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The North Korean Missile Crisis

North Korea's recent ICBM test implies a level of nuclear risk witnessed only once before: the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. The question is whether today’s leaders will show the same degree of strategic thinking that enabled the Kennedy administration to defuse that threat.

NEW YORK – On January 2, then-President-elect Donald Trump, referring to North Korea’s effort to develop a nuclear weapon capable of reaching the United States, assured his Twitter followers, “It won’t happen!” But it has.