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US-North Korea Showdown Comes with Catastrophic Risk

In the best case scenario, a limited U.S. pre-emptive strike on a North Korean missile launch site or nuclear facility would not seriously degrade its capabilities, but may convince the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, to seek dialogue rather than risk a war he knows he cannot win, analysts say.

“If he stays patient and tries to find an exit through negotiations with the U.S., using China and Russia, he may stay alive,” said Shin In-Kyun, a regional security analyst with the Korea Defense Network in Seoul.

However, the very justification for military action to eliminate the North’s nuclear threat …read more

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