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.