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North Korea Is an Economic Problem

... embedded in a growing sphere of interest

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It turns out that the North Korean missile confrontation is, in the first instance, an economic problem. China and the US agree that Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program must be stopped.  Japan and South Korea concur. The difficulty has to do with dismantling North Korea’s outsized nuclear industry without touching off an internal crisis.  Think back to the problems of German reunification – but much worse. That means lining up plenty of economic aid and international cooperation. It also means everyone involved must accommodate themselves beforehand to a further degree of Chinese hegemony on the Korean peninsula. That’s how I understood