North Korea did not hide its satisfaction with recent nuclear test, as the country’s chief diplomat at the UN warned the US that it could expect more “gift packages” to come its way. The North Korean official’s warning has prompted American President Donald Trump and other world leaders to think what they can do with the Asia Pacific nation.

Although the Trump administration in Washington has hinted that it is ready to counter Pyongyang’s aggression, senior American officials are still considering different options to avoid a war. China tried its best to resolve the crisis, as Beijing recently advised its ‘friend’ not to test nuclear bombs. However, North Korea has ignored the advice and conducted a second test on September 9.

President Trump said that he has only three options – direct military expedition, punishing China and holding diplomatic talks with North Korea – to resolve the crisis. Probably, he did not realise that all the three options were useless.

If the military operation is an option, then the crisis could have been solved in minutes. But, it is not technically possible for America to conduct surgical strike in North Korea. For that, the US will have to convince neighbouring Japan and South Korea as Washington will require their co-operation. And it will be a difficult job, keeping in mind that Tokyo and Seoul are well aware of the fact that a leader, like Kim Jong-un, will not hesitate to wipe them out of the map within a minute.

It is also not possible for the US to hold diplomatic talks with North Korea especially after imposing sanctions on it. Russian President Vladimir Putin has rightly said that pursuing further sanctions against North Korea is “useless”, adding that “they’d rather eat grass than give up their nuclear programme”.

Another option is to take ‘action’ against China in order to teach a lesson to North Korea. President Trump has every right to consider this option, but his officials know that America is currently not in a position to trigger a war against China. Secondly, it is not possible for America to disturb the ‘good understanding’ between China and North Korea. It is to be noted that whenever China hosted a major international event in recent times, North Korea conducted a nuclear test. For example, we can mention the G-20 Summit in September 2016, the ‘One Belt One Road’ meet in May 2016 and the recently-concluded BRICS Summit. It means China and North Korea are ‘close allies’ in a true sense. In fact, Beijing decided to remain silent on the ‘North Korea’ issue during the concluding speech of the BRICS Summit.

In such a situation, there is no need to put China under diplomatic pressure. Now, it is up to President Trump to explore new avenues to tackle North Korea.

Koushik Das, based in the Indian capital of New Delhi, is a senior news editor with more than 15 years of experience. He also runs a blog - Boundless Ocean of Politics. E-Mail: [email protected]