Experts Say

Can China Break North Korea’s Nuclear Disarmament?


November 8, 2017
By Yoshiyuki Kasai

In the sense that no war has occurred amongst major military powers from the time of the Cold War, the last 70-plus years arguably was a period of relative peace—something rather unusual in history. This peace was based on a paradox, however, with the immensely destructive power of nuclear weapons functioning as the ultimate deterrence to large-scale conflict. At the same time, this balance between the United States and the Soviet Union, which included the rest of the world by extent, also held with it a distinct possibility that some misunderstanding between said powers might lead to hostile action that could result in the destruction of both sides.
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