Asia’s nuclear watershed: North Korea’s nuclear weapons program is pushing the world toward a strategic watershed much like the one that the west faced 60 years ago, when the US and the Soviet Union faced off against each other in Europe argues Michael Mandelbaum. The US and its allies successfully navigated the challenge of Europe in the 20th century without war but, says Mandelbaum, to achieve comparable success in East Asia today, Trump must persuade Xi to adopt a different policy toward North Korea.
From Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu, 38 North: “Over the past four weeks, there have been unusually high levels of activity at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, especially around the North Portal—the tunnel in which the four most recent nuclear tests have taken place. New commercial satellite imagery from April 2 indicates continued activity in this area and at the Main Administrative Area, while the rest of the facility remains quiet. This pattern of activity could mean a sixth nuclear test is imminent, but the imagery does not provide any definitive evidence of the installation of a nuclear device or the exact timing of such a test.”