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The North Korean nuclear threat is a "hinge" moment for the U.S. and China, and for the new international order both nations say they want.President Donald Trump's bullying style, even in dealing with trivial matters of domestic politics, obscures the extent to which he has tried to marry U.S. policy on North Korea with that of China. Washington's diplomatic goal, although it hasn't been stated publicly this way, is to encourage China to interpose itself between the U.S. and North Korea and organize negotiations to de-nuclearize the Korean Peninsula. The U.S. threat is that if China doesn't help the U.S. find such a diplomatic settlement, America will pursue its own solution – by military means, if necessary.Many leading analysts believe that North Korea, rather than stepping away from the edge, is racing toward having an operational nuclear-missile capability that can strike the U.S, as a matter of self-protection.North Korea's rhetoric blasts the United States.North Korea's defiance of the U.S. and China is rooted in its ideology of "juche," or militant self-reliance.
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