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Things Get Even Worse With North Korea

The United States faces perhaps the most dangerous challenge we have seen in decades. Unless he is stopped, an unpredictable lunatic will soon have the ability to destroy American cities.

After previously detonating atomic weapons, Kim Jong Un has now demonstrated the ability to detonate a hydrogen (thermonuclear) bomb, estimated to be as much as 8x more powerful than those used by the U.S. over Hiroshima and Nagasaki during WWII. And Kim also demonstrated the recklessness to launch the missile that would carry that bomb, directly over our ally, Japan.

If he’s not stopped, it will only be a matter of time until he has 50 of these monstrous weapons, or 100, or 200. At that point, this madman will have the capability of not only wiping out American cities, but ending our way of life as we know it. Yes, because of Ronald Reagan’s persistence, we now have some anti-missile missiles, but their success rate is currently only around 50% (because it’s comparable to a bullet hitting a bullet), so much of the United States could still be destroyed. In my view we must prevent the U.S. from being this vulnerable, at all cost.

So what do we do? Well, for a long time we’ve said military action should be only a last resort, because much of North Korea’s nuclear infrastructure is underground and hard to get at. And their artillery could level much of Seoul, killing not only huge numbers of our allies, but thousands of Americans living and working in the South Korean capital.

I have long advocated entering into discussions with Japan and South Korea concerning the possible development of their own nuclear programs. The idea being, since China so opposes this, such discussions just might get China to exert sufficient pressure on North Korea to back down. Unfortunately, there’s probably not enough time left now for this to be effective.

The only thing I see as having any possibility of working at this late date, is cutting off all trade with any country that trades with North Korea. And of course, I’m specifically referring to China. They continue to be the key. Well over 90% of everything North Korea needs to survive comes from China. Food, oil, you name it – China.

This of course could adversely impact the U.S. economy. But so would one, or fifty thermonuclear bombs reining down on American cities. And it’s the only thing that might get China to finally exert sufficient pressure on North Korea to end this mad march toward nuclear confrontation.

Two days ago, Nikki Haley, the American Ambassador to the U.N., told the U.N. Security Council that “we have kicked the can down the road long enough. There is no more road left.” She also said Kim Jong Un “is begging for war.” I’m afraid she’s right.

I continue to hope and pray that war with North Korea can be avoided. But I’m not so sure anymore.

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