Pretty obvious. So what do you do with North Korea who, in defiance of the UN, have just exploded their fifth nuclear bomb with analysts saying they now have sixteen devices ready to go and the means to deliver them.
By any measure North Korea is an unstable society led by an unstable leader. They don't hold to diplomatic norms. Indeed, there is much to suggest that Kim actually believes his own rhetoric that his country can out-nuclear the forces arraigned against him. Real dangerous stuff.
I despair there is no western leader (read US leader) with the balls to do a HST ... many faults but my hero nevertheless. Dropped the bomb on Japan; championed the Marshall Plan; won that great come from behind victory against Dewey and fired MacArthur crowned himself God.
North Korea can be taken out with nukes in a single surgical strike. Lets not get too precious about it.
Nukes are a bomb, albeit a big bomb, but a bomb nevertheless and can be precision delivered. OK, there will be causalities but the alternative is Kim with his back to the wall and going for broke with Seoul and Tokyo modern day Hiroshimas and Nagasakis.
Of course the nervous nellies will protest the suggestion and will continue to protest until the air-raid sirens sound and then they will argue that 'he' was provoked into it anyway and it's all 'our' fault'.