We are currently undergoing maintainence, please come back soon. There is nothing the US can do to North Korea that will lead essay on economic crisis its renunciation of its nuclear weapons program. On September 3, 2017, North Korea conducted a test of a nuclear weapon following an August 28 IRBM launch over Hokkaido.
Seismic tremors from this test registered 6. 3 on the Richter Scale which suggests that the test was almost certainly of a hydrogen bomb in early stages of development. Estimates of the yield from this weapon range between 500 KT and 140 KT. A 300 KT bomb would release lethal thermal radiation over a 50 square mile area. On April 18, 2017, the director of the Brookings Foreign Policy Program convened a panel of experts with decades of diplomatic and military experience in the region, to provide policy recommendations for addressing the threats currently posed by North Korea.
A summary of their conclusions makes for very dispiriting reading, in light of the most recent events. The first such option is containment. The US can try to contain North Korea—which it has done pretty successfully since the negotiation of a ceasefire in Korea in 1953—except that this will inevitably mean that it is the American homeland that is vulnerable to North Korean nuclear strikes. A second option would propose that the United States could attempt a damage limiting, first strike against North Korean nuclear facilities.