Is Nuclear War A Reality In Our Current Political Climate?

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Just this month, North Korea made a strong statement in which the threat of a “nuclear strike” towards the United States was made.

North Korea is blaming the United States for increasing nuclear tensions as a result of the current conflict between the US and South Korean.

North Korea said in a statement on March 8th that if “a single bullet is fired” between the US and South Korea they would respond with a nuclear strike.

The statement went on to further say, “The Korean People’s Army will reduce the bases of aggression and provocation to ashes with its invincible Hwasong rockets tied with nuclear warheads, and reliably defend the security of the country and its people’s happiness.”

What makes these statements even more scary is that North Korea claims to have conducted successful tests and credible sources have estimated that North Korea may have as many as 10 warheads.

As you may have seen in recent news, Secretary Rex Tillerson eluded to the fact that 2 decades of sanctions against North Korea have done little to nothing, and military action is something that is “on the table.”  He went on to say that North Korea is an “imminent threat.”

It’s unclear why Kim Jong Un recently fired missiles into Japanese waters, but some say it is a veiled threat against the US to show that if he wanted to, his missiles could hit nearby US bases.

North Korea’s missile range is estimated to be approximately 1,250 miles.

The popular thought now is that the only way to prevent any sort of threat against the US is to strike first.  More specifically, a military strike against North Korean facilities.  The problem with this is that Kim Jong Un would probably retaliate with action against South Korea.

As unstable and unpredictable as he is, this could mean chemical weapons and warfare, and I don’t have to tell you what that would mean for South Korea.

I think we all agree (and even North Korea knows) that they do not stand a chance in a war with the U.S.  The real challenge is that North Korea, and Kim Jong Un specifically, are just crazy enough to try and are completely willing to take that risk.

But it’s not just about military warfare.  North Korea has other retaliatory means such as cyber attacks against the United States that could cause disruptions to everything from businesses to banking systems.  If you recall, although it was never proven, North Korea was implicated in launching cyber attacks against South Korea back in 2013.

Either way, all of this uncertainty creates a climate of increasing instability.  Regardless of who fires the first shot over the bow, every other country in the region will be on standby with their finger on the trigger, and don’t you know that trigger finger will be awfully itchy.

It’s always easy to fire after someone else fires first.

What are your thoughts?

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