The new nuclear device that North Korea tested on Sunday is five to ten times more powerful than anything else they have tested.
ABC News contributor Col. Stephen Ganyard said that America might just have to learn to live with a nuclear North Korea after the rogue nation’s latest successful nuclear test on Sunday.
ABC’s Martha Raddatz asked Ganyard what he thought about North Korea successfully testing a hydrogen bomb that could be loaded onto an intercontinental ballistic missile.
Ganyard told Raddatz that this was a “hugely provocative” action from the North Koreans and showed a “big step change in North Korean nuclear technology.”
“In the past, they’ve been able to do a much simpler form of an atomic bomb. This thermonuclear bomb is five to ten times more powerful than anything they have demonstrated before, which represents a much bigger threat not only to the region but to the United States,” Ganyard said.
Ganyard believes that South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in will ask President Trump to redeploy the tactical nuclear weapon known as the ‘silver bullet’ to the area as a counter measure.
The ‘silver bullets’ were removed from the Korean peninsula in the early 1990s, according to Ganyard.
Raddatz asked about options the United States has to prevent North Korea from continuing to develop its nuclear program.
“The U.S. really has no military options. Nobody wants to conduct a preemptive or preventative war. The cost would just be too high in lives, especially on the Korean peninsula,” Ganyard responded.
Ganyard explained he expects the United States to look at economic sanctions, but that “other than economic sanctions, we may have to learn to live with a nuclearized North Korea.”
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