As several American politicians call for revenge against North Korea for the death of Otto Warmbier, the already sensitive situation should not be exacerbated, warns Isaac Stone Fish. War must be prevented first and foremost, which includes provocation that could lead to it. Any action in the region, beset by tension, should go no further than to encourage China to quell trade with the regime. Rather than hurting North Korea’s people, its generals and mistresses should be targeted on their trips abroad. Whichever avenue is taken, a war would result in immeasurable losses on both sides that would make any gains worthless.
Otto Warmbier having died shortly after returning home, having being imprisoned in North Korea, must be met with hard retaliation, infers Olivia Enos. A regime that oppresses its own people and still holds three US nationals in custody needs to be shown that its misdeeds won’t go unpunished. The U.S. should tighten sanctions on North Korea and single out individuals in the regime that have committed human rights abuses. Additionally, American citizens should be barred from visiting the country to hurt its tourism revenue. Squeezing the regime’s cash flow and a tougher foreign policy is needed to make North Korea regret its actions.