Sunday 24 September 2017

There is a way to neutralise Kim's regime without war - but China must be on board

North Korean soldiers take part in a military parade last week in Pyongyang, North Korea. Photo: Wong Maye-E/AP
North Korean soldiers take part in a military parade last week in Pyongyang, North Korea. Photo: Wong Maye-E/AP

Charles Krauthammer

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.

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