North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the test-fire of a strategic submarine underwater ballistic missile (not pictured), in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on May 9, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS/KCNA
Elise Hu, NPR: How Uncertainty In The Korean Peninsula Could Be A 'Recipe for Disaster'
As in so many foreign policy issues, there's considerable confusion about what U.S. policy toward North Korea will look like under President-elect Donald Trump. Pyongyang's expanding nuclear capability will not be something he can ignore.
"The likelihood today of a nuclear catastrophe somewhere in the world is greater than it was than during the Cold War — greater than during the Cold War," former U.S. Defense Secretary William Perry said in Seoul a week after the American election.
He doesn't think a catastrophe will come from a nation launching an actual attack, but rather through an accident.
"The danger is we blunder into a nuclear war. The reason we are blundering into these positions is that people do not understand the dangers," Perry said.
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WNU Editor: Aside from continuing a policy of containment and more sanctions .... there is very little that the U.S. can do to change North Korea's behavior.