How to Resolve the North Korea Crisis

Peace and Freedom

An understanding between the U.S. and Beijing is the essential prerequisite. Tokyo and Seoul also have key roles to play.

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People in Tokyo walk past a screen showing news on North Korea, Aug. 10.
People in Tokyo walk past a screen showing news on North Korea, Aug. 10. PHOTO: REUTERS
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Aug. 11, 2017 6:08 p.m. ET

For more than 30 years, the world’s response to North Korea’s nuclear program has combined condemnation with procrastination. Pyongyang’s reckless conduct is deplored. Warnings are issued that its evolution toward weaponization will prove unacceptable. Yet its nuclear program has only accelerated.

The Aug. 5 sanctions resolution passed unanimously by the United Nations Security Council marked a major step forward. Still, an agreed objective remains to be established. But the North Korean success in testing a prototype intercontinental ballistic missile eliminates the scope for further equivocation. If Kim Jong Un maintains a nuclear program against the opposition of…

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