Tuesday, April 18, 2017
The U.S. Contemplated A Nuclear Confrontation In North Korea In 1953.
David Kaiser, Time: The U.S. Contemplated a Nuclear Confrontation in North Korea in 1953. We Can Learn From That Moment
A few weeks after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that American “strategic patience” with North Korea is ending, a U.S. naval fleet is moving toward that country, prompting Chinese authorities to caution against further provocation between the two nations. As experts advise that North Korea seems ready to launch a new nuclear test, plans have been laid for a potentially large conventional strike by the U.S. against North Korean test sites and facilities, to be executed if North Korea goes ahead with another nuclear test.
Were President Trump to authorize such a move, it would represent the first time in the history of the world that any nation had launched a formal military attack on the territory of a declared nuclear state. It is perhaps no coincidence that this step is under consideration now that there is no one with any influence in government who would remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki as an adult. Yet it behooves us to revisit another instance in which the U.S. government flirted with a nuclear confrontation with another nuclear power — one that would have taken place, as it happens, in the same territory, Korea, in 1953.
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WNU Editor: I doubt that the U.S. would be the first to use nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula .... especially since they currently enjoy a conventional military advantage over North Korea. But this look back at 1953 is an interesting read because it explains the limits of using nuclear weapons .... especially on the Korean peninsula.