With its recent threat to detonate a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific
Ocean, North Korea continues to be a major irritant with respect to
maintaining peace and security in the region around itself and also in
the whole world.

With the continuing assistance of China – both financial and
technological – Pyongyang has been making rapid strides in achieving the
latest technologies for the making of nuclear weapons, proved by its
recent successful test of a hydrogen bomb and its ongoing endeavor to
develop an ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) system capable of
delivering such weapons.

It is well known that hydrogen bombs are more dangerous than 
standard atomic bombs because they are based on nuclear-fusion
technology, which produces much more energy than the nuclear-fission
technology used in less powerful bombs. Meanwhile North Korea is in
possession of a large conventional arsenal including missiles, bomb
launchers, and naval ships.

Equipped with such a huge buildup of arms along with autocratic and
dictatorial pomp and glory, North Korea’s ruler persists with his
arrogant and stubborn style of governance and scoffs at his opponents
within his country and also all over in the world. This has been seen in
its utter disregard of US pressure and threats to itself as well as its
mentor China.

The North Korean dictator remains undeterred and unperturbed. Perhaps
that is what forced US President Donald Trump to issue fresh threats of
even wiping out the country along with its dictator, but the tyrant
still looks undisturbed. Further, he and one of his close aides openly
rebuked the American president by pronouncing him a mentally deranged
person and his threats as utter nonsense. Not only that, the dictator
has now threatened to submerge the US with a tsunami caused by exploding
a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean.

But what does this mean? Should the president of the United States be
taken lightly? This question is particularly pertinent because today
the US enjoys an unquestioned status as the world’s first hyper-power
with untrammeled authority and unparalleled military power that arouses
awe and fear among all nations. And that has been seen by the whole
world in the form of the American wrath over Saddam Hussein in Iraq or
the killing of al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden while he was hiding in
Abbottabad, very close to the Pakistan Army headquarters – the most
secure area in the country.

China too is helpless before US hegemony, as Beijing had to eat
humble pie at the hands of the US in the South China Sea crisis last
year.

There are several other challenges facing Pyongyang’s dictator, as
all of the countries nearby and also in more distant adjoining regions,
particularly South Korea, Japan and Australia, besides all the NATO
powers, are following the US line of action, and hence they are
committed opponents of North Korea.

Still another challenge is the likely chance of terrorists getting
control of North Korea’s nuclear weapons in the event the regime falls.

In this scenario any loss of restraint by either side will inevitably
result in a nuclear holocaust of unimaginable magnitude resulting in
the elimination of almost half of humanity, along with millions upon
millions of creatures living in the water and the air, thereby
destroying the ecological balance and also closing doors for the future
survival of humanity.

But this menace can be prevented, as there is no dearth of saner
minds in the world, be it in Russia or China or even Pakistan. They all
can be mobilized to stand together against North Korea’s mounting
passion for nuclear weapons by diplomatically isolating Pyongyang and
its supporters like China and Pakistan and putting its nuclear weapons
and other lethal arsenals under supervision of the General Assembly of
the United Nations.

Though that looks like wishful thinking, there is no other way out.



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