The latest round of missile tests, and the testing of a hydrogen bomb has now made war on the Korean peninsula more realistic.
The potential for conflict in the Korean peninsula has never been so close since the Korean War of 1950.
A future Korean War will have an impact upon the balance of power in the region, if not the global community, with the prospect to ignite a superpower conflict between China and the United States. Kim Jong-Un’s regime in North Korea has the characteristics of an authoritarian fascist regime with a cult of personality, which is comparable to the Third Reich.
The situation in the North Korean regime is comparable, to a Dictatorship on a permanent war footing intent on causing conflict, the North Korean Communist leader Kim Jong-Un has admitted that it would not hesitate in using nuclear weapons against its enemies.
If the North Korean leadership wants to go ahead and detonate a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific it will only increase the likelihood of conflict in the Asia-Pacific region. The risk of nuclear war has never been higher between North Korea and the United States. United States’ President Trump’s hardline stance on the regime means that military action is now on the table, particularly after his UN address where President Trump suggested that the United States may not have any option but to “totally destroy North Korea” if necessary.
North Korea, although technologically inferior to the West has the capability of launching a pre-emptive nuclear strike on its neighbours – South Korea, and Japan, while threatening U.S. military interests in the region.
It also has the potential to ignite a wider conflict, with a domino effect bringing the world’s superpowers – both the United States and China into conflict. This crisis has the real possibility of turning into a thermonuclear war, if something is not done to politically and diplomatically diffuse tensions in the region. Let’s hope rationality will prevail and war can be averted.