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Amid brewing tension between the North Korea and the United States (US), a question has come to fore that can the Trump-led US prevent or go for a preemptive strike if North Korea launches its ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles) to the mainland of the US? Well, nobody has a definite answer to it.
Recently, a North Korean official announced that the Kim Jong-Un is building up his nuclear arsenal and defense capability to thwart any attack coming from the American side. There is a clear-cut ideological difference between the capitalist-democratic US and the Communist North Korea, but both countries are tight-lipped about their defense strategy.
However, what could be clearly counted as a matter of provocation, a North Korean official has recently said that their ICBM could easily hit the US cities like Los Angeles or New York. Once the news reached the White House, incumbent president Donald Trump rebuked the claim saying it won’t happen. The undercurrent of the President’s message is clear; if North Korea dares so then the US has many alternative options to stop the same.
But North Korea is relentlessly improving its nuclear capability and American sources quoted that Kim Jung-Un government has launched a satellite into orbit a few months back named Unha rocket. It has a range of around 10,000 Km at one go. It could easily cover 13,000 kilometers to reach into the US mainland from North Korea.
Last year, North Korea launched KN-08 ballistic missile. North Korea revealed pictures of its newly launched missile engine which could launch a nuclear attack to the US. However, US State Department official stated that North Korean ICBM doesn’t have that the technology to fit a weapon atop it.
Options before the US to Subdue North Korea’s Nuclear Ambition
- Launch a massive airstrike and sending bombers over North Korea to demolish missile launch pad. However, this strategy must be exercised as the last option.
- Initiate proper diplomacy and engage in bilateral dialogues via Sweden to ensure that both nations won’t go for a war.
- The US can keep NATO and its allies informed about the possible North Korea strike on the US – so that they can stay cautious.
- Whenever ICBM is launched from North Korea, the US can stop it by using ground-based interceptor missiles. It has a reserve in Alaska, Vandenberg and other places.
- The US is developing its anti-missile Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to intercept any missile attack emanating from North Korea.
- The US should launch a diplomatic campaign to isolate North Korea while taking other countries into confidence, must ask North Korean regime to shun its nuclear armament desires.
In recent times, North Korea-US relations have taken a backseat because of Kim Jong-Un’s continued testing of nuclear weapons. Last year on January 6, 2016, North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test successfully which raised eyebrows of several nations including the erstwhile South Korea and the US as well.
Then in the same year, US put North Korea’s head Kim Jong-Un on its list of sanctioned individuals which Pyongyang perceived as a direct threat of war by the US on North Korea. It would be interesting to see how both nations would de-escalate the tensions between them – the world hopes that US-North Korea won’t go that far and ultimately peace prevails.