Assessing the North Korean Hazard

Jan 2, 2017 | 13:34 GMT

Part one of a Stratfor series on how the United States would deal with a nuclear-equipped North Korea.

Editor's Note

This is the first installment of a five-part series that originally ran in May 2016. It examines the measures that could be taken to inhibit North Korea's nuclear weapons program. The purpose of this series is not to consider political rhetoric or noninvasive means of coercion such as sanctions. Rather, we are exploring the military options, however remote, that are open to the United States and its allies, along with the expected retaliatory response from Pyongyang.

North Korea is an island of its own making. It is often painted as a weak, fearsome lunatic with delusions of grandeur and aspirations to become a nuclear power, but the truth is a little more complicated....

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