February 15th, 2013
Pyongyang’s Nuclear Logic
The view that nuclear weapons are merely political instruments — suitable for sending signals, but not waging wars — is now so common in the United States that it is hard to find anyone who disagrees. Yet that comforting assumption is not shared by leaders everywhere. North Korea, for example, does not test nuclear weapons to send messages, but to make sure that its ultimate deterrent will work. It would be tragic if the United States let misguided Kremlinology distract from the real challenges ahead.

Pyongyang’s Nuclear Logic

The view that nuclear weapons are merely political instruments — suitable for sending signals, but not waging wars — is now so common in the United States that it is hard to find anyone who disagrees. Yet that comforting assumption is not shared by leaders everywhere. North Korea, for example, does not test nuclear weapons to send messages, but to make sure that its ultimate deterrent will work. It would be tragic if the United States let misguided Kremlinology distract from the real challenges ahead.

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