Mark Bowden on How to Deal with North Korea

Peace and Freedom

There are no good options. But some are worse than others.

By MARK BOWDEN

JULY/AUGUST 2017 ISSUE

The Atlantic

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/07/the-worst-problem-on-earth/528717/

Thirty minutes. That’s about how long it would take a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launched from North Korea to reach Los Angeles. With the powers in Pyongyang working doggedly toward making this possible—building an ICBM and shrinking a nuke to fit on it—analysts now predict that Kim Jong Un will have the capability before Donald Trump completes one four-year term.

About which the president has tweeted, simply, “It won’t happen!”

Though given to reckless oaths, Trump is not in this case saying anything that departs significantly from the past half century of futile American policy toward North Korea. Preventing the Kim dynasty from having a nuclear device was an American priority long before Pyongyang exploded its first nuke, in 2006, during the administration of George W. Bush. The Kim…

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