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North Korea should not give up its nuclear weapons for its national security.
It is not nuclear weapons but traditional forces that deter the US from operating surgical strike on North Korea.
Since thousands of canons aim at Seoul, the US cannot choose the military option.
Another reason is the US military base at Uijeongbu. Located between Seoul and North Korea, the army base plays a role in tripwire. Once the battle occurs, the US army must be attacked which leads to automatic military intervention of the US military regardless of the US Congress permission.
One of main reasons to give up that option is because of North Korean armies nearby the demilitarized zone (DMZ).
The US has the capability to totally destroy the canons nearby DMZ and to operate surgical strike on the nuclear facilities in North Korea at the same time.
From the US perspective, the costs are hugely different between North Korean traditional military weapons and nuclear weapons. The former might give a lot of damage on South Korean assets. The latter, however, with fully-fledged missiles, can strike the US continent with enormous damage.
The lack of information about where North Korean nuclear weapons are prevents the US from striking. If the US cannot assess that it will strike and destroy DPRK nuclear weapons with absolute certainty, it runs the risk of nuclear retaliation.