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.

  • China and Russia both have massive nuclear programs and we don't have a problem with them, and don't threaten them with nuclear war. Let North Korea keep their nukes, promote peace in the region, and promote North Korea to fix their humanitarian crisis by lifting sanctions.

  • The use of persuasion instead of force will be more likely to result in North Korea abandoning its nuclear program.

  • 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.

  • 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 strengthen the North Korean regime.

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

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

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

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

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