North Korean Conflict Limiting US Foreign Policy Options

The Korean Peninsula is weighing yet another threat of a potential nuclear war. The warmongering media is already spreading speculations about the North Korean conflict turning into a deadly end. However, media’s rhetoric is wrong on so many different levels. We have seen the consequences of technologies like intercontinental ballistic missiles or nuclear bombs in places like Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

How to Deal with North Korean Conflict?

The United States should exercise constraint when utilizing any of its available options.

Here is a quick look at the options to deal with North Korea. Let’s keep in mind that each of these options carries its costs and benefits.

Chinese Military Intervention

The first option is to ask Chinese military to help overcome the North Korean conflict. It may mean sending around 35000 soldiers to the country. Although, many in the west see this option with skepticism. Furthermore, many western observers will look at as a way to strengthen Chinese might in the North. However, China neighbors this country and no other nation would be willing to send its troops into a danger zone. Also, since China is weary of elimination of this buffer zone, the US must ask it to send its troops before thinking of military intervention.

Use Microwave Weapon

The United States military is one of the strongest armies in the world. There are suggestions that it possesses a powerful microwave weapon. This microwave weapon could help overcome the North Korean conflict. The US could use it to fry the electronics in use by the regime for launching the missiles. CHAMPs, as they call them in the United States, can be fitted to a B-52 bomber and cover a range of up to 700 miles. The use of sharp electronic pulses can disable the weapons.

Impose Tariffs on China

Economic sanctions on North Korea are not getting any results despite the UN emergency meeting. A country already torn by war and sanctions would have minimal impact on such actions. Therefore, some suggest imposing tariffs on the Chinese since they still remain allies with Kim Jong-un’s regime. China remains the biggest trader with the regime. However, China is also the biggest trading partner working with the United States. Therefore, the US would have to look at the possible repercussions which come with such tariff impositions.

Engage in Direct Negotiations

There is no way out if everyone just ignores the option of talks. Talks are difficult to achieve with so much happening in the Korean Peninsula. South Korea is already conducting the war drills with the US. However, one must not forget that eventually, everyone in a war has to pay the price. Therefore, the western countries must find a way to break the deadlock. They can put more pressure on the Chinese and the Russians to talk to the regime and find a middle ground.

Except for North Korean Nuclear Program Under IAEA’s Peaceful Purposes

It is yet another proposition to let them use their nuclear program for peaceful purposes. However, it would mean involving the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) and getting North Koreans to accept their inspections. It is a slow process but would surely help the Americans know its enemy’s true capabilities. Furthermore, the efforts must focus on neutralizing the country’s missile technology as well as its recently developed ICBM.

Go to War

It is the least favorable option available to the world. America and other world powers must unite to resist such tempting thoughts. This option involves jeopardizing the world peace. It may also trigger economic problems on a global scale since it involves the trade between the US and China. Furthermore, the history has taught us one lesson that war is not good for any nation, no matter how powerful.

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Martha Salazar

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