As the tensions mount between the U.S. and North Korea, a great many of us have been left to wonder how exactly a conflict between the nations would play out.
In terms of what tactics the United States could feasibly employ to incapacitate the threat posed by Kim Jong Un and his rogue regime, there are only a few worthy of true consideration.
First and foremost, there is the possibility of a “traditional” war with North Korea, a possibility fraught with peril due to the unhinged and reactionary mind of Kim Jong Un. Any aggressive maneuver by the United States would likely cause the petty tyrant to fire off a battery of missiles, possibly of the nuclear variety, in the direction of Seoul, Tokyo, or even Chicago. Also worth mentioning is North Korea’s mandatory military service requirement, in effect giving the nation an army numbering in the millions, making them the 4th largest fighting force on the planet. While the U.S. still stands supreme, the sheer size of the DPRK forces would create unheard of bloodshed.
There is the option to completely wipe North Korea off the map, something that Donald Trump has eluded to as a last resort in his war of words with the tiny Asian nation. While effective, this unethical move would likely draw backlash from the entire world at large, and completely annihilate millions of innocent civilians – something that no man, threatened President or not, would with for.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, however, there is the possibility of a SEAL Team Six style midnight raid to end the life of Kim Jong Un and his military leaders. Opponents of this maneuver believe that Kim’s death may trip a “dead man’s switch”, or a reactionary set of protocols that would put South Korea, Japan, or other U.S. allies in immediate danger.
Then, of course, this leads us to the stealth assassination of Kim Jong Un as a possibility, and, according to North Korea, this is something that the U.S. attempted as recently as May of 2017.
“North Korea has claimed the US tried to assassinate its Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un, earlier this year.
“The state-run Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) claimed the CIA attempted to use a chemical or biological poison to take out the dictator.
“The alleged attempt shows the US is the ‘main culprit behind terrorism’, it said.
“The news agency, which is seen as the propaganda wing of the country’s ruling Workers’ Party, said: ‘In May this year, a group of heinous terrorists who infiltrated our country on the orders of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the US and the South Korean puppet Intelligence Service with the purpose of carrying out state-sponsored terrorism against our supreme headquarters using biological and chemical substance were caught and exposed.’
“’This palpably shows the true nature of the US as the main culprit behind terrorism.’”
Of course, the likelihood of these allegations bearing any resemblance to reality is minute, but it begs the question: What is North Korea hoping to accomplish with these assertions?
It is possible that North Korea’s next missile launch could be an armed device, possibly carrying a hydrogen bomb. Whether or not Kim Jong Un has the gall to send the device to a land-based target is unknown, but any action that would be deemed worthy of a response from the U.S. would put a great many North Koreans in peril. Should the U.S. come to North Korean shores for any sort of military or diplomatic action, the people of the DPRK would be furious over this phony “assassination attempt”, driving the world’s 4th largest army into hysteria on the battlefield.