North Korea-US: How Far Will the Confrontation Go? Politique étrangère, Vol. 82, No. 4, Winter 2017-2018
Since Kim Jong-Un came to power, the North Korean regime has significantly strengthened its nuclear and ballistic capabilities.
The North Korean nuclear arsenal now appears to be inseparable from the regime. The denuclearization of North Korea remains a long term goal of the international community, but in the short term, the immediate priority is to prevent the verbal joust between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un from escalating into a costly war with uncertain results.
Antoine Bondaz is a researcher at the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS) and a teacher at Sciences Po Paris.