No one seems to know what to do about North Korea and its nuclear program. When Kim Jong-il launched seven missiles into the Sea of Japan during AmericaÆs Independence Day celebrations, the reaction from the other members of the six-party talks about North KoreaÆs nukes ranged from Japanese outrage to South Korean embarrassment to Chinese silent humiliation.
The United States has failed to rally everyone around a common platform, and these splits allow KimÆs regime to survive. If anything the missile tests illuminated the divisions among the US and its allies, with Japanese and South Korean patrol boats chasing each other around the Dokdu islands while their diplomats traded insults.
The biggest division continues to...
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