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Will the North Korea problem move from Nikki Haley to James Mattis?

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There are clever ways to level threats. This is one of them. U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said she has “no problem kicking” the North Korea problem “to General Mattis,” a not so subtle way of saying diplomacy may be soon replaced by a military solution. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster backed her up by saying “there is a military option” on the table.

North Korea continues to get more aggressive with every action taken against them. Their most recent missile launch demonstrated they can reach Guam at the very least and has people on the west coast of the United States nervous about an unstable Kim Jong un trying to take out Hollywood or something.

This is a precarious situation with no clear solutions. Some are saying we should arm Japan and South Korea. Others are looking to China for a solution. The only universal sentiment is that we shouldn’t allow North Korea to shake us down. How we accomplish that is up in the air.

Perspectives

Nikki Haley and H. R. McMaster on North Korea: The Next Step is to Kick the Problem to Mattis | Streiff, Redstate

https://www.redstate.com/streiff/2017/09/15/haley-mcmaster-kick-north-korea-mattis/Today UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster took the podium in the White House press room. They were asked about a lot of things (transcript) but one one the first issues was North Korea.

Haley Has ‘No Problem Kicking’ North Korea ‘To General Mattis’ For A Military Solution | Ryan Pickrell, Daily Caller

http://dailycallernewsfoundation.org/2017/09/15/haley-has-no-problem-kicking-north-korea-to-general-mattis-for-a-military-solution/The U.S., together with its international partners, has been pursuing a diplomatic solution to the North Korea problem while maintaining that “all options are on the table.” The Trump administration has repeatedly demonstrated that it is willing to exhaust all diplomatic options before applying military force, but the diplomatic window appears to be closing.

4 Reasons America Shouldn’t Send Nuclear Weapons to South Korea or Japan | Zachary Keck, National Interest

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/4-reasons-america-shouldnt-sent-nuclear-weapons-south-korea-22339The United States began forward deploying tactical nuclear weapons in Asia and Europe in the 1950 for one simple reason: it had no other choice. The initial Cold War nuclear-capable bombers like the B-29 and the B-50 did not have the range to conduct a round-trip flight from the United States to the Soviet Union (or North Korea). The United States also lacked a missile with sufficient range at this time as well—the first intercontinental ballistic missile wasn’t declared operational until 1959.

North Korea’s Kim vows to complete nuclear program despite sanctions | Jesse Byrnes, The Hill

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/350966-north-koreas-kim-vows-to-complete-nuclear-program-despite-sanctionsNorth Korean state news agency KCNA quoted Kim as saying that Pyongyang’s goal was “to establish the equilibrium of real force with the US and make the US rulers dare not talk about military option for the DPRK (North Korea),” the BBC reported Friday.

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Final Thoughts

There’s a solution that we may never get to know about. Considering how volatile Kim Jong un is, it may behoove us to negotiate through backchannels to allow him to save face with his people while de-escalating the potential conflict. If that happens, you won’t hear about it on CNN. You’ll just notice that North Korea is less and less in the news. That would be just fine by me.

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