Bold times call for bold actions and that does not always mean strapping up the boots and going to war. While no one wants to see that happen, there are things that must be done in order to prepare for such negative developments and advances. That is why President Donald Trump has been said to be “circulating a draft” that “would grant the U.S. Navy and Air Force unprecedented power over North Korea at sea,” the Conservative Tribune reports today.
Likewise, the New York Times tells us that this draft would “ban all shipments of oil, petroleum and natural gas to North Korea” and would allow for the United States forces to enforce the ban by “all necessary measures.” This could raise tensions with China and is a line of thinking that should be carefully reviewed before implemented.
This measure would also permit the U.S. ships “to intercept and board North Korean vessels” which the Times also observes “could set the stage for some of the tensest encounters on the high seas since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.”
While this is certainly the case, it needs to be remembered that much of this stage was set by the cheese gobbling madman in North Korea, Kim Jong-un. Using war games with South Korea as a pretense for lobbying test missiles over Japan, shipping lanes, and elsewhere, he has the whole world on edge.
Nikki Haley, the American ambassador to the U.N. said of the plan that mirrors what Kennedy did to the Soviets when they attempted to set up ballistic bases in Cuba that she hopes to bring the resolution to vote as soon as Monday (today).
The New York Times sums up the situation by saying “If the crew of a North Korean ship failed to stop or resisted a boarding party, one senior military official acknowledged in recent days, the result could be an exchange of fire at a time when Pyongyang is threatening to use its nascent nuclear arsenal, and the United States is warning of a ‘devastating response,’”
Russian President Vladimir Putin is against the idea and says, “There is no other way to solve the North Korean nuclear issue, save that of peaceful dialogue,” something that would be possible if the DPRK would quit testing nuclear weapons.
He also fears that any solution that involves the military in N.K “could lead to a global, planetary catastrophe and a huge loss of human life.”
“China doesn’t want to make North Korea a total enemy,” says Joseph DeTrani, a former special envoy for Six-Party Talks with North Korea while speaking to Voice of America.
If the resolution fails to pass, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said the U.S. will halt trade WITH “anybody that does trade with North Korea.”
This action gives both the Hermit Kingdom and the whole of the U.N. nowhere to hide. They either help stop North Korea or they can lose the partnership of the U.S. and all that comes with it.
There are ways to handle this crisis which may not lead to war. That may be up to the United Nations.