The U.S. Can’t Stop North Korea’s Nuclear Advance. Here’s How to Contain It

Soldiers gather in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, to celebrate the July 4 test launch of North Korea’s first intercontinental ballistic missile, July 6, 2017 (AP photo by Jon Chol Jin).
Soldiers gather in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, to celebrate the July 4 test launch of North Korea’s first intercontinental ballistic missile, July 6, 2017 (AP photo by Jon Chol Jin).

Earlier this week North Korea tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile. While Pyongyang already has an extensive arsenal of medium-range missiles, most experts believed it would be several more years before it could field a weapon that could hit the United States. They were wrong. While the missile launch did not alter the essence of the U.S.-North Korea nuclear crisis, it did add urgency. Now Americans must relearn the lexicon of nuclear strategy they largely forgot after the end of the Cold War and use it to understand North Korea’s intentions and objectives. Of the two adversaries, North Korea has […]

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