The Trump administration may want to exert more pressure on North Korea, creating an expectation in the outside world that it may militarily target North Korea and even launch a “decapitation attack.” But if Pyongyang wages a desperate counterattack, Washington will be caught in a dilemma.
Taking military actions against North Korea is much more risky than launching a missile strike on Syria. Pyongyang is able to deal a heavy blow to South Korea. Regardless of Pyongyang’s nuclear capability, a radiological dispersal device, or a “dirty bomb,” if thrown on the South, will cause nuclear pollution, which will be unbearable to this US ally.
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