The US should not try 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.

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

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • North Korea is a rouge nation, led by psychopathic tyrants that execute people with mortars, imprison people for three generations, and abduct foreign citizens. It is inhabited by a heavily indoctrinated population that is taught to shoot foreigners while they are still children. Giving them access to nuclear weapons cannot lead to anything good, for anyone.

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

  • There are alternative approaches to stopping North Korea's nuclear program that better serve American interests.