North Korea is advancing its nuclear program at an unforeseen pace. Many experts agree that the rogue nation is already capable of launching a nuclear warhead at the mainland United States; this alone should make the issue a pressing matter to all Americans. The United States must address the nation with a multifaceted diplomatic solution to counter North Korea’s nuclear program. However, President Donald Trump is doing the exact opposite.

In order to offset the nuclear threat the rogue nation poses, it is critical that the U.S. negotiate to subdue the nuclear program. On the contrary, Trump has recently posted controversial tweets referring to his “big red button”—presumably referencing his very tangible access to the American nuclear codes—and threatening military action against North Korea. These poorly thought out actions are nothing more than a liability to the cause of neutralizing Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s leader.

A preventive military strike—an action President Trump has said may be necessary—would be devastating. It would initiate a possible immediate nuclear response from North Korea against the United States or its close allies: Japan and South Korea. Furthermore, a strike would isolate China, an important nation in this matter. These drastic ramifications make an attack unrealistic, but even public discussion of military action carries its own risks.

When the President of the United States, or any American official, threatens war on another nation, that country will be less likely to negotiate diplomatically and peacefully in the future. This holds true for North Korea. The United States’ only option that doesn’t end in war is working with North Korea, even if that nation is known to be the American public’s least favorite.

This principle has worked in the past. Look at the recent Iran Nuclear Deal where the United States and other major powers rolled out a comprehensive agreement which both lifts and restimulates Iran’s economy and limits its nuclear program to energy production. These ideas have even worked with North Korea, specifically during the Six Party Talks in 2005, which halted North Korea’s nuclear program. This provided relief to North Korea, but the United States eventually terminated the deal after continued pressure on the North Korean economy.

If the United States wants to resolve its feud with North Korea, it must first understand why its enemy has nuclear weapons in the first place: to protect themselves from the U.S. China, on the other hand, wants North Korea to exist as a stable non-nuclear state. They are looking to get rid of nuclear Korea but also want a buffer state between them and the Western-aligned South Korea. The United States has done little to recognize or acknowledge these desires.

With this information in mind, the steps for the Trump administration are clear. They must show commitment to a balanced North Korea in order to give China motive to aid the nuclear nonproliferation movement. Then it is vital that the United States ushers all nations, especially China, to further cut off North Korea from the global economy with the goal of forcing them to the bargaining table. The final step should be to de-escalate the situation by negotiating a missile testing ban, sanctions relief, and even limitations on American military operations in the region. The ultimate goal for the United States shouldn’t be to eliminate North Korea. Instead, it should be to eliminate a nuclear North Korea.

As North and South Koreans march into the Pyeongchang Olympics together and the possibility of a nuclear warhead reaching Washington D.C. becomes a reality, something must be done. Despite the President’s continuous remarks about a strike against North Korea, the action that must be taken isn’t military, but diplomatic. The United States needs to work with North Korea, not against them.