Our escalating tensions with North Korea are harming South Korea financially. As we put pressure on South Korea to install the THAAD systems, we have alienated China, who sees the missiles as a threat to them. South Korea paid for that decision when China imposed all sorts of sanctions on imports from South Korea. Perhaps South Korea will decide that our presence isn’t worth it any more.

International relations and geo political crisis usually have ramifications that go well beyond what we’re shown or lead to believe. The “crisis” with North Korea has preoccupied the media for years now. In the past few months, it’s threatened relations between the US, China, Russia and South Korea. And it’s distracted South Korea from its internal economic problems. Problems that got their President impeached and jailed. Who wins when South Korea’s economy flounders?