Mr. Trump’s change in tone notwithstanding, his advisers have increasingly been making the case that North Korea’s ambition is to reunify the Korean Peninsula by force, and that traditional deterrence — fear of overwhelming retaliation — cannot stop the North once it has a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the United States. Many observers are skeptical of both assertions, especially in South Korea, which would suffer greatly if a pre-emptive strike on the North led to all-out war. They argue that the leaders of Pyongyang’s Communist regime are not planning to use nuclear weapons to attack the United States or its allies, because they know that Washington would overwhelmingly counterattack. Rather, they say, North Korea is building its nuclear weapons out of fear, hoping that the arms will protect the country from invasion — or from outside intervention, in the case of a domestic uprising — allowing the North to focus on economic development. In addition, all of the countries around North Korea, even its old allies China and Russia, have said they would oppose war on the Korean Peninsula. “The view that North Korea would start war to communize Korea doesn’t make sense anymore,” said Kim Yong-hyun, a professor of North Korean studies at Dongguk University in Seoul. “North Korea knows that if it ever uses a nuclear weapon, it means self-destruction.”,ugg boots outlet, @ugg boot cleaner 658 @uggs outlet online 323 @ugg boot youtube 178 @ugg boots 4 all 292 @ugg boots us size 8 734