As tensions between the United States and North Korea heat up, President Donald Trump has threatened North Korea with “fire and fury.” Unfortunately, North Korea doesn’t appear to be intimidated by Trump’s rhetoric and the situation has continued to escalate. Recently, Trump has even discussed military action against the rogue state.
Military solutions are now fully in place,locked and loaded,should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2017
In light of the destruction such a war could cause, numerous people have spoken out urging the leaders of the two countries to find a different path. One of the most recent is German Chancellor Angela Merkel who recently stated that she was “firmly convinced that an escalation of rhetoric” will not provide a solution to this conflict. Germany’s leader went onto state that she did not see any military solutions to this problem.
Instead, Merkel recommended that the UN continue to put pressure on North Korea. Merkel stressed that the cooperation the United States and China would be key in this endeavor. Indeed, China might very well be the only country that can get Kim Jong-Un to listen to reason. China remains North Korea’s strongest ally and one of the few nations that is willing to trade with the Kim regime.
In terms of Germany’s role, Merkel said that “Germany will be intensively involved with the potential solutions that we see-not of a military manner.”
— euronews (@euronews) August 11, 2017
The danger of this scenario is that North Korea is simply unpredictable. The so-called “Hermit Kingdom” is one of the most isolated countries on the planet and is intensely hostile towards the United States and its allies in Asia. A war with North Korea would likely be a short one as the United States could topple the Kim regime in a matter of weeks, if not sooner, but the risk of nuclear war makes such solutions extremely risky.
As of right now, it remains to be seen what Trump ultimate plans regarding North Korea are.
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