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Opinion | Leon V. Sigal

Path to peace in Korea

Sustained diplomacy with China will ease tensions in Asia

Lost in the amped-up bombast out of Pyongyang in the past few weeks, North Korea’s third nuclear test demonstrated that it is edging ever closer to equipping itself with dozens of nuclear warheads capable of being delivered by missiles. It plans to restart its nuclear reactor at Yongbyon to generate more plutonium and will continue enriching uranium for weapons. And it may be moving to test-launch a new missile capable of reaching Japan or possibly Guam.

The United States and China responded by cooperating to tighten Security Council sanctions, prompting Pyongyang to erupt in a bristling display of rhetorical bellicosity — as it always does whenever Washington and Beijing work in concert.

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