North Korea Makes History

Historical turning points are normally easier to identify in retrospect. But it will not require years to determine whether North Korea’s test of a nuclear explosive device qualifies as one. It does. The question is whether it proves to be a turn for the better or for the worse.

Some argue that little has changed as a result of the test. The world assumed for years that North Korea possesses enough nuclear material to make a half-dozen or more basic nuclear bombs. The test made explicit what was implicit.

But what was assumed is now known. So much has changed. North Korea has challenged the world; the question is how the world responds.

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