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The United States is
considered to be a superpower in the world, and it has its influence on the
events that occur in the world and the relations with other states. Currently,
in the Sea of Japan region, there is an impressive American squadron consisting
of three aircraft carriers – “Carl Vinson,” “Ronald Reagan”
and “Nimitz,” carrying cruise missiles of the Tomahawk type on board1.

This situation causes worryings of the North Korean government and army. North
Korea is in difficult international position because of its serious ambitions
towards the division of powers in the world. When shadowing the US military
jet, the North Korean military jet caused the crash of both. Fortunately, none
of the pilots died. Both of the pilots managed to catapult and rescued.

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Nevertheless, it was a strict violation of international and peace rules. First
of all, North Korea had no direct right to shadow the US flying object. The
place where the US army is situated is considered to be the American territory.

The airspace is not an exception to the rule.

North Korea is trying to control the
preparation and readiness of the United States army for any military
confrontation. That is why they use fast military jets to take photos of the
situation throughout the US military territory. The authorities of North Korea
continue their missile tests, despite the indignation of the world community.

On September 3, the most powerful nuclear bomb in the country’s history was
undermined in North Korea2.

This state is preparing both morally and physically for a potential war with
the U.S and possibly, the world. The same operation was conducted that day. At
the same time, the US military jet was observing and controlling the territory
over the Sea of Japan to take the territory safely. But it happened the pilot
of the North Korean jet did not see and did not manage to avoid a ?lash with an
American jet. Although, the reaction of two pilots was enough to commit the
catapult and save their lives. In such a way, both sides experienced only
material damages. However, the immediate reaction of the US side was resolute
and bloody.

The US thought that it was
deliberate intention of North Korea to start any military actions against the
United States. But after analyzing the previous history and experience of the
country, the US military department decided not to be in a hurry with the
consequences which could lead to the third world war. In 1962, during the
period of Cuban missile crisis, Castro’s army also shot the jet that tried to
examine the territory of Cuba and the presence of missiles in the region3.

However, the US government managed to keep calm and not to start a war, despite
the fact that the US army was ready to start it. This episode was brightly
depicted in the movie “Thirteen days.”4 Kennedy
was clever enough not to report about the detail of the accident to the Army
Chief. There are lots of similar to a certain extent accidents in the world
history. Thus, in 2014 over the Donbass (territory of Ukraine) the Malaysian
Boeing was shot down5.

This territory is a subject of confrontation between Russia and Ukraine. It is
assumed that Russian terrorists shot down the plane accidentally. In any case,
298 people died as a result. This accident also could cause the severe
international confrontation between Russia and other superpowers6.

However, the international community does not accuse Russian in order not to
cause the irreversible army conflict which could destroy the whole world.

In such a way, there are to
two viable policy approaches that the United States could take toward the
situation that happened over the Sea of Japan. The US government can forgive
the North Korean side this accident and take it as the stupid coincidence.

Although, if it was an intentional act of North Korea, the US should think
about the consequences not only to the United States but the whole world. The
only decision would be to subscribe the memorandum of the prohibition of
shadowing for the North Korean jets the territories that belong to the United
States. This will give a chance to avoid any military confrontation, which,
although, is expected during the long period. But, it is necessary to evaluate
the consequences of the army conflict for the whole world.

The second decision would
start the military confrontation with the North Korean army. And the United
States would have the direct right to this because from the North Korean side
it was a severe violation of the US space and security. When to evaluate the
strengths of both sides, the US army prevails over the army of North Korea.

However, the latter is strengthening its positions by acquiring more power
missiles and other weapons. But it is necessary to take into account that we
live in the 21st century where each side has its supporters. In such a way, the
whole world could be involved in the war where nuclear power could be used. It
could lead to the complete collapse.

Taking into account the US
history and its relations with North Korea, the most suitable decision would be
not to start the open military confrontation. If to talk about the relations
between Pyongyang and Washington, then maybe we need to look a little into
history. In fact, North Korea has always wanted to negotiate with America.

Pyongyang has always, even with the father of the current leader demanded
direct negotiations with the US on the resolution of the Korean crisis,
including missile and nuclear programs7. Even
under the administration of Bill Clinton, the parties came very close to the
negotiations, but already with George W. Bush, America and North Korea began
the same thing that we see now. Now, after 15 years, we are witnessing the
second round of diplomatic bickering between the United States and North Korea8.

Both sides declare that they will destroy each other. North Korea threatens
with missiles. The US, of course, does not threaten a nuclear strike. Trump
simply stated that he would erase North Korea from the face of the earth. And
so the leaders exchange unflattering statements about each other. In his
Twitter, Trump wrote:  “Just heard
Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little
Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!”9. In such a
way the absence of exits leads to the personal offenses from both sides.

In fact, this is a new confrontation,
but so far it is only at the level of words. I think that, as in the course of
the Caribbean crisis in 1962, when the USSR and the US were on the verge of
nuclear war, this should not lead to disaster. After all, it really will be at
least the regional catastrophe. And then it will transform into the world if
the conflict will use nuclear weapons. A new administration has arrived in the
United States, it must establish itself. The North Korean regime also wants to
show the US administration that it has achieved some success in the development
of missile and nuclear weapons. But neither side is ready to destroy each other10.

