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Is the Trump administration considering preventive military action of some sort against the North Korean regime of Kim Jong-un? With various U.S. officials saying that “time is running out” for a diplomatic solution to the nuclear and missile standoff with the DPRK, that may be the case—or at least the intended message.
A review of the plausible military options available to the United States underscores two central points. First, the Trump administration is not alone in thinking about them. Previous U.S. administrations, including Democratic ones, have done so too. Second, however, none of those options really hold water. The risks of escalation are not worth the potential benefits. Consider these options:
Shoot Down Long-Range Missile Launches
One military option would be to prevent North Korea from completing any more long-range missile tests to perfect ICBM technology. This idea was proposed in 2006 by two Democratic secretaries of defense, William Perry and Ashton Carter. The missiles could be destroyed by precision munitions launched from aircraft just before launch. Or they could be shot down in flight by a U.S. missile defense system; based on previous testing, any such shot might have a 25 to 75 percent chance of success.
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The minute hand on the Doomsday Clock ticked closer to midnight Thursday, as the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists said it’s seeing an increase in dangers to humanity, from climate change to nuclear warfare. The group took the “unprecedented” step of moving the clock 30 seconds closer to midnight, to leave it at 2 1/2 minutes away.
The setting is the closest the symbolic clock has come to midnight since 1953, when scientists moved it to two minutes from midnight after seeing both the U.S. and the Soviet Union test hydrogen bombs. It remained at that mark until 1960.
“Make no mistake, this has been a difficult year,” Rachel Bronson, executive director and publisher of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, said as the new setting was announced Thursday. Created in 1947, the Doomsday Clock was conceived by scientists who had participated in the Manhattan Project. Initially seen as an indicator of the likelihood of disastrous nuclear conflict, it now also includes other threats, such as climate change, biological weapons and cyberthreats. read more…
A NUCLEAR conflict between India and Pakistan “could be devastating for the whole world” as the two powers continue to engage in conflict with each other, a top separatist leader in Kashmiri, Syed Ali Geelani, has declared.
As soldiers on both sides launch attacks along the contested border known as the Line of Control (LoC), Mr Geelani called for the two to “play a constructive role for peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue”.
He added: “The risk of collision between the two nuclear powers will be devastating not only for the region, but for the whole world.”
The region of Kashmir has been contested for decades – the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947 and 1965 both revolved around competing claims for the area.
Officials declared yesterday that at least one civilian was killed and three were wounded as the conflict continues between the two nations.
Shelling and gunfire was exchanged throughout Sunday that continued into the early hours of Monday. Fighting continued later on Monday following a brief hiatus – the increased tensions have forced thousands of residents to flee their homes in search of safety.
Two army officials from Pakistan confirmed that fighting continued in parts of Kashmir – however, they declared that they were only responding to attacks from India. The tense situation on the border has led to both sides claiming they were responding to attacks from the other as tensions soar – both say provocations are a violation of a 2003 cease-fire agreement. read more…