Deterrence and defiance on the Korean Peninsula | Editorial – The Japan Times

This is an insightful editorial from the Japan Times (JT). The JT argues that close coordination among Japan, South Korea and the U.S. is essential to rolling back the North Korean threat.

Source: Deterrence and defiance on the Korean Peninsula | The Japan Times

If we read the liberal western papers, it’s easy to conclude that the problem between the US and North Korea is because of Donald Trump. But North Korea’s nuclear weapons and threatening behaviour are the real challenge. For the moment, North Korea has a failed missile test this weekend and the US is publically thanking China for trying to intervene with North Korea.

The safest solution is to rely on China’s diplomatic intervention. But surely a US unilateral targeting of North Korea’s nuclear program seems high risk?

Thoughts?