There is a way to neutralise Kim's regime without war - but China must be on board
The crisis with North Korea may appear trumped up. It's not. Given that Pyongyang has had nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles for more than a decade, why the panic now? Because North Korea is headed for a nuclear breakout.
The regime has openly declared that it is racing to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that can reach the United States - and thus destroy an American city at a Kim Jong-un push of a button.
The North Koreans are not bluffing. They've made significant progress with solid-fuel rockets, which are more quickly deployable and thus more easily hidden and less subject to detection and pre-emption.