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North Korea has had nuclear-weapons capacity for at least 10 years now.In the early months of Trump's presidency, before there could possibly have been a serious policy review, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that the era of strategic patience with North Korea was over. Last week, national security adviser H.R. McMaster said that North Korea's potential to hit the U.S. with nuclear weapons was an "intolerable" threat. In other words, Trump has made clear that the United States would respond to North Korean nuclear threats with a massive military strike, possibly involving nuclear weapons.The United States is not going to launch a preventive nuclear war in Asia.When the United States watched as Stalin's Soviet Union developed nuclear weapons, it was careful in its rhetoric.The world is already living with a nuclear North Korea. The secretary of state seems to have been telling Americans – and the world – to ignore the rhetoric, not of the North Korean dictator, but of his own boss, the president of the United States.
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