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Coping With a Nuclear North Korea

North Korea is convinced that the only way to deter foreign military action against it is to develop a nuclear weapon — and it is now in the final stages of developing one. Sanctions and negotiations have failed to persuade Pyongyang to abandon this strategy, so world powers have only two options for coping with North Korea: militarily intervene before it acquires a weapon or begin to shape defense strategies based on the assumption that it will inevitably acquire one. The dilemma is forcing China, Pyongyang’s only ally, to redefine its North Korea policy and is compelling countries such as South Korea, Japan and the United States to increase military cooperation.

Sanctions and negotiations have failed to dissuade Pyongyang from abandoning this strategy, so world powers have only two options for coping with North Korea: militarily intervene before it acquires a weapon or begin to shape defense strategies based on the assumption that it will inevitably acquire one.
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