASEAN nations are also expressing a grave concern over the recent developments.

United States has also piled up pressure in the recently convened UN Security Council meeting. They are also requesting foreign governments closer to diplomatic missions in Pyongyang to work for decommissioning North Korean nukes.

United States leaders are accusing China for doing nothing on the issue, although, China wants an end to North Korea’s nuclear programme. Chinese leaders claim that they have worked very hard to bring both parties on the table. Russia too wants a constructive dialogue between the two countries.

China, which is an ally of both countries involved in political tension, can act as a pacifier, but a highly complex situation has evolved. Many intelligence agencies, contrarily, accuse that Chinese politicians are acting like mute spectators on issues where Chinese truck companies are assisting North Korean state for launching missiles. Also, some Chinese companies have been accused of helping North Korea to extract radioactive substances necessary for development of nuclear weapons. Therefore, new controversies are emerging.

Pyongyang is spending highly on military research and development. Lot of military hardware has been boosted on military parades, which make missile launches from ground launchers and submarines harder to detect. Testing and missile development has increased twenty-fold, highly indicating the aggressive stances of North Korean regime.

James Martin Centre For Non Proliferation Studies cites that four Korean missiles have been already successfully tested, capable to fly upto 3500 kms (some estimates suggest upto 4000kms). Other two other missiles are in development that can reach upto 11,500 kms. (Possibly into mainland United States). The tested weapons can carry conventional, biological and chemical warheads and are likely capable of reaching West Coast area of the United States.

North Korea prefers to be in retaliation. Although a tiny peninsula in area, it boosts one of the world’s largest militaries, a hardcore communist approach and fervent nationalism. It has recently been releasing massive missile exercises, probably 300 to 400 artillery drills, on its state media. The country warns of an all out war with the United States and doesn’t fear its military advances.

Many geologists believe that underground nuclear tests near one of the world’s deadliest volcano, Mount Paektu could premature its eruption in northern North Korea near the Chinese border. Its 20 km molten magna could affect world climate with its plumes of deadly sulfur, especially China, when winds enter the country during eruption.

Kim Jong-Un is in no mood for compromise. United States, having most advanced defense systems in the world, has always dictated and likes subordinate powers, to protect its national and foreign interests since many decades. This stance is not going well with North Korea. Therefore, Trump doesn’t mind having a war with North Korea but prefers nuclear talks right now. The military consequences in haste, however, can become catastrophic.


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