North Korea's child tyrant is claiming that he has miniaturized a nuclear warhead to fit on top of his "balsa wood" ICBM missiles. President Trump has, necessarily, responded with his war face. And while many are talking about the possibility of a confrontation between the US and North Korea, there are options that would change the game.
Part of executing a potent and respected foreign policy is to not only be steadfast in your alliances, but to be unpredictable to you foes. In this instance, regarding North Korea, being unpredictable is the way to go.
Conventional thinking embraces the thought that the United States should leverage its relationship with China to quell the aspiration of Kim Jong-un. But short of a Chinese invasion of that despotic nation, there really is little the Chinese can do. Kim doesn't think twice about letting his people starve to death in deference to the elites and the military.
What President Trump should do is exercise a move from an outside the box thought process.
Why not enter into a strategic military alliance with Japan giving them what they have sought for years: military autonomy? Let Japan lead the way, figuratively and strategically, against North Korea. Japan has as much if not more to lose as the United States if North Korea lights the nuclear candle.
An aggressive Japan would strike a great deal of fear into the hearts of the entire Asian continent, with memories of their totalitarian conquest circa World War II still fresh in many minds.
A strategic military relationship with Japan leading the way would both strengthen our relationship with Japan and send a clear and potent message to North Korea, as well as China and Russia.