With North Korea developing its nuclear program, they pose as a direct potential threat to their neighboring countries. This is a potentially problematic situation, as military tests with missiles had already invaded the maritime and air space of Japan and South Korean in several occasions. With one of the largest militaries in the world, North Korea is not a power to be despised or underestimated. Nevertheless, despite the projected initial difficulties, it is quite obvious that, in any prospective scenario concerning a possible war, the United States would emerge victorious. A conflict would be so damaging, that it will inevitably result in the total obliteration of the Pyongyang regime. The entire Korean Peninsula, as an obvious consequence, would then be guided and directed by the Seoul government. As a consequence, Korean unification would inevitably be the final outcome of the war.
This raises another important question: in the case of a war, in what side Russia and China would stand? It’s difficult to say, but quite obviously, they would support North Korea. In what grounds, or in what basis, it’s impossible to say precisely. If only logistically – which would be improbable –, this would not undermine the American possibilities of victory. But with a wide open military support, this implicates in an overall exchange of scenarios, and the conflict could escalate into a third World War.
Speculations apart, there is hope of a peaceful solution? It’s impossible to affirm precisely. But as the tension escalates strongly and disproportionately on both sides, it becomes inevitable to think that eventually the war of Korea would inevitably resume, which is something terrifying to think. We have two opposite forces, with two completely different objectives and agendas. For Pyongyang, the main goal seems to secure the survival of the regime. For the USA, the principal objective is to guarantee the security and the regional integrity of its two main Asian allies, and, as a natural consequence, the salutary principles of democracy.
Evidently, in any case, a war would be a disastrous achievement. Despite the fact that it would bring about an inevitable result concerning the end of the totalitarian Pyongyang regime, and a closure to the situation in the Korean peninsula, the carnage that would come out as a consequence of the war – taking into consideration the fact that modern weapons and nuclear ballistics contains a massive power of obliteration, way more horrendous and destructive than in the fifties, when the belligerent tensions between the two countries had begun – would probably be unprecedented for any outcome in a military conflict.
It’s impossible to say or to evaluate precisely what would be North Korea’s next move. But by judging the behavior of its dictator, Kim Jong-un, possibly everything beyond ambitious and arrogant.