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The North Korea Crisis in Regional Context


December 18, 2017
By J.M. Norton and Monte R. Bullard

North Korea’s continued pursuit of nuclear capabilities and their delivery systems spells trouble for the United States and China. China is concerned about the impact of the advancement of North Korea’s weapons programs on the regional security architecture: it could drive a potential full rearmament of Japan; trigger a serious debate within the United States and South Korea about the use of tactical nuclear weapons (TNWs) on the Korean peninsula; or compel Washington to pursue unilateral policies that cross China’s bottom line on North Korea.
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