Should the US stop trying to force North Korea to abandon its nuclear program?

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The US should not try to force North Korea to abandon its nuclear program.

  • Refusing to accept North Korea's nuclear status and condemning it is ineffective and achieves nothing.

  • Accepting the nuclear program will allow the US to lift sanctions imposed on North Korea, leading to positive effects.

  • As a sovereign state under international law, North Korea has every right to develop and defend itself with nuclear weapons.

  • Accepting North Korea as a nuclear power opens the doors for possible international regulation and transparency.

  • It’s hypocritical for the U.S. to denounce another nation for possessing or developing nuclear weapons while maintaining the second largest nuclear arsenal on earth.

  • Accepting a nuclear-capable North Korea is a way to normalize them into the community of nations by giving them a defense to the existential conventional military threat against them.

  • America doesn't have any problems with the nuclear programs of other countries, and it should therefore not see the North Korean program as a problem either.

  • Pressure has not produced any progress so far.

  • Formally accepting North Korea as a nuclear state would strengthen the North Korean regime.

  • Accepting North Korea as nuclear state will make unification of Korea more difficult.

  • No state or organisation should have the power to trigger global extinction events as directly as nuclear weapons can.

  • Accepting North Korea as a nuclear power would weaken global nuclear non-proliferation efforts.

  • A nuclear armed North Korea poses a significant security threat to actors around the world.

  • By allowing North Korea to have nuclear weapons, the US would allow China to become a leading regional and ultimately global power.

  • If the US stops trying to prevent a nuclear North Korea, it runs the risk of being blackmailed by North Korea.

  • Credible North Korean nuclear capability might deter the U.S. from defending her allies from a conventional North Korean attack.