N Korea vs US: India can play crucial role in resolving Pyongyang crisis, says top American commander

Amid frequent threats and counter-threats between United States and North Korea, as the two countries continue a war of fiery words, a top American commander has today stated that India can play a crucial role in shrinking the tension by helping the Pyongyang leadership understand the seriousness of the threats posed by its nuclear programmes. While with much appreciation from the US President Donlad Trump, India, earlier this year, had suspended all its trade links with North Korea, Admiral Harry Harris, the commander of the US Pacific Command said that it is up to India to decide which role it would like to play in this sensitive issue.

As reported by Business Standard, Admiral Harry Harris said, “I think India’s voice is a loud voice, that people pay attention to. So, I think that India could help North Korea, perhaps, understand the seriousness by which the United States views that threat.”

Tensions escalated between N Korea and US since the later tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July, with both countries periodically issuing threats to launch major attacks which can have massive global impact. And with the tension steadily escalating in recent times, the world is at the verge to witness a possible nuclear war. But before the real physical war, a fiery war of words continues between the two countries.

United States President Donald Trump, in a strong statement on August 8, threatened to unleash ‘fire and fury like the world has never seen’ against Kim Jong Un’s regime after North Korea vowed to retaliate “thousands of times” for new U.N. sanctions. Hours after Trump’s comments, Pyongyang claimed that it was ‘examining’ a strike on the US forces on the Pacific island of Guam. But in a befitting reply, the US Pacific Air Forces tweeted a picture of two B-1 bombers flanked by two fighter jets with the message, “ready to #fighttonight”.

However, yet an open conflict still remained prevented. If North Korea attacks the United States first, the response from US and its allies might result in the end of Kim Jong Un’s regime while on the other hand if United States attack first, N Korea has enough firepower to devastate its nearby countries, claiming thousands of lives. The Washington Post reported that Pyongyang might already have fitted a warhead in ballistic missiles and starting a nuclear war never satisfies even a basic cost-benefit analysis.

On August 5, the United States Security council passed Resolution 2371 which targets North korea’s foreign earnings worth $3 billion . US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called it “the most stringent set of sanctions on any country in a generation.”

Later, warning his North Korean counterpart Ring Yong Ho, at a regional conference in Manila , Chinese Foreign Minister Eang Yi said, “Do not violate the U.N.’s decision or provoke the international society’s goodwill by conducting missile launching or nuclear tests.”

By: Priyam Mukhopadhyay

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