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Korea Has Joined the Ranks of the Super Powers

Updated on December 1, 2017

The Entry into an Exclusive Club

The 30th November was a day that Korea and the world will remember. On this day the North Koreans launched a Hwasong-15 missile that flew 4,475 kilometers(2,800 miles) and landed in the Pacific. It was a clear message that the US was under the notice and that is the reason for the frenzied request to China to rein in the North Koreans.

North Korea has the capability to strike the American mainland in the near future. The bigger ramification of this ICBM test is that the North has entered an exclusive club that has only China, Russia, and The USA as members. The North Koreans are in the company of these powers. The effect is almost electric as Nuclear powers like India and Pakistan, not forgetting Israel is nowhere in the picture. The feat of The North Koreans is thus credible. The world will have to get up and take notice. It does not mean war, but it does mean that the days of US overlordship has begun to ebb.

US and Allies Alarmed

The launch of the ICBM and its landing in the Pacific has set the alarm bells ringing in Washington and more so in Seoul and Tokyo. These nations are worried and just after the test, the South Korean president Moon had a telephonic talk with Trump. Niky Halley, the US permanent representative in the UN has called for an emergency session of the security council.

The Americans are trying another ploy, to plead with China by praising president Xi, so that he should act and curtail the supply of oil to cripple the North Korean regime. This may not work as Russia may not play ball and in case Beijing does anything like this, the Russians are sure to keep the supply of oil the North. Putin has already rejected the US request to downgrade its relations with the North Korean regime.

As things stand practically nothing has happened on the ground to show that China has moved to stop the flow of oil to North Korea.

Reaction to the test

The Americans would desperately like to attack the North. But they are deterred because Kim Jong has the capital of South Korea and 80% of the population within range of his artillery. He could also launch a nuclear attack, if pushed to the extreme. This is no laughing matter and the fact remains that North Korea has built a deterrent, in case it was not there, the Korean regime would have ceased to exist a long time back.

No Free Lunch

North Korea has a point that cannot be brushed under the carpet. Assuming Kim Jong had no power of retaliation and no WMD as a deterrent, would the USA have waited even a day before launching a cruise missile or bombing attack? One has just to look around as to what happened to Gaddafi and Saddam to realize that the US always attacks nations that cannot retaliate back. Trump ordered cruise missile attack on Syria, as he knew that Assad could do nothing except twiddle his thumbs.

The USA thus had a free run but with Korea its a different ball game. The North can retaliate and at the minimum inflict at least 100,000 casualties, not forgetting the 28000 US troops on the DMZ. The US has realized that the stakes are different here, hence the desperate pleading to China to help out. The Americans have realized there are no free lunches in this part of East Asia.


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      Madan 4 months ago from Abu Dhabi

      Thank you, Ashutosh, but the fact is Korea is looking for great power status and that they will achieve. They are not going to follow Nehru who sat twiddling his thumbs.

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      Madan 4 months ago from Abu Dhabi

      As I wrote earlier, the horse has bolted when China was allowed to develop Nuclear weapons. Now as far as Korea is concerned, China cannot do much as the North has a fanatic love for nuclear weapons and like Samson will destroy themselves but do tremendous harm to China. In any case, China considers itself the rival of the US and I don't see at any stage they will prefer the US to North Korea.

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      Ashutosh Joshi 4 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Agressive foreign policy worked for the US in the past but power dynamics are certainly shifting. And its not just the DPRK. One things for sure, KJU as a challeger will never bow down as that will be a doomsday for his regime and he knows that. Giving up nuclear deterrence too is out of question.

      US as it is has run out of options. Their proxy, the UN is of no use in resolving the crisis and the usual sanctions and curbs have no effect on DPRK. The MIC is making money and that's the only thing positive for US in this entire episode.

      There are problems inside the small nation and the dictatorship is certainly amplifying the same and then there is the question, will their rise as a super power do them any good?? I highly doubt it would. It's a deterrent and its only going to drain more resources. But then again 'desperate times does call for desperate measures.'

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      bradmasterOCcal 4 months ago from Orange County California


      The failure here was the US back in the Korean War. I have said many times before that the US has not really won a war since 1898. To support this my definition of winning the war is when we don't have to do another war because of it.

      Since the end of the Korean War the US Congress and presidents have let North Korea run free, like they did after WWI which should have not had a number. In any case, they let Japan and Germany, and even Italy build up for a second War.

      Now, especially in the last 28 years before president Trump we are now having to deal with North Korea. And can Iran be far behind after seeing how well North Korea is doing against the US and the world.

      Imputing the North Korea nuclear problem to president Trump is not the same as saying he inherited it with his presidency.

      The latter doesn't impute Blame, while the former does impute blame.

      Strangely, it is China and Russia that prevented the US from winning the Korean War, and for totally losing the Vietnam War. Now, we are counting on China being able to settle down N Korea's aggressive military threats.

      Much has changed in China and even Russia since the Korean War. Both of these communist countries have a taste for Capitalism. And in the case of China, the US is their big customer.

      If any country should try and stop N Korea, it has to be China. There is no way that N Korea could stop China. The real question is this something that China has to do, or wants to do?

      This whole N Korean conflict should be the seed that shows what a sham that is the United Nations. The United Nations is a paper tiger. Time to get rid of it and start over with some fresh ideas.



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      Madan 4 months ago from Abu Dhabi

      Dear brother, your comments are very welcome and show your soul. I respect you

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      manatita44 4 months ago from london

      I'm chuckling with you, Bro.

      How do you come up with so many of these articles? No easy feat. Perhaps you are to politics, what I am to poetry. For me it's so easy, but it would take me a while to do what you do.

      Your arguments are convincing and worthy. I know you are always here in the background as a friend of mines, but I generally don't like these fields of endeavour. Still, as you know, I'm holistic, meaning in this sense that all in creation, including war or politics, has its role in this divine Lila of God. Hari Om!!