How The War With North Korea Could Be the Bloodiest War in History

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North Korea stands to be a huge threat to the security of the world. | Roberuto/Getty Images

How The War With North Korea Could Be the Bloodiest War in History

North Korea isِ becomingِ a greater threat withِ everyِ day thatِ passes.
The reality hasِ comeِ that weِ mayِ beِ going toِ war withِ North Korea inِ the veryِ nearِ future ifِ a diplomatic agreement isn’t reached.
The good news isِ that thereِ areِ some options forِ that eventuality.

1. The Congressional Research Service Report

The Congressional Research Service prepared a report called “The North Korean Nuclear Challenge: Military Options andِ Issues forِ Congress.” The report CRS prepared showcases someِ ofِ the military options thatِ the U.S.
hasِ availableِ andِ what sort ofِ impacts thoseِ options willِ have.
It isِ inِ no wayِ a roadmap toِ war, itِ merely points outِ some likelyِ options ofِ howِ things willِ goِ down.

North Korea is a serious threat that needs to be watched closely. | Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Next: It seems like we’re already in the first option.

2. Maintain the military status quo

The Trump administration isِ essentially continuing a policy ofِ “Strategic Patience” fromِ the Obama administration.
The policy isِ to increase pressure onِ North Korea byِ “expanding U.S.
They’re essentially turning theِ heat upِ onِ a volatile situation.

Next: Military options are all about how to escalate things in a controlled manner.

3. Surround the kingdom

Upping pressure on North Korea could encourage the nation to come back to the table. | Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

“Enhanced containment andِ deterrence” isِ listed asِ the nextِ military option inِ the CRS report.
This wouldِ takeِ the spirit ofِ the status quo andِ increase itsِ impact inِ the region.
Pyongyang hasِ complained aboutِ the United States military presence inِ the area, oftenِ referred toِ asِ “unpalatable” byِ the DPRK.

Next: Let’s just start taking targets out.

4. Take out ICBM launch sites

If allِ the semi-peaceful options becomeِ exhausted andِ forceful intervention isِ required, theِ firstِ step wouldِ beِ to takeِ outِ the Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile sites.
We couldِ not haveِ anِ accurate assessment ofِ allِ the ICBM facilities inِ North Korea.
By initiating thatِ firstِ strike, weِ couldِ inadvertently force North Korea toِ launch itsِ nuclear weapons atِ nearby nations likeِ Korea andِ Japan, orِ to ourِ own territory ofِ Guam.

The biggest problem is that we may not know where all the ICBM launch sites are. | ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images

Next: Go big or go home.

5. Take out nuclear sites around the country

As withِ takingِ outِ ICBM sites, theِ nuclear sites wouldِ needِ to beِ a firstِ strike target.
Those sites include “nuclear production infrastructure, nuclear devices andِ missile warheads, andِ associated delivery vehicles.” This option isِ alsoِ a moreِ expansive military operation thanِ the previous option.
The biggest problem hereِ is theِ obvious one.

Next: This option would lead to millions of deaths all around.

The launch of four ballistic missiles by the Korean People’s Army (KPA) during a military drill at an undisclosed location in North Korea | STR/AFP/Getty Images

6. A much-needed regime change

This isِ a difficult option becauseِ of whatِ would beِ involved.
Not onlyِ would youِ haveِ to takeِ outِ the nuclear facilities andِ launch sites aroundِ the country andِ face dangers associatedِ with them, youِ wouldِ alsoِ have toِ destroy “command andِ control facilities, key leaders, artillery andِ missile units, chemical andِ biological weapons facilities, airfields, ports, andِ other targets deemed critical toِ regime survival.” This operation wouldِ certainlyِ lead toِ full-scale war andِ be theِ worst possibleِ situation strategically forِ the United States.
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Next: The final option

7. We pull out

Yes, theِ option thatِ noِ one reallyِ considers, butِ is a possibility, isِ that weِ pull outِ ofِ the area entirely.
This wouldِ onlyِ occur ifِ the DPRK wasِ willing toِ agree toِ a full-scale denuclearization.
Some haveِ argued thatِ the onlyِ reason we’ve gottenِ to thisِ point isِ the United States presence inِ the region.

Next: Will any of the options be used?

8. The Korean Peninsula is a complete quagmire

Trying toِ predict whatِ isِ goingِ to happen withِ North Korea isِ almost impossible toِ do.
The report compiled byِ the CRS points toِ anِ observer sayingِ howِ things willِ unfold onِ the Korean peninsula: a “very complex game ofِ three-dimensional chess inِ terms ofِ tic-tac-toe.”, 7 ] .