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Few Diplomatic or Military Solutions to North Korean Nuclear Threat

Foreign Policy Research Institute's Ben Silberstein: U.S. Military Intervention Could Spark War with China

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Global leaders are scrambling to react in the wake of North Korea’s latest nuclear test - it's largest to date. 

It's still too soon to confirm North Korea's claims that last weekend's test of a nuclear device was an advanced hydrogen bomb, but officials in the U.S. and South Korea are aggressively responding to the latest threat.

South Korea launched major live-fire naval drills to warn North Korea against further provocations Tuesday morning, and President Donald Trump confirmed in a tweet he has given the go-ahead for Japan and South Korea to buy a "substantially increased amount" of sophisticated military equipment from the United States.

Meanwhile, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council that Washington will present a new sanctions resolution to be negotiated in the coming days. 

But previous efforts on sanctions have clearly failed, and experts assert that there are no 'good' military options for dealing with North Korea.

WIBC host Tony Katz spoke with Ben Silberstein of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, who told Tony he believes there is an extreme amount of hesitation from any country to take military action against North Korea. 

Silberstein:

First of all, we don't know what North Korea would do in retailiation, and it might very well start a nuclear war. Second thing is, if the U.S. intervenes in North Korea, it's very, very likely that China would intervene to stop any U.S. intervention. And in that situation, we might have a war between the United States and China and I think that's a scenario that, you know, that's what nightmares are made from.

Click the link below to hear Tony's full interview with Ben Silberstein:

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