The US and its allies aren’t pulling any punches after North Korea’s recent test of an alleged hydrogen bomb.
In addition to beefing up US self-defense measures and preparing military action, Trump has also been enhancing South Korea’s defensive capabilities. Yesterday, Trump agreed to sell “many billions of dollars worth of military weapons and equipment” to South Korea, according to Newsmax.
On Sunday, North Korea claimed it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb that would be suitable for use with long range missiles. The move caused immediate concern, leading the US and its allies to begin making preparations for the worst.
As part of the military side of preparations, the US has agreed to sell a massive number of weapons and equipment to South Korea and Japan, according to Trump’s tweet early this morning. “I am allowing Japan & South Korea to buy a substantially increased amount of highly sophisticated military equipment from the United States.”
In addition to weapons and equipment, South Korea will also be permitted to lift their weight restriction on warheads. Lifting the weight restriction on warheads would allow South Korea to fit their missiles with larger, heavier warheads that could do greater damage when launched. The US and South Korea hope this alone will be an effective deterrent to an attack from North Korea.
There have also been talks between South Korea and the US about deploying aircraft carriers and strategic bombers near the Korean peninsula in an effort to ward off any missiles launched by North Korea.
In addition to military preparations, the US has also sought to utilize economic warfare as a means of hindering North Korea’s abilities, according to NBC News. In a tweet sent out Sunday following the hydrogen bomb test, Trump threatened to cut trade with North Korean allies, stating that, “The United States is considering, in addition to other options, stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea.”
South Korean President Moon Jae-In believes restricting North Korean’s income generators is key to limiting its military potential. In a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he stated the UN needs to “seriously consider to fundamentally block North Korea’s foreign currency sources by cutting off crude oil supplies and banning its overseas labor.”
President Jae-In has also lifted previous restrictions on the deployment of THAAD batteries in the country. These US missile defense systems would enable South Korea to target and destroy missiles from North Korea in mid-air, all without detonating their nuclear payloads.
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Though many of these preparations and measures look promising, some feel it simply won’t be enough — North Korea has ignored similar threats in the past.
Hans Kristensen, Director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists believes military and economic pressures just aren’t enough to stop North Korea. “Right now, everything North Korea does appears to have to be bigger and scarier. The signal they’re sending is the same as always: we don’t care what you say, we can do this and will continue to do so until you stop threatening us. And they seem to have the resources needed to do so despite sanctions,” he said.
Hopefully, the steps we’re taking will mitigate the North Korean threat, and can prevent potential attacks from their hostile dictator.