But China, South Korea, and Japan would all be consulted.
A grave risk could be a blitzkrieg attack by the DPRK on the South, as Seoul is not far away.
There is a perhaps a slight risk that a DPRK missile could reach Japan, and that it could be armed with chemical weapons. We are not as sure as we would like to be that DPRK cannot put some sort of crude nuclear device or dirty bomb on a missile that could reach that far, and this would seem to be a marginal risk. We cannot be absolutely sure that a missile could not reach as far as Alaska or Hawaii. George Tenet had issued such warnings during the Bush administration. Obviously DPRK could try some kind of cyber attack on American companies (like Sony), but that would have taken preparation.
About two weeks after Trump’s inauguration, I had tweeted “@realDonaldRrump” that North Korea was the single most dangerous enemy we have. I wonder if it was noticed.
Trump’s attitudes have changed in the past couple of weeks. There is speculation that the 11 ton GBU-43/B-MOAB bunker buster, the largest conventional weapon the US has, was dropped on an ISIS underground hideout in Afghanistan, near the border of Pakistan, to send a message to North Korea, not to count on hiding its nuclear tests underground.
Economic conditions in Afghanistan have deteriorated from the inability of westerners to come and work without being kidnapped.
Suddenly Trump admits relations with Russia are lousy. And Sean Spicer has to apologize for calling Assad the worst monster of all time, worse than Hitler. Stalin, Pol Pot, and Idi Amin (and Saddam Hussein, who also used chemical weapons on his own people in 1988).
Is it good to have an oil company executive as Secretary of State -- to "negotiate" Apprentice-style with China and Middle Eastern countries?
Is Trump starting to let Jared Kushner become shadow president instead of Steve Bannon?
Wikipedia attribution link for picture of Seoul Plaza, CCSA 4.0.