Race to the button: Both Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un threaten preemptive strikes


North Korea appears to be on the brink of conducting it’s sixth test of a nuclear bomb. The “Day of the Sun” holiday, which comes up on Saturday, is a point where North Korea has several times conducted tests or demonstrations designed to show their military prowess. The possibility that, this sixth test will happen sometime near that date are high.

And so are international tensions.

There’s Donald Trump …

The U.S. is prepared to launch a preemptive strike with conventional weapons against North Korea should officials become convinced that North Korea is about to follow through with a nuclear weapons test, multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.

And there’s Kim Jong Un

“If the U.S. comes up with a dangerous military option, then the first card is in our hands. We’ll deal with it with our pre-emptive strike.”

Sabre-rattling, and even small-scale military action by North Korea isn’t unusual. The idea that they are under constant assault by “the West” is the whole basis of their government. It’s their national identity. However, there’s no doubt that the United States military could overwhelm North Korea in short order, rolling their archaic air force, sinking their navy, destroying the massive force of infantry and artillery just across the DMZ. While occupying and “reforming” North Korea might be a project of infinite duration, taking down the threat represented by it’s military could be the work of days.

The only problem would be the millions of people killed. Not all of them in North Korea. 

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