All eyes have been on the United States and North Korea this week as the constant banter between leaders continues and threats escalate. Many experts suggest that if the two were to go to war, it could result in World War III. Mark Almond, director of the Crisis Research Institute, Oxford, covered various strike options the US could enact upon North Korea.
Almond explained that the US has many different strike options at their disposal, but each one could have lasting implications on future relations with other countries, not to mention a massive death toll.
One option could be a limited strike, or in laymen’s terms, a calculated strike that would take out pivotal access points in North Korea. But there is an issue with this approach, according to Almond. The expansive ground forces of North Korea could spew into South Korea and create a whole other problem.
Another option, which would be in line with President Trump’s rhetoric, would be a full-scale invasion. With North Korea having no Navy, their coastline would be open for troops to re-enact a D-Day scenario dropping American troops onto the beaches.
Unfortunately, a majority of our troops are still in the Middle East, and with South Korea reluctant to engage in war with its neighbor, it could leave our troops in a less than favorable position.
Taking a page out of the controversial film, “The Interview,” Washington could opt for a decapitation strike that would consist of bombings or drone strikes in locations where North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jung-Un and his top ranking officials would mostly likely convene.
Next up? A possible assassination of Jung-Un. But assassinating a foreign leader is easier said than done. The US has had little success in the past when it comes to assassination attempts of foreign dictators. During the Cuban Missle Crisis, Fidel Castro was American’s number one enemy. He was said to have survived over 600 assassination attempts, according to CNN.
The next option would be most concerning to all world leaders — the nuclear option.
Jung-Un would want nothing more than to have a nuclear war with America, but as his technological capabilities improve and his inventory of weapons grows – some report he already has in excess of 60 nuclear warheads – this option could be catastrophic for all parties involved.
The last option would be the most amicable alternative to war, but it is also the least feasible. With the United Nation sanction already in place against North Korea, the US would need to find a way to entice Jung-Un’s biggest pipeline — Russia and China- to turn on North Korea.
If they would be willing to cut all ties with the country, it would seemingly cut North Korea off from the rest of the world. If, however, Russia and China did cut ties with North Korea, they run the risk of being targeted by Jung-Un as well. For those countries to place their citizens in peril, they would expect an impressive incentive from the US.
For now, there is no win-win scenario. Let’s just hope cooler heads prevail.