Why Military Action Against North Korea Is the Worst Option—and Possibly Necessary

Why Military Action Against North Korea Is the Worst Option—and Possibly Necessary
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se at a press conference in Seoul, March 17, 2017 (Pool photo by Jung Yeon-Je via AP).

The threat from North Korea to the United States, the Asia-Pacific region, and the global economy is growing rapidly. For decades the dynasty of Kim family dictators has used military provocation to fend off external pressure. Over the past decade, this took a particularly ominous turn as Pyongyang added a nuclear capability to its massive conventional military force. Today the erratic aggression of Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s current dictator, is pushing the danger to ever greater heights, backed by a growing nuclear arsenal and ballistic missile capability. When North Korea first tested an atomic device in 2006, the United […]

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