Even for the war in Iraq, it took America about six months to concentrate the
necessary number of troops for such a major operation.

At the same time, Korea is
threatened not so much by the United States as by US bases deployed in Asia, on
Japanese islands, Okinawa and Guam in the Pacific. This is the maximum where
North Korean missiles can fly. North Korea has never launched more than one
dozen of missiles simultaneously11.

Moreover, as they say, not all of the launches took place in the regular mode.

There is a bluff. And for North Korea – this, of course, is also a kind of
propaganda for the consolidation of support for the regime. This all affects
the population, which is in an isolated closed space where people do not
receive information from outside.

It is possible to name a few
countries that have always been and remain allies of North Korea. These are
primarily Russia and China. But now they really see that the North Korean
regime has passed a certain line – testing neutron weapons, sufficiently
powerful medium-range missiles.  This
forced even traditional partners of North Korea to reject the Pyongyang’s
support. Ten years ago there were so-called six-party talks on North Korea.

They involved the United States, Russia, China, North Korea, South Korea and
Japan. But these negotiations broke for a very trivial reason: America tried to
insert here the issue of missile weapons12. And
these are two completely different tracks.

The other reasons for
abandonment of hostilities are that the world knows very little about what
North Korea has. This country is rather closed. And to judge the power of
rockets and nuclear tests, we can only by indirect signs. When, for example, a
parade is held in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and some new
models of rocket technology are shown for the first time, then only by the
diameter of the rockets, by their length it is possible to assume what these
missiles are, what they look like. As a rule, this is a reworked Soviet
technology. As for the nuclear program, it is even harder to establish. We know
that on September 5, 2017, Korea has tested, as it said, a neutron bomb and is
already threatening a new such test13. But,
again, we can judge about the power of this bomb only by the earthquake that it
caused. In mid-August, the North Korean leader for the first time declared that
their missile could now fly to a distance of up to 3,000 kilometers. And such a
missile can get Guam.

World leaders failed to make
our world safer: they could not agree on how to stop the spread of nuclear
weapons around the world. Nuclear states were India, Pakistan, Israel. Now it
is North Korea. There is no prevention mechanism. And North Korea so outraged
everyone, unlike previous examples, by the fact that it threatens the United
States. Neither India nor Pakistan threatens the US with its missiles or
nuclear weapons. They were allowed to have this weapon quietly, and no one is
paying attention to them now. If earlier it was possible to eliminate the
threat point-by-point (when there were one or two factories that carried out
research functions), now North Korea already states that it is at the stage of
creating its missile forces, its nuclear weapons14. Therefore,
it will be difficult even for high-precision, but non-nuclear weapons to
destroy the North Korean nuclear arsenal.

Taking into account all the
said above, it would be reasonable to state that the soberest solution of
existing conflict will be to avoid any hints to the military confrontation.

Seeking some ways for negotiations is necessary. Also, it is possible to return
to this six-sided format or to act through the UNO. But sanctions – and many
diplomats admit it – have already reached their peak of effectiveness. With
sanctions, US can achieve little from the North Korean regime, which is already
completely isolated.

1 Ben Brimelow, “7 US aircraft carriers
are at sea for the first time in years – here’s what they’re doing,”
Business Insider, November 08, 2017, , accessed December 13, 2017,

2 Alex Ward, “North Korea just tested its
most powerful nuclear bomb yet,” Vox, September 03, 2017, , accessed
December 13, 2017,

3 Gary Jeffrey and Terry Riley, The Cuban Missile Crisis (St.

Catharines, Ontario: Crabtree Publishing Company, 2014), 38-40.

4 Thirteen
days, dir. Roger Donaldson, Thirteen days, 2000

5 Nick Miller, “MH17 was shot down from
pro-Russian rebel controlled territory, investigation finds,” The Sydney Morning Herald, September 28,
2016, , accessed December 13, 2017,

6 Nick Miller, “MH17 was shot down from
pro-Russian rebel controlled territory, investigation finds,” September
28, 2016

7 Ben Westcott, “Could North Korean, US
threats of destruction cause an accidental war?” CNN, September 26, 2017,
, accessed December 13, 2017,

8 “The Way Forward on North Korea,”
The New York Times, July 04, 2017, , accessed December 13, 2017,

9 Ben Westcott, “Could North Korean, US
threats of destruction cause an accidental war?” CNN, September 26, 2017,
, accessed December 13, 2017,

10 Gary Jeffrey and Terry Riley, The Cuban Missile Crisis (St.

Catharines, Ontario: Crabtree Publishing Company, 2014), 112.

11 Mary Dejevsky, “The UN vote against
North Korea shows the system working – for once | Mary Dejevsky,” The
Guardian, August 06, 2017, , accessed December 13, 2017,

12 Samuel Ramani, “Analysis | Why is Putin
backing North Korea? To build up Russia as a great power.,” The Washington
Post, July 26, 2017, , accessed December 13, 2017,

13 Alex Ward, “North Korea just tested its
most powerful nuclear bomb yet,” Vox, September 03, 2017, , accessed
December 13, 2017,

14 Elbridge Colby, “The Role of Nuclear
Weapons in the U.S.-Russian Relationship,” Carnegie Endowment for
International Peace, February 2016, , accessed December 13, 2017,

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