North Korea Nuke Tests Show Need for New Policy Response

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North Korea’s sixth nuclear test heightens regional anxieties and is dangerous for populations living nearby.

But in itself it does not fundamentally alter the situation nor should it raise the risk of military conflict.

Instead, it should spur the U.S., South Korea and China to forge a stronger, more effective and more united diplomatic approach.

In a season of repeated North Korean provocative steps, the 3 September underground nuclear test ranks as the most serious to date.

Not only will it significantly inflame regional and international tensions, but it also is inherently dangerous.

Newk 1aThe test, which was felt across swathes of Jilin province, China, about 100km away, inevitably presents the risk of radioactive gas venting from the…

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