North Korea’s nuclear arsenal is real – how Trump will handle it is unknown

Trump’s instinctual response insisting North Korean development of an ICBM just ‘won’t happen’ and warning China to help may be particularly dangerous

The ascent of Donald Trump, the volatility of his foreign policy and his tendency to fire off tweeted threats to nuclear-armed adversaries has brought one more wild card to the Korean peninsular, which already had more than its fair share.

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