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U.S. officials have reportedly discussed a potential retaliatory strategy if North Korea launches another nuclear or missile test.
“The idea is known as the 'bloody nose' strategy: React to some nuclear or missile test with a targeted strike against a North Korean facility to bloody Pyongyang’s nose and illustrate the high price the regime could pay for its behavior,” The Wall Street Journal reported.
The strategy would involve targeted strikes against North Korea attaching costs to their behavior without starting an all-out war.
However, there is debate within the Trump administration whether such a strategy is even feasible, according to the Journal.
If provoked, North Korea could inflict thousands of casualties on South Korea at a moment's notice because of the “vast array of artillery tubes” pointed across the Demilitarized Zone.
That's not the only way North Korea could retaliate. They could also use a nuclear weapon to take retaliatory action against a U.S. strike.
Such strategizing suggests tensions between the U.S. and the rouge regime led by dictator Kim Jung Un remain high. Tuesday's talks between North and South Korea marked the first time the two nations have engaged in dialogue in two years.
With the 2018 Winter Olympics being held in South Korea, and North Korea expressing interest in sending athletes there, the situation is expected to remain mostly calm for the time being.
But if Kim's history of provocation is any indicator, it won't last forever.
“The U.S. hasn’t done the kind of logistical preparations needed for a full-blown conflict on the Korean Peninsula. Still, as the talk of a 'bloody nose' option suggests, that doesn’t mean one can’t happen,” the Journal reported.
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