Voices: The waiting game: NK vs. USA

Category:  Opinions
Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 at 1:01 PM

With rising tensions between North Korea and the United States over the nuclear threat, plenty of people ask, “Why doesn’t the United States just nuke North Korea first?”

Well, there is a great reason for why the U.S. hasn’t done that. One reason is because, as of right now, North Korea does not have the capability to reach the United States mainland.

North Korea has the Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile; estimated range of this missile is 4,500 km or 2,796 miles.

The United States is 10.337 km or 6,423 miles from North Korea, putting the U.S. mainland well out of reach of the missile; however, North Korea is currently working on an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) which has a minimum range of 5,500 km or 3,400 miles, giving it a greater chance of hitting the mainland.

In Fort Greely, Alaska, there are 38 Ground Based Interceptors (GBI) armed with anti-ballistic missiles; these missiles have a tested 60 percent rate of success and are the United States’ last defense against a nuclear attack.

The United States has a great chance of defending against any North Korean attack that is launched against us; that being said, we do not need to attack North Korea first, because that could potentially lead to Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD), which means if the U.S. attacks North Korea first then we could potentially be seen as the instigators of an unprovoked nuclear war.

I say unprovoked because North Korea has only been testing their missile capabilities. Despite their threats on the United States, North Korean allies might not see it as such, and therefore see the U.S. as the enemy and threat that North Korea has always said we are.

Some of the strongest allies they have are Russia, China and Bulgaria, all of which are armed with weapons of mass destruction such as nuclear warheads and chemical weapons. Although most of these allies have condemned North Korea’s actions, it’s entirely possible they will come to North Korea’s aid if the U.S attacks them.

That is why it would be in everyone’s best interest if our president made better attempts to talk North Korea off the edge.

President Donald Trump claims to be a master of deal making, however, not much progress has been made when it comes to diplomacy; instead, the president tries fighting fire with fire, and that does not seem to be getting the U.S. out of the crosshairs of North Korea.

As long as North Korea doesn’t have the capabilities to reach us yet, there is still time for Trump to try the diplomatic approach and not blaze down a path that might lead to nuclear genocide. Violence gives birth to more violence and it is America’s job to try and lead the world by example.

If we were to fire off nuclear warheads without being attacked first, then we might send a signal that it is okay to solve world problems with force and not with all the other methods we have.

Steven Tagliente can be reached at voices.spectator@ gmail.com. 

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