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Facing North Korea's Nuclear Reality

Rodger Baker
Senior VP of Strategic Analysis, Stratfor
Jul 26, 2016 | 08:00 GMT
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Once a means to exact political and economic concessions, North Korea's nuclear weapons program has become a cornerstone of its national security policy. The United States, however, has not adapted its policy accordingly.
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At one time, North Korea treated its nuclear weapons program as a bargaining chip -- a way to raise the stakes with the United States to wheedle concessions and aid. Now, however, nuclear weapons development is no longer something for Pyongyang to trade away for economic support and promises of nonaggression....

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