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How the US turned North Korea into a nuclear power

The US has forgotten the cold logic of nuclear diplomacy. Time to remember it

By Jeffrey Lewis   November 2017

Missiles on parade in North Korea. Photo: AP/Rex/Shutterstock

North Korea is now, unquestionably, a nuclear power. Over the past year, under the leadership of its dictator, Kim Jong-un, it has completed a decades-long effort to acquire the ability to deliver a thermonuclear weapon against major cities in the United States. It has tested a new long-range ballistic missile, designed and produced domestically, that can strike targets thousands of miles away, as well as a thermonuclear weapon—with 10 times the destructive force of the bomb that destroyed Nagasaki—to arm…

